Rochelle Adams, Executive Assistant & Operations Manager
Rochelle became the executive assistant to the president and CEO and the operations specialist for Kansas Action for Children in December 2011. She manages day-to-day operations, including accounting, human resources, office technology, and database management. Before joining KAC, Rochelle was a legal assistant to a bankruptcy trustee for many years. She has also been a Hospital Assistance Program case manager and provided accounting services. Rochelle is from Topeka, Kan., and she earned a bachelor’s degree in business accounting from Washburn University.
Janelle Brazington, Vice President of Administration
Janelle supports the mission of Kansas Action for Children by providing leadership in finances, human resources, grant management, planning, and advocacy evaluation. Janelle has been with KAC since 2003. Before working at KAC, she was volunteer director for a community services center in upstate New York and direct mail coordinator and database manager for a bank in Lincoln, Neb. Janelle grew up in Leonidas, Mich., and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Union College. Janelle is a certified professional in human resources and a member of the local and national Society of Human Resources Management. Janelle is a member of the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center Board of Directors, volunteers for the Brown v. Board National Historic Site, and is a member of the Leadership Greater Topeka Class of 2008.
Emily Fetsch, Director of Policy & Research
Emily is the director of policy and research at Kansas Action for Children and its Kansas Center for Economic Growth project. Previously, she was a researcher at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Public Religion Research Institute and the associate director at the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Kansas.
Annie McKay, President & CEO
Previously executive director of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, Annie became KAC president and CEO in June 2016. Before leading the team at KCEG, Annie worked as a research analyst with the University of Kansas coordinating and assisting with evaluation of early childhood and federally funded programs targeting low-income students. A Kansas native, Annie earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is a former Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellow, University of Kansas Women of Distinction honoree, and KHSA Kansas Children’s Champion. Annie is a 2017 Rockwood LIO Fellow and currently serves as a member of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet.
Adrienne Olejnik, Director of Government Relations
Adrienne joined Kansas Action for Children in September 2018. She has also worked in gaming, finance, and libraries. Adrienne has been actively involved in local and state community work through service as a city council member, community foundation chair, leadership program graduate, and board positions. She is a 2005 graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, where she studied finance and management. Adrienne lives in Rossville with her husband and two daughters.
Aminata Seck, Research Fellow
Amina came to Kansas Action for Children and the Kansas Center for Economic Growth project in July 2018 as a research fellow. She is a Ph.D. student and an instructor in the department of Women, Gender and Sexuality studies at the University of Kansas. She is a founder of the Association for the Development of Education in Senegal. Amina holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bard College in New York.
John Wilson, Vice President of Advocacy
John joined Kansas Action for Children in September 2017. He spent the previous 10 years working at the intersection of design, public health, and policymaking. John helped build the Alliance for a Healthier Generation into the nation’s leading nonprofit organization focused on children’s health. As a Kansas State Representative, John worked to redefine the culture of the Legislature to make it more open and collaborative. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied visual communication. The best parts of his day are when he’s spending time with his wife, Jami, and their two sons, Parker and Henry.
Clay Wirestone, Senior Communications Specialist
Clay came aboard as senior communications specialist in 2017, crafting messages for Kansas Action for Children and the Kansas Center for Economic Growth project. He held editing, reporting, and design positions at the Topeka Capital-Journal, Concord (N.H.) Monitor, Tampa Tribune, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Closer to home, he interned for the Salina Journal and Parsons Sun. Clay has written for PolitiFact, Mental Floss, and the History Channel, and his work has appeared at cnn.com and HuffPost. He earned English and journalism degrees from the University of Kansas.