Front Row: Layla, Julie, Cindy; Not Pictured: Denise, Lauren & Tricia
Carrie Herman,Executive Director
Carrie Herman took over the role as the Executive Director at the Kansas Learning Center for Health in July 2016. Prior to that she spent almost nine years at Asbury Park. Her leadership shines brightly thanks to her experience not only from being VP of Operations at Asbury, but also from completing the LeadingAge Kansas Center for Leadership program, serving as the Past President of the Newton Lions Club, Vice President of P.E.O. Chapter AK, and the Vice Chair of the Central Kansas Community Foundation—to name a few. When not working or serving her community, Carrie and her husband Clint enjoy watching their two sons in their multiple sporting activities and also taking frequent lake trips.
Denise, Office Manager
Denise is KLCH’s office manager who brings a strong background in Microsoft Office Products all while obtaining her upbeat, friendly demeanor. If patrons have a question about billing or donations, Denise is KLCH’s go-to lady. Her passion about the Learning Center’s mission and motto shines through every day and her love for each child’s health education is distinguishable right when you walk through KLCH’s doors.
Julie, Receptionist & Program Scheduler
Julie brings her exercise science and radiology technician degree to KLCH all while her strong organizational skills make her the perfect program scheduler and receptionist for the Center. Julie stays very busy with her three girls always supporting them in their sporting and band events. She also enjoys cooking/baking with her girls and watching them grow. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Halstead.
Cindy’s Business Education degree helped her transition easily into becoming an instructor for KLCH in October of 2005 after working for Koch Industries. Her favorite part of teaching is never knowing what fantastic and humorous questions students will be asking. Cindy’s creative mind has helped many of KLCH’s programs be enjoyable for all ages. Cindy enjoys living in the country with her husband, cheering on her beloved WSU Shocker basketball team, and reading a good book.
Layla brought her medical experience to KLCH back in 2013 after working as a Registered Nurse for 14 years. Layla is a full time employee at KLCH teaching all the individual classes at the center and on the road. Layla leads the KLCH staff in creating new health curriculum and implementing the extended learning labs. Layla enjoys going home to her husband, two daughters, and cat. Her creativity shines through her craft projects and she also enjoys sewing and gardening.
Diana joined the KLCH staff in March of 2015 after taking a break from teaching English/Communications to raise her 6 children and mini pig, Gordon. Diana’s passion for health and nutrition makes her a perfect fit for teaching KLCH’s healthy programs. When not teaching at KLCH you can find Diana coaching the Halstead High School volleyball team, managing the local swimming pool, supporting her husband’s Lady Dragon basketball team, or watching her daughters’ 4-H and sporting events.
Lauren is the newest addition to the KLCH staff. After growing up in Lee’s Summit, MO, Lauren found herself in Lawrence, Kansas completing her bachelor’s in Community Health. She then received her master’s from WSU in Exercise Science. With such a strong health degree, Lauren is a fabulous fit for KLCH. She loves working with kids teaching them healthier lifestyles and hopefully preventing them from ever beginning unhealthy habits. Lauren is constantly busy with her two little kids and bulldog. If she ever finds spare time you can find her reading Harry Potter books or cheering on her beloved Jayhawks.
Tricia is an energetic teacher as well as an artistic genius for KLCH. She is continually creating new exhibits or doing graphic designs to make the center shine. Tricia stays very busy as a co-owner of several family businesses; running an Etsy store, illustrating books, freelance graphic designing and helping her husband with their family farm. Tricia’s favorite job is loving her husband of 20 years and five children but if she has a free moment you may find her playing with new art supplies, journaling in her Bible, or having coffee with friends.