Welcome New At-Large Members!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Members At-Large to the Kansas Chapter CUPA-HR leadership team!

Carrie Lane started her career in higher education in 2010 by returning to her alma mater, Fort Hays State University, to work as a Degree Analyst in the Registrar’s Office. She was promoted to the Human Resource office in 2014 and currently serves as a Human Resource Specialist. She is primarily responsible for assisting employees through all facets of their employment – new employee orientations, benefit discussions, payroll, medical absences, and resignations and retirements. She also assists with Title IX investigations and department and employee dispute resolution.



Mary Gatza is a Human Capital Representative; KSRE with Kansas State University and has worked for K-State since 2016.  Her prior background is in Law Enforcement.  She has two children and two wonderful, highly energetic grandchildren.  In her free time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle and spending time in her garden.


The CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter is proud to announce that Fred Kitchell has been selected for the 2020-2021 CUPA-HR Wildfire Program!

Fred has been with the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita since 2018, his first true Human Resources role.  He is a graduate of Friends University with a BBA in Business Management and will be attending Wichita State University in the Fall of 2020 to pursue a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.  A U.S. Army combat veteran and cancer survivor, Fred is married with a blended family of 5 amazing children.

The Wildfire Program is a 12-month immersive experience that connects a small, select group of early-career higher ed HR professionals with CUPA-HR, key association leaders and multiple learning opportunities.

CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter Call for Proposals

The CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter’s conference planning committee is accepting proposals for the chapter’s annual conference, People, Purpose, Passion … Unleashing Greatness, to be held October 30-31 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Wichita. 

All proposals will be considered for 60-minute breakout sessions. The deadline to submit your proposal is June 28.

For questions, email Shanna Legleiter at

Welcome New Board Members!

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Kansas Chapter CUPA-HR leadership team!


Angie Loving, Associate Director of Human Resource Management, University of Kansas

Angie Loving has worked in higher education administration with a focus in human resources for over 20 years.  She currently serves as the Associate Director of Human Resources and has core responsibilities in leading the University of Kansas in the areas of recruitment, employment, compensation, organizational development, shared services and payroll.  Her 16 years of experience at KU has been in areas of Human Resources, Finance and Research.  In her work she strives to build partnerships, create efficiencies, develops policies, solves difficult issues, and works with units across campus and the community to build a more inclusive and diverse workforce and culture.  Prior to KU, Angie worked with the Utah System of Higher Education and the Utah State Board of Regents in HR Management, Finance, and Capital Facilities and legislative requests.


Lisa Gartland, Employment Services Manager, Johnson County Community College

Lisa Gartland began her career in the insurance industry, then moved into Human Resources. She has been with the Office of Human Resources at Johnson County Community College since 2015, and is currently the Employment Services Manager. Lisa graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Communication Studies and is currently pursuing an MA in Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Rockhurst University. She looks forward to serving with the CUPA – HR Kansas Chapter.


Nela Bruner, Staff Development Specialist, Kansas City Community College

Nela Bruner has been with Kansas City Kansas Community College since 2013. She is now the Staff Development Specialist in the Human Resources Office. Within this position she promotes personal and professional development for the staff and faculty at KCKCC. Nela was previously the Treasurer and now the Corresponding Secretary for Staff Senate at Kansas City Community College. Nela also serves on the board for Kansas City Professional Development Council.

Welcome, and we look forward to your contributions as a members of the KS CUPA-HR leadership team.

6/27/18 Webinar: Compensation Mythbusters

Join the CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter for a free webinar on June 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. CT

Register for the webinar HERE


In many organizations with well-designed compensation programs, employees still express dissatisfaction with their compensation and total rewards. How do you know if such criticisms are warranted? Or are they just myths? If so, how do you combat them? In this presentation, we will arm participants with the 4P’s of compensation myth busting, where they can apply the framework and bolster their position, or identify opportunities for change.


Call for Proposals – Annual Conference

We are currently accepting proposals for 60-minute break-out sessions at this year’s annual conference. Our conference theme is Innovate, Integrate, Motivate.  Click here for the proposal submission form.  Deadline for submission is June 15, 2018.  Questions can be directed to .

KS Chapter member selected for Wildfire Program

The CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter is proud to announce that Abby King has been selected for the 2018-2019 CUPA-HR Wildfire Program!

Abby has been with the Human Resource Management Office at the University of Kansas since 2013 and is currently the HRM Office Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Human Resources. She has a graduate certificate from the University of Kansas in Human Resource Management and is Green Belt Six Sigma certified.

The Wildfire Program is a 12-month immersive experience that connects a small, select group of early-career higher ed HR professionals with CUPA-HR, key association leaders and multiple learning opportunities.

Update: Open Chapter Board Positions

The CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter Board of Directors is seeking three replacement positions effective July 1, 2018 and we need you!  The positions that are available are:

Chapter President-Elect: This board position serves as a special aide to the President, and assumes all presidential duties in the absence of the President.  The President-elect serves as Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee charged with planning and implementing the annual conference and meetings of the chapter.  The President-elect serves a one-year term in this appointment for 2018-19, serves as Chapter President the following year for 2019-20, and Past President the year after that in 2020-21.  The appointment of this position requires a three-year service commitment on the board of directors.

Chapter Treasurer: This board position shall ensure that the Chapter operates on sound fiscal principles.  The Treasurer is responsible for presenting the Chapter’s annual budget and periodic financial reports to keep the Board of Directors informed of the Chapter’s fiscal status.  In addition, the Treasurer works closely with the Conference Planning Committee to process conference sponsorship funds, conference participant fees, and conference expenses.  The Treasurer serves a two-year term and this appointment would be effective July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020.

Chapter Secretary: This board position shall record all official actions of the Board of Directors and of the membership at the Chapter’s annual business meeting.  The Secretary serves a two-year term and this appointment would be effective July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020.

Anyone interested in the board positions should send a narrative addressing the following criteria:

  • Indicate why you are interested in a CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter Board of Directors position.
  • Share your experience in higher education human resources and what you hope to specifically contribute to the CUPA-HR Kansas Chapter.

Questions and/or nominations can be emailed to me at any time before April 30, 2018.