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Meet the Student Activities & Greek Life Staff

Jessica Neumann, Director

Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Director

Jessica has been a staff member since 2007.

She is responsible for leadership development of students and staff, event planning and management of student lead initiatives, direct advising of Washburn Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board, as well as support to fraternity and sorority life at Washburn University. She also serves as an educator on the importance of campus engagement, academic success, community development and recruitment and retention.

Jessica has the privilege of serving on many local and national boards and planning committees. Her involvement includes serving as the Ignite co-chair for educational programming in Fast Forward, current treasurer of the National Association of Campus Activities – Central Region, Women in Student Affairs National Leadership Team – Current Research Co-Chair, Washburn University United Way – Fundraising Campaign, and the Big Brothers Big Sister – Bowl for Kid’s Sake planning committee, as well as many other volunteer opportunities in the local community.

Jessica has received her Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her Masters of Science from North Dakota State University.


Gary Handy, Assistant Director

Gary Handy, Assistant Director

Gary has been a staff member since 2011.

Gary is responsible for the advising of the fraternity and sorority community at Washburn University with direct advising of Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Greek Council, and Order of Omega  National Honor Society. He also serves as an educator of student involvement and development, risk management education, fraternity and sorority recruitment/intake, academic advising, and multicultural fraternal organizations.

Gary is a member of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors and serves as a member of the Regional Member Management & Recruitment Team. He is also an active local volunteer for his national fraternity. 

Gary has received his Bachelor of Science from Emporia State University and his Master of Arts from Southeast Missouri State University.


Angela Valdivia, Office Assistant

Angela Valdivia, Office Assistant

Angela has been a staff member at Washburn University since 2000.

Angela serves as the primary contact and manages the registration logistics for all student organizations at Washburn University. She also supports student staff hiring, training and supervision. Angela also manages all event planning for Family Day, Homecoming, Washburn’s Who’s Who Reception, and the Student Organization Achievement & Recognition (SOAR) Awards Reception.

Angela serves as the current president of MANA de Topeka, the director of the LEAD program, and a Leadership of Greater Topeka 2010 Alumnae. She is also actively involved with many committees and programs at Washburn University.

Angela has received her Bachelors of Social Work from Washburn University.