Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

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Audrey Coleman
Director
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Audrey Coleman became Director of the Dole Institute in November 2021.

With nearly a decade of prior leadership at the Institute, Audrey created transformative programs that have reached audiences and institutions across the region and the nation.

Audrey’s long history with Senator Bob Dole and Senator Elizabeth Dole positioned her to effectively lead the institute and continue its mission to promote civic participation and civil discourse in a bipartisan manner.

Upon her appointment, both Senators Dole expressed their support for Audrey’s leadership:

“Elizabeth and I are very pleased that Audrey Coleman has been selected as the new director of the Dole Institute of Politics,” Senator Bob Dole said. “We have known and worked with Audrey for many years, and she personifies everything the institute stands for. She is a proven leader, a gifted and strategic thinker, and a wonderful person. We remain optimistic about the future of the institute with Audrey at the helm. She is a tremendous asset.”

Sarah D'Antonio Gard
Senior Archivist and Head of Collections
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Sarah holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and an M.S.I.S. with a specialization in Archives and Records Enterprise from The University of Texas at Austin. She was awarded certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists in 2011.

Sarah is active in the Society of American Archivists Congressional Papers Section (CPS) and Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC). She serves on ACSC’s Scholarship Committee and Digital Exhibit Taskforce, and serves as CPS newsletter editor.

When she's not archiving, Sarah can be found watching reality television with her husband and dog.

Public Education Coordinator
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A native Kansan, Julie was proud to join the Dole Institute in 2015. As the public education coordinator, she leads K-12 and family education programs at the Dole Institute of Politics, including on-site, outreach, and online initiatives.

Julie graduated from the University of Kansas with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biological research. Most recently, she was an education specialist at the Natural History Museum of Utah and traveled all over the state teaching outreach education programs to thousands of students every year. She is excited to share her passion for effective and innovative education utilizing primary sources from the Dole Archives and Special Collections.

Marla Schleuder
Digital Initiatives Coordinator
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Marla Schleuder, M. Arch., M.S.L.I.S., joined the Dole Institute in 2019 as the digital initiatives coordinator after working for KU Libraries as a library associate in technical services. A lifelong Kansan, her interest in library and archival services began in 2003, when she attended the opening ceremonies of the Dole Institute of Politics and served as an archival volunteer while still in high school.

She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. In 2017, she completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a certificate of advanced study in Data Science, both from Syracuse University.


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