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Current Fellows

Allie Salz

Allie Salz grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and went on to graduate from Colorado State University (CSU) with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.

As an undergraduate, Allie completed multiple internships, including one with the City of Fort Collins where she provided research on a variety of proposed legislation. She was a Senior Associate in the Center for Public Deliberation at CSU where she facilitated conversations between policy experts and citizens. She also served an Associate Justice for CSU's Supreme Court.

In 2017, Allie moved to Lawrence, Kansas to earn a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. During her time there, she served as an intern with Johnson County where she coordinated the Johnson County Citizen's Academy and learned the interworking's of county management. MPA students at KU work full-time in local government during their second year to gain a practical grounding in the field, which Allie is completing as a Management Fellow with the City of Wichita.

Currently, Allie coordinates the 2018-19 Mayor's Youth Council, while working on a variety of special projects from the City Manager.


Tavon Watkins

Tavon Watkins is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He earned a Master's in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology from Central Michigan University.

Tavon studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea in an immersive case study involving the management of their municipal services. After obtaining his MPA, Tavon relocated back to Detroit where he worked for Focus Hope, a community development nonprofit, as a Community Safety Specialist. During his time at Focus Hope, he worked with district managers to develop innovative community engagement ideas.

Prior to moving to Wichita, Tavon worked with the City of Royal Oak as a City Manager Fellow. He was in charge of developing a Smart Cities Initiative to incorporate more technology in the City. Tavon worked with Royal Oak's Transit Authority where he assisted with the development of bus terminals.

Tavon prepares the Weekly Report for the City Council and Department Directors while working on a variety of special projects from the City Manager.

Having been in existence for more than 30 years, the Fellowship has a long history of preparing participants for successful careers in municipal management. With an alumni network stretching across Kansas and the nation, participants can also benefit from extensive professional connections. Take a few moments and see what the program's alumni are currently doing. You may also want to know what recent Fellows had to say about their experience or learn more about the City's current Fellows.​

Alumni Testimo​​nials​

During the Fellowship I had direct access to the City Manager and senior staff while working on high-level issues. I recommend the Fellowship Program as an exceptional education opportunity for anyone interested in public service and leadership.

Bryce Mumford, Class of 2010-2011
Management Analyst, City of Provo, Utah

The Fellowship provided an extremely beneficial professional network and real world opportunities to expand the skills developed in my MPA program. Working under the guidance and support of the City Manager and senior staff, I was given a great responsibility to lead and assist with projects that visibly impacted the community.

Corinne Bannon, Class of 2010-2011
Public Affairs Associate, Wichita State University, Kansas

The Fellowship provided a framework that seeded my interest and knowledge in municipal management. Thanks to the guidance and professional development opportunities provided by the entire management team in Wichita, I found a great position with my hometown.

Adam Bentley, Class of 2010-2011
Assistant City Manager, City of Manhattan, Kansas

As a Fellow, the rate of my professional development has been incredible! I love the pace of City Hall, especially in the Manager's Office. Being mentored by the City Manager has prepared me to confidently pursue a career in public service and executive leadership.

Brandon McGuire, Class of 2011-2012
Management Analyst, Sedgwick County, Kansas

The Fellowship was both a tremendous development opportunity and professional experience for me. My time in the Wichita City Manager's Office equipped me with the tools I needed to take the next step in my career.

Zack Daniel, Class of 2014-2015
Assistant to the City Manager/City Clerk, City of Edwardsville, Kansas

​Where A​re They Now?

​Year Name Current Position & Employer​
​2017-2018
Janek Sunga​

Ph.D. Candidate (Political Science)
Northern Illinois University​
DeKalb, IL

​2017-2018
Ian Hutcheson​

Management Fellow
Metropolitan Area Building & Construction, City of Wichita​
Wichita, KS

​2016-2017
​Brandon Findley
​Community Services Representative
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​2016-2017
​Logan Bradshaw
​Management Analyst
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​2015-2016 John Emerson​ Budget Analyst
City of Derby, KS
Derby, KS​
​2014-2016 Kim Harris​ ​Juris Doctorate Candidate
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Chicago, IL
​2014-2015 Zack Daniel​ Assistant to the City Manager
City of Edwardsville, KS
Edwardsville, KS​
2013-2014​ Eoghan "Owen" Miller​ Senior Management Analyst
City of Newport News, VA
Newport News, VA​
​2013-2014 Robert Hovenkamp​ Budget & Policy Analyst
State of Michigan
Lansing, MI​
​2012-2013 Alyssa McMullin​ ​Performance & Management Specialist
Office of Innovation, City of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
​2012-2013 Jason Earl​ ​Management Analyst II
Public Works & Utilities Department, City of Petaluma
Petaluma, CA
​2011-2012 Brandon McGuire​ ​Assistant to the City Manager
City of Lawrence
Lawrence, KS
​2011-2012 Chase Fosse​ Strategic Operations Manager
Solid Waste Management, City of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX​
​2011-2012 Corinne Bannon​ ​Research Analyst
Office of Institutional Research & Planning, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
​2010-2011 ​Bryce Mumford ​Policy Analyst, Municipal Court
City of Provo
Provo, UT
​2010-2011 Adam Bentley​ ​Assistant Village Administrator/Human Resources Manager
Village of Waunakee
Waunakee, WI
​2009-2010 ​Troy Tillotson ​Manager
Fleet & Facilities Division, City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​2009-2010 ​Kurtis Jacobs ​District Court Administrator
State of Kansas
Garden City, KS
​2008-2009 ​Michelle Stroot ​Senior Management Analyst
Transit Department, City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​2008-2009 ​Michelle Meyer ​Finance Director
City of Bel Aire
Bel Aire, KS
​2007-2008 ​Ed Truelove ​City Administrator
City of Greensburg
Greensburg, KS
​2007-2008 ​Greg Clay ​Customer Care Manager
City of College Park
College Park, GA
​2006-2007 ​Rachelle Moody ​Executive Assistant to City Manager/Deputy City Secretary
City of West University Place
West University Place, TX
​2006-2007 ​Pamaline King-Burns ​Project Manager
Sedgwick County Health Department,
Community Health Planning & Performance Improvement Division
Wichita, KS
​2006-2007 ​Elizabeth Goltry ​Senior Budget Analyst
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​2006-2007 ​Courtney Fleetwood ​Senior Academic Advisor
School of Nursing, Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
​2005-2006 ​Angela Krummel-Buzard ​Director of the Environmental Finance Center
Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
​2005-2006 ​Pam Hoffman ​Medicare Program Coordinator
Medical Services Bureau
Wichita, KS
​2004-2005 ​Filany Opiso-Williams ​Auditing and Accounting Professional
San Francisco, CA
​2004-2005 ​Brian Garrels ​Senior Manager, Global Strategy
Spirit Aerosystems
Wichita, KS
​2004-2005 ​Ryan Adkison ​Assistant Pension Manager
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​2003-2004 ​Sean Milleson ​Revenue Analyst
City of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
​2003-2004 ​Kelli Geier ​Administrative Specialist
Wichita Transit, City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​2003-2004 ​Maggie Flanders ​Homeless Plan Specialist
Sedgwick County
Wichita, KS
​2001-2002 ​Nick Gregory ​City Administrator
City of McPherson
McPherson, KS
​2001-2002 ​Anna Klykova-Schulte ​Financial Analyst
Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, MA
​2001-2002 ​Henry Jackson ​Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, CO
​1999-2000 ​Andy Hopkins ​​Budget Analyst
City of Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM
​1999-2000 ​Barbara Crouse ​Manager
Wesley Medical Center
Wichita, KS
​1998-1999 ​Jay Newton ​Fleet Manager
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​1998-1999 ​Lane Massey ​City Manager
City of Larned
Larned, KS
​1998-1999 ​Keith Lawing ​CEO
Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas
Wichita, KS
​1997-1998 ​Carol McMillan ​Controller
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​1996-1997 ​Anne Warren ​Director of Human Resources
EagleMed LLC
Wichita, KS
​1995-1996 ​Susan Karrenbrock ​Psychiatric Nurse
Sedgwick County/Comcare Addiction Treatment
Wichita, KS
​1995-1996 ​Dave Paulsen ​Municipal Government Consultant
Kandiyohi County
Willmar, NM
​1995-1996 ​Misty Bruckner ​Associate Director, Center for Urban Studies
Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
​1993-1994 ​Kirk Zoellner ​Assistant Village Administrator
Village of Mokena
Mokena, IL
​1992-1993 ​Scott Knebel ​Downtown Revitalization Manager
Metropolitan Area Planning Department, City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​1992-1993 ​Kristi Irick ​CFO
Greater Cincinnati Water Works
Cincinnati, OH
​1990-1991 ​Elizabeth Owens ​Water Distribution Division Superintendent
Public Works Department, City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
​1989-1990 ​Martha Bruce Fair ​Staff Member
Wichita Learning Connection
Wichita, KS
​1988-1989 ​Nancy Scott ​Director of Planning and Development
City of Hutchinson
Hutchinson, KS
​1987-1988 ​Rebecca Allen-Bouska ​Deputy City Administrator
City of Maize
Maize, KS
​1986-1987 ​I.D. Creech ​Director of Public Works
City of Hays
Hays, KS
​1985-1986 ​Bud Meisch ​Accounting Professional
Wichita, KS
​1984-1985 ​Dennis McKinney ​Former State Treasurer
State of Kansas
Topeka, KS
​1981-1982 ​Cathy Holdeman Former ​​Assistant City Manager
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS​​​​​

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