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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 16 cities across the state of Kansas. We serve more than 20,000 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.”

Paula Wischnack

CFO

“I am excited to be with such a talented team here at KCSL. I believe that my years of experience working in a wide variety of financial and accounting roles provides KCSL the ability to look at finance from a different perspective. “

Board of Directors

*Denotes Executive Committee Member

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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.”

Robert Gonzalez

Steckline Communications | Garden City

“I have always had a soft spot in my heart for nonprofits and have been working with them since the 90s. In my line of work, it’s more than just entertaining. It’s also about educating the listeners as well. I am passionate about working with KCSL to give voice to the children and families they serve.”

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Marilyn Graham

First Call for Help | Hutchinson

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Judge Jeffrey Gettler

State of Kansas | Independence

“I am a strong believer in the mission of KCSL. My work in the court system has and continues to expose me to those who would benefit (or could have) from KCSL services.”

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Tiffany Arnold

Henderson Engineers, Inc. | Olathe, At-Large

“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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Carol Bailey

Retired | Lenexa

Melinda Duckworth

Wells Fargo | Merriam, 2nd Vice-Chair*

“I am passionate about helping families and children and look forward to supporting the work of KCSL.”

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Teresa Maley

Retired | Olathe

“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.”

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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.”

Cecilia Alonso

Liberal, Ex-Officio

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Shirley Scott

Community Volunteer | Liberal

“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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Heather Morgan

Kansas Association of Community College Trustees | Topeka

“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.”

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Lacey Bisnett

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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John Bridson

Evergy | Topeka

“I became involved with KCSL because I wanted to contribute to help children and families in trouble. My wife and I have adopted two children who came from troubled homes. I know there are many other children who are living in the same type of situations that our children came from and they and their families need the help of organizations like KCSL. It is very rewarding to help on a team that really makes a difference.”

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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.”

David Fernkopf

Kansas State Department of Education | Topeka, 1st Vice Chair*

“After having KCSL as our sponsor when we did foster care, I want to continue to have a relationship with KCSL. I see what KCSL has to offer for kids and their families, and I want to be part of completing this mission.”

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Chris Noack

Keller Williams, Inc. | Wakarusa, Secretary*

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Timothy A. Shultz

Stormont Vail Health | Topeka, Chair*

“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”

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Lisa Bryers

Wichita

“The work KCSL does is near and dear to my heart. Helping children and preventing child abuse is one of the greatest things we can do for our society. Knowing that I can make a difference by volunteering toward KCSL’s mission is invaluable.”

Dan Dejmal

Evergy | Wichita

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Jeri Hewitt

Emprise Bank | Wichita, At-Large

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

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Brandon Whitley

IMA Financial Group | Wichita

“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.”

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We’re proud of our 129-year legacy of accomplishments, but there is more work to do.

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

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