Danielle Hall has served as the Executive Director for the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program since December 2019. Prior to her appointment, Danielle served as a Deputy Disciplinary Administrator for the State of Kansas where she investigated and prosecuted disciplinary cases before the Kansas Supreme Court, assisted with Client Protection Fund investigations, and served as a coordinator for the Attorney Diversion Program. As part of coordinating the Attorney Diversion Program, Danielle’s primary focus was in providing lawyers with assistance and training in the area of law practice management and she worked directly with lawyers who were struggling with time management, stress, and burnout issues related to the practice of law. Danielle has also worked for the Kansas Bar Association, serving as the organization’s Law Practice Services Director where she managed the continuing legal education and publications departments and created the organization’s Law Office Management Assistance Program.
Danielle regularly teaches continuing legal education on many topics including lawyer well-being, addiction issues, ethics, law practice management, and technology use in the law practice. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Lawyer Well-Being Task Force and is Chair of the Topeka Bar Association Technology Committee, Co-Chair of the Minority Women in the Profession Committee for the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, and a regular contributor to the Kansas Bar Association Law Practice Management and Technology Blog. She is also an active member in the ABA Law Practice Division, having served on several committees.
In her free time, Danielle serves an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Washburn University, teaching law office technology in the Legal Studies Department and coaching the undergraduate mock trial team. She is also an adjunct professor at Washburn School of Law, teaching in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and coaching the competition teams with her husband, Jay Hall, who is also a lawyer. Danielle received a B.A. degree in Political Science in 2006 and a J.D. in 2009.
Brynn Mroz is the Program Director for the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program. Brynn handles many of the client referrals for assessment, treatment, therapy, and other assistive resources. Brynn not only brings her knowledge and experience to working directly with clients, but also the compassion and dedication necessary to help Kansas lawyers in the time of need. She spends countless hours working directly one-on-one with KALAP’s clients and volunteers to ensure each client’s needs are being met.
Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Brynn began working with attorneys in college at her father’s law office. After graduating from Washburn University with a BA in 1992, she moved to Iowa and then to Colorado where she lived for many years. Like the old saying goes, “there is no place like home”, so Brynn followed her calling back to Kansas to be closer to her family. Her sons Jayce and Tate, her husband Kelly, Millie the dog and Lambo the cat are her pride and joy. As a board member for the Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center (HRADAC) and Rainbow Services Inc. (RSI), Brynn furthers her passion for working with the community and legal professionals.
Ellen Bayless has a unique background with a mix of government and private sector employment. She spent 16 years as the City Clerk in Harveyville, Kansas. Prior to joining the KALAP team, she also worked in the Kansas Appellate Clerk’s office. She has gained considerable skills and knowledge that has quickly become an asset to the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program. When you call KALAP, Ellen is the first person you talk with. She takes great care and pride in being the one to ensure each caller gets the assistance they need.
Ellen grew up in rural Osage County and raised her family not far from there in Wabaunsee County. She has 3 adult sons; the oldest Josh who works construction with his father locally, Jack who works I.T. Forensics in Overland Park, Kansas and Jared is a sous chef at a signature restaurant in Disney, Orlando, Florida. She currently enjoys living with her 17 year-old daughter Jasmine, her 14 year-old son Scottie and Dolly, her beloved one year old Lab Mix-Rescue. Ellen spends countless hours in the kitchen each year. Canning season in the fall is one of her favorites. One of Ellen’s favorite past-times is traveling. She is always up for an adventure, anything from a road trip to a cruise to hiking the Yukon.