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.
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."