2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER (THURSDAY, JANUARY 2/8:15-9:15 A.M.)
Presentation Title: Trauma Informed Care and Urban Models of Success for Youth
Dr. Tiffany Anderson is the first African American female superintendent of Topeka Public schools and she has been a public school educator for over 26 years, with the majority of that time as superintendent. In addition to her role as superintendent, Dr. Anderson advises Kansas on postsecondary policies. In 2019, Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, appointed Dr. Anderson to the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority (TEA), as part of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Dr. Anderson has served as a public health advocate and has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps for students in multiple states by addressing public health matters and incorporating the social determinants of health in the public school systems she has led. While superintendent in Virginia, Dr. Anderson led Montgomery County Public Schools in earning the Virginia Governor’s Competence to Excellence Award and after leading as superintendent in Missouri, the Washington Post referred to Dr. Anderson as, “The Woman who made schools work for the poor.” During her tenure in St. Louis, Dr. Anderson implemented the first trauma informed school district in the nation, she partnered with a medical school and opened the SPOT Clinic in Jennings and she opened a school based homeless shelter, a food pantry and clothing boutique as part of the school’s basic services. Under Dr. Anderson’s tenure in Missouri and in Topeka, the achievement graduation and college placement gap has been eliminated. Topeka has received national awards for three consecutive years under Dr. Anderson for their leadership in trauma informed systems for schools, creating systems for youth in crises and for innovation impacting families.
Dr. Anderson earned her undergraduate degree, and later her doctorate, from Saint Louis University in 2001 where she met her late husband, Dr. Stanley Anderson, who was an accomplished OBGYN and one of the first robotic surgeons in Kansas City at Research Medical Hospital. Dr. Anderson received her second doctorate, the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Eden Theological Seminary, for her service to community and society. Dr. Anderson is also a professor of practice for K-State and adjunct faculty for ASCD (Association for Schools and Curriculum Development) where she serves on their 9-member national poverty cadre, which trains districts across the nation. Dr. Anderson serves on numerous Topeka business and not-for-profit boards and on the international sex trafficking board. Dr. Anderson’s publications include her books on transforming schools along with several articles on public health and equity in education, published in local and national magazines and newspapers.
In 2016 and 2017, national documentaries were created about Dr. Anderson’s work with addressing poverty and transforming communities. In 2016, Dr. Anderson was recognized as one of the top six People with Purpose at the Oscars for her innovative work in education. In 2014, Dr. Anderson earned national recognition from Education Week as one of the nation’s 16 Leaders to Learn From. Recognition Dr. Anderson has received include the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteerism from President Obama; the Salute to Excellence for Women awarded by the Urban League; the Stellar Performance Award by the St. Louis American and the award for Diversity in Business from the St. Louis Business Journal, among others. Dr. Anderson serves on several boards in Topeka that support youth and is a member of the Greater Topeka Chamber Board. Dr. Anderson is a lifetime member of the NAACP and she and her late husband, Dr. Stanley Anderson, have two children, Whitney, a public health graduate student and Christopher, a recent University of Kansas graduate.
2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER (SATURDAY, JANUARY 4/8:15-9:15 A.M.)
Presentation Title: Utilizing Meaning-Centered Approaches to Motivate Change in High-Risk Adolescents
Levi Keehler is the owner of Consulting and Counseling for Community Change, PLLC (C4). Levi earned his Master’s Degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Board Approved Supervisor), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor/Mental Health (Board Approved Supervisor), and Certified Prevention Specialist in the State of Oklahoma. Levi is also internationally certified in the following areas: Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate and Certified Prevention Specialist. In addition, he holds a current Oklahoma Teacher’s certificate as a School Psychometrist. Levi has a passion for teaching others about emotional wellness and believes in a holistic view of healing. To that end, he utilizes an eclectic approach in both his trainings and his therapy.
An existential component is always present in his approach and he believes that it is an essential step toward long-term positive change. Levi resides in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with his two sons and daughter: Colter (16), Rider (12), and Emmylou (2).