Youth Leadership Institute



Susan Keim

Susan is a full-time Ph.D. student in Public Administration while teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Kansas. Susan is also an adjunct faculty member at Donnelly College. In addition to those responsibilities, Susan facilitates strategic planning, community trusteeship, community development and team building for businesses and not-for-profits throughout the country.

Susan was Executive Director of Leadership 2000 in Wyandotte County, Kansas, for 18 years. Her organization was one of 17 leadership groups from throughout the state of Kansas participating in the Kansas Community Leadership Initiative sponsored by the Kansas Health Foundation. Susan continues to volunteer with Leadership 2000.

Susan is a graduate of Leadership 2000 and Leadership Kansas. She has won the Preceptor Award and the Distinguished Leader Award from the Community Leadership Association and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Kansas Leadership Forum. Susan is a Kansas Jayhawk through and through, having received her B.A. and M.P.A. degrees from the University of Kansas.

Don Wise

Don Wise has over 20 years in non-profit administration and community leadership. He is currently the Co-Director of the Coro leadership program at the Center for Leadership at Park University and is the former director of the Civic Leadership Training Council of Wyandotte County, in Kansas City, Kansas.

He has a Master’s Degree in Adaptive Education from Ohio State University and is a Fellow at both the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Midwest Center for Non-profit Leadership and at the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University, where he has designed and now teaches a variety of graduate level courses in community and nonprofit leadership.