LSR7 Board of Education
Ryan Murdock was elected to the Board of Education in April 2018. He works as the emergency management director for the City of Raymore. He previously worked in public education, teaching in the Jefferson C-123 and Raytown School Districts. He taught world history, American history, speech and psychology at Jefferson C-123 for four years where he coached softball, basketball and track and field and sponsored the academic team. In Raytown, he taught American history, world history, psychology and abnormal psychology at Raytown South High School for 10 years, also serving as an assistant coach for boys and girls soccer and as assistant coach for debate and forensics.
Within the community, Mr. Murdock has been a board member of Sporting Lee’s Summit, and his son Eli still participates with the U11 Ubuntu Strikers on the competitive side of Sporting LS. He is a board member for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and serves on the organization’s allocations committee and the Taste of Lee’s Summit planning committee. Both Mr. Murdock and his wife are active with Midwest Adaptive Sports where his other son Isaac plays on the Kansas City Kings wheelchair basketball team. He is also involved with Variety KC and Children’s Mercy Hospital. His family attends The Summit Church in Lee’s Summit and is involved in the church community.
Mr. Murdock earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a graduate of Raytown South High School. He and his wife, Kristi, are the parents of twin boys, Isaac and Elias, who will be 5th graders at Longview Farm Elementary in the 20-21 school year.
Mr. Murdock is an avid golfer (but doesn’t get to play as much as he would like) and also enjoys soccer and running. He has completed two marathons (Twin Cities in 2015 and Chicago in 2018) and nearly two dozen half marathons. He is a die-hard Mizzou fan and has begrudgingly accepted being a fan of K-State as well (where his wife graduated). “I love the opportunity to travel with my family and enjoy time together, whether in the mountains or on a beach” he shared. “I enjoy serving my community in multiple facets and will continue to work hard on behalf of the students, staff, and LSR7 community.”
Megan Marshall was elected to the Board of Education in June 2020. She is the first African American elected to the Lee’s Summit Board of Education. She retired from the United States Marine Corps in April 2020, after 20 years of active duty, with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
Ms. Marshall earned her Bachelors of Business Management and Masters of Public Administration from Columbia Southern University while serving on active duty. In addition to pursing higher education, she was involved in mentoring programs within the Marine Corps including the Non-Commissioned Officer Council, Woman Marine Association, and the Montford Point Marines Association. While serving in Korea and Central America, she was involved in local community projects that directly benefited the education of children; from participating in the construction of new schools to ongoing tutoring and mentoring.
Ms. Marshall currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Program Support Assistant where she helps veterans transition into various veteran support services after leaving military service. Ms. Marshall believes it is her duty to continue serving veterans who paved the way for her career of service to her country.
Ms. Marshall made Lee’s Summit her home in 2017, and has two children who are graduates of Lee’s Summit West High School; and her youngest child currently attends elementary school in LSR7. She enjoys activities such as reading and journaling, and is also passionate about physical fitness and nutrition.
Kim Fritchie was elected to the Board of Education in April 2017. Mrs. Fritchie retired from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District after serving as a teacher and school administrator for 30 years. During her career with the district, she taught English and journalism and served as newspaper adviser at Lee’s Summit High School for 12 years, served as administrative assistant at Bernard Campbell Middle School for two years and was an assistant principal at Pleasant Lea Middle School for 16 years.
A Lee’s Summit High School graduate, Mrs. Fritchie earned her bachelor’s degree in education, her master’s degree in secondary school administration and her specialist degree in educational administration, all from the University of Central Missouri. While working at Pleasant Lea Middle School, she served as president of the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association, received the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Consummate Professional Award, the PTA Honorary Life Membership Award and the Greater Kansas City Assistant Principal of the Year Award. Mrs. Fritchie was inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame in spring 2016.
Within the community, she has served as a Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Board member, is past president of Lee’s Summit CARES, vice president/program chair of the Lee’s Summit Retired School Personnel Chapter of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, member of the Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission, member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and kindergarten small group teacher at the Lee’s Summit First Baptist Church. She has been honored by several community organizations for her volunteer efforts and has received the Volunteer of the Year Award, Community of Character Award for Citizenship and Top Gun Award, all from Lee’s Summit CARES; the Lee’s Summit Truly 150 Community Hero Award; the Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Beautification Award and Community Involvement Award; and the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club Service Above Self Award.
Mrs. Fritchie is married to Kent Fritchie, also a LSHS graduate. They have two daughters, Holly Dahn and Natalie Santhuff, both Lee’s Summit North High School graduates; and five grandchildren, Lance Dahn, a sixth-grader, and Reece Dahn, a second grader at Longview Farm Elementary; Carson Santhuff, a third grader; Miles Santhuff, a kindergartener; and Scarlett Santhuff, age 3. Mrs. Fritchie enjoys spending time with her family and attending her grandsons’ ball games as well as reading, sewing, and gardening. Volunteering to help the Lee’s Summit Schools and community is her passion.
Mike Allen was elected to the Board of Education in April 2019. Mr. Allen is an independent registered investment advisory and insurance agent.
Mr. Allen is currently involved in LSR7 Partners in Education, LSR7 Business Roundtable, the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation (where he served as Board President from 2012 to 2013), Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit CARES. He is also a Deacon at their church. Mr. Allen has also been involved in the LSR7 Destination 2021 CSIP, the LSMO-Citizens’ Police Academy and the LSMO-Citizens’ Leadership Academy. During Mr. Allen’s involvement with the Lee’s Summit Chamber, he served on the Government Relations Committee, Legislative Committees (previously Chair of both committees) and the Education Committee.
Mr. Allen earned his Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and he is a registered investment advisor. He and his wife, Melanie, have two daughters who are currently LSR7 students. They love being involved in their daughters’ school experience and activities, as well as their daughters’ competitive dance activities.
“We appreciate time with family and friends and have formed long-standing relationships in the community,” Mr. Allen shared.
Dr. Judy Hedrick was elected to the Board of Education in April 2019. Dr. Hedrick retired from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District at the end of the 2017-18 school year, following 37 years in public education. She currently performs contracted work on an as-needed basis with the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, assisting with the foundation’s accounting needs.
Prior to her employment in LSR7, Dr. Hedrick worked at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for approximately ten years in the school finance and student transportation departments. In 1990, Dr. Hedrick began employment at LSR7 as an accounting supervisor. Dr. Hedrick served as the assistant superintendent for business and operations for the 2017-18 school year, managing all the business functions of the district, student transportation, facility services, nutrition services, purchasing and before and after school services. During her tenure in LSR7, she was appointed as school board treasurer. Throughout her career, Dr. Hedrick has been named Missouri School Business Official of the Year and Lee’s Summit NEA Friend of Education. During her leadership at LSR7, the district was awarded the ASBOI Meritorious Budget Award.
Dr. Hedrick earned her Bachelor’s in Business Education and Master’s in Secondary School Administration from Lincoln University, her education specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri and her education doctorate from Saint Louis University. Dr. Hedrick’s children graduated from Lee’s Summit High School. Dr. Hedrick was previously involved in PTA and ROTC booster club and coached a variety of youth sports. She currently volunteers with the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.
Kathryn was elected to the Board of Education in June 2020.
Professionally, Kathryn leads Information Technology Program Management with Cerner partnering with Executives developing strategic technology plans that support corporate strategic initiatives and then executing those programs that move the organization forward. Key strengths include building high performing, collaborative cross-functional teams, managing vendor relationships and contracts and focusing on Change Management – thinking about the changes projects bring to people and how to help everyone impacted move through the changes necessary for success.
A lifelong learner, Kathryn has a BBA with an emphasis on Computer Based Information Systems and an MBA both from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is ITIL Certified and a Certified Scrum Master and continues to challenge herself every day with learning new tools and concepts to lead teams and effect change.
Kathryn’s been a part of the Lee’s Summit Community over 20 years raising 2 sons, Brennan and Blair Campbell in the LSR7 schools with both graduating from Lee’s Summit High School. Their family enjoys laughing together, playing games, watching movies and just talking and spending time together. One of the absolute joys of her life has been watching these young men grow into the people they are today.
Believing that we help build the Community we are a part of – Kathryn has volunteered in many different roles including mentoring kids across the KC and Lee’s Summit areas in reading programs, economics learning initiatives, and robotics. She has participated in Day of Caring service projects, MOCSA as a Rape Crisis Counselor, volunteered and managed food delivery programs feeding families, volunteered repairing and building homes, Over the years with her sons in school she participating in many different volunteer, PTA roles and PTSA including serving as Vice President and President of the LSHS PTSA – focused initiatives that built connections for Parents, Teachers, Students and the Administration. Board Leadership also included roles in two Homeowner’s Associations serving in Secretary, Vice President and President, as a Board Member of the KCP&L Diversity Council and Board Member of the Kansas City Women in Technology.
Fundraising initiatives have included chairing fireworks tents and auctions – raising money for schools, athletics, and the Heart of America United Way. Supporting that organization that serves so many – Kathryn served on the KCP&L United Way Board and then as the KCP&L United Way Loaned Executive. The Campbell family served as the March of Dimes Ambassador family supporting fundraising programs across the Kansas City area for two years, and Kathryn participated as a Fundraising Captain in the YMCA Capital Campaign for the Troost YMCA.
Kathryn attends The Summit – serving the community as a CancerCare Minister.
Kathryn has a passion for our LSR7 children and their educational opportunities. She is honored to serve our kids and the community on the LSR7 Board of Education.
Rodrick Sparks was elected to the Board of Education in April 2021. He is the first African-American male ever elected to the Lee’s Summit Board of Education. He is an educational equity proponent and believes every child has a right to the resources necessary to maximize their highest potential.
Mr. Sparks attended Kansas City Kansas Community College and Liberty University to pursue a degree in leadership and management. He works as an Accounting Specialist for Hendrick Automotive Group, and previously served as Union President for United Steelworkers local 13-07, where he advocated for fair benefits and wages for workers.
Mr. Sparks has a heart for youth and families. He has served as youth director, youth pastor, and currently serves as church administrator at his local fellowship. He is a board member of Wedgewood Pointe POA and Master Mason at St. James Lodge #59, Kansas Prince Hall Affiliate. He is also a PTA member at Hazel Grove Elementary School.
Mr. Sparks and his wife, Lauren, have two children, Frank and Ryleigh, who both attend LSR7 schools. He enjoys singing, traveling and meeting new people. One of his favorite quotes is by Nelson Mandela: “I never lose. I either win or learn.”