2016 Executive Committee Officers and Committee Chairs


Joyce Volk


Joyce grew up in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, then moved to Salina in 1993. She has owned her own insurance agency for four years, before that she worked for Salina Media Group. She and her husband, Rich, have a son and a daughter.

Joyce joined SAUW to help create change. Her passion is geared toward eliminating generational poverty. Her goal is to provide more education for the “lost and forgotten” in our community on topics including parenting, financial stability and healthier lifestyles.



Kristy Balthazor

Past President

Kristy relocated to Salina after graduating from Quivira Heights High School. She and her husband, John, have raised and educated four children in the Southeastern part of the Saline community. Kristy developed her business career with Great Plains Manufacturing and then moved into the insurance & risk management industry. She is currently the COO and is a shareholder of Assurance Partners.

Kristy’s passion for SAUW comes from collaborating with agencies who advocate for specific causes. She feels “compelled to be an active participate in our community. I believe the United Way is the best platform for a broad impact.” She wants to see SAUW accomplish the Act for 2020 goals! She would also like for the SAUW to be fully endowed so that 100% of contributions are directed to impact the community.


Susan Weis


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, and currently serves as the director of finance at the Greater Salina Community Foundation. Susan also volunteers for events for the Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, she enjoys working out at the YMCA, listening to music and reading.



Chelsey Mueller 

United Priority Cabinet 

A 2010 graduate of Kansas State Univeristy, Chelsey has a Bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Human Services. She grew  up in the Salina area, graduating from Southeast of Saline High School in 2006. Chelsey serves as the director at Little Lambs Christian Preschool in Salina where she works to prepare students spiritually, academically, emotionally and socially for kindergarten.

Chelsey has been on SAUW's United Priority Cabinet since 2014, taking on the role of chair in 2016.  


Karen Couch

Community Engagement Team

Karen is a 2004 graduate of Kansas State University and received her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law in 2007.  She moved to Salina in August of 2007 upon joining the law firm of Kennedy Berkley Yarnevich & Williamson, Chartered.  Karen met her husband, Andrew, in law school and together they are proud to be raising their daughter in Salina.

To Karen, the United Way is not only a true community organization, but a conduit for change.  “The United Way is uniquely positioned to identify areas for improvement, create strategies to fill the gaps in our community and utilize collaborative effort to effect a change for the better.  For over 75 years, the SAUW has proven successful at making a difference.”  Karen is proud to be a part of the SAUW volunteers who have helped make Salina the special place it is today and the better community it will be tomorrow.



Kristin Nulik

Human Resources

Kristin did her undergraduate studies at Emporia State University before pursuing graduate school with K-State. She now works as the Human Resources Manager at Bergkamp, Inc. Kristin and her husband, Chad, came to Salina over ten years ago. They have one young daughter who they love to play and cook with.

Kristin is very passionate when it comes to education. One of her goals is to be able to priovide well-rounded support to be sure students know how to take care of personal finances as well as succeed academically and in the workforce. Kristin joined the board in summer 2013 and serves because she believes the United Way allows for true community collaboration for change.



Bennie Salkil

Audit & Standard of Excellence

 Bennie attended Sheldon High School in Sheldon, MO and graduated from Missouri Southern State University. He moved to Salina in September of 2009  and works at the Salina Regional Health Center and Hospice of Salina. His family includes his wife Linda, who also volunteers in the community when she  isn’t working at Webster Conference Center, and their two grown children.

Bennie volunteers because he believes that “the SAUW makes a positive community impact by assisting in giving people a hand up instead of a hand out.” He hopes to encourage progress through helping the SAUW grow to become the leading force in Salina when it comes to helping families achieve financial stability. “I believe through our efforts at SAUW we can help those families receive the education and training needed to make them financially secure.  Programs that are being managed by SAUW certified partners are making an impact today and I believe that we can not only continue that impact but we can improve it and grow our influence in the community to make Salina a stronger community to live in.”


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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