Derek Kreifels was born in Herington, Kansas and graduated from high school in Wellington, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University, and Wichita State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He then went onto graduate with a Master of Science in Management degree from Friends University. Kreifels has worked for several local, state and federal candidates and elected officials. He was appointed the Assistant State Treasurer of Kansas by State Treasurer Ron Estes and has served with him since January of 2011.