Brandie Elliott is the State Authorization Coordinator for UMKC Online at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been maintaining state authorizations and exemptions since 2013. In addition to overseeing state authorizations at UMKC, Brandie also supports the Vice Provost for Distance Education, manages purchases and travel expenditures for UMKC Online, and serves as the Quality Matters coordinator. Her main goal for organizing MoKanSan was to share the wealth of knowledge with regional institutions and develop a networking base for those interested in learning more about the field as well as meeting individuals in their area.
Veronica Schmitz is the Project Manager at Wichita State Online, the department of online education at Wichita State University. She has been involved in state authorization since 2013. Though WSU became a SARA institution in 2015, there are still many nuances regarding state authorization that cannot go overlooked. In addition to managing state authorization, Veronica coordinates WSU’s enrollment management (marketing, recruitment and enrollment of fully online program students), manage the business operations and budget for Wichita State Online, serve as the Quality Matters coordinator, and provide direct support to the Executive Director for Online Learning (whose oversight is Wichita State Online and WSU’s One Stop Student Services).
Dr. Evan Smith, a Kansas native, has been involved in the field of continuing/distance education since 1984. Over the years, he has presided, presented, and helped organize conferences, frequently serving on the ADEIL (Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning) Board. In addition, Evan has contributed to WCET webinars and the Professional Licensure Task Force. He has also published peer-reviewed journals and in newsletters, occasionally winning ADEIL or Adult Higher Education Alliance awards for research or accepting UPCEA or ADEIL awards for courses for which he had recruited faculty and reviewed drafts. In recent years, he has been better known as a state authorization seeker and researcher for the University of Missouri’s Mizzou Online.