Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education

Full-Time Faculty

Gwen Landever

Education Department Chair 
Elementary Education Program Director 
Secondary Education Program Director 
MAT Program Director 
Overland Park Education Programs Coordinator and
Assistant Professor in Education
B.S., M.S., University of Kansas
Ed.D., Baker University
Gwen.Landever@stmary.edu | 913-758-6159 | De Paul 6

Dr. Gwen Landever became the chair of the education programs at USM in 2012.

She has taught both general and gifted education students ranging in age from preschool to high school—as well as adult learners—since 1993. She has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Master’s in Special Education and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Landever previously led the graduate and undergraduate education programs at USM’s Overland Park Campus.

Today, she is interested in 21st century skills especially using technology and innovative programs to meet the learning needs of traditional and multigenerational students who are seeking licensure and advanced degrees.

Carolyn Doolittle

Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Education Programs at OPC
Associate Professor in Education

B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
M.S., Ed.D., University of Kansas
carolyn.doolittle@stmary.edu | 913-319-3009 | USM Overland Park

Dr. Carolyn Doolittle has taught in nearly every venue a teacher can teach—public and private; elementary, secondary, and higher education; in the U.S. and internationally.

She joined the faculty of the University of Saint Mary in July 2013 as associate professor and director of the education programs on the Overland Park campus of USM.

She brings expertise in the areas of reading, literacy and assessment.

Her mission is to serve collaboratively with students and faculty – as an educator, instructional supervisor, and mentor to both traditional and non-traditional students.  She is dedicated to guiding USM’s teacher education candidates achieve professional excellence through enhancing instructional practice.   

Ollie Bogdon

Assistant Professor in Education
Accreditation, Research & Grant Coordinator
MSP Grant Manager

B.S., M.S., Cornell University
Ph.D., University of Missouri—Kansas City
Ollie.Bogdon@stmary.edu | 913-758-4336 | De Paul

Dr. Ollie Bogdon joined the University of Saint Mary faculty in 2012.

She brings content specialties in STEM and adult education with over 20 years of professional development training and teaching in higher education.

Prior to joining the University of Saint Mary faculty, Dr. Bogdon worked with NASA Education Programs for 8 years.

Her educational drive: improving education, helping teachers gain the skills to educate learners, and encourage the journey of life-long learning tocontribute to the well-being of our global society.

Patricia Carnahan

Associate Professor in Education 
B.S., M.S., Kansas State University
M.S., Baker University
Ed.D., University of Phoenix
carnahanp@stmary.edu | 913-758-6412 | De Paul 8

In 1998, Patti Carnahan, Ed.D, joined the faculty at the University of Saint Mary education department.

She has experience teaching elementary and special education, but she goes above and beyond the average professor. A light-hearted professor by nature, she strives to make classes interactive instead of lecture-style.

In one of Carnahan’s classes, teacher candidates finished a spoof on Dr. Suess, entitled “Pink Pickles and Bananas,” making their own props and videotaping the production.

In another class, Carnahan’s students finished a unit on geography by creating a relief map using home-made play dough to represent 30 different landforms.

Her goal is to make learning fun and meaningful while modeling strategies and teaching techniques that can be used in the K-12 classroom.

Kerry Dixon


Dr. Kerry Dixon has served for over 25 years in every aspect of education ranging from a public school principal and director to high school teacher, as well as in higher education as a university professor and supervisor.

She previously supervised and guided numerous teacher candidates in the School of Education at the University of Missouri—Kansas City and as an instructor of non-traditional students at National American University. Dr. Dixon brings expertise in the areas of professional development, teacher leadership, and educational administration.

Dr. Dixon's mission is to prepare teachers for success in the classroom and beyond in the ever-changing, yet "back-to-basics," field of education and mentor educational leadership so that we may continue to develop excellence in education. She is dedicated to guiding teacher candidates so that they, too, will be their personal best and remain lifelong learners, always growing and enjoying their chosen career as an educator.

Adjunct Faculty

Randall Bagby
B.A., Friends University
M.A. Wichita State University
Ed.D. Kansas State University

Claudia Chandler
M.A.T., Webster University
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
A.A., Johnson County Community College

Dan Doolittle
Administrative License Endorsement, Baker University
M.Ed., B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University

Donna Foy
B.S., Emporia State University
M.A., Ed.S., University of Missouri—Kansas City

Jessica Gad
B.S., Michigan State University
M.S., University of Missouri—Kansas City

Peggy Gray
M.A., Webster University
B.S., University of Nebraska

Lee Gruss
M.A.T., Webster University
B.A., University of Minnesota

Maureen Hogan
B.S., University of Missouri, Columbia
M.A., University of Missouri—Kansas City

Stacy Koesser
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
M.S., University of Kansas

Colleen Markman
B.S., M.S., University of Kansas

Rusty Meigs
Ed.D., Administrative License Endorsement, Baker University
M.Ed., B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
A.S., Johnson County Community College

Debbie Taylor
B.S. University of Saint Mary
M.Ed. Kansas State University

Blake West
Ed.D., B.S., B.Mus., University of Kansas
M.A., University of Missouri—Kansas City

Geri Parscale
Ed.D., Baker University
Ed.S., Administrative License Endorsement, Pittsburg State University
M.S., University of Missouri—Kansas City
B.S., University of Kansas