Our Staff

Amanda Michaelis
Executive Director

amanda@unitedwaysalina.org

Amanda joined SAUW in the spring of 2013. For the previous 12 years, Amanda has held several key positions at Propane Central, including Human Resources Manager, Director of Administration, and most recently, Regional Bookkeeper.

In January 2014, Amanda was selected as a member of the second cohort of United Way Worldwide's Executive Leadership Development Program. This 12-month development experience includes multi-disciplinary curriculum, in-depth assessments, executive coaching, peer-to-peer engagement, and in-person learning opportunities.  The program is designed for local United Way executives to home their skills needed to lead in this world of volatility, uncertainty, ambiguity, and change.

Amanda received her BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and her MS in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has continued her involvement in education by teaching business classes at Kansas Wesleyan University, K-State Salina, and Brown Mackie College.

Much of Amanda’s free time has been spent participating as a board member with several local not-for-profit organizations. She has served the Salina community in many capacities, including President of the Board of Trustees of the Salina Education Foundation, Board President of the Salina Child Care Association, and treasurer of the Salina Country Club. Currently, Amanda serves on the USD 305 Consumer Services Advisory Council, Salina Adult Education Center Advisory Board, Saline County Community Corrections Advisory Board, KWU Career Services Advisory Board, LIFT Selection Committee for the Salina Education Foundation, is a member of Altrusa International, and is Chairman of Partners in Early Childhood Education (7/2014-Present).

When she isn’t giving her time to her community, Amanda can be found gardening, reading, running, and supporting her two children at their various activities.

 

Brenda Gutierrez
Program Director

brenda@unitedwaysalina.org

Brenda joined SAUW in the fall of 2009. As a community impact organization working in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health, Brenda leads in the areas of program development, partner, and community relations. Brenda received both her BS and BFA from K-State Manhattan. She has experience in both the non-profit and for-profit settings. Brenda draws on a strong background in marketing and public relations as she works to improve communication while increasing interest and participation, leadership and development. Brenda leverages her skills, working with volunteers, organizations, businesses, donors, and leaders to further the mission and vision of the Salina Area United Way. 

A committed community advocate, Brenda serves on the steering committee of the Saline County Back to School Fair, now in its 18th year. Brenda serves on the boards Live Well Saline County, North Central Regional Food Council, Kansas Rural Center, Salina Area Community Services Council, and Salina's Summer Meals Coalition. 

Leveraging the power of relationships and networks, Brenda has served on the planning committees and boards for Heartland Early Education Policy Board, Kansas Women Infant and Children (WIC) Statewide Stakeholders, Salina Educators, Kansas Hunger Roundtable, Cancer Coalition of North Central Kansas, and the Kansas Storytelling Festival. In her free time, you might see her filling Little Libraries, and helping with OneSalina.

Brenda and her husband Michael have lived in Salina for over 27 years, and are active volunteers and board members for many community and service organizations.
 

Tanya Penn
Finance & Donor Services Specialist

tanya@unitedwaysalina.org

Tanya joined SAUW in the spring of 2015. Hailing from White Cloud, she attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. Previously a fundraiser for EmberHope, she has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits. Tanya is passionate about creating community awareness and providing education to the underserved. She works closely with businesses and individuals to cultivate relationships and encourage opportunities for collaboration, as well as managing finances in and out of SAUW. 

Tanya lives in Salina with her husband, Rodney, and their four children. In her free time, she is active in her church and children's schools.

 

CJ Hammon
Marketing, Media & Communications Associate

cjhammon@unitedwaysalina.org 

CJ came to SAUW in February 2017 as a part-time employee.  In the community, CJ strives to change the landscape of the City of Salina by donating her time to her favorite causes.  Some of her involvement includes groups such as Salina Area Young Professionals, Salina Arts & Humanities Commission, Friday Night Live, Smoky Hill River Festival, Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, Salina Area United Way, and Trinity United Methodist Church.  CJ is a 2011 graduate of Tescott High School and a 2016 graduate of Leadership Salina.  She lives in Salina with her husband, Chris, their sons, Tylor and Elijah, and their 4 dogs.

 

Regina Hendrickson
Administrative Assistant

regina@unitedwaysalina.org

Regina came to SAUW in August of 2016 as a volunteer and started working mmediately with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which she absolutely LOVES!  One of her jobs with the DPIL is to try and locate a child who might have moved, but didn't leave a forwarding address.  She either calls each parent or emails them so she can get their book to them, and she has seen children's faces light up when the mail carrier delivers their books!  She is adamant about getting children enrolled in the program and knows the importance of getting books into their hands as early as possible.

Regina became the Administrative Assistant in August of 2018.  Regina is a native of the Salina community and graduated from Salina Central.  Growing up, she was involved in Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts as a Den Mother for her son, Shawn.  She was employed by Asbury Hospital/SHRC for 27 years.

She is a Veteran Circle Leader with Circles of the Heartland from the first class and is still very involed with the program.  She is one of the facilitators of the new Circle Leaders entering the program, as well as the new Allies to help them with their journey through Circles.

In her spare time you might find her rubber stamping, which she has done for the last 22 years.  She has made numerous cards over the last two years for SAUW.