Janey Humphries

humphreysJaney Marie Humphries was appointed to the Board of Education to fill the vacant and unexpired term of board member Gloria A. Willis in April 2017.  Janey and her husband Richard have lived in Kansas City, Kansas for over 40 years.  They have four grown children who all graduated from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Mrs. Humphries graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, California and attended KCKCC and the University of Central Missouri. She has been active in many community organizations over the years including the KCK Public Library Foundation, Livable Neighborhoods, East Argentine Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Patrol, South Patrol Advisory Committee, the school district's Vision Committee and served a four-year term on the Wyandotte County Ethics Commission   She has been a PTA member and volunteer in our schools since 1981, serving as PTA President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and the Kansas State PTA Region 7 Vice-President.


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Term began 04/17/2017 

Rev. Rick Behrens

Rev. Rick BehrensRick Behrens is the senior pastor at Grandview Park Presbyterian Church. He began working as an intern at the church when he was in the seminary and he has been affiliated with it ever since. He became senior pastor in 1995.

He has a bachelor’s degree in vocal music and theatre from Ottawa University and a master of divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rev. Behrens grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and is a 1977 graduate of Washington High School.

He is a strong advocate of community service and has been involved in numerous community organizations over the years. He is a member of the Presbyterian Urban and Immigrant Ministry Network, the Central Avenue Betterment Association and the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board. In 2001, he co-chaired the Citizens for Quality Education Committee, which successfully helped to promote the passage of a bond issue for the KCK Public Schools to provide air conditioning, building upgrades and technology improvements.

Rev. Behrens and his wife, DeDe, (who is also a Washington graduate) have two sons who are graduates of Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. 

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Current term began 10/19/15

Board of Education

Ms. Irene Caudillo


Irene Caudillo is the president/CEO for El Centro, Inc., an organization that works to strengthen communities and improve the lives of Latinos and others through educational, social, and economic opportunities.

She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Throughout her career, she has developed children and youth programs for nonprofit organizations including El Centro and Wyandotte Mental Health Association in Wyandotte County. She previously worked with the Kansas City Missouri Health Department as the first minority health outreach coordinator. Other positions she has held include executive director for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc., director of family strengthening for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and director of clinic operations for Swope Health Services.

Mrs. Caudillo’s service to the community goes beyond her career with involvement in numerous community boards including AIRR, Community Housing of Wyandotte County, KU Advancement Board, University of St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, UMKC Public Administration Advisory and Hispanic Advisory Boards.

She and her husband, Ryan, have three children.

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Term Began 7/1/15

Board of Education

Dr. Valdenia Winn

valdeniawinnValdenia Winn has worked as a history professor for 36 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Dedicated to her community and her state, she has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2001. She represents the 34th House District, which includes northeastern portions of Wyandotte County. As a state representative, Dr. Winn has demonstrated commitment to working families, Kansas schoolchildren and small businesses. She believes lawmakers have a responsibility to increase the state minimum wage to equal federal law. She has also been highly focused on expanding opportunities for schoolchildren and will continue to support sufficient financing of Kansas public schools. Additionally, Dr. Winn helped bring STARBONDS funding for economic development projects in Wyandotte County. 

In Wyandotte County, she serves on the Downtown Shareholders Board, the Strugglers Hill/Roots Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Cooperative Council. She also sponsors an after-school computer learning lab for K-12 students. 

Dr. Winn has a bachelor's degree in secondary education, a master's in history, and a Ph.D in history from the University of Kansas.

She and her husband, Keith Vincent Persley, reside in KCK. 

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Term began: 7/1/15 

We the members of the Board of Education will miss our co-worker and friend, George Breidenthal, who passed away yesterday morning. George has served on the Board of Education for 32 years. His passion for quality education and compassion for the students and staff in this district have been admired by many.

He has been a voice of reason, an advocate for the poor and a champion for student success in academics, sports and the arts.

We have appreciated his words of wisdom and unique sense of humor. He always did a fantastic job of making the students feel comfortable while he presented the "student of the month" awards.

George will be forever remembered for his kindness and love to family and friends in this community and beyond.

Dr. Evelyn Hill,

President Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education