Your Board Members


Dr. Valdenia WinnWanda Kay PaigeHarold Eugene BrownMaxine Drew
Janey HumphriesBrenda C. JonesDr. Stacy Yeager


If you have questions or comments regarding Board members or policy, you may email Susan Westfahl, Clerk of the Board.


Dr. Valdenia Winn


Dr. Winn Portrait

Dr. Valdenia C. Winn (Persley) is president of USD 500 Board of Education, the 34th District Kansas State House of Representative, a Kansas City Kansas Community College history professor and a community volunteer.

In April 2015, Dr. Winn was elected to the USD 500 Board of Education, Kansas City, Kansas for a four-year term.  As Board President, Dr. Winn works tirelessly to promote, support and strengthen K-12 education for all students.  Furthermore, she is also committed to helping the Administration, faculty and staff navigate the Kansas School finance formula.

Since earning her PhD in History and International Relations from the University of Kansas in 1993, Dr. Winn has been involved in the Greater Kansas City community serving on numerous community neighborhood associations and until recently coordinated an after-school computer/tutorial lab for K-12 students residing in northeast Kansas City, Kansas.  Currently, she serves on the Board of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus.

Dr. Winn has been a Professor of history at Kansas City Kansas Community College for over four decades.  Her specialty is Twentieth-Century United States History and African American History.

In 1999, she received the prestigious Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Study Abroad Award sponsored by the United States Department of Education.  As director of 16 secondary education/university faculty, she led the curriculum development team as they conducted research for six weeks at the universities in Dakar, Senegal and St. Louis, Senegal (West Africa).  Upon return to Kansas City, each member presented workshops throughout the Kansas City metro area and developed curriculum that infused concepts of West African history and culture into the core curriculum in their respective disciplines.

Currently, Representative Winn is completing her 10th term in the Kansas House of Representatives, serving the citizens of the 34th District, Kansas City, Kansas.  Rep. Winn serves as Assistant Minority Leader of the House Democrats, the Ranking Democrat on K-12 Education Budget Committee, a member of the Capital Preservation Committee; and a member of the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund.  One of her legislative successes was securing the passage of SB 54.  SB 54 (2011 session) commissioned a mural commemorating Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al. for the walls of the newly remodeled Kansas State Capital.  The House leadership objected, and the bill was stalled.  It was only because of Rep. Winn’s tenacity and knowledge of House rules that SB 54 passed the House and was later signed into law.  When appointed as chairperson of the Capital Preservation Committee by then Governor Mark Parkinson, Rep. Winn became the first African American female member of the Minority Party (Democrat) to serve as chairperson of a Legislative Committee.  While no longer the chairperson, Rep. Winn still serves as a member of the Capital Preservation Committee.  Since May 2018 the mural commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, et al is showcased on the 3rd floor of the Kansas State Capital.

In 2017, Rep. Winn, along with a fellow representative, designed curriculum for a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Summer Seminar, held at Washburn University.  Focused on “teaching the trainer,” 2019 will mark the second year that the Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Seminar will be offered to K-12 teachers of Kansas.  The Seminar is sanctioned by the Kansas State Board of Education as well as the Kansas State Department of Education.  Upon completion of the seminar the participants will be certified to facilitate training of other K-12 teachers in culturally relevant pedagogy.

In her spare time, Valdenia and her husband Keith Persley enjoy sporting events and traveling throughout the United States and internationally.

Contact Dr. Valdenia Winn.
Term Began: July 1, 2015
Term Ends: January 2020

Wanda Kay Paige

Vice President

Wanda Paige PortraitWanda Kay Paige attributes her personal and professional success to focusing on family and community.

She is a retired social studies teacher with 30 years of service to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS). She was a teacher at Argentine Middle School for 24 years, Coronado Middle School for one year and at Central Middle School for five years. During the majority of her tenure with the school district, she taught the subjects of World History, Geography, Kansas History and American History.

Before retiring from KCKPS in May 2012, she was responsible for several tasks both inside and outside the classroom that included:

  • tutoring students before and after school,
  • serving as an advisor for the Peer Mentoring Program,
  • coaching basketball, track and volleyball teams,
  • sponsoring Cinco De Mayo, Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Asian History Month activities,
  • participating on the Teacher’s Social Committee, and
  • working with the Book Club.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, she has lived in the community for more than 61 years, where she loves the people and the entertainment aspects of the city.

She is a 1974 graduate of Wyandotte High School and a former student at Hawthorne Elementary School and Northwest Middle School.  Paige has a master’s degree in teaching social studies and a bachelor’s degree in history from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. She has also completed adult education courses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and English as a Second Language courses at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Heart of America Sisterhood, Inc., and Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She is the recipient of several awards over the years including:

    • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Royal Leadership Award, 2017 & 2008; The Mentorship Award, 2010; and Kansas Educator Award, 2012
    • YWCA, Woman of Distinction Award, 2016
    • Oldies 95 – Teacher of the Year, 1997 – 1998
    • University of Wisconsin, Minority Student of the Year, 1980


  • Simpson College, George Washington Carver Award, 1976; and Concerned Minority Student Award, 1977

Paige is the daughter of Eddie and Aser Lee Brownlee. She has four brothers, four sisters and a host of nieces and nephews.

What does she love most about the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? “I love the children, teachers and parents,” she said.

Contact Wanda Paige.
Term Began: 01/9/2018
Term Ends: January 2022

Harold Eugene Brown

Harold Brown PortraitHarold Eugene Brown values fairness, open communication and collaboration – qualities that he strives to live by daily, both professionally and personally.

Currently, he is an independent living advocate at The Whole Person in Kansas City, Missouri. In this position, he manages and administers a state of Missouri program to support, assist and provide encouragement to individuals with physical and mental disabilities to live independently in their community.  Among his responsibilities are providing case management services to approximately 100 clients in the areas of:

  • capability/cognitive assessments,
  • report writing,
  • face-to-face counseling, and
  • financial management.

He is a former chief of security for Heartland Center for Behavioral Change, as well as worked the majority of his career in the private sector including serving as the vice president of the environmental consulting firm Green Environmental/Cal Vac in Whittier, California.

Brown has lived most of his life in Kansas City, Kansas. He is active in the community and an advocate for foster children. He has developed alliances with TFI Family Services, Inc. and Kaw Valley Hospital.

A product of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, he graduated from Wyandotte High School and attended school at Northwest Junior High School.

He has a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a bachelor degree in accounting from Washburn State University in Topeka, Kansas.

He is a member of the Professional Environmental Marketing Association, Traumatic Brain Injury Association, American Red Cross and Greater New Bethel AME Church Board of Trustees.   His wife’s name is Cheryl and he has five daughters, two sons, two stepsons and nine grandchildren.

What does he like most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools?  “Being a product of KCKPS and having received a solid educational foundation, I secured the skills, both academically and socially to be competitive in the marketplace,” he said.

Contact Harold Brown.
Term Began: 01/9/2018
Term Ends: January 2020

Maxine Drew

Maxine Drew PortraitMaxine Drew prides herself on being a spiritual person who listens, learns and always tries to do her best.

She retired from the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) after 35 years of service. Thirty-four of her years with KCKPS, she was employed as a social studies teacher – teaching one year at Eisenhower Middle School and 33 years at West Middle School. Her first year with the district, she served as a paraprofessional at Coronado Middle School.

While at the school district, she was heavily involved in the family advocacy program working with parents to set goals for the academic and emotional success of their children. She trained in the Behavior Intervention Support Team program to implement behavioral changes for middle school students and also trained as an instructional coach.

Since retiring from KCKPS, she devotes most of her time to serving as secretary and church clerk at New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Vernon DeBose, Jr. In this role, she keeps records of meetings, calendar dates and functions of the church, as well as creates, designs and maintains the church bulletin for Sunday morning services.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, she loves the family connection exemplified by residents. “My mother taught us family means everything. I see the “family concept” connection always wherever I go in Kansas City, Kansas.

A 1971 graduate of Sumner High School, she attended Northeast Junior High School, Douglass, Grant, Stowe, Kealing and Abbott Elementary schools. She has a master’s degree in teaching curriculum & instruction, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Park University, Parkville, Missouri. She also attended Kansas City Community Junior College.

She is the recipient of the Office Max Star Teacher Award in 2011 and the Friends of Yates Black Men & Women of Distinction honor in 2010.

What does she love most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? “I have always loved seeing the look on the students faces when they make the connection between knowing and understanding what is being taught to them,” she said.

She has passed her love of KCKPS and the teaching profession to her son, Jason L. Drew, who is currently teaching at Wyandotte High School.

Contact Maxine Drew.
Term Began: 01/9/2018
Term Ends: January 2022

Janey Humphries

Janey Humphries PortraitJaney Marie Humphries, who has been active in the community for years, was re-elected to the Board of Education in November 2017. Prior to the election, she was appointed to the Board of Education to fill the vacant and unexpired term of board member Gloria A. Willis in April 2017.

Humphries 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 Kansas City, Kansas Community College and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, 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.

What does she love most about Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? “There are so many great things happening in our schools!  I love visiting classrooms and watching the children as they learn as well as observing the teaching staff reaching out to our children in multiple ways ensuring each and every child has a chance to learn.”  “This is so very different from when I was in school,” she said. She also loves attending school events and seeing the excited and proud faces of parents and families supporting their children.  “Seeing all of the support staff working in transportation, the shop, custodial services, clerical, and food service, just to name a few, interacting with our kids and by their actions demonstrates Inspiring Excellence:  Every Grownup, Every Child, Every Day,” said Humphries.

“This just touches the tip of the iceberg of what I love about our schools and community! Being able to experience all of this inspires me every day to strive for excellence,” she said.

Contact Janey Humphries.

Term Began: 04/17/2017
Term Ends: January 2020

Brenda C. Jones

Brenda Jones PortraitBrenda C. Jones was elected to the Board of Education in April 2007. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, she is a product of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She attended Kansas State University. She is retired after 36 years working at AT&T.  She has been active in many community organizations over the years including the Workforce Investment Board, Economic Opportunity Foundation, Sumner Alumni Association, United Way of Wyandotte County and the Shepherd’s Center of KCK. She is a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church where she also serves as the clerk. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and the NAACP.

Contact Brenda C. Jones.
Term Began: 07/01/07
Term Ends: January 2020



Dr. Stacy Yeager

Stacy Yeager PortraitDr. Stacy Yeager, a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Kansas, is an advocate for the community and wants to see Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools continue to achieve excellence. She was educated in KCKPS, where she graduated from Wyandotte High School and attended Coronado Middle School and Hawthorne Elementary school.

Dr. Yeager is the founder and chief executive officer of Abundant Life Business Consulting in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Through her business, she has worked with companies and individuals for the last 10 years to:

  • coach individuals, business leaders, and educators to success,
  • coordinate with management and leadership to ensure workflow and processes align with an organization’s strategic plans effective and running efficiently,
  • manage and create training documentation for leaders,
  • maintain a disciplined environment and enforce departmental and company policies,
  • audit and track data, and
  • establish methods to monitor quality, turnover and onboarding satisfaction levels.

She received a doctorate in business from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in management information systems from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and a bachelor’s degree in business from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Toastmasters.

What does she love most about the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools? “I love that we have the new Diploma+ initiative; I love the passion teachers have for their students to be excellent; and I love that students are passionate about their high school and their community,” said Dr. Yeager.

Contact Dr. Yeager.
Term Began: 01/9/2018
Term Ends: January 2022