With the beginning of the new school year, the UMKC School of Medicine welcomes Kristen Kleffner, Petra Bricker and Cassie Schaffer Johnson as new Education Team Coordinators (ETC).
Year 1 and 2 students will see a familiar face as Kleffner, previously coordinator of admissions and recruitment at the School of Medicine, serves as the new senior ETC for Years 1 and 2 along with Tammy Davidson, who continues to support this group. Kleffner will serve as an advisor and supervisor of the Year 1 and 2 Office. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in education and counseling psychology. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in higher education administration with a special interest in medical school student affairs. Kleffner spent three years at the UM-Columbia School of Medicine coordinating the Bryant Scholars Program, a rural medicine program, and clerkship placements for students pursing studies outside UM-Columbia. She joined the School of Medicine’s Office of Admissions in 2009.
Green Unit students and faculty welcome Petra Bricker, previously an administrative assistant in Student Affairs, to the role of ETC. Bricker is a graduate of Emporia State University in Kansas with a master’s degree in English composition and rhetoric. She spent two years in the Student Life Office at Emporia State working with graduations and VA benefits, and taught English composition before coming to Kansas City and joining the School of Medicine in 2010.
Cassie Shaffer Johnson has joined the School of Medicine as the new ETC for the Gold Unit. Johnson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Central Missouri. She has worked in higher education for more than a decade. She previously worked in the advising offices at MU-Columbia and Metropolitan Community College-Blue River.
The new ETCs replace long-time ETCs Theresa Andrews and Kristen Smith, who both retired this past summer, and Cary Chelladurai, who has been promoted to the manager of Student Affairs.