Press Release: October 1, 2010
National Archives at Kansas City
National Archives at Kansas City Announces Staff Additions
For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072
Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City is pleased to announce the following staff hirings. National Archives staff are charged with the care and maintenance of archival documents and are responsible for ensuring that these materials are preserved and provided to the public.
Diane Cejka is the new Regional Administrator for the National Archives at Kansas City. Prior to coming to work for the National Archives, Cejka worked for the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, in Lee's Summit, MO. At USCIS, she served as the Director of the National Records Center (NRC) which is responsible for providing records management and maintenance services for over 20 million immigration records, and for administering the USCIS FOIA program. She joined the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in September 1999, after serving 23 years at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and Marine Corps Finance Center in Kansas City, MO. Cejka held various positions within DFAS in the areas of military active duty and retired pay, Freedom of Information Act, manpower and resource management, systems development and quality assurance, customer service, and process improvement/reengineering. Cejka assumed her duties as of September 13, 2010.
Mickey Ebert has joined the staff as the Education Specialist. Ebert is a retired school teacher from the Blue Springs (Missouri) School District, where she taught from 1976-2007. She also taught for the Shawnee Mission School District. Most recently she has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Ottawa University. Ebert has a B.S. in Education, M.S in Elementary Education and Supervision, and M.A. in Economic Education. She was the winner of the Missouri Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year award in 2001. Ebert is also a former STARR (Select Teachers as Regional Resources) trained educator and has authored dozens of lesson plans on EconEdLink, a website dedicated to economics education. In addition she is an online contributor to the PBS series, Slavery and the Making of America. Ebert assumed her duties as of August 30, 2010.
Jessica Schmidt joined the Archives staff as an Archives Technician after working at the National Personnel Records Center in Saint Louis, and at the Federal Records Center in Lenexa, Kansas. In Saint Louis she worked as a Digital Imaging Clerk, restoring and digitizing personnel records for Air Force and GSA employees. In Lenexa she served as an Archives Technician, pulling standard IRS documents and film canisters from cold storage or “Ice Cube.” Schmidt graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Journalism from Northwest Missouri State University. She worked for several newspapers, interned for the university archives and served as a graduate assistant for the English as a Second Language department and Career Services. She plans to graduate in December 2010 with a Master of Arts degree in History. Schmidt assumed her new duties as of September 14, 2010.
The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.
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