PPMC Staff

The Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) employs a permanent staff along with project associates in the field. Faculty and graduate assistants also provide research assistance, and the Center partners with content experts from other academic units at Wichita State University.

Morgan BarnesMorgan Barnes Program Manager
morgan.barnes@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6535
Morgan Barnes provides support and assistance with professional development, community service and programming for the Center by delivering professional trainings and conference planning. Prior to joining Wichita State, Morgan worked in higher education in several capacities but always with the same goal: helping people change their story and make a difference. Morgan received her BA degree from Wichita State University in Integrated Marketing Communication.

Misty Bruckner Director
misty.bruckner@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6527
Misty Bruckner leads the programs and staff of the Public Policy and Management Center. For more than 20 years, she has served in various public service capacities including as the City of Wichita's Assistant to the City Manager and Neighborhood Services Director. Misty was recipient of the Excellence in Public Service Award from the City of Wichita and Bronze Medal Award for Public Service from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. She holds an MPA from Wichita State University.


Julian DeDeaux Research Associate
jadedeaux@shockers.wichita.edu | (316) 978-6419
Julian Dedeaux is a doctoral candidate of Psychology at Wichita State University, having received his MA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Psychology. Julian has engaged in research with community agencies by assisting with developing solutions based on empirical data in response to problems defined by the communities. Some projects include: Water Quality Analysis for Sunflower Community Action in response to poor water perceptions in southwest Kansas, Program Evaluation development for Real Men, Real Heroes, Inc. Mentoring and program research for the Shocker Youth Summer Camp Program.

Lisa Dodson Research and Program Evaluation Manager
lisa.dodson@wichita.edu | (316) 978-3126
Lisa Dodson served as a Project Associate for the Public Policy and Management Center for three years before joining the team full-time in 2016. As Research and Program Evaluation Manager for the PPMC, she provides program management, evaluation, consulting and research services. Prior to joining Wichita State, she owned an independent consulting firm and held roles at Kansas State University Institute for Academic Alliances, Kansas African American Museum and Tabor College. Lisa earned a M.Econ. and M.Ed., both from Wichita State University.

Paula Downs Talent and Professional Services Manager
paula.downs@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6678
Paula Downs joined the Public Policy and Management Center in 2012 with more than 25 years of experience in the public sector, 13 of those as a project manager. In her current role as Talent and Professional Services Manager, she oversees special projects; develops and delivers training on a wide range of topics; and assists local governments and nonprofits with board trainings, strategic planning, facilitation services and professional development. Paula holds an MPA from Wichita State University.


LaShonda Garnes PictureLashonda Garnes Community Development Manager
lashonda.garnes@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6834
LaShonda Garnes joined the Public Policy and Management Center in 2018 with more than 15 years of experience in both the public and private sector. LaShonda has served in various public service leadership roles including the Business Operations Manager and Neighborhood Services Manager. In her role as the Community Development Manager, she is responsible for developing, implementing and directing project/program initiatives related to community engagement, organizational assessment, planning and facilitation. LaShonda received her MPA from Wichita State University and her BA in Business Administration from Chicago State University.

Adrienne McAlpine PictureAdrienne McAlpine Events Coordinator
adrienne.mcalpine@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6831
Adrienne McAlpine manages the logistics for the PPMC’s professional development and training events. Prior to joining the PPMC, Adrienne was the Project Coordinator for the WSU College of Health Professions - Dean’s Office. Adrienne enjoys volunteering and currently serves as Secretary of WSU’s African American Faculty & Staff organization (AAFSA) and Co-Chair of the University Relations Committee on Power CDC’s Historic Dunbar Theater Advisory Board. Adrienne received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA, and her MPA from Wichita State University.

Sarah Shaffer Business Manager
sarah.shaffer@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6526
Sarah Shaffer provides research, training and support for local government and nonprofit program evaluation, research and policy analysis at the PPMC. Sarah’s passion for public service can be recognized in her previous work experience, including as Research Assistant for University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Senior Accountant for Sedgwick County, KS, Psychosocial Group Coordinator for Mental Health Association of South-Central Kansas, and Children’s Education Specialist for Kansas Children’s Service League. Sarah holds BA and MA degrees in Sociology from Wichita State University.

Matt Stiles PictureMatt Stiles Project Manager
matthew.stiles@wichita.edu | (316) 978-6296
Matt Stiles provides support for local governments and nonprofit organizations through program evaluation, research, policy analysis and training at the PPMC. Before joining the PPMC, Matt worked the previous 10 years in the public management for the Kansas cities of South Hutchinson and Bel Aire, specializing in financial management, collaborative decision making, community building and economic development. Matt holds a BS in Political Science from Emporia State University and an MPA from Wichita State University.