Staff

Learn more about our team below!

Jessica Martin
President & Executive Director

jessicamartin@gscf.org

Jessica joined the community foundation in 2010 and has served in many different roles, including affiliate and youth coordinator, grants and scholarships coordinator, and, now, president and executive director. Her experience has given her a thorough understanding of the community and helped develop strong relationships throughout the region.

Jessica grew up in Andover, Kansas, and received her B.S. degree at Kansas State University. She is married to husband, Aaron and mom to their son Oliver. Her favorite part about the Foundation is working with people and helping them make a difference.

Susan Weis
Director of Finance

susanweis@gscf.org

Susan joined GSCF in June 2015 as Director of Finance. A Northwest Kansas native, Susan grew up in Hoxie, Kansas, and has a BS.. in Business Administration from Kansas State University, where she majored in Accounting and Finance. Susan previously worked for 15 years in banking and corporate accounting. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Salina and stays engaged in the leadership community as a steering committee member of the Salina Konza Club (for alumni of local leadership programs). Susan also serves on the Campaign Cabinet for the Salina Area United Way and volunteers for the Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, listening to music and reading.

Katy Kitchen 
Director of Regional Affiliates

katykitchen@gscf.org

A Salina native, Katy joined the GSCF team in 2013. Katy works with GSCF’s growing affiliate foundations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in visual arts and is currently working on her master’s degree in Public Administration at Wichita State University. Before coming to GSCF, Katy worked for more than 10 years in collegiate education. She is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Salina. Katy enjoys working with people to support communities all over north central and northwest Kansas. Katy is a mother to son, Jadyn. In her free time, she enjoys spending as much time with Jadyn as possible, volunteering at her church and crocheting.

Brandee Mayginnes 
Director of Grants & Scholarships

brandeemayginnes@gscf.org

Brandee grew up in Minneapolis, Kansas. After earning her Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in Life Sciences, she lived in the Kansas City area for 14 years before returning to the region. She is married to her husband Brent, who is a local dentist, and is mom to their twins, Ava and Carter, and twin pups Duff and Dash. She worked in the healthcare field for almost 15 years before joining the Greater Salina Community Foundation in December 2016.

Karie Bogart
Affiliate Grants Coordinator

kariebogart@gscf.org

Karie joined GSCF in October of 2015. A Salina native, Karie has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bethany College, and an Associate’s degree in Computer Science from Kansas State University. After spending nearly a decade in family services as a child protective services social worker, Karie switched gears to the non-profit world, serving as the Director of Ashby House’s Safe Exchange & Safe Visitation Center. Karie has two children, Ethan and Allie, and two dachshunds, Ginger and Lily. In her spare time, she is a small business owner in the Salina community refinishing and repurposing furniture.

Jessica Fuller 
Grants & Scholarships Coordinator

jessicafuller@gscf.org

Jessica joined GSCF in February of 2018. A Salina native, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Kansas Wesleyan University. Previously, Jessica has worked as the assistant winemaker at Smoky Hill Vineyards and Winery. For the last seven years, she served as the assistant director of admissions at Kansas Wesleyan University. Jessica and her husband, Andrew, have two children, Kinsley and Kace.

Rita Northup
Executive Assistant

ritanorthup@gscf.org

Rita is a lifetime resident of Salina. Prior to joining GSCF in June of 2015, she worked in customer service and management for local Salina banks for 24 years, then spent nine years as the administrative assistant to the Executive VP/Provost at Kansas Wesleyan University. She and her husband Charles have two children and three grandchildren. She has been involved in Noon Network Ambucs for the past 20 years. Rita is a graduate of Brown Mackie College and is excited to be with the Greater Salina Community Foundation!

 

Valerie Johnson
Administrative Assistant

valeriejohnson@gscf.org 

A native of LaCrosse, Valerie is a graduate of Kansas State University. Prior to joining GSCF in February 2018, she worked in a number of administrative roles, primarily in Wichita. Valerie and her husband, Steve, lived in Wichita for 25 years, but are happy to call Salina their home now. Salina favorites include the Stiefel Theater, Salina Art Center Cinema, YMCA and the Arc of Salina Co. Blue Thunder Special Olympics team. Their son, Eric, lives at home and their daughter, Katie, is a special education teacher in the Kansas City area.

Megan Robl
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

meganrobl@gscf.org 

Megan joined GSCF in July 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications, with minors in business and dance, from Kansas State University, then went on to work at the KSU Foundation before returning home to Salina. In the community, Megan enjoys teaching classes at Tamara Howe School of Dance, organizing Chloe’s Dance Extravaganza for the Love, Chloe Foundation, and serving on the K-State Dance Advisory Council. She is also an avid K-State football fan and loves spending time with her family, friends and dog, Hershey.

 

Recent News

Over $70,000 in student scholarships available for 2019-2020

  The Greater Salina Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 school year. This year more than $70,000 will be distributed to area students through the foundation’s 31 scholarship funds. Eligible scholarship applicants include graduating high school seniors, current college students and non-traditional students. Each scholarship has a unique set of criteria established by donors to the foundation. Depending on the scholarship, awards range from $250 to $10,000, and some are renewable for up to four years. Scholarships are not necessarily based on financial need. All scholarship applications must be submitted through the community foundation’s online scholarship portal by February 15,[...]

Community foundation to award grants on #GivingTuesday

The Greater Salina Community Foundation will kick off the giving season by presenting its latest round of community grants on November 27, 2018, which is #GivingTuesday. Founded in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global movement that encourages people to do good in their communities by giving time, money or in-kind donations to causes they care about most. On Tuesday, the community foundation will award $28,500 to 12 charitable projects and organizations in Saline County. Recipients include: Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas, $5,000 to provide direct client assistance through the agency’s Disability Assistance Fund. Coronado Area Council Boy Scouts of America, $5,000 to support[...]