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 sons Oliver and Jack. 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 enjoys working with people to support community development all over north central and northwest Kansas. She joined the Greater Salina Community Foundation team in 2013. As the director of regional affiliates, Katy works with GSCF’s 14 growing affiliate foundations, which serve 15 rural Kansas counties. She has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in visual arts and is passionate about the arts and culture happening in the region. Before coming to GSCF, Katy worked for more than 10 years in collegiate education. She is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Salina and serves on the community advisory board for the KU School of Medicine and Nursing in Salina. Katy is a mother to son, Jadyn. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with Jadyn, volunteering at her church, crocheting, and playing a mean game of Spades.

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.

Kora Copas 
Staff Accountant

koracopas@gscf.org

Kora joined GSCF in May 2019. She grew up in Courtland, Kansas, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Accounting from Kansas Wesleyan University. Previously, she worked in the healthcare field. She is married to her husband, Taylor, and has a golden retriever named Flair. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, reading, and traveling.

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.

Angela Kerner 
Affiliate Operations Coordinator

angelakerner@gscf.org

Angela has lived in Kansas her whole life. She was born in Concordia, lived in Salina for a year, lived in Junction City for most of grade school, and finally graduated high school in Hutchinson. She received her B.F.A. in Art History from the University of Kansas. Previously in Salina, she worked at the Salina Art Center and then went on to be a founding partner of Ad Astra Books and Coffee House. She has worked in accounting departments for the last five years, most recently at the Salina Supply Company.

In her free time Angela enjoys gardening, cooking, learning new things, spending time with her pets and spending time with friends and family.

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!

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. She is also an avid K-State football fan and loves spending time with her family, friends and dog, Hershey.

Recent News

Community foundation awards over $60,000 in scholarships

GSCF scholarship recipients at the 2019 Scholarship Recognition Banquet, held at Salina Country Club on May 22. The Greater Salina Community Foundation has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year. The following recipients were recognized at a banquet held at the Salina Country Club on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The Alice A. Riggs Ell-Saline K-State Scholarship is for graduates of Ell-Saline High School who will attend Kansas State University in Manhattan. Kamdyn Johnson, Salina, received a $1,000 scholarship. The Alma Olson and Michael T. Olson Scholarship is for students of North Central Kansas Technical College pursuing a[...]

Foundation welcomes new staff members

The Greater Salina Community Foundation announces the following new hires: Kora Copas Kora Copas has joined the foundation as a staff accountant. A native of Courtland, Kansas, Copas has a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting from Kansas Wesleyan University. In her new role, she will support the foundation’s finance department in the areas of gift and grant processing, fund reporting and accounting operations. Prior to GSCF, Copas previously worked in the healthcare accounting field. Angela Kerner Angela Kerner is the foundation’s new affiliate operations coordinator. A lifelong Kansan, Kerner is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. in art history. In her new role, she[...]