Kristen grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. She graduated from Shawnee Mission South Highschool and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from 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 a 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 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 the 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 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 grew up in Council Grove and went to school at CGHS. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Restaurant Management. She also obtained her professional Human Resource certifications and holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. She has lived in Salina since 1985 and started her first job in Salina on April Fools’ Day as the Restaurant Manager of the Iron street Burger King. She worked at Burger King for almost 16 years, developing the restaurant into a training store and then advancing to the role of District Manager. She left Burger King in 2000 and had a brief stint as a territory consultant for Orion Food Service (a division of Schwann’s).
In 2001, Stephanie accepted the first position in pharmaceutical sales, became a district trainer for Schering Plough, and ended her career in pharmaceuticals as a Specialty Sales Representative with Merck-Schering Plough. She went back into the restaurant industry in an executive role with Freddy’s franchise. She is now the Vice President of Human Resources with the Bank of Tescott. She enjoys working with people, solving problems, and helping to train and develop people to reach their maximum potential.
Stephanie has worked with United Way for over 30 years. She likes being a part of United Way because it is such an integral part of the community and impacts so many lives. Her volunteer time is limited, so she likes to volunteer where she can make the most difference. She also volunteers at Sunrise Presbyterian Church as an Elder and she is President of SHRMA, a local Human Resources organization.
Stephanie is married to Kevin Cool. Together, they run Cool and Eitel construction with their business partner, Bryan Eitel. She has two adult sons, Adam and Jordan Young, who both have successful careers in Kansas City. Stephanie wants to be able to help Salina community members obtain financial health and stability, accomplish healthcare initiatives, and close the gaps in education.