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Meet Our Staff

Sara BellSara Bell – sbell@kawnation.com
CCDF Program Director

Sara Bell is the Director of Kaw Nation’s Child Care Development Fund Program. She is a member of the Ponca Tribe and has lived most of her life within this area. Sara is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Communications. While attending OWU, she completed her internship with the Ponca Tribe in the Indian Child Welfare Department. “This experience opened my eyes to the true needs of our people, and it gave me a renewed passion for helping families,” said Sara. After graduation, she took a position as Director of a School Age Program for children ages 5-13 in Austin, Texas. She has over 11 years of experience in Early Childhood and School Age Camp settings. Sara is married to her wonderful husband and they have two beautiful children. She enjoys gardening, running, riding horses, and spending time with family and the church. “There is no greater reward than serving others,” said Sara. Sara’s desire is to build a strong foundation for Native American families by assisting through the CCDF Program.


Lisa Simmons
CCDF Contact Representative

Lisa Simmons is the Child Care Development Fund Representative for Kaw Nation. She is a member of the Kaw Tribe, and previously owned a licensed two-star child care program for the past 15 years. Lisa is a graduate of Northern Oklahoma College where she received her Associates in Child Development, and a Graduate of Northeastern State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human and Family Science. Lisa is married and the mother of three sons, with two daughter-in-laws, and two wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and painting in her spare time. Some of Lisa’s goals for the CCDF Program are to grow in Kansas, and establish a Resource Room for the Kaw Nation CCDF families and providers. Serving children and families as a child care provider for the past 15 years, Lisa hopes to utilize her wealth of knowledge and experience. She seeks to support the providers in their endeavors to provide quality child care, and assist the families in their search for quality child care.


Bailey Pappan-Broyles
CCDF School-Age Coordinator

Bailey Pappan-Broyles is a School Age Coordinator for the Kaw Nation School Age Enrichment Center. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Science and has worked in elementary schools as a Speech Pathologist Paraprofessional. She was recently married and hopes to start a family in the coming year. Some of Bailey’s hobbies include; gardening, reading, cooking, yoga, spending time with family, fishing and pretty much anything outdoors. Bailey and her husband have two rescue cats, chickens, and a duck. “I truly enjoy working and connecting with the children. These children hold a special place in my heart and make me excited to come to work every day,” said Bailey. Bailey looks forward to the opportunity to work for the Kaw Nation after everything they have done for her as a Kaw Nation tribal member, and devoting her time to the children.



Susy Smith
CCDF School-Age Coordinator

Susy Smith is a School Age Coordinator for the Kaw Nation School Age Enrichment Center. She is a member of the Kaw Nation and has lived in the Kay County area most of her life. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with the help of the Kaw Nation Education Department. “I am excited to work for the tribe that made my higher education possible. I want to give something back,” she said. Susy is married and has three wonderful daughters and an awesome son. She and her husband have worked with the youth in the Blackwell area for over ten years in a church setting. Her greatest passion is literature. She is looking forward to working with school age children in the hopes of passing on the love and appreciation of reading that will last a lifetime.



Lauren Wooderson
CCDF School-Age Coordinator

Lauren Wooderson is a School Age Coordinator for the Kaw Nation School Age Enrichment Center. She is very outgoing, active, and loves kids. Lauren enjoys going to the lake, fishing, playing co-ed softball, going to the movies, cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time with her family. Lauren has one dog she adopted 2 years ago. Prior to joining Kaw Nation, Lauren came from a healthcare background. She has enjoyed the opportunity to work with children and teach them things that will stay with them forever. “I like waking up knowing that I work with such wonderful people.” says Lauren. She strives to be a good role model for the children, and hopes that the kids leave each day knowing they are loved.




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