Hilary Koehn – Interim Executive Director, hkoehn@kpata.org

Hilary is an early childhood professional who believes strongly in providing high-quality, intentional support to early childhood staff, students, and families in Kansas. In her former role as Early Childhood Lead for Wichita Public Schools, she provided leadership in program development and implementation of early childhood programs, especially Parents as Teachers and At-Risk PreK. Hilary is currently working for Kansas Parents as Teachers Association as the Quality Implementation Director/Affiliate Coordinator and has been with PAT for over 15 years. She also works as an early childhood consultant.

Jacki Himpel- Bright Futures Program Director, jhimpel@kpata.org

Jacki has been involved with Parents as Teachers for over 30 years serving as a program liaison, enrolled parent, parent educator, lead educator and then a coordinator for the past 15 years. She started a new role as the Bright Futures Program Director in late 2021. During her time with PAT she was named National PAT Parent Educator of the Year in 2003; had two staff members named National PAT Parent Educator of the Year in 2016 and 2021; and her program received the Losos Prize for Innovation in 2020. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and lives in Basehor, Kansas. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, daughters-in-law and granddaughter.

Amanda Winch- Bright Futures Administrative Assistant, awinch@kpata.org

Amanda’s family are alumni of the Olathe Parents as Teachers program. She fell in love with the program when her two boys were in it and has since participated in KPATA Advocacy Days and has served on the KC Area PAT Consortium Advisory Board for 5 years (currently as secretary). Amanda also volunteers in various ways in her community. She is currently the Treasurer of the PTA at her son’s elementary school and also works on advocacy for gun violence prevention. She holds a degree in Computer Science from K-State and an MBA from UMKC. She lives in Overland Park with her husband and 2 boys.

Anne Harris- Bright Futures Parent Educator, aharris@kpata.org

Anne has been serving Bright Futures families as a parent educator in the Wichita area since September of 2021. She also operates a storytime and early childhood consulting business and contracts with Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities as a training consultant.  She has worked in a variety of settings as an early childhood professional since 1992 including a college instructor for early childhood education, a Head Start teacher, child care licensing professional and the outreach and early literacy librarian for the Wichita Public Library. She holds a master’s in family studies and human services with an emphasis in early childhood education from K-State.

Jacinda Roberts- Bright Futures Parent Educator, jroberts@kpata.org

Jacinda has been in education for more than 30 years. She has been an elementary education classroom teacher as well as a school librarian. She also served as a parent educator in the Wichita Public School District. Jacinda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction   She currently serves families as a parent educator with the Bright Futures Program. Parents as Teachers is especially near and dear to Jacinda because she participated in the program with her own family.  Jacinda lives in West Wichita with her husband and their 14 year old daughter. She likes to travel, enjoy the outdoors and watch her daughter play volleyball and swim. 

Sarah Berkley- Bright Futures Parent Educator, sberkley@kpata.org

Sarah is the Program Coordinator for Hutchinson Parents as Teachers and has been with PAT for 3 years. Sarah started her journey in Parents as Teachers as a parent.  She has her Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology in Family Support from Emporia State University.  Sarah is passionate about working with and advocating for families with young children. She lives in Hutchinson, KS with her husband and has 5 children of her own. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake with her family.


Sharon Bell– Bright Futures Parent Educator, sbell@kpata.org

Sharon has been a Parent Educator for 17 years.  She also was a Teacher Assistant for 5 years.  She holds a Bachelor in Education degree.  She also hold minors in Early Childhood and Reading.  She enjoys walking, reading, bowling and crafts on her spare time.   Sharon lives in Hays, KS and has one adult son who lives in Olathe, KS.

Stacie Nelson– Bright Futures Parent Educator, snelson@kpata.org

Stacie is passionate about helping children and families thrive. She holds degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education from Southwestern College and has spent her career in a variety of positions as an educator and writer. Her involvement with Parents as Teachers actually began as a parent..and she later spent several years as a parent educator with USD 465. She lives in Winfield, KS with her husband and three daughters.