Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

2020 SPEAKERS

 Jodi Kaus is the director of Kansas State University's student financial planning center named Powercat Financial. Powercat Financial began in August 2009 as the first peer-to-peer college financial education program in the state of Kansas. Jodi oversees approximately 40 students trained to provide individual financial counseling, financial presentations and interactive events centered on increasing the financial capability of all Kansas State students. Jodi has over 20 years of experience in wealth management and financial planning, complimented by her legal experience and designation as a Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA).  Jodi Kaus received her B.A. from Kansas State University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. 

 

 Christina Parle is a speaker, consultant, and instructional designer in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Christina believes she has a social responsibility to educate others and create space for dialogue related to foundational DEI concepts. Much of her work is rooted in unlearning, conflict resolution, and effective communication skills. Christina's particular interest is on language and its impacts on humans. Christina predominately designs and facilitates DEI content and curriculum for students, volunteers, and/or staff with nonprofits and corporations. Christina is a Kansas City, Missouri native. She currently serves as the Director of Chapter Services and Conduct for Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc. (ZBT). Prior to her work at ZBT, Christina served as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards at the University of Kansas (KU) where she served as the Student Housing liaison and then transitioned to a focus on student organization misconduct. Before KU, she served as a Fraternity and Sorority Advisor at Western Carolina University where she advised the Panhellenic, Interfraternity, and National Pan-Hellenic Councils. Christina earned her bachelor’s in criminal justice and political science at the University of Central Missouri where she was in the McNair Scholars Program. Christina then attended Penn State where she earned her master’s in higher education with an emphasis in student affairs. While at Penn State, she completed a graduate assistantship in student conduct and served as the interim primary advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) for a semester.