Kincaid Information Technology specializes in assisting educators with their technological challenges through consulting, technical services, and professional development. We combine our love for technology with our passion for education to create more efficient learning environments.
Our team has a plethora of combined industry knowledge and experience. Additionally, we have the proper resources and connections available to implement the right solution for you and your budget. We strive to make our process as simple and efficient as possible in order to provide educators with easy-to-implement solutions.
Kincaid Information Technology is a division of The Kincaid Group, a group of family-owned businesses headquartered in the Kansas City area and sprouting throughout the Midwest and beyond. Beginning in the student transportation business in 1974, the group has since grown, now specializing in security/technology, transportation, and development services.
The Kincaid Group and its divisions pride themselves on Four Core Values: Family, Safety, Service, and Respect.
Career educator Dr. Amy Gates has more than 30 years’ experience serving schools and students, most recently acting as Executive Director of Technology for an 18,000+ student district in the Kansas City metropolitan area. A CETL (Certified Educational Technology Leader), Dr. Gates has helped lead both within her school district and the larger technology community, serving as a Board Member for the Google for Education Customer Advisory Board and as an adjunct instructor for Northcentral University.
Her accomplishments include: leading infrastructure upgrades in preparation for transitioning the district to a K-12 one-to-one integration utilizing Google and Google Workspace for Education; facilitating the deployment of and training for Chromebook implementation for both students and staff as part of the 1:1 initiative; overseeing the development and integration of multiple internal applications to increase operating effectiveness and efficiency; leading many multi-million dollar technology projects in district; and supervising the instructional technology team responsible for teacher and administrator professional development for technology integration in the classroom.
A lifelong learner with a passion for making a difference, Dr. Gates looks forward to expanding her opportunities for influencing technology utilization and application by supporting K-12 educators.
Nova Southeastern University, 2006 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Educational Leadership
Webster University, 1992 Masters of Education with emphasis in Educational Technology
Truman State University, 1988 Bachelor of Science Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Rusty Richards has spent close to two decades working in web and application development and management, programming, network analysis and computer support. With extensive experience in education and business, he has the IT knowledge, K-12 expertise and leadership skills needed to support districts as they launch technology solutions that positively impact students and staff. Rusty’s valuable experiences at both the Lee’s Summit School District and the Shawnee Mission School District provided him with opportunities to develop and manage websites and additional applications such as ColdFusion, MySQL, Blackboard and PHP. He most recently spent nine years working closely with educators, administrators and other instructional technology experts at the Lee’s Summit School District, one of the largest in Missouri.
Within the district’s innovative and recognized Technology Department, Rusty managed Google for Google Workspace Education and assisted the district in a successful transition to one-to-one K-12 devices. He is committed to supporting educators and schools through program development and management as well as computer hardware and software support.
An experienced problem-solver and team builder, Rusty will partner with your staff members to innovate, develop and implement your goals for students and employees.
Erica Voss is Chief Revenue Officer at Kincaid IT responsible for driving revenue growth strategy and execution across sales, customer and partner success, business development and marketing. Erica has spent over 10 years in a variety of sales and business development leadership roles within apparel manufacturing, professional staffing and recruiting and technology solutions. She brings a history of developing impactful client relationships and sales strategies driving company growth across multiple industries and markets. Erica holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.
Dr. Julie Jensen is a recent retiree after serving 28 years in public education, ending her career as an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. As a responsive educator, Dr. Jensen has been able to roll with the quick changes in instructional technology to maintain her passion for authentic educational programs that prepare students for success.
Early in her career, Julie was a participant in the eMINTS grant (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) which was a job-embedded professional development to help schools meet the demands of digital age teaching and learning with an emphasis on Differentiated Instruction. In 2004, Dr. Jensen left the classroom to become an Instructional Technology Specialist. As part of the small team, led by Dr. Amy Gates, they began the first steps to eventually offer full semester online learning courses for LSR-7 students in 2007.
Over the years, Dr. Jensen and the ITS team played a valuable role in the evolution of blended and online learning which led to the successful deployment of eLearning for K-12 students during the 2020 pandemic. The ITS team of four members supported over 2,000 district educators and 18,000 students with deploying online instruction during this spontaneous transformation in education. Looking forward to the future, Dr. Jensen is motivated to support K-12 educators by creating robust learning platforms as well as offer support with the instructional challenges that naturally come with this digital shift.
Baker University, 2015 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Educational Leadership
University of Central Missouri, 2001 Masters of Science Curriculum and Instruction
Northwest Missouri State University, 1990 Bachelor of Science Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Ross Bryson brings with him 15 years of experience with application design and development. Ross’ applications, current and past, support thousands of simultaneous users, process millions of US dollars annually, while being responsive, intuitive, and informative.
In his 15 years of application development, 7 years have been in the education sector. Ross began his professional career with his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, and eventually found his way to Lee’s Summit, Missouri where he was an application developer for one of the largest school districts in Missouri.
With a passion for problem-solving, Ross enjoys listening to and understanding faculty and staff processes and discovering solutions that improve the quality of education for students. This drive has carried forward to his current position with Kincaid IT where he leads a team in developing solutions for districts around the country.
Mike Wallace began his career working in IT support for an internet service provider in the 1990s. Although he was a teenager at the time, Mike quickly rose through the ranks in the company. He went on to work in bank IT departments and served as Vice President of Operations for a manufacturing company, further honing his IT and management skills. Mike is also an experienced programmer and app inventor who never passes up an intriguing tech challenge.
In 2012, Mike entered the world of education by serving as the IT Director for a facility housing and educating adjudicated youth. His experience also includes working as a System Administrator for several school districts where he helped refine systems throughout the organizations.
In addition, Mike finds time to teach numerous courses for Google System Administrators and has helped several districts outside his own implement and improve with Google tools. Mike craves a challenge and enjoys finding them and solving them both in and outside the workplace.