Bartels is a Past President of Kansas PTA and the mother of two children. Her daughter is a high school English teacher and her son is in 10th grade.
She works full-time for KVC Behavioral HealthCare, a not-for-profit that contracts with the Kansas Department for Children and Families to provide foster care and family preservation services.
Bartels has been an active parent serving as a troop leader for Girl Scouts and pack leader for Cub Scouts. In addition to her work for the PTA, she has coached soccer, planned school carnivals, and chaired Project Grad.
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