Staff

 

Jessica Martin, President & Executive Director

Email: 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 most recently the 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, KS, and went to receive 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 WeisSusan Weis, Director of Finance

Email: susanweis@gscf.org

Susan joined GSCF in June 2015 as Director of Finance. A Northwest Kansas native, Susan grew up in Hoxie, KS and has a BS in Business Administration from Kansas State University where she majored in Accounting and Finance. Susan has worked for the past 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.

Headshot bwKaty Kitchen, Director of Regional Affiliates

Email: 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.

BrandeeBrandee Mayginnes, Director of Grants & Scholarships

Email: brandeemayginnes@gscf.org

Brandee grew up in Minneapolis, KS. 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, Grants Coordinator

Email: kariebogart@gscf.org

Karie joined GSCF in October of 2015. A Salina native, Karie has a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Bethany College, and an Associates of 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, recently serving as the Director of Ashby House’s Safe Exchange & Safe Visitation Center, in addition to facilitating and maintaining Ashby House’s website, social media, providing Peer Mentor & Case Management to clients, and teaching core Life Skills curriculum to residents. Karie has two children, Ethan and Allie, and two dachshunds, Ginger & Lily. In her spare time, she is a small business owner in the Salina community refinishing & repurposing furniture.

 

RitaRita Northup, Executive Assistant

Email: ritanorthup@gscf.org

Rita is a lifetime resident of Salina.  She worked for 24 years in customer service/management in local Salina banks, and for the past 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!

 

MeganMegan Robl, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Email: meganrobl@gscf.org 

Megan joined GSCF in July 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Kansas State University, then went on to work at the Kansas State University 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 in Manhattan. She is also an avid K-State football fan and loves spending time with her family, friends and dog, Hershey.

 

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