New Executive Board Members


Education Program Consultant/619 Coordinator

Julie Rand

  • Julie Rand is the new Education Program Consultant/619 Coordinator on the Early Childhood team at the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Before moving back to her home state of Kansas, she lived in Hawaii, New York and Virginia working in various EC roles: teacher, center director, Head Start/UPK Specialist and Professional Development Specialist. 
  • Julie graduated from Chaminade University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and from Walden University with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education: Teaching Adults in the EC field.
  • Julie is in love with being a “boymom” to 3 active and ornery boys, Austin (16), Logan (15), & Riley (11). She enjoys music and cooking/baking for her fiancé and boys.
  • She is excited to be starting a new adventure with the KSDE and looks forward to working with all of you!
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M'Lisa Sheldon, Ph.D.

M’Lisa Shelden, PT, PhD Dr. Shelden is the Chair and Program Director of the Department of Physical Therapy at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She received her degrees in physical therapy and early childhood special education from the University of Oklahoma. M’Lisa is a graduate Fellow of the ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families and a recipient of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship. She served as a member of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center) Workgroup on Principles and Practices of Services in Natural Environments. Dr. Shelden has coauthored several articles related to early intervention teamwork and book chapters related to physical therapy personnel preparation and service delivery and use of a primary service provider approach to teaming. She has coauthored several texts, including Physical Therapy under IDEA, as well as Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood Intervention, The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook, and The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook: The Primary Service Provider Approach. M’Lisa has consulted with over 30 states and numerous programs across the country and presents nationally on topics related to evidence-based practices, coaching, use of a primary service provider approach to teaming, and provision of services in natural environments.

Jenny Brase, MS

Jennie Brase, MS , has been working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, families and caregivers for over 20 years. She started her career as a kindergarten teacher after receiving her bachelors in elementary educations from Sterling College. She soon became interested in working with children who have delays and special needs and earned her Masters degree from Emporia State University. Since then has been working with children aged birth through 5 years of age. Her roles have included inclusive special education preschool teacher, itinerant preschool teacher, transition coordinator and infant toddler provider. Jenny is certified in Infant ABC; Attachment and Bio Behavioral Catch-Up, and is currently working on her toddler ABC certification through the University of Delaware. She is also serving on the board for KDEC as the secretary. Jenny belongs to KDEC, CEC and DEC. Jenny and the team she was working with received a best practice award in 2014 for creating and implementing an itinerant ECSE program. This program allowed children to remain in their natural setting while receiving special education services. When not at work Jenny enjoys floating down the river on a kayak, watching her husband and son drag race and hanging out with her two adult sons.

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