Kathryn U. Brussel, J.D.

Kathryn Brussel is a Wyandotte County native and graduated with honors from Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. She later earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1989 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School Of Law in 1992. She has practiced law in both Kansas and Missouri, and continues to maintain her license and an active practice in Kansas. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, and the Kansas Paralegal Association.

Dr. Brussel began her career at KCKCC as an adjunct professor teaching Paralegal classes in 1992. In Fall 1993, she became the sole full-time faculty member and coordinator of the Paralegal Program. She teaches most of the Paralegal classes and advises students interested in a future in the legal field.

In 2003, Professor Brussel began developing each of the Paralegal courses with online delivery to meet student demand. Since that time, the Paralegal Program has been delivered primarily online. She enjoys the increased one-on-one student opportunities afforded by this teaching method. Her main objective is to help students be successful in furthering their goals, whether a student simply wants to take a few classes to help learn basic legal terminology, enroll in classes for continuing education, become a Paralegal, or prepare for Law School.

Karen Gaines

Karen Gaines has more than 20 years of experience as a key member of the management team for various businesses including food-service management, publishing, retail, education, restaurants, and consulting.

She has an entrepreneurial spirit and has owned and operated various restaurants, a catering/event planning operation, and a business brokerage and management-consulting agency. In addition, Karen has assisted in the startup operations of several companies and was part of the team that originated and developed the concept and operations for a fast-food franchise chain.

Karen likes to share her experiences with students and other learners and has taught college (part time) for more than 18 years.  She has extensive experience providing soft-skills training seminars, advising individuals regarding buying or selling businesses, and consulting with prospective and existing business owners. Karen teaches a variety of business classes in the areas of management, marketing, operations, communications, and entrepreneurship. Currently, she is a Business Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Marketing Program.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Executive Management/Marketing from Rockhurst University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from the University of Arizona.

Allen Lenoir

Allen Lenoir has been employed as an Associate Professor of Business at KCKCC since fall 2000. Prior to coming to KCKCC, he taught business courses at Park University and Metropolitan Community College. He also worked in a partnership with Penn Valley/Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation serving as a business coach for the Project Choice program. His instructional duties have included Intro to Business, Small Business Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, In addition, he is the Faculty advisor for Enactus, a non-profit organization that brings together student, academic, and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable progress around the world. Presently, there are more than 1500 active colleges and universities with Enactus organizations. He holds an MBA from Webster University, a BSBA in Business and Philosophy from Rockhurst College, and an AAS in Business Administration from Metropolitan Community College.

Chad A. Marmon, CPA

Chad Marmon practiced as a CPA for several years prior to joining the faculty at KCKCC. 

After attaining a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Kansas State University, Chad gained experience in the world of large international accounting firms; Arthur Andersen and subsequently KPMG.

After about 5 years Chad went on to join a small CPA firm.  As his career continued Chad gained both a breadth and depth of knowledge in accounting with diverse experience in the areas of tax and auditing.

At KCKCC Chad teaches various tax and accounting courses.  One of the tax courses includes a program called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).  The main focus of VITA is to train students how to prepare individual income tax returns and subsequently apply those skills by preparing multiple individual tax returns for low income taxpayers in the community.  This idea of "service learning" benefits both the students and the community at large. 

Mehdi Shariati

Dr. Mehdi S. Shariati teaches a combination of online and onground courses in Economics, Geography and sociology. He holds graduate degrees in Economics, Sociology and a multidisciplinary Ph.D. He has been teaching for KCKCC since 1983 and became full time in 2001. From 1990-2001 he was at Donnelly College as a full time instructor and for four years as the Dean of business and social sciences. He has written and published articles on various topics ranging from global political economy to social change and community issues. He strongly believes that, while classroom lectures are designed to introduce, dissect and analyze the conceptual framework, extensive community involvement, forums, internship and similar activities fulfill the experiential dimension of learning. He created KCKCC Economics Club to serve as a mechanism for greater community involvement. Community involvement, in the forms of a community garden, service learning, voluntarism, and community forums, not only enriches the community, it teaches the members of the community about themselves. It  can help in resource mapping and instills a sense of pride and citizenship. His writings, his teaching style and the textbooks he has authored are a reflection and an extension of that philosophy and methodology.

Lakshmy Sivaratnam

Lakshmy Sivaratnam has a background in Operations Management, Accounting, and Information Systems with her work experience extending overseas.  Her academic background consists of a Bachelors in Management/Finance achieved at Park University; Masters in Accounting from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; and seventy-two hours toward a doctorate in Accounting Information Systems at the University of Kansas. She has taught at undergraduate level and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, classes taught include: Accounting I; Accounting II; Managerial Accounting; Intermediate Accounting; Computerized Accounting; Personal Finance; Business Math; Management; and, Introductory Business courses. At the graduate level, she has taught Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; and Management Finance.

Janet Velazquez

Janet Velazquez came to education from a twenty year background as a trial lawyer.  She has practiced in a number of areas of law, both criminal and civil, with an emphasis in the area of business law. During those years, she was a hiring partner in a law firm and later established and managed her own law firm.

She is presently the coordinator of the Business Administration & Business Transfer degrees. In addition to teaching, she does corporate training in areas of leadership development and various areas of employment law.

Janet obtained her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University and her BA in Psychology from Emporia State University.

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