2014 Executive Committee Officers and Committee Chairs


Kristy Balthazor


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. Kristy's term will expire December 31, 2013.


Patrick Wallerius


Patrick is a life-time resident of Salina. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State-Salina. He has worked at Abbott Construction and currently works at OCCK. His wife, Patricia, is a writer, poet and novelist. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

Patrick joined SAUW because of its reputation for the good work it does in the community, his respect of current board members and a desire to become more involved. As a first year board member, he is learning the process so he can better contribute to the goal of making the Salina community stronger. His term will end in 2014.


Ted Johnson

Past President

Ted is a 34 year resident of Salina. He has worked at Salina Exide Technologies, Bankers Life and Casualty, and now works at Bergkamp Inc.. He is a graduate of Bennington High School, Cloud County Community College and Kansas State University. He and wife Jennifer are the proud parents of two children. Johnson states his passion for Salina and the SAUW is “to help Salina continue to grow into a community that helps people get back on their feet to be productive citizens.”  His goal is for SAUW to become a fully endowed non-profit organization to cover all operational expenses and operate as an excellent organization. 2012 marks the first year of Ted's second term. He joined in 2009 and will serve unitl December 31, 2014.


Evette Beckman

2013 Campaign Chair

Evette is a lifelong resident of Salina. She is employed by Sunflower Bank N.A. Evette and her husband, John, have four children.

Evette volunteers at SAUW to promote improving the community through working with individuals. She would like to see the SAUW become the leader in community referrals for resources. She would also like for SAUW to be known as the organization to go to for advancements in our community. Evette will begin her three year term in 2013.


George Troutfetter

United Priority Cabinet

George has been a resident of Salina since 1970. He taught 14 years at Salina Central and was a counselor for two years before moving to his current position as assistant principal at South High School. His wife, Marcia, is also an educator, and together they raised three children and have three grandchildren. George grew up in Manhattan, Kansas, graduating from Manhattan High School, and Kansas State University.

George enjoys volunteering because it is an opportunity to give back to a great community. His goal for the SAUW is to “Strengthen its appeal to all members of our community as a place they can contribute, knowing their resources will be used with fidelity to better the community.  This includes financial resources as well as building a strong volunteer base to work with partner agencies so we can live the vision to create meaningful and measurable improvement in lives and to strengthen the community.”


Raju Dandu

Audit and Standard of Excellence


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. Raju's three year term will expire at the end of this year.


Joyce Volk

Community Engagement

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.



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.



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