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(785) 856-5300


Jim Ogle 
Executive Director  
(785) 856-3635
(785) 409-9943 (cell)

Executive Director Jim Ogle speaks on behalf of Freedom’s Frontier and coordinates its overall efforts. His goals this year are to confirm the sustainability of the heritage area, raise its visibility to heritage travelers and the general public and to expand the number and diversity of groups who partner with Freedom’s Frontier.

Julie McPike
Managing Director
(785) 856-5283
(785) 424-4453 (cell)

Managing Director Julie McPike manages programs and partnerships. She is responsible for overseeing a variety of programs and partnerships, including serving as liaison to the Alliance of National Heritage Areas. Additionally, she is responsible for reporting to the National Park Service and works with the Executive Director to ensure that Freedom’s Frontier effectively communicates with multiple audiences and diversifies its revenue streams. Her goals this year are to ensure that Freedom’s Frontier programs run smoothly, to expand partnerships and to seek out new grant opportunities.

Liz Hobson
Special Projects Coordinator
(785) 856-2333  
(785) 424-5086 (cell) 

Special Projects Coordinator Liz Hobson is responsible for providing oversight and support for several focused projects in Freedom's Frontier. These include partner professional development, Race Project KC, and the ongoing work in the preservation and interpretation of the historic Quindaro Townsite. Liz also manages the FFNHA Interpretive Grant program. Liz’s goals for this year include organizing two professional development opportunities, assisting in organizing the Spring 2018 Quindaro Symposium, and increasing the number of Interpretive Grant applications.

Kelly Burns
Special Projects Coordinator - Quindaro Symposium
(785) 856-3658 (office)

Special Projects Coordinator Kelly Burns is a Museum Studies graduate student at the University of Kansas. In her work for Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage area, she is responsible for assisting with the planning of Quindaro Oral History Project events and the April 2018 Quindaro Symposium. Through these events, Kelly’s goals are to grow the collection of Quindaro oral histories, and to advance the efforts to elevate the historic Quindaro Townsite to National Historic Landmark status.

Sonia Smith                                          
Communications and Marketing Manager        
(785) 856-5304                                      
(785) 840-5499 (cell)

Communications and Marketing Manager Sonia Smith promotes awareness of the heritage area and its partners and programs. She is responsible for providing information for the media, our partners and the public about the heritage area through newsletters, social media, our website, and with informational kiosks and displays. Her goals for the year include setting up information kiosks at six sites so that visitors to those sites will find more information about what there is to see and do in our heritage area that includes lots of museums and historic sites.

Lexi Ray
Youth and Education Coordinator 
(785) 856-3638
(785) 304-9963 (cell)

Youth and Education Coordinator Lexi Ray for Freedom’s Frontier. She is responsible for administering our educational projects, including the summer youth camp and educational outreach. She coordinates the Bus on Us Program, Tacha Award, assists with National History Day, and represents FFNHA partners to educators across the 41 counties. Lexi’s goals for this year include becoming familiar with the interpretive grant process, the professional and partner development scholarship process and seeking new opportunities for growth within our educational programs.

Doug Pickert 
Signage Coordinator
(785) 856-5081 (office)   
(913) 669-6595 (cell) 

Signage Coordinator Doug Pickert implements the heritage area's signage system and provides a resource to our partners for signage-related answers. He is responsible for communicating with partners and regulatory agencies to design, present, and achieve approvals for highway boundary signage, local directional signs, and on-site partner signs. His goals this year are to achieve implementation of all proposed boundary signage, two directional signage pilot projects, and continue placement of on-site signage at numerous partner sites.

Adam Newhard

Partnership Coordinator
(785) 856-3634 (office)

Partnership Coordinator Adam Newhard is an advocate and the go-to staff member for all Freedom’s Frontier partners. He is responsible for organizing and programming our partner meetings, our partner advisory group and its calls and our Field Day visits to partners and potential partners. His goals this year are to create better systems for tracking and touching each partner, develop better systems for identifying potential partners, recruit those partners, ease their transition to partnership including their microsites and develop a system for review and improvement of all microsites.

Johnny Szlauderbach
Grants Research Coordinator
(785) 856-3636
(785) 424-4411 (cell)

Grants Research Coordinator Johnny Szlauderbach develops new and creative grant opportunities for Freedom’s Frontier and its partners. Additionally, he serves the Alliance of National Heritage Areas in an administrative capacity and is the organization’s first paid employee. His goals this year include increasing the organization’s annual grant allotment, creating ties with new and unexpected foundations, and building awareness of A.N.H.A. and its members.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 526, Lawrence KS 66044
Physical Address: 200 W 9th St, Lawrence KS 66044
Phone: (785) 856-5300
Fax: (785) 856-5303

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