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Who We Are

Helping Children: It’s What We’re All About.

Working to create and restore healthy parent-child relationships

Using evidence-based programming, we provide services such as child abuse prevention, school readiness, family support, and education. 

Currently, we have offices in 17 cities across the state of Kansas. We serve thousands of children and families each year however, the positive, long-term effects of our work reach beyond those we serve to foster prosperity for all Kansans.

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Key Staff

Gail Cozadd

CEO

“I am honored to be leading an organization like Kansas Children’s Service League. And every day, I have the privilege of seeing families transform. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.”

Kent Curran KCSL CFO

Kent Curran

CFO

“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to represent Kansas Children’s Service League as the CFO. I believe in the mission and the amazing positive impact KCSL has on children, families, and communities.”

Board of Directors

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

Brandon Whitley

Brandon Whitley

IMA Financial Group | Wichita, Chair*

“As a father of six, I understand the joy that family brings as well as the challenges that come with parenting. My wife and I have been blessed with five biological children and one adopted child. Through our long road to adoption, we saw some of the devastation that abuse and neglect can cause in those early formative years. I believe in the mission, the staff and know that the organization is making significant impact to children, families and the broader community.”

Jeri Hewitt

Jeri Hewitt

Emprise Bank | Wichita, 1st Vice Chair*

“I care deeply about the welfare of children and want to help give them opportunities to be the best they can be.”

Melinda Clemens

Melinda Clemens

Clemens Insurance Agency | Wichita, 2nd Vice Chair*

“Both my sister and I were adopted as infants through KCSL. As a mother, I understood what a difficult choice that was and without organizations like KCSL, it could have been a different outcome. I want to give back to the organization that shaped my life and provide support to the families in our communities that may not find support anywhere else.”

Matthew Chappell

Matthew Chappell

Kansas State Historical Society | Topeka, Treasurer*

“As an adoptive parent and supporter of KCSL, I feel that both my personal and professional experiences with child welfare are extremely valuable. I see my background as a benefit for the continued support of Kansas families. I’m excited to have an opportunity to be a KCSL Board member and share my talent.”

Teresa Maley

Teresa Maley Epperson

Retired | Olathe, Secretary*

“I love the accomplishments of KCSL. The organization is amazing and accomplishes so much. The participants in our community are learning appropriate parenting skills that they will pass on to their children. The entire KCSL team is committed to making a difference in the lives of Kansas children.”

Cecilia Alonso

Cecilia Alonso

Liberal, Ex-Officio

“I want to be involved, make a difference and support parents, children and staff in any way possible.”

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Tiffany Arnold

Henderson Engineers, Inc. | Olathe, Ex-Officio

“After working in juvenile court and seeing the impact that abuse and neglect have on families and children, I believe strongly in the mission of KCSL and want to increase my involvement and support for KCSL and its programs.”

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Lara Blake Bors

Bors Law, PA | Garden City

“Children are a top priority in my practice. My work and community involvements allow me a broad perspective of the resources available to the people I serve, not only in child abuse or neglect cases, but divorce and custody proceedings. Being part of KCSL will allow me to further my passion for serving the children of Kansas while aiding KCSL in achieving their mission: to protect and promote the well-being of children.”

Barbara Cook

Kansas City

Lacey Bisnett

Lacey Deiter

Advisor’s Excel | Topeka, Ex-Officio

“Child welfare is a cause near and dear to my heart, and I want to do my part to help families in Kansas communities.”

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Marilyn Graham

First Call for Help | Hutchinson, At-Large

“I got involved with KCSL to support their mission to protect and promote the well-being of children and to help with community awareness.”

Tisha Johnson

Tisha Johnson

Evergy | Wichita

“As a passionate advocate for education and community empowerment, I am deeply inspired by the mission and vision of KCSL. The commitment to fostering school readiness and providing vital family support services resonates strongly with my personal values. I am eager to offer my skills and expertise with the goal of making a meaningful impact in the lives of families.”

Brittany Martin

Brittany Martin

Aim to Inspire Meliorism/CarePortal | Garden City, Ex-Officio

“I am a parent of a child who participated in KCSL programming. I think it is important to get involved and provide first hand insight about what KCSL does for families in Kansas. I come from a diverse background and have spent my life advocating for others. I am excited to continue this work and further KCSL’s mission to protect and promote the well-being of children.”

Mary Moffatt, MD

Mary Moffatt, M.D.

Children’s Mercy | Prairie Village

“I have been aware of child maltreatment and adversity prevention programming by KCSL for many years. Given my role as a Pediatrician, I share passion and energy for improving outcomes for children and families facing significant life challenges. Empowering families to achieve the goals they have for their children is our shared responsibility. Every child deserves the very best of health and comprehensive well‐being across their life trajectory.”

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Heather Morgan

Kansas Association of Community College Trustees | Topeka, At-Large

“When asked to become involved it was a no-brainer because of the quality services KCSL provides to the most vulnerable Kansas children and families.”

Bethanie Popejoy

Bethanie Popejoy

Kansas Bureau of Investigation | Topeka, At-Large

“My passion is to take the expertise I have acquired through decades of investigating the victimization of children and use it to help KCSL’s child abuse prevention initiatives.”

Jason Pruitt

JE Dunn Construction | Kansas City

“Providing the resources needed for families to stay together is a mission my family and I are honored to join.”

Shirley Scott

Shirley Scott

Community Volunteer | Liberal, At-Large

“I feel that it is imperative that we represent our communities by addressing the needs as set forth by KCSL in promoting the welfare of all children.”

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Timothy A. Shultz

Stormont Vail Health | Topeka

“KCSL helps ensure parents receive the supports they need to be better parents, and as a result the children in Kansas are the real winners.  When you make the decision to volunteer at KCSL, you can be confident that you are volunteering with an organization that is reputable”

Randy Steinert

Randy Steinert

Retired | Wichita, Ex-Officio

Corporate Partners

We’re proud of our legacy of accomplishments since 1893, but there is more work to do.

YOUR support helps us assist families in need, today and tomorrow.

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