Melissa WalkerMelissa A. Walker, Ph.D. | Interim Director of the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs | Associate Professor
melissa.walker@wichita.edu
 | (316) 978-6967 
Dr. Melissa Walker arrived at the Hugo Wall School with 20 years of fundraising, strategic planning and program evaluation experience. Since joining the faculty in 2006, she has played a leading role in the integration of nonprofit content in the MPA. Her primary teaching responsibilities include the capstone course, human resource management as well as fundraising and financial management in nonprofit organizations. Dr. Walker's policy research explores the intersection of the public and nonprofit sectors; in particular, how funding arrangements affect service delivery. Dr. Walker has evaluated services for uninsured individuals who have diabetes, services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities funded by Medicaid and, most recently, a drug court. Full Vitae 

 

Tonya BronleeweTonya Bronleewe | Director | tonya.bronleewe@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6638
Tonya served as a program manager at the Environmental Finance Center since 2015 before becoming director in 2020. She managed grants and projects during a period of growth for the EFC that brought in more than $2 million in external funding. As director, Tonya is committed to enabling the EFC to help communities and organizations build capacity so that they can tackle environmental challenges. Prior to joining the Environmental Finance Center, Tonya worked at City of Wichita as an air quality specialist and at K-State Research and Extension as a natural resources extension agent. A proud Shocker and Wichita native, Tonya is highly active in the community, leading volunteer work like the Arkansas River Trash Roundup, Wichita’s g2gOutside program and Passport to Nature fundraisers. She also serves as the president-elect on the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center board. Tonya graduated from Tabor College with a BA in Environmental Biology and International Studies and also completed a Master's of Science in Environmental Science at Friends University.

 

Nicholas Willis Senior Program Manager | nicholas.willis@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6538 Nicholas Willis
Nick is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Kansas. Mr. Willis graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering and from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences with an MSc in Agroecology. He has experience in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System regulation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and water conservation and water, wastewater and stormwater utility management with the City of Hays, KS. 

 

 

 

Brian Bohnsack, PhD | Program Manager | brian.bohnsack@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6421Brian Bohnsack
Brian joined the Environmental Finance Center as a program manager in March 2018. He has more than 25 years of experience with federal and state fish and wildlife agencies. He has extensive experience with federal grants and financial assistance programs, both as a grantor and grant recipient. Brian received his PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and completed his Master of Science in Zoology from Oklahoma State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fort Hays State University and is a native of Topeka, Kansas. 

 

 

 

Jeff Severin, MUPJeff Severin, MUP | Program Manager | jeffrey.severin@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6373
Jeff joined the Environmental Finance Center in January of 2021. His interest in the connections that exist among human and natural systems is reflected throughout his career as an informal educator and sustainability professional. Jeff’s experience spans watershed education, stormwater management, waste reduction, energy conservation, multimodal transportation, landscape restoration, community wellness, food insecurity and social justice. He has coordinated strategic planning and project implementation to address a range of environmental and social challenges in higher education and in the broader community, collaborating with students, researchers, natural resources professionals, educators, and outdoor enthusiasts as well as local governments and state agencies. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master of Urban Planning.

 

 John ColclazierJohn Colclazier | Program Associate | john.colclazier@wichita.edu | (316) 978-7470
John joined the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs in 2018 as a Graduate Research Assistant and won the George Van Riper Fellowship in Public Finance. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Public Finance and City and County Management. He supports the EFC on a variety of projects, such as, cost-benefit analyses, trainings and technical assistance. John holds a BA in Political Science from Fort Hays State University. 

 

 

 

Michelle DehavenMichelle Dehaven | Program Associate | michelle.dehaven@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6673
Michelle assists the EFC with recurring and new federal, state, and municipal initiatives to enhance their capacity to face environmental and financial challenges. She has experience in mapping, extensive research, and both quantitative and qualitative data analysis.  Michelle has experience conducting professional training including board development, customer service, and community engagement.  She also has experience facilitating conversation to think strategically about future planning in both the private and nonprofit sectors.  Michelle graduated with a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wichita State University.

  

 

Leslie KimbleLeslie Kimble | Marketing Coordinator | leslie.kimble@wichita.edu | (316) 978-7460
Leslie started her career in event marketing and professional development training by interning at Disney Institute, a division of The Disney Company that trains organizations worldwide based on the business insights and best practices of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Leslie creates and publishes marketing and creative content for the EFC, and also coordinates logistics of EFC events and webinars. Leslie supports the EFC facilitators in training topics focused on communication strategies, marketing management, workforce planning and working with millennials. Leslie has a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in marketing and Bachelor of Arts in strategic communication from Wichita State University.

 

 

Jerry BlainJerry Blain | Project Associate | gerald.blain@wichita.edu 
Jerry has over 37 years of water utility management experience. Prior to coming to the EFC, Jerry retired from the City of Wichita where he had worked in water utilities in a number of roles for over 33 years. While serving as the City of Wichita Water Utilities superintendent of production and pumping, he was responsible for the operation of the city’s water production facilities, the operation of the city’s water treatment plant, the high service pump stations and the water and sewer laboratory. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1974 and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kansas. He belongs to the American Water Works Association, National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.