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Kansas Office of Broadband Development

Marie McNeal

Jan 12, 2024

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…

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Casey Russell

Apr 12, 2023

Casey Russell, Broadband Infrastructure Program Manager for the Office of Broadband Development since April 2023, leverages over a decade of experience as a Network Engineer at KanREN. His expertise includes installing and managing fiber optic transport equipment, Route/Switch hardware, and customer premise equipment for a network serving 85 community anchor…

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Stephen Shelton

Mar 24, 2023

Stephen, who joined the KOBD team in 2023, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for exploration. Originally from California and recently transplanted from Oregon, he has embraced Kansas since 2021, enjoying its rich history, connected communities, and diverse opportunities. Holding a Bachelor's degree from Portland State University and…

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Joshua Edgar

Mar 24, 2023

Josh, a 6th generation Kansan born and raised, joined the Office of Broadband Development team March 2023, bringing a deep connection to his roots as his family still owns and farms the same land from the 1870s. An alumnus of Kansas State University with both bachelor's and master's degrees in…

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Joseph Le

Mar 15, 2023

Joseph Le, the Deputy Director of Broadband Development since January 2023, brings a diverse background in politics, public service and technology, graduating from the University of Kansas with a double major in Political Science and Psychology. He served as Chief of Staff for Kansas House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer before…

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Morgan Barnes

Dec 28, 2022

Morgan Barnes, Engagement and Outreach Manager, joined the Office of Broadband Development in October 2022, bringing a background in Integrated Marketing Communications from Wichita State University. With experience in private, higher education, and public service sectors, Morgan's strength lies in building relationships and connecting with people. In her previous role…

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Kimberlyn Jones

Nov 8, 2022

Kimberlyn Jones, a committed Digital Opportunity Program Manager of KOBD and proud Kansas City native, holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Dance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an Executive MBA in Business Management from Rockhurst University. With a diverse professional background spanning insurance, finance,…

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Jade Piros de Carvalho

Jun 13, 2022

In her role as Director of Broadband Development for the state of Kansas since June 2022, Jade Piros de Carvalho draws on her extensive background in rural broadband and local governance. With seven years with a rural broadband provider, she managed government and public affairs, leading advocacy for broadband expansion…

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Shelley Paasch

Apr 7, 2021

Shelley Paasch, the Kansas Office of Broadband Partnerships Coordinator, leverages 20 years of team management and leadership experience, coupled with 16 years of expertise in ecosystem building, relationship cultivation, and community outreach. Specializing in rural entrepreneurship and economic development, she excels in bridging gaps for businesses in local, unserved, and…

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Jessica Henry

Dec 28, 2018

Jessica Henry, who joined the Office of Broadband Development in June 2023, brings a wealth of experience and education to her role. Holding a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Washburn University, with a minor in Spanish, Jessica is currently pursuing a Master of…

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