Three additional staff members have been announced in joining Governor-elect Laura Kelly beginning in January.

According to a press release from Kelly's office, Ashley All will serve as Director of Communications and Strategy, Michelle Needham has been hired as the Director of Operations and Scheduling and Shelbie Konkel will serve as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor-elect Lynn Rogers.

Said of Ashley All, “Ashley has over ten years of professional experience working on behalf of state agencies, nonprofits and elected officials. She has been by my side for the last year, and she will be an integral part of my team moving forward,” said Kelly." Previously, All served on Kelly's campaign as the Director of Communications, Director of Communications for the Kansas Office of Attorney General and has worked for Open Kansas, a non-profit coalition that calls for government transparency. As the governor’s Director of Communications and Strategy, All will oversee all external communications, including the Office of Constituent Services, as well as short and long-term strategic planning.

Michelle Needham will also bring years of experience to her new position as Director of Operations and Scheduling for Kelly. Needham worked previously as the campaign scheduler for Kansas Secretary of State Candidate Brian McClendon. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Welfare she went on to work in various positions concerning family and behavioral welfare, and in the lives of families and adults with disabilities.

“Michelle has a broad range of skills that will be an asset to our office,” said Kelly. “I’m pleased to have her on board and I know she will work well with the many constituents contacting our office on a daily basis.”

Thirdly, Kelly is welcoming aboard Shelbie Konkel, who will serve as the Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor-elect Lynn Rogers. Her duties as Chief of Staff will include coordinating the Lt. Gov.'s schedule, appearances and his work on the Rural Prosperity Plan. 

“Shelbie will be an excellent addition to our team as we focus on implementing our Rural Prosperity Plan in the coming years,” said Lt. Governor-elect Lynn Rogers in the press release. “We are building a strong, motivated group of leaders to help stabilize our state and grow our unique communities.”

Konkel also has experience working with legislative leaders and statewide campaigns, including working as a finance director for Paul Davis’s congressional campaign, serving as Legislative Director for the Senate Minority Leaders Office and the Communication Coordinator for the House Minority Leader’s Office. 

Kelly welcomed them all in a statement and added, "I’m glad to have strong, talented women helping Lynn and me rebuild Kansas.”