Kansas Community Health Worker Instructors

Barbara Wiman, BSN
B.E. Education Group, LLC
Lead Instructor

A broad background in nursing with targeted expertise in community education and certifications ranging from childbirth education, early childhood development, women’s health including mid-life health and wellness, men’s health, and community wellness and prevention of chronic disease. A member of EITAS and UMKC Institute for Human Development design team to educate personal care assistants and community health workers working with persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. Established a Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health program for a major hospital system to include individual and group counseling.

Current Adjunct Faculty for the Community Health Worker Course and former Industry Healthcare Coordinator at Metropolitan Community College, Institute for Workforce Innovation. Coordinator of a team that developed the Community Health Worker Course currently offered. Course is recognized by the State of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services Division and is being shared with other Community Colleges in MO.

Past Board Chair for Mother & Child Health Coalition of Kansas City. Current member of the Kansas City, MO Health Commission Birth Outcomes sub-committee.

A member of MARC’s Regional Community Health Worker Executive Team and Co-Chair of the CHW Advocacy Sub-Committee. A member of Kansas City Caring for All Ages sub-committee under MARC.

B.E. Education Group, LLC offers specialty curriculum development, design and delivery; consulting services; professional development, wellness education and continuing education for Community Health Workers, Nurses, Social Workers, Behavioral Health Professionals, and Allied Health Professionals. Established in 2009.

The company is an approved provider of continuing education by Kansas State Board of Nursing and Behavioral Health Sciences Regulatory Board.

Alissa is a Project Manager for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute. She works on the statewide Community Health Worker workforce and initiatives surrounding its development. Previously, Alissa worked at the Sedgwick County Health Department managing several programs including the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Oral Health Education Programs. Over her 12 years in public health, Alissa has been employed by the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She’s also spent significant time volunteering for the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Due to her time while studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador in 2003, she has developed deep passion for disparate populations and addressing health inequities. Alissa earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2004 from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS and a Master of Public Health from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO in 2006.

Alissa Rankin, MPH, CHES
Wichita State University's
Community Engagement Institute
Course Facilitator

Kim Downes, CEO, CHW
Kansas City Quality
Improvement Consortium

A CHW, educator, and master trainer for Self-Management Resource Center (SMRC).

Kim is focused on improving health literacy through education and peer support by employing CHWs to deliver self-management workshops, Aging Mastery programs, and providing health monitoring.

Elaine Johannes is the Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Professor in Community Health for K-State Research and Extension, and is a state Extension Specialist in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University. Dr. Johannes has degrees from Kansas State University in Psychology, Adult and Community Counseling, and Lifespan Human Development.

Her focus is on working with networks, systems, and teams to address community health issues related to health disparities, unequal access to health care, and the social determinants and conditions impacting health. As an extension specialist, Johannes’ applied research and practice focus on resilience and well-being among families in poverty, adolescent health and community engagement.

Elaine is a member of the executive committee for the Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council for the Bureau of Family Health, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, serves on the state’s Public Health System Group, and is a Governor’s appointee to the Kansas Dept. of Corrections Kansas Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Vaccine Equity Task Force in response to the global pandemic.

Along with her Extension work, Johannes joins Extension colleagues in teaching courses for community health workers with the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition, supervises community-based practicum and internship placements, and teaches graduate courses in Grant Development and Writing. The grant development course has been offered with the University of Nebraska’s University Partnerships and Exchange for Rwanda program with funding from the US State Department.

VITAE: https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/ahs/people/ejohanne/ejohanne.pdf

Eliane Johannes, PhD
Kansas State Research & Extension

Elizabeth Kiss, PhD
Kansas State Research & Extension

Elizabeth Kiss is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University. Her underlying motivation is a desire to understand why people do what they do when it comes to using their time, earning and spending money, and making decisions about education and skills. She approaches her scholarship through the dual lenses of financial decision-making and financial education. Making a difference in the lives of Kansans is important. Scholarship that can inform policy, systems, and environmental change is also important. Because of this, she tends to focus her efforts on those groups whose access and participation in the economic system may be challenged in some way. Exploring financial decision-making across the life cycle, in rural areas, and at the intersections of health and financial well-being are focus areas.


Kiss assists in the development and delivery of a statewide Cooperative Extension program focused on developing the financial knowledge and skills for sound financial decision-making of Kansans. She supports the work of Extension agents across the state by providing linkages to current research, educational resources, and statewide and national organizations. Her expertise is in framing, developing, and evaluating extension educational programs in the areas of family resource management, family and consumer economics, and personal finance. In addition to traditional delivery methods, her programming efforts have also included social marketing campaigns and online educational challenges.

Diana Lady is a Health Promoter for the Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program (KSFHP). She has over seven years of experience working as health promoter. She has a Bachelor’s in Speech Language Pathology from Rosario University in Bogota Colombia. In her position as health promoter her overall responsibilities include leading and assisting health promoters and farmworker families with their general health/ and oral health concerns. Identify needs, considering the whole person. Make referrals to health, social service and other agencies as needed. Plan and present health education sessions to individual and small groups of farmworkers. Document all activities and actively participated on the Community Health Worker Coalition.   She is a member of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.  

Diana loves work as Health promoter because it allows for her to be the link between the clients and providers; she find a great reward in knowing that it will lead them to better health and better lives. Above all, Diana loves that she is able to empower her clients to take charge of their own lives by teaching her clients how to advocate for themselves. She takes a tremendous joy in having them know they are valued, strong, and important. 

Diana Lady, CHW
Lead Health Promoter
Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program

Leyla Ndinda, CHW
Wyandotte County Public Health

Leylah Ndinda is currently working as a Community health worker at the Unified Government Public Health Department. Previously, she worked as a field news reporter in East and Central Africa before relocating to the US. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science from the University of South Africa. She is very passionate about working with disadvantaged communities either as a community health worker or by telling their stories on radio and TV. She loves listening to people’s experiences because of her strong belief that she has something to learn from everyone that she meets.

Her approach to life is based on empathy. She says, “Be kind to everyone and treat them with dignity because you might be their last source of hope.”

Sandy Procter, PhD, RD, is an assistant professor in Kansas State University’s Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health and a specialist with K-State Research & Extension. With a focus on nutrition and health, Procter provides leadership and research-based information for local agents and educators across Kansas who program around food access with parents of young families. She works with undergraduate and graduate students passionate about hunger, maternal and infant nutrition, and access to healthful foods. Procter’s interest in community-based nutrition education has taken her to Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to partner with community health providers to improve the nutritional status of rural mothers and children.

VITAE: https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/fndh/people/faculty/procter/resumeSProcter.pdf

Sandy Procter, PhD, RD/LD
Kansas State Research & Extension

Lisa Ross, RDN, LD, CBE
Kansas State Research & Extension

Lisa Ross is the State Coordinator of the Kansas Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Program (SNAP-ED) delivered through Kansas State Research and Extension. Lisa has over 25 years’ experience in public health and working with low-income individuals and families. Lisa’s experience includes organizing, planning, directing, and managing multiple programs that have direct impact on improving the overall health of individuals and communities.  Prior to K-State Research and Extension, Lisa was the coordinator of the local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Riley County and served as Interim Director of the Riley County Health Department. Lisa’s passions lie in helping underserved populations gain access to resources and opportunities to achieve optimal health.  Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics in 1994 from Kansas State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health with an emphasis area in nutrition from Kansas State University and will graduate the summer of 2021.

Tandy Rundus is the Northeast Regional Specialist for K-State Research and Extension’s SNAP-Ed program.  She provides technical support to SNAP-Ed grantees in her region which includes 17 counties in NE Kansas, the four federally recognized tribes in Kansas and three counties in Southwest Kansas around Liberal.

Kansas SNAP-Ed provides evidence-based, interactive nutrition and physical activity education for families, seniors, and children helping stretch SNAP benefits to minimize hunger and improve health.

Tandy is a lifelong Kansan. She and her husband and two children live in the North Central part of Kansas between Belleville and Concordia. She is a registered dietitian, a former K-State Research and Extension Agent, and worked for seven years as the head lunch lady for her children’s school. Tandy has a passion for working with communities of all sizes in the Northeast region to promote health and access to healthy food – for all.

Tandy Rundus, MS, RD, LD
Kansas State Research & Extension

Erin Yelland, PhD
Kansas State Research & Extension

Dr. Yelland is an associate professor and interim director of the Center on Aging in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University. Yelland has a bachelor’s degree in youth, adult and family services from Purdue University and a doctorate in family science from the University of Kentucky. She holds a graduate certificate in gerontology and is a Certified Family Life Educator. In addition to serving as director of the Center on Aging, Erin engages in adult development and aging outreach for K-State Research and Extension. Her primary foci are promoting health and well-being across the lifespan to encourage optimal aging and exploring methods of implementing policy, systems, and environmental changes that positively influence the social determinants of health. Yelland also has research expertise in program evaluation and sexual well-being among older adults. During her time at K-State, Yelland has been designated a University Civic Engagement Fellow and is currently serving as a national eXtension fellow in health and wellness and an associate editor of the Journal of Extension.

Passionate about: The social determinants of health and social justice

Optimistic about: The continued movement to ensure underrepresented voices are heard, valued, and respected

Inspired by: Helping to develop a more inclusive and kind world for my children.

VITAE: https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/ahs/people/erinyelland/yellandcv.pdf