Student Services

Shawnee Mission West Student Services Office

Monday – Friday      7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Office:  913-993-7830
Fax:   913-993-7842

We are here to help ALL students with their academic, career, and personal/social needs.  

School Counselors

Student's last name A - E

Laura Raney

913-993-7831 desk








School Counselor, Kim Urenda

Student's last name F – K

Kim Urenda, Department Chair

913-993-7837 desk


Ms. Urenda is a graduate of Wichita Southeast High School.  She attended Emporia State University for her bachelor's degree in English education and then a master's degree in School Counseling.  Ms. Urenda went to college on an oboe scholarship.





School Counselor, Katy Reda

Student's last name L – Rh

Katy Reda



Mrs. Reda is a graduate of Liberal High School.  She attended Emporia State University for her bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health.  Then a master's degree in School Counseling also from Emporia State University.  Ms. Reda is left handed.






Jamie Heller, School Counselor

  Student's last name Ri-Z

  Jamie Heller 










Tommie Davis, School Counselor

Real World Learning (RWL) Counselor 

 Tommie Davis



  Mr. Davis is a graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School.  He attended Emporia     State University for his bachelor's in Business education degree and then a master's   degree in School Counseling.  For being unique, Mr. Davis has spent his educational   career at the high school he attended!





Social Workers

Student’s last name A – K

Mary Lea Kieffer



Ms. Kieffer is a graduate from Fatima High School in Westphalia, Missouri.  She earned her bachelor's in Social Work from Missouri State University and master's degree in Social Work from University of Missouri. Ms. Kieffer grew up in Frankenstein, Missouri.  




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Student's last name L-Z

Donna Holmes



Mrs. Holmes is a graduate from Lee Summit High School in Lee Summit, Missouri.  She earned her bachelor's in Early Childhood and master's degree in Social Work from University of Kansas.  Mrs. Holmes was a high school cheerleader.  She does yoga but can no longer do the splits.



Special Programs

African American Woman

     CIS Site Coordinator

     Shawnta Jefferies



    Ms. Jefferies is a graduate from Raytown South High School.  She earned a Bachelors     of Arts in Sociology from UMKC, Masters in Health Services & MBA at Webster   University in KC.  Ms. Jefferies learned to write with her left hand  as a kid because she  was afraid  she would break her right hand and didn’t want someone else writing for her.






College Adviser

Ashlyn K.irkpatrick





Support Staff


Counseling Assistant

Cathy Hays



Ms. Hays is a graduate of Shawnee Mission West.  She earned an Associates in General Studies from Johnson County Community College.  Ms. Hays has a 20lb cat named Ollie who is the only one in her family who did not attend Shawnee MIssion West. 




Anne Viera



Ms. Viera is a graduate of Buena High School in Ventura, California.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Genetics from University of California at Davis.  Something unique about her is she was the mascot for various businesses, such as, a blood drop for the Blood Center, Spike the dog for an animal hospital,  & Granny Goose for a Potato Chip Co.  

Computer Clerk

Melissa Yanak



Mrs. Yanak has worked at SM West for 22 years!  She is a graduate of Casa Grande High School in Casa Grande, Arizona.  She attended the University of Arizona and JCCC.  Her husband and daughter both attended SM West!  She has three grand-cats.  




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Spanish Interpreter

Linda Hardy



Mrs. Hardy is a graduate of Paseo Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO.  She was a Technical Theatre major and then went back to become a Spanish teacher for 14 years at Center High School.  She loves to be creative using her designing and sewing skills.