Ann Mah was born in Clay Center, Kansas, on May 5, 1951, to Wayne and Evelyn Clark. They moved to the Wichita/Haysville area where her mother was a public school teacher and her father was a machinist at BOEING.
Ann is married to Larry Mah, who is retired from Southwestern Bell and now serves as the Shawnee County Treasurer. Their son, Cary, graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 2004.
Ann graduated from Haysville Campus High School. She has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Emporia State University. Maintaining her interest in public education, Ann works at the state and national level on school improvement. As a member of the AdvancEd state committee from 2001 to 2016, she reviewed school improvement plans to ensure Kansas schools are meeting state and national standards. Ann also serves on the Kansas Advisory Committee on Career and Technical Education for the Kansas Department of Education.
Ann taught high school science for five years before going to work for Southwestern Bell as an engineer in Topeka in 1979. She worked at Southwestern Bell for nearly 22 years before retiring in 2000. Ann Mah is now the owner of Discover! Strategies, a company providing speaking, consulting, and training services. She also owns Compass Series Publishing and has published three business training books. She was the business skills writer for Hers Kansas magazine.
Ann is an active community volunteer. She is president of the Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka. She is an adult education leader at Faith Lutheran Church. She is also a member of the Telephone Pioneers and Chapter GK of PEO.
Past activities include President of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Topeka, Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Topeka Board of Directors, Chairman of the Visions of the 21st Century Women’s Conference, Kansas Department of Education QPA Advisory Council, Shawnee County Chairman of Kids Voting Kansas, and Teacher of the Year State Steering Committee.
Ann was recognized as the 1997 national Woman of the Year by the 50,000 member American Business Women’s Association. She served as the Association’s national president in 2002. In that capacity, Ann traveled throughout the country speaking on business and education issues. In 2000, Ann was also recognized as a YWCA Woman of Excellence.