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 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.
Chris has lived in Salina for the past 12 years and held positions with Bank VI, Sunflower Bank, and Simmons First National Bank where he currently serves as Community Executive.
Chris has strong roots in the community. He has served on the SAUW Finance Commitee and the 2012 Campaign Cabinet. Chris joined SAUW to make a difference and improve the financial sability of our community.
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Tina is the Executive Director at the Salina Housing Authority. She and her husband Jay have lived in Salina 16 years, and she has worked at Innovations Dental Laboratory and Waddell & Reed. Tina graduated from Wichita West High School and then Kansas Wesleyan University. Tina is the proud mother of five children and grandmother of one.
Tina volunteers with the United Way because she really believes in what they do and is proud to play a hand in making changes in the community. Tina would like to see continued imoprovement in the key areas indentified as Salina Area United Way priorities.
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Raju has lived in Salina for 15 years but is a native of India. He has graduated from Mahatma Gandhi High School in Andhra Pradesh, India, received a BS and MS from Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia, and a Ph.D. from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. He is a professor at Kansas State University. Besides teaching he is involved in extra-curricular activities to inspire young minds. He and his wife, Kamila, have two sons and one daughter.
Helping others has been his passion since childhood. When asked about his motivation for joining the SAUW Raju stated, “I see SAUW as a perfect vehicle with its broader mission to create better communities with great opportunities….and I envision a caring community that sees SAUW as a pathway to advance common good in [the] community.” Dandu wants to see Salina as a welcoming place for diverse populations with strong growth in education and economic opportunity.
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.