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Our
Teams

Shonda Anderson

Director

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STATE REPTILE, ORNATE BOX TURTLE

“I chose the Ornate Box turtle because they embody the spirit and character of Kansan’s! They are fast, love to explore, protect their home and have lots of personality.”

Andre Heath

Deputy Director

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State Insect: Honey Bee
“It is a strong, hard worker with limitless abilities; and is a mirror of virtue.”

Courtney Goucher

Program Manager

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STATE FLOWER, SUNFLOWER

“I chose sunflowers because sunflowers bring a sense of joy and brightness. They make people happy and I love that!”

Jamie Harsell

Program Manager

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STATE FOSSIL, Pteranodon
“I believe the Pteranodon, demonstrates the rich history, uniqueness, and resilience of the state of Kansas.”

Sara Saadi

Healthcare Sector Coordinator

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STATE FlOWER, Sunflower
“Sunflowers have been grown for thousands of years and hold a deep cultural importance. They also symbolize happiness, optimism and positivity.”

Johnny Lang

IT Sector Coordinator

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STATE ANIMAL, America Bison
“Known for its physical strength and endurance, the Buffalo embodies qualities like strength, determination, and teamwork!”