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Semmel currently serves as the executive director for USA|Kansas and the Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA). She is also the president-elect for the Association of State Executives (ASE), which is affiliated with AASA, and a board member for Destination Imagination Kansas. She is often invited to guest lecture on the “Politics of P-20 education” and volunteers as a mentor for high school students. In 2009, Semmel volunteered as an international elections observer during the presidential elections in El Salvador and Bolivia.
Prior to joining USA|Kansas and KSSA in 2006, Semmel worked as a federal liaison in the State of Delaware’s Washington, D.C. office. Her portfolio included policy and appropriations for education and the workforce, agriculture, energy, natural resources and aviation. During her time there, she worked extensively with organizations like the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Prior to that, Semmel worked in the undergraduate teacher education department at Nova Southeastern University. While there, she was part of the administrative team and her responsibilities included program approval, new site development, department operations, budget administration and oversight for the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers scholarship program.
Semmel graduated from The George Washington University with a master’s degree in public administration – budget and public finance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. In addition to her leadership role with ASE, Semmel is currently a member of the Kansas Society of Association Executives, ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership and Women in Government Relations.
Cheryl L. Semmel
United School Administrators of Kansas (USA|Kansas)
Kansas School Superintendents’ Association (KSSA)
515 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 201
Topeka, Kansas 66603
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