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Ignister Introduces New Advisory Board


For Immediate Release: November 30, 2020

Contact: Nick Poels                                                                        877.521.8600                                                                          

Ignister Introduces New Advisory Board 

Announcing the team working to aid Kansas development of computer science education and employment resources.

Wichita, Kansas, --- Today, Ignister, a NetWork Kansas initiative supported by the Kansas Department of Commerce, announced the members who will make up its Advisory Board. The board will help develop the project as it moves forward, creating access to tech-centric opportunities across the state.

Marquetta Atkins: Director; Camp Destination Innovation

Erin Christensen: Program Manager, KC Tech Council

Jennifer Mahin: K-5 STEM teacher, USD 109 – Republic County

Corey Mohn: Executive Director; Blue Valley CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies)

Steve Riat: Director of Sales; Nex-Tech

Ashley Scheideman: Executive Director; Flagship Kansas

Mark Torline: Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at WSU

Michele Weigand: Chief Transformation Officer, Department of Energy’s Kansas City National Security Campus operated by Honeywell

“From the delivery of computer science programs in schools and universities, to the creation of professional development programs for adults, Ignister strives to help develop the technological skills needed in today’s workplace,” said Mark Torline, WSU. “Providing a pipeline of talent through these programs will be critical for businesses in our state to compete in an increasingly tech-dominated environment.”

Ignister sets out to address issues connected to working remotely, underemployment, and skills development that have been on the forefront throughout 2020 as our communities were hit with a global pandemic. The primary objective of this initiative is to create a single resource hub that will not only provide workforce development tools (starting with K-12 education), but also to serve as a support mechanism for employers and entrepreneurs in the Kansan tech sector.

“Working with kindergarten through fifth grade STEM students in a rural school district who practice coding, programming, and solving complex problems daily,” said Jennifer Mahin, USD 109. “I’m excited to know that in the future these skills will translate directly to future jobs not created yet, as well as current industries adapting to new technology in agriculture, manufacturing, and beyond.”

Currently the board is developing a website to serve as a portal for project activity as well as informational updates of the project. They are also creating and collating existing resources for computer science education and employment.

Ignister will continue to build upon existing partnerships in both the public and private sectors as a way to identify and provide solutions for development and recruitment difficulties.

“Consumers come from all around the world, creating learning spaces that attract diverse backgrounds as a hub for innovation and creation," said Marquetta Atkins, Camp Destination Innovation. "The earlier we inspire youth to see the world outside of their own lenses, the stronger global impact we will have on the next generation of leaders.”

For more information, contact Nick Poels, Director of Remote Work & Entrepreneurship, at

For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit