Leadership Washburn

Alumni Facilitators

The 2013 - 2014 Alumni Facilitators are partners with the Project Team to encourage satisfacory completion of program requirements with particular emphasis on development of the individualized action plan.

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James Barraclough

James Barraclough is in his sixth year as a Career Services Specialist at Washburn University. As a Specialist, he advises students on all aspects of the career development process and he serves as a liaison to the Health Care and Education programs on campus. Each year he coordinates Washburn’s Health Care Career Fair in the fall and the two Education Interview Day events. To better meet the needs of Washburn students, James resurrected and revitalized the IS-120 Major and Career Exploration course and has been teaching sections of it for deciding students since 2010. This fall, he is excited to teach a section of WU-101 with the First Year Experience program.  James is a member of the inaugural Leadership Washburn program and served as a facilitator in the program last year. He serves on the Quality Initiative and Diversity Initiative Committees, the Greek Life Advisory Board, and as the Faculty Advisor for a Greek organization at Washburn.  Professionally, he is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Kansas Association of Colleges & Employers (KACE). He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for KACE.  James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership - College Student Development from Oklahoma State University.
John Haverty

John Haverty

John Haverty is the Assistant Director of User Services in Information Technology Services.  In this position, he oversees day-to-day operations, manages the staff and coordinates department support, computer purchases, and installations.  A new responsibility that he started in July 2012 is managing the telephone system for Washburn.  John has worked at Washburn for the past fifteen years, served as staff council chair for two years, and is currently serving as President of the Washburn Alumni Board of Directors. John has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems from Washburn, completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in May 2012, and was a member of the inaugural Leadership Washburn program (2011-2012). John stays active outside of work by participating in Washburn Alumni events.
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Amanda Hughes

Amanda Hughes became the Assistant Director of University Relations in July 2004. She is a Washburn alumna and takes great pride in being an Ichabod and working for her alma mater. Amanda graduated Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in mass media, with an emphasis in broadcast, and a minor in communications. In her position with Washburn, Amanda handles media relations, write news releases, schedule interviews, press conferences and photo opportunities. She also co-coordinates the Washburn sesquicentennial celebration, which began in 2011 and will continue through October 2015. She plans university special events, including ribbon cuttings, Greater Topeka Chamber socials, holiday parties and faculty/staff events, and serves on campus and community committees as a representative of Washburn. One of the most unique parts of her job is managing and continually developing the Ichabod mascot program, hosting mascot boot camps and supervising the mascot team. She also serves as the advisor for the Washburn student group, Top City Live, which connects students to the Topeka community. Amanda is a graduate of the inaugural Leadership Washburn class (2011-2012); the University of Kansas’ 2008 Emerging Leaders Academy; and the Topeka Chamber’s 2007 Greater Leadership Topeka (LGT) class. Most recently, Amanda was recognized as an honoree in the 2012 Greater Topeka’s 20 Under 40 class and received the Washburn’s Student Life Achieving Excellence Award in April 2012. In 2010, she received the Fast Forward Member of the Year award and was voted one of Topeka’s Rising Stars by TK Magazine, in 2008. Her community involvement includes serving on the Let’s Build Southboro Park committee, volunteering at Lowman Hill Grade School and Meals on Wheels, and for the second year in a row her family is hosting a RoadRunner hockey player.
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Tracy Routsong 

Tracy Routsong was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Washburn. She has served on a variety of University committees, including Faculty Senate, University Honors Board, Health Benefits Committee, and others. Tracy chaired the Department of Communication until spring of 2013 when she took a visiting professorship at Winona State University where she had taught previously. Tracy began her professional leadership role as the Assistant Director of Forensics, and then Director of Forensics at Winona State University where she also was the Test-Out Director for the department. Her Master of Arts in Organizational Communication specialized in crisis communication specifically examining the rhetoric of leaders dealing with organizational crises. She received her Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication specializing in health and family. Outside of academia, she has had several occasions to demonstrate leadership, such as coaching soccer and basketball. Other opportunities for leadership have been found through activities within the school system including recruiting and scheduling volunteers, leading students in Yearbook design, coordinating the annual Book Fair, and co-directing and choreographing several drama productions. Tracy tries to lead, and live, using the words of Edward Everett Hale as guidance: "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
Mike Russell

Mike Russell 

Mike Russell began his career at Washburn University in 2001, with tenure and promotion to Associate Professor granted in the spring of 2007.  He currently holds the positions of Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, the Scholarly Creative Washburn Transformational Experience (WTE) Area Director, and the WTE Director of Marketing and Assessment.  During his time at Washburn, Mike has been honored with both the Herrick Faculty Award for Outstanding Service (in 2011) and the Ned N. Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award (in 2013). He has served on various university wide committees, including Chair of three Student Learning Outcome Assessment Discovery committees, Chair of Washburn’s Institutional Review Board, and member of the ad hoc general education task force and work group.  Mike was a member of the inaugural Leadership Washburn program (2011-2012). He earned his M.A. in Developmental Psychology in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1999, both at the University of Connecticut.