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Steve Wassom 
Steven C. Wassom
Executive Director

Steve Wassom is the Executive Director at KSC after previously serving as Director of Finance and Administration from 1996 to 2011, and Chief Securities Regulatory Auditor from 1983 to 1996. He has served as Interim Securities Commissioner on two occasions between appointments of Commissioners in 1996 and 2010. Steve was in public practice with a national CPA firm in Wichita and Topeka, Kansas from 1976 to 1983. In 1974 and 1975, he was employed as a Business Manager / Controller for a private business and was an adjunct faculty member at a private liberal arts college.

Wassom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) and has served on several KSCPA committees. Steve served as Chairman of the Non-Profit Debt Offerings Project Group for the Corporate Finance Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) during 2001 through 2004. He previously served on the NASAA Small Business Project Group, participated in organizing the Midwest Regional Review Program, and continues to be involved with various other NASAA activities and conferences. NASAA presented an Outstanding Service Award to him at the 85th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 29, 2002.

Steve obtained his bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in business, and his MBA in management from Kansas State University. He completed post-graduate coursework in accounting at Wichita State University and became a certified public accountant in 1978 and has maintained a permit to practice in Kansas since that time.


Jeff Kruske 
Jeffrey Kruske
General Counsel

Jeffrey Kruske is the General Counsel for the Kansas Securities Commissioner.  Jeff received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from William Jewell College and his law degree from Washburn University School of Law. Prior to joining the agency, Jeff maintained a private legal practice, concentrating in securities arbitration and in related estate, trust and business litigation matters, both regionally and nationally. He also represented individual brokers in employment-related disputes with brokerage firms.

Jeff frequently lectures on the topics of securities arbitration and litigation, and has authored articles on the same topic in the Journal of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, the Kansas Bar Journal, the Johnson County Bar Letter, and the Kansas City Star.

He is a member of the Johnson County, Kansas and Missouri Bar Associations, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, and has been an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the National Futures Association. Jeff was listed in the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Kansas/Missouri Superlawyers Rising Stars for securities litigation.

 
Shannon Stone
Shannon Stone
Director, Investor Education

Shannon Stone serves as the Director of Investor Education at the KSC. In this capacity, she oversees and promotes comprehensive financial literacy programming for Kansans of all ages. Shannon has served in the public sector for the past 17 years, beginning her professional career as a teacher at Highland Park Central Elementary School in 1997. From 2003-2011, she worked as a Constituent Services Representative in United States Senator Sam Brownback’s office. 

Shannon is a graduate of the Eisenhower Women's Leadership Series, an active member of her church, and enjoys spending time with her family.

She is a graduate of Kansas State University, holding a B.S. in Education. 

 
 
Randy Mullikin
Randy Mullikin
Director of Compliance and Enforcement

Randy serves as the Director of Compliance and Enforcement and is responsible for the regulatory oversight of  broker-dealers and investment advisers in Kansas as well as supervision of administrative and criminal investigations of alleged violations of The Kansas Uniform Securities Act and Kansas Loan Brokers Act. Randy began his regulatory career with the Office of the Securities Commissioner in 1997 as an investigator on enforcement cases alleging fraud, unregistered securities and unregistered loan brokers. Randy has also served as Examiner for NASD from 2002 to 2005 assigned to the Boston District Office. In 2006, Randy rejoined the KSC office and became assistant Director of Compliance. From 2006 to 2011, Randy served as volunteer member of the NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association) Investment Adviser Training Project Group. Prior to his regulatory career, Randy served for 20 years as a member of the Wichita Police Department, retiring in 1997 at the rank of sergeant.

Randy resides in Wichita with his wife Carol.

Randy is a graduate of Friends University with a bachelor's degree in history.

 
Lynn Hammes
Lynn F. Hammes
Director, Finance and Administration

Lynn has been with the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner since 2003 and currently serves as Director, Finance and Administration. In this position he is primarily responsible for securities registration and financial reporting of registrants, as well as serving as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the agency. He has over 40 years of experience in the areas of accounting, finance, operations, and leadership in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining the Office of the Securities Commissioner he served as an executive officer of a publicly held company whose shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In that capacity he was involved in bringing a number of public offerings to market.

Mr. Hammes served on the NASAA Direct Participation Programs Policy Project Group from 2006 - 2012, and on the Non-Profit Debt Offerings Project Group from 2004 - 2005.

A Kansas native, Mr. Hammes received his B.S. degree in Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis from Kansas State University in 1973.

He resides in Topeka with his wife Kristin.
 

Caley Love

 

Caley Love
Director, Communications 

Caley is the Director of Communications at the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner. In the Director’s capacity, she coordinates all communication from the Commissioner’s office to the public.

Caley earned her bachelor's degree from Washburn University in 2011. Prior to her experience at the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, Caley served as Student Body President at Washburn University. From 2010-2012, Caley served as Communications Director for, her now husband, Garrett Love's campaign for Kansas Senate. Caley enjoys graphic design and photography, and in 2012, started her own photography business. Caley is a member of the Eisenhower Women's Leadership series and also was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 
Ryan
Ryan Kriegshauser
Director of Policy and Special Counsel 

Ryan Kriegshauser serves as Director of Policy and Special Counsel at the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner.  Prior to joining the agency, Mr. Kriegshauser served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Office of Legal Counsel and Policy.  He has also served on the Kansas Judicial Counsel’s Lien Law Advisory Committee, the State Rules and Regulation Board, was a member of the Kansas Bar Association’s Limited Liability Company Study Group, and was a voting member of the Kansas Governor’s Commission on Emergency Planning & Response (CEPR) Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning Committee.

Before entering public service, Mr. Kriegshauser practiced law in Kansas City, primarily focusing in the areas of complex commercial litigation, securities, and constitutional rights.  He was involved in the successful defense of various class action lawsuits and governmental regulatory actions.  Additionally, Mr. Kriegshauser has written scholarly articles on property rights and taught continuing legal education in Kansas.  Mr. Kriegshauser spent two years working in Washington, DC, both on and off Capitol Hill.

He holds a B.A. and a J.D., graduating from Georgetown University and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is also an alumnus of the Fund for American Studies – Bryce Harlow Institute of Business-Government Affairs. In his spare time, he proudly serves as an officer in the Navy Reserve.  He currently resides in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife Christie.