Free State Firebirds Athletic Department Staff

Dr. Amanda Faunce, Athletic Director

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Degrees Earned:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies Comprehensive Secondary Education, Minor in History & Spanish
  • Master of Science in School Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Professional Experience:

  • Olathe North High School (2001-2010)
    • AVID, Social Studies
    • Varsity Girls Basketball Coach
  • Olathe East High School (2010-2018)
    • Assistant Principal & Activity Director (2010-2015)
    • Assistant Principal & Athletic Director (2015-2018)
  • Lawrence Free State High School
    • Assistant Principal & Athletic Director (2018-Current)

Professional Recognition:

  • Sunflower League Historian & Website Facilitator (2015-Current)
  • KIAAA Art Newcomer Promising Athletic Director of the Year (2016)
  • KIAAA Board of Director District Representative (2020-Current)
  • National Athletic Directors Conference Presenter (December, 2020)

Athletic Department Goals:

  • To continue to the strong traditions of the Free State Firebirds and enhance all that the Firebirds Athletic Department has to offer student-athletes, coaches, staff, families, and the Lawrence community.
  • To provide leadership opportunities to student-athletes that focus on character development and giving back to the community as members of the S.A.L.T. of the Firebirds.

Let’s Go State!

Personal Bio:

Dr. Faunce’s personal interests include spending time with family, including her dog Gunner, spending time in the mountains of Colorado, attending Eric Church concerts, watching college sports and the Pittsburgh Steelers, reading, and cooking/baking.  Be Still and Know.


Ms. Ashley Dunning, Assistant to the Athletic Director

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Personal Bio:

Ms. Dunning is a Texas-native who moved to Lawrence this past January with her fiancé and four children.  She grew up in Frisco (TX) while vacationing every Summer to her family’s hometown of Puebla, Mexico.  She played saxophone for eight years and, after high school, had the opportunity to perform at her graduation ceremony from the U.S. Navy’s Basic Training.  She still loves to play tennis and hopes to pass on her favorite pastime to at least one of her girls.

Ms. Dunning previously served as the Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Principal and Counselor at the same high school in which she attended Senior year for six years.  She aspires to finish her degree in Marketing and looks forward to watching her kids grow to love Lawrence as much as she and her fiancé.


Mrs. Meghan Chaffin, Certified Athletic Trainer

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Personal Bio:

Mrs. Chaffin has served as the Free State Athletic Trainer for the last six years, starting her position in the Fall of 2015.  Mrs. Chaffin, originally from Pratt (KS), earned her Associate of Science in Athletic Training Degree from Pratt Community College in 2010, Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Kansas in 2013, and Master of Kinesiology Degree from Boise State University in 2015.  She lives in Lawrence with her husband Caleb and their son Casen.  They also have two husky mixes, Puka and Storm. With any free time that she has, Mrs. Chaffin enjoys spending it with her family and dogs, watching sports, and relaxing with coffee and a book.