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christie appelhanzVice President of Public Affairs for Kansas Action for Children

Bachelors of Science in Journalism and Masters in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas


Sister Therese Bangert of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. A voice for the poor and spiritual guide to countless policymakers in the Statehouse, she is Kansas’ own Mother Teresa.

Best advice received: 
Politics is far too important to be left to the politicians.

Sisters of Survival, creative writing teacher at Topeka Correctional Facility 
National Peace Corps Association, Advocacy and Policy Committee advisor
Annie E. Casey Foundation Leadership Institute, Inaugural class 
Seaman Education Advantage Foundation, Board member
Kansas Family Partnership, Board member
Children's Advocacy Centers, Board member
Topeka Rescue Mission, volunteer meal server
Ukrainian Club of Greater Kansas City, enthusiastic member
Mother Teresa Church, parishioner  

Christie is not only passionate about what she believes in, but she has the unique ability to get others to share in her excitement and passion. 
- Angie Haggard

Christie draws from her experiences in the Peace Corp half a world away—and her experiences just across the state—to help make the world a better place. She's fearless. Whether moving to a new country with little knowledge of the language, or taking on a huge assignment where she has little experience, she dives in and plans to accomplish her goals with great tenacity.
- Martha Bartlett Piland


City of Topeka Year-End Review

City of Topeka Year-End Review