2017 Executive Committee Officers and Committee Chairs

Kristin Nulik


Kristen grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. She graduated from Shawnee Mission South Highschool and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Emporia State University in December of 2002. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Kansas State University in May of 2005. She has lived in Salina Kansas since the fall of 2003. At that time, she was a full-time graduate student with a teaching assistantship. After graduation, she began working for the Ottawa County Health Center as their HR Director.

After three years, Kristen took a position as Director of Youth Services at Trinity United Methodist Church. She also occasionally substitute taught at USD 305 middle schools and high schools. In 2010 she took a part time HR position with Bergkamp Inc. A year and a half later, she accepted a full-time role as the Human Resources Manager that she holds to this day.

Kristen loves the SAUW mission: To Strengthen Our Community! She believes it is important for each person to help their community thrive, be it through volunteering, providing for family, putting together a project that enhances life in Salina and especially through simple acts of kindness. Her personal passion is for education and as an HR professional, she sees the need to help others become financially stable and choose healthier options.

Both of Kristen’s parents were teachers and her husband is the Director of the Theatre at Salina Central High School. She likes to call herself a “teacher in denial.”

Kristen would love to see financial literacy continue to be taught at earlier ages. She also believes in the need to focus on creating well rounded adults that are able to give back to their communities. As an employer, she wants employees that are skilled enough to handle the ever changing markets, but also able to work with teams of people.

Joyce Volk

Past President

Joyce grew up in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. She graduated from MLHS, but she didn’t graduate college. She moved from Wichita to Salina in 1993 to raise her children in a smaller town. She worked for Y93.7, then she worked with Masco Maintenance Supply for 18 months and then she returned to radio until 2009.She started her Farmers Insurance agency in 2010.
Joyce enjoys watching change happen and being around people make change happen. She volunteers because it is important to be a part of a community and to understand its challenges.
Joyce’s husband is the morning show host on KSAL AM 1150 and has been the voice of morning talk radio since 1998. Her son, Joshua, is a supervisor at Great Plains Manufacturing. His wife, Melodie, is the Clinical Care Coordinator for Salina Family Healthcare clinic. She is also working on her Master’s Degree. They have one son, named Graham. Her daughter, Sydney, works in the Human Resources Department of Sunflower bank.
Joyce’s idea community helps families get out of poverty through education and mentoring. She believes many financial issues are generational and the cycle of poverty can be broken with support, encouragement, and incremental successful steps.

Susan Weis


Susan grew up in Hoxie, Kansas. She went to high school at Hoxie High School and graduated from Kansas State University in 2000 with a BS in Business Administration. She has lived in Salina since 2000 and she has worked at Sunflower Bank, Bergkamp Inc., and Greater Salina Community Foundation.
Susan realized what a vibrant, passionate community Salina is after going through the Leadership Salina program in 2012. She started volunteering after she realized she has time and energy to give back to the community. She was drawn to SAUW because of how community members influence where funds raised by SAUW are spent and how SAUW encourages partnerships in the grants awarded.
Susan would like to see more programs that address the root problems of issues. For example, a weekend food backpack program for school children is wonderful, but it is only a Band-Aid to a larger problem. The community should address the issue of WHY school children are going hungry and look for more permanent solutions. She would like to see more progress on the poverty rate and the number of children on free and reduced school lunches.


Stephanie Cool

HR Chair

Stephanie moved to Salina 30 years ago and had been a dedicated supporter of SAUW ever since. She grew up in Council Grove before graduating from Kansas State University in Manhattan. She is currently the Vice President for Human Resources at Bank of Tescott in Salina. She and her husband, Kevin have two grown sons.

Stephanie volunteers because SAUW is an "integral part of our community that impacts so many lives and organizations." She hopes to work with SAUW to close gaps in education, financial stability and health, especially for working and poor families in our community." As long as we are making progress towards our goals, the community will be stronger and healthier."


Jake Wise 

Campaign Chair 

Jake grew up in Cawker CIty, Kansas which he proudly points out is home to the world's largest ball of twine. He's a graduate of Fort Hays State University, and is the branch manager at Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Salina, where he has worked since 2005.

Jake's commitment to the community is evidenced not only by his involvement with SAUW, but also through his active participation in numerous other community agencies as well. Jake currently serves on the Accessibility Board for the City of Salina, is active in the Salina Young Professionals, volunteers for the River Festival and is an ally at Circles of the Heartland.

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