K-State Research and Extension
More about the School of Family Studies and Human Services

K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences state specialists are tenure-track faculty members in the College of Human Ecology’s School of Family Studies and Human Services. They lead and serve with program focus teams for

  • adult development and aging,

  • family resource management,

  • family development, and

  • youth development.

The school’s extension graduate faculty members also participate in highly successful online master’s programs with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Professor Charlotte Olsen leads the new M.S. in family and community services, which was developed with support from USDA and the Department of Defense.  Associate Professor Elaine Johannes received the 2013 GPIDEA faculty excellence award for her youth development degree program leadership.


Roberta Riportella is the school’s Kansas Health Foundation professor and extension specialist for community health. Riportella has more than 30 years of experience on health care access policy with state-based agencies, nonprofits, and health care provider groups. She is developing educational programs about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on farmers and farm families, and has already trained more than 150 county based professionals for educating their constituents about the ACA.


In July, the family development program focus team welcomed new Assistant Professor Bradford Wiles as specialist for early childhood development.  Wiles specializes in early literacy, including parent involvement among low-income children.  He has expertise in gerontology and will also contribute to the school’s academic programs for lifespan human development.


Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss has been selected to participate in the 2014 class of the National Extension Leadership Development (NELD) North Central class. Kiss leads a research cluster focused on financial literacy for the school’s doctoral program in personal financial planning.


Extension associate specialist Joan Kahl is serving as interim FSHS leader for the adult development and aging program focus team. She replaces Debra Sellers, who accepted a position as associate dean and director of extension and outreach to human sciences at Iowa State University in June.


FSHS associate professor Elaine Johannes has been appointed FSHS associate director for engagement and extension for a two year term.  Johannes will lead the school’s K-State 2025 strategic theme plan for outreach and communications, support distance education programs, and contribute for external funding development.


Kali Orrick Summers, an AmeriCorps/VISTA member, will support the work of Elaine Johannes’ Kansas Operation Military Kids outreach and engagement program and support OMK with the College of Human Ecology’s Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families.


Marlene Glasscock and her associates continue to support military youth and families with USDOD and USDA contracts supporting the Hired! apprenticeship program and 4-H At-Risk and Outreach and Support military partnerships. Recently five contracts were approved for a total of $3.8 million. 



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