Business Department Faculty

Kristen Ball

Assistant Professor
Office #3608

Kristen Ball worked in the public and private sectors as a manager of MIS and computer programmer for 15 years before moving to academia. She has been teaching business and computer classes since 1999 for several colleges and universities. She joined KCKCC in 2012 and teaches Personal Finance, Computer Accounting, Advanced Word and Advanced Excel, as well as classes for the Office Assistant and Administrative Office Professionals programs.

Kristen holds a Masters in Management of Information Systems from Friends University, a Bachelors in Computer Science from St. Mary of the Plains College, and an AA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College. She is currently the program coordinator for the Office Assistant and Administrative Office Professionals programs. In addition, she administers the Microsoft IT Academy testing center at KCKCC and is Microsoft Office Specialist certified.

Karen Gaines

Assistant Professor
Office #3611

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

Office #3612

Allen Lenoir has been employed as a Professor of Business at Kansas City Kansas Community College since fall 2000.  Prior to coming to the college, he taught business courses at Park University and the Metropolitan Community Colleges.  Allen 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 Introduction to Business, Small Business Management, Supervision, 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. 

Allen holds a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rockhurst College, and an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration from the Metropolitan Community Colleges/Penn Valley.

Chad A. Marmon, CPA

Assistant Professor
Office #3607

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.  

Gena L. Ross, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office CEB 2000G

Gena Ross teaches a combination of classes in the Office Assistant Professionals program located at the Pioneer Career Center in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Prior to coming to Kansas City Kansas Community College, she worked for the Missouri Department of Corrections as the warden’s administrative assistant.  

She obtained her Doctorate degree in Public Policy and Administration (Local Government Management) from Walden University.  In addition, Gena holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University, a Bachelors in Business Administration (Organizational Psychology and Development) from American Intercontinental University, and an Associates of Arts in Urban Studies from North Central University.

Lakshmy Sivaratnam

Associate Professor
Office #3604

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.

Lakshmy is the Program Coordinator for the Accounting Program at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Janet Velazquez, J.D.

Professor 913-288-7204
Office #3606

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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