Staff

Mary Banwart
Program Director

Dr. Banwart is an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department and directs the interdisciplinary Leadership Studies Minor at KU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and communication as well as political communication. Her primary research focuses on political campaign communication and the influence of gender in political campaigns, with specific attention directed toward political advertising, campaign web sites, and mixed-gender debates.

Alesia Woszidlo
Administrative Director

Alesia Woszidlo (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She is an interpersonal communication scholar whose specialty is family communication and mental health. Her research examines the family of origin and how it affects the communication patterns used in romantic and family relationships. Additionally, she actively researches the association between mental health issues (e.g., anxiety, depression, stress, and negative affectivity), communication processes (e.g., conflict management, coping strategies, social skills deficits) and relationship quality (e.g., satisfaction, commitment, divorce proneness).

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an administrative associate for the Institute for Leadership Studies and administrative program coordinator for the KWLI. She joined ILS in September 2016 after working 18 years in the African & African-American Studies Department at KU.

Amy Braselton

Amy serves as the coordinator for the Women’s Global Leadership Institute, an intensive 5 week leadership experience for 80 women from 20 countries funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She also is an instructor for the Institute for Leadership Studies and helps with marketing and recruitment. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication from Wichita State, a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Kansas State and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas.