Dwight D. Eisenhower Series Class of 2019

Each year outstanding Republican women throughout Kansas will have the opportunity to learn more about the political process from leaders across the state, national Republican Party officials, and elected Republicans serving in our nation's Capitol.

Current Class

Katie Sawyer Katie Sawyer

Katie Sawyer is the District Director for Congressman Roger Marshall. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Communication. She earned a Master's Degree in Strategic Communication from Purdue University. Before working as a District Director, Katie worked as a reporter, managing editor for print publications, manager of public relations for several small companies in Central Kansas, and Career Services Director and part-time instructor in the Communications Department at McPherson College. She is a precinct committee woman and is active in local and state Republican politics.

Sophia Sawyer Sophia Sawyer

Sophia Sawyer has made Kansas her home for the last 21 years. She is active in the Republican Women United organization and the Sedgwick County Republican Party. Sophia has volunteered in the community and in the area schools. She has been a member of several boards such as the Kingman Chamber of Commerce and Progress of Kingman. Sophia has also being President of the Wichita North High Athletic Boosters and Chairperson for the Kingman County Republican Party.

Melissa “Missey” Smith Melissa “Missey” Smith

Missey Smith is enrolled at Ottawa University.  She is the co-founder of the Kelsey Smith Foundation, former Navy Ombudsman, Girl & Boy Scout Leader, and a former Sunday school teacher.  After the tragic death of her daughter Kelsey, Missey led the effort to establish The Kelsey Smith Act which was first passed in Kansas and signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2009. She helps train law enforcement with the Amber Alert program.  Missey is Johnson County Republican Party Vice-Chair and is former Vice Chair for the 3rd District. She is a precinct committeewoman, State delegate, and campaign and county party volunteer.  Missey is the inspiration behind Give(R), the charitable arm of Johnson County Republican Party and the 3rd Congressional District. She led events to benefit Advice & Aid and The Blue Door Project.

Rhonda McGraw Rhonda McGraw

Rhonda McGraw is retired from the teaching profession. She taught Civics and History for middle school students and enjoyed teaching students to become responsible citizens by learning about their community's and country's issues, and teaching the importance of exercising the right to vote. Rhonda is a travel enthusiast who enjoys traveling around our country and internationally.

Laura Stiffler Laura Stiffler

Laura Stiffler works in the national security industry and she is currently a Section Lead for CACI, Inc. where she leads a group of Background Investigators. She graduated from William Jewell College with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and German.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Oklahoma City University and an MBA from Baker University.  She is a member of the National Federation of Republican Women and the Kansas Federation of Republican Women where she currently serves as the 2nd Vice President.  She also serves as the current President of the Starlight Federated Republican Women. 


Christy R. McNally Christy R. McNally

Christy McNally is an educator. Her “mission” is to bring attention to the serious issue of physical and sexual abuse endured by children and the lack of teacher training to recognize such abuse. Christy graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Doctorate Degree in Education where she was Outstanding Alum. In 1996, she was named Kansas Teacher of the Year and the National Milken Educator.  She is a member of the 1997 Leadership Kansas Class. She has written for The Smithsonian, NASA, and the Department of Education. She worked on the Technology in Education Committee under the Clinton Administration.

Barb King Wasinger Barb King Wasinger

Barb King Wasinger is co-owner of Ellis County Abstract & Title, LLC in Hays and W.T.C. Enterprises, LC. She was elected in 2018 to represent her District in the Kansas legislature. She graduated from St. Catherine University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Theology. She is an alumna of Leadership Hays and the Leadership Kansas Class of 2012 and formerly served as a founding Board Member of the Hays Community Theater, Inc.  She is an active member of St. Joseph Church and currently serves as a member of the Kansas University Midwest Cancer Alliance.

Lydia Meiss Lydia Meiss

Lydia Meiss is in her final year at Columbia College where she is studying Political Science. Lydia plans to attend graduate school for a Master's Degree in Political Science. She fostered a passion for politics at a young age, attending rallies and seminars on the importance of public involvement in politics. Lydia started working in the Governor's Office at the age of 17. She worked in the administrations of both Governor Sam Brownback and Governor Jeff Colyer.

Sara Weir, M.S. Sara Weir, M.S.

Sara Weir is the President and of the National Down Syndrome Society. She oversees the organization’s mission, vision and administration. Sara’s leadership was instrumental in the passage of the landmark, ABLE Act of 2014, and the played a significant role in launching over 40 state ABLE plans. Sara is also the Chairwoman of the ABLE Alliance for Financial Empowerment. She graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor’s degree Psychology and Political Leadership and holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. Sara was completed the Emerging Leaders Program from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in Executive Education. Sara is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Olathe.


Deborah Miller Deborah Miller

Deborah Miller is employed at K.E. Miller Engineering, P.A. in Wichita as a registered Professional Engineer. She is active in several professional societies, including the Institute of Industrial Engineering, the Wichita Council of Engineering Societies, and the Society for Marketing Professional Services. She graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management Science. Deb is a member of the National Society and Daughters of the American Revolution.