Kansas Governor Announces Stacey Knoell as Executive Director

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Stacey Knoell as Executive Director of Kansas African American Affairs Commission

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly announced Stacey Knoell, Olathe, as the new Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission.

“Stacey has a proven track record of working hard for her community, and I know she will be a great advocate for Black Kansans,” Governor Laura Kelly said.  “She’ll bring a valuable vision to the Commission and use her experience to work with public and private partners, stakeholders, businesses, and agencies to reduce inequities and disparities that Black Kansans face every day.”

Currently, Knoell co-leads the third congressional district chapter for the Kansas Interfaith Action organization. Previously, Knoell worked as a public-school teacher for eight years as a sign language interpreter and a math teacher.  In her free time, Knoell volunteers at Catholic Charities food pantry and at her church as a teen leader and youth counselor.  Knoell and her husband reside in Olathe with their two daughters.

“I have already spent time talking with the other commissioners and the members of the Black Caucus in the Statehouse and I am encouraged by the amount of optimism and enthusiasm I hear concerning the future of KAAAC,” Stacey Knoell said. 

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