Congratulations to Our 2018 KDP Political Fellows!

June 6, 2018

Congratulations to Our 2018 KDP Political Fellows!

Topeka, KS – Congratulations to the 2018 KDP Political Fellows! We’re incredibly excited to get to know each of the fellowship recipients and help train and engage them for success in this important election year.

Here are the 2018 Political Fellowship recipients:


Trent Boultinghouse is originally from Girard, KS. After graduating from KU, he spent a year at the Pentagon in Washington DC, completed his Master’s Degree in International Relations in Brazil, then returned to Kansas. The KDP Fellowship provides opportunity to learn to effectively champion a more inclusive government that is representative of all Kansans. He is most excited to learn from state leaders the best ways to activate voters, especially in his native region of Southeast Kansas.


Helena Buchmann is from Prairie Village, KS, and a recent KU graduate. While completing her Master’s in French and Francophone Studies at KU, she began participating actively in the Johnson County Democratic Party, in which she is an executive board member and office manager. Through the KDP Fellowship, Helena is eager to become a more effective leader of a political team, providing candidates the best resources and guidance.


Christi Graber recently relocated to Southwest Kansas. She has a degree in law studies and works remotely for an educational software company. Christi has a keen interest in voter registration and making sure all eligible Kansans are given the opportunity to vote. She looks forward to using KDP Fellowship tools to ensure everyone in her community has the opportunity to vote and to promote more involvement in local politics within her community.


Megan Stoneberger Johnson, a first-generation college graduate and high school English teacher, lives in Pittsburg (Southeast Kansas) with her husband and son. She is passionate about social and economic justice, serving as a board member of Southeast Kansas Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother’s Fund, and as vice chair of the Progressive Caucus of the Kansas Democratic Party. Megan is eager to develop skills and knowledge through the KDP Fellowship to help engage voters in the democratic process and grow the party base, with the goal of amplifying the progressive voice within the party.


Lindsay Vaughn is a Human Resources professional, graduating with Distinction from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology and a minor in Social and Economic Justice. After college, she returned to Johnson County and lives in Mission, where she serves as a precinct committeewoman. Lindsay also serves as Chair of the Johnson County Young Democrats and has the honor of being on the Kansas Young Democrats executive board. Lindsay is most excited to learn about running a successful political campaign and to network with leaders in the party.


Glenda Overstreet Vaughn of Topeka, KS, is a college professor, and has spent over 30 years assisting start-up projects and businesses in the areas of financial services, education, and healthcare. She has a commitment to community advocacy, serving as President of her local and state NAACP, and the Central Area Links Incorporated, providing leadership for 10 midwestern states. Glenda is interested in using the Fellowship to enhance African American voting and political involvement.


Josh Wasinger was born and raised in Hays, in northwestern Kansas. He attended Fort Hays State University (FHSU), where he earned degrees in political science and philosophy, and obtained a Masters of Business Administration in finance. During this time he served as the interim Ellis County Treasurer and helped establish the FHSU Honors College, and an Ellis County Young Dems chapter. He has recently accepted the position of KDP Finance Director. Josh intends to use the skills and knowledge obtained through the KDP Fellowship to better serve the Kansas Democratic Party, his local county parties, and Democratic candidates in Kansas.

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