Our People

Shawn James
Information Technology Director

Shawn has been employed by Kanza since October of 2010.  Shawn oversees the Centers electronic resources and participates on the Center’s Executive Leadership Team.

Shawn obtained his Associates of Applied Science in Information Systems, from Education America (Topeka Technical College) in 2000. Shawn has been involved in Information technology in the Mental Health field since 2001.

Shawn’s interests include spending time with family and friends. Shawn is an adult volunteer in Hiawatha’s Cub Scout pack, and Boy Scout Troop. Shawn is also an Instructor in 4-H Shooting Sports.

David Jasper
Chief Executive Officer

David Jasper joined the KANZA team as CEO in August 2018. David moved here from Garden City KS, where for the past 19 years he was the Executive Director for an agency providing services to people with intellectual disabilities. David has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration Management and Accounting along with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

David enjoys spending time with family and friends. He enjoys outdoor activities including barbecuing. David is a sports fan and his favorite sports are college football especially Notre Dame and college basketball.

Jennifer Knudson
Chief Financial Officer

Jenny began her duties as Chief Financial Officer on January 2nd, 2019.  Her 23 years of accounting experience include 10 years in the agriculture industry and most recently 13 years in healthcare.  During her healthcare accounting career she managed the revenue cycle and accounts payable, was active with a professional organization, served on a committee through the Kansas Hospital Association, and served on a leadership development team for her employer.

Jenny, along with her husband and daughter live near Hiawatha and farm north of Everest.  When not at work, Jenny enjoys working in the yard and reading.  She also very much enjoys traveling with her family to the mountains to fish, hike, or ski.

Kailey Patton
Clinical Director

Kailey Patton, LCMFT, LCAC, has been employed at KANZA since April of 2015. Prior to being Clinical Director, Kailey was a therapist with KANZA for three years providing services to individuals, families, and couples. She became Clinical Director of KANZA in May of 2018.

Kailey obtained her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Forest Institute in May of 2013. Kailey moved back to Kansas after graduating with her master’s degree, and worked on receiving her clinical license in marriage and family therapy. She has held her clinical license since September of 2016. Kailey has additionally obtained her license in Clinical Addiction Counseling and has held that license since January of 2017.

Kailey’s clinical interests involve trauma-informed care, couple’s therapy, addictions, sexual issues for couples and individuals, and LGBTIAQ topics. Kailey has completed trainings in EMDR Level 1, Gottman style couple’s therapy, and other trauma-informed care trainings.

Outside of work, Kailey’s interests include being involved in her community, reading in her home office or outside on her porch, dancing, learning new hobbies like fishing and Frisbee golf, and spending time with her significant other and her cat. Kailey is a long time resident of the surrounding areas and community, and she decided to build a life and career in her home town.

Lisa Zakutansky
Community Support Services Director (Adults)

Lisa has been with Kanza since August 2008 and was appointed as the CSS Director in September 2013. Lisa oversees the Community Support Services for Adults , which provides several types and levels of services including case management, psycho-social rehabilitation services, attendant care, and crisis intervention services. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Phoenix in 2008. Lisa started her career with Kanza as a Certified Peer Specialist and has been serving the adult targeted population with their recovery of mental illness through her own life experiences of living with a psychiatric diagnosis for over 12 years. Lisa has also filled a number of roles at Kanza, including Adult Case Manager & Special Services Adult Case Manager.

Lisa’s interests included helping others achieve their recovery goals and live the life that they want regardless of their psychiatric diagnosis. She enjoys working with individuals and assisting them with developing and learning how to live a fulfilling independent life within their communities. Outside of work Lisa enjoys watching Nascar, Pro and College football, and spending time with family and friends.


Jolene Zirkle
Human Resources Director

Jolene was appointed as Human Resources Director on November 12th, 2018.
Jolene has been with the agency since December of 2004. She has worked in a couple of different areas of the agency including the Community Based Services Department and the Alcohol and Drug program.

Jolene has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from Washburn University. And currently she is working to obtain a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Ottawa University.
Jolene has three busy kids at home so there isn’t much free time. But when she does have some down time she likes to read and watch movies.