Meet Our Staff
The Greater Salina Community Foundation staff works both locally and throughout the region though our office in Salina, Kansas. Additionally, our affiliate directors live and work in the communities they serve.
President & Executive Director
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.
Donor Services Coordinator
Chris joined GSCF in February 2020. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University and earning his B.S. in Sociology, he earned his M.S. in Professional Leadership through Fort Hays State. In 2010, Chris got involved with coaching college women’s basketball. He worked at Colby Community College, Kansas Wesleyan, Portland State, and finished up at Brown Mackie College in 2016. Chris has most recently worked in sales with Alert360, a security system company in Wichita, and enjoyed working as a certified KSHSAA basketball official. He is currently an assistant boys basketball coach at Salina Central and enjoys serving at the Ark Church with his wife. Chris and his wife, Tawni, have two kids, Skylar and Cooper. He is excited to help make an impact through working with the team at GSCF and the people in the community.
Director of Operations
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.
Director of Regional Affiliates
Lisa is a lifelong Kansan. She earned her Bachelor and Master degrees at Kansas State University. Lisa has worked in the nonprofit and education fields for the last twenty years. Most recently as the head of youth services at the Salina Public Library and before that as an extension agent for K-State Research and Extension. She has been an active member in the local Altrusa International club for at least ten years - supporting the club's service projects, many of which impact the Salina community. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys cheering on the K-State Wildcats and the Chicago Cubs. She loves traveling and spending time with family and friends. Lisa is married to Delwin and they have three spoiled shelties: Crower, Gibbs and Finn.
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!
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 is mom to their daughter, Rosie. They also have a golden retriever named Flair. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling.
Director of Grants & Scholarships
Jessica joined GSCF in February 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.
Grants & Scholarships Coordinator
Natalie joined GSCF in August 2019. She grew up in Randall, Kansas, and earned a B.A. in Communication and B.S. in Physical Education (Recreation/Sports Management) with a field of emphasis in leadership studies from Fort Hays State University. Previously, Natalie worked in parks and recreation and education. She is actively engaged in her community and especially loves working with youth organizations. Natalie and her husband, David, have four children: Alana, Isaac, Evan and Odin. Together, they farm and raise their family near Solomon. Natalie also enjoys reading whenever she gets the chance and relaxing with family.
Grants & Scholarships Coordinator
Taylor is a proud Salina native. Prior to joining GSCF in 2021, Taylor taught eighth grade English Language Arts at Salina South Middle School for six years. She holds a B.S. in Education from Kansas State University and a M.S. in Education from Baker University. Taylor also served as a Teacher Representative on the Salina Education Foundation Board of Trustees and as the Allocations Chair on the SEF Grant Committee. One of Taylor’s passions is coaching, and she loves having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children and young adults in her community. She gets to explore that passion at her baton twirling studio, Taylor’s Twirlers, and as an assistant coach for Salina South High School Color Guard. Taylor is married to Phillip Urban and recently welcomed a son, Theodore, to their family.
Affiliate Operations Coordinator
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.
Marketing & Communications Director
Annika Wilson joined GSCF in November 2020. She was born and raised in Salina, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas in Journalism and Mass Communications she moved to Phoenix, Arizona. While in Phoenix, Annika furthered her career in sales and marketing by working as the Marketing Director of a technology company and an Account Executive for a full service advertising agency. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration in 2010 and moved to Denver, Colorado in 2013 to be closer to family and take on a new marketing position for an out-patient surgery company . Annika recently moved back to Salina with her husband and is looking forward to using her marketing experience at the Greater Salina Community Foundation.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
MacKenzie Morris joined GSCF in January 2021. She was born and raised in Salina, KS. After graduating from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing she moved to Overland Park, Kansas. She has spent the past two years in Overland Park as the Marketing Manager for a start-up company that was originally founded in Salina. She is a mom to son, Liam, who keeps her very busy and entertained. In her free time, she loves to play tennis and spend time with her nieces and nephews. MacKenzie is excited to return to her hometown of Salina and help make an impact on the community with the team at Greater Salina Community Foundation.
Audrey joined GSCF in June 2021. She currently attends Kansas State University where she majors in theatre education and minors in communications and leadership studies. Audrey also plans to obtain a non-profit certificate through Kansas State’s Staley School of Leadership Studies. Audrey grew up in Salina and graduated from Salina Central High School in 2019. She is excited to be back in her hometown and joining Greater Salina Community Foundation for the summer!
Executive Director-Heartland Community Foundation
Executive Director Sarah Meitner has a passion for storytelling, promoting nonprofit programs, and ensuring that the region is thriving in sustainable ways for generations to come. She began her career more than 20 years ago in business journalism working at major metro newspapers, but transitioned to copywriting and marketing, with an emphasis in nonprofit work and development. That career change allowed her and her family to return home to Kansas. Sarah continued to provide freelance and contract work to businesses and other organizations, while also serving in an advocacy role for disability rights groups. She helped lead development of the Hays Accessible Recreation Complex (ARC Park) and was appointed by Gov. Jeff Colyer to the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities. She looks forward to working with the Heartland Community Foundation board members, donors, and community partners to grow the foundation and enhance Ellis, Trego, and Rooks counties. Sarah is married to Chad Meitner and they have five children.
Executive Director-Russell County Area Community Foundation
Executive Director-Solomon Valley Community Foundation
Coorindator-Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation
Andrea is a lifelong Kansas resident. She has lived with her husband Dan in Ellsworth for almost 9 years with their three children Abigale, Jacob, and Hannah. She enjoys spending time with her family traveling, hiking, camping, coaching, watching her children’s sports teams, and being involved in her church. Andrea attended Fort Hays State University and graduated with a B.S. in Justice Studies and Psychology and later Washburn University with a Masters in Human Services. She spent nearly 17 years in the Social Services and Criminal Justice fields before joining SHCF in June 2021. She has also recently completed the requirements to become a certified Mediator and enjoys serving in that role in her spare time. She looks forward to working with and for others who also see the importance of giving and community.
Executive Director-Ottawa County Community Foundation
Lisa Fairbanks moved to Concordia, Kansas in 1994 and spent ten years in banking. She was the district sales manager for Farm Bureau Financial Services for twenty-three counties in Northwest Kansas for eight years prior to being relocated to Arizona. Lisa has been blessed with many successes. She has owned several businesses in Kansas and Arizona. She and her husband (aka, soulmate and best friend) Stan currently own a restaurant and bar and an ice cream parlor. They reside in Salina, Kansas with their three fur babies, Bailey, Baxter, and TJ. They are also foster parents and love helping littles. Lisa earned her B.S. in Business Management from Kansas Wesleyan University. She has served on numerous boards and committees and has a commitment to community enhancement. She has a fiery passion for everything she does, and she is excited to partner that energy with the Ottawa County Community. She loves to cook (and eat), camp, fish and spend time with friends and family.