Marie McNeal has served the Office of Broadband Development since December 2023 and brings a wealth of experience from her 25-year tenure at the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC), where she served as the Director of Grants and Quality Assurance. In this role, Marie managed grant programs supporting adult and juvenile community supervision agencies and non-profit entities serving justice-involved youth. As a lifelong Kansan, Marie takes pride in her work at KDOC, which heightened her awareness of the crucial need to enhance individuals’ quality of life. This passion aligns perfectly with the mission of the KOBD team in closing the digital divide and ensuring universal access to quality connectivity. Residing in Topeka with her life partner Henry, Marie is an avid supporter of her beloved KU Jayhawks, and she enjoys relaxing with family and friends, traveling, and indulging in Netflix series or real-life crime shows during her downtime. #RockChalk #GoKU.