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 an associate professor and extension specialist in youth development in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Kansas State University. Johannes has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in adult and community counseling, and a doctorate in life span human development from the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.

In 2014, Elaine won the College of Human Ecology’s Dean Barbara Stowe Professional Development Award for her work in adolescent health, and in 2010 was awarded the Faculty Extension Excellence award for her community-based, health promotion work featuring youth/adult partnerships. Having been awarded a contract by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Johannes completes Kansas’ first adolescent health needs assessment for the state’s federal Title V grant. The results of that assessment led to two USDA/SAMHSA grants to index behavioral health needs. Johannes serves on the Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council for the Department of Health and Environment. She also serves on the national APLU’s Extension Committee on Planning Health Initiative.

As a member of the K-State Research and Extension faculty, Johannes focuses on youth development, adolescent health and community engagement. In addition to teaching courses for Great Plains-IDEA, Elaine manages grant-funded projects that promote health through youth/adult partnerships, as well as building the capacity of rural communities to promote positive youth development. Her applied research promotes “youth voice”, social connection and resilience among families and adolescents in poverty.

Prior to joining K-State Research and Extension in 1991, Johannes provided community-based services to older adults and their families in 18 counties as the director of community services for the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. In that capacity she also established a rural housing authority and a housing rehabilitation function for the agency.

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, Ph.D., is an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University. In this position, she 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.

VITAE: https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/pfp/people/dekiss4/dekiss4-cv.pdf

Diana Lady is a Health Promoter for the Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program (KSFHP). Diana was born and raised in Bogota’, Colombia and began working with individuals who had learning disabilities, mainly children and the elderly. It was this work that ignited her passion to help others and to work in her community.

After moving to the United States, she chose to pursue a career in medical interpreting where she learned about the role of a Community Health Worker (CHW is also known as Health Promoter). As one of seven Health Promoters at KSFHP, they connect KS farm workers and their families to preventative, primary, prenatal, and mental medical services.

Diana loves her work as a Health Promoter because it allows for her to be the link between the clients and providers and she finds 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 be an advocate for themselves. She takes tremendous joy in having them know they are valued, strong, and important. Years from now she hopes to see the CHW profession have an established scope of practice with a specific educational curriculum and set of professional protocols in place.

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 assistant professor and Extension specialist in adult development and 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. Her primary foci for her outreach and Extension work 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