2020 Board of Directors
Amy has been employed with Advantage Trust Company since May of 2012, where she currently holds the title of Vice President & Real Estate Officer. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Family Studies and Human Services with emphasis in Personal Financial Planning.
Amy is eager to do her part in the SAUW organization to ensure Salina and the surrounding communities flourish and continually strive to be better. She believes that in order to keep a community strong and thriving, it takes active participation and engagement of community members.
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 Construction. 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.
Brett Mitchell is proud to be born and raised in Salina, graduating from Salina South. He received his AA in Administration of Justice from JCCC. He is currently the AVP with Bennington State Bank. A husband and father of 2 kids and 1 husky, Brett and his family enjoy trips to the zoo, golfing, and vacations to Colorado. Brett says, "It is rewarding to hear the success stories that come from United Way programs and partnerships. My hope is that those stories continue for many years to come and that those impacted continue to pay it forward in order to stregthen the community as a whole."
Daniel is the Wellness & Prevention Coordinator for Salina Regional Health Center. He has a strong background in planning and coordinating health promotion and tobacco prevention activities. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Pittsburg State University in 2004. He obtained his Master's of Science degree in Health Promotion & Wellness Management at Missouri State University in 2006. Daniel is an avid runner and competes in numerous 5K and marathon races.
Daniel supports the Salina Area United Way and numerous other organizations and coalitions. He currently serves on the Saline County Tobacco use Prevention Coalition and Live Well Saline County. He is also currently the Chair of the Primary Prevention Committee for the Chronic Disease Alliance of Kansas and is the North Central Regional Representative on the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition Board.
Marcia received her BS in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix Online. Since then she has held several positions with Girl Scouts, St. John’s Military School, the Salina Art Center, and the Salina Journal. She is currently a loan processor at Great Plains Federal Credit Union.
Marcia has volunteered for United Way and worked with the United Priority Cabnet for several years. When she was asked to serve an unexpired board term, she saw it as an opportunity to play a larger role in making changes in the community.
Growing up, Marcia lived in North Central Kansas, graduation from Beloit Junior-Senior High, in Beloit Kansas. She has currently lived in Salina for 29 years. One of the many things she loves about Salina is how everyone works together to build a nurturing, safe, and engaged community. In the next few years Marcia would like to see continued improvements in three priority areas; Education, Financial Stablity, and Health. She seeks to impact more individuals while working towards strengthening our community.
Marcia and husband Gary, have 2 grown children, Shelia and Patrick. Shelia and her 2 beautiful daughters live in Salina, while Patrick resides in Wichita.
Julia, a graduate of Salina High School South and Kansas State University, has been back in the Salina area for five years. Currently, Julia works for the City of Salina in the Community Relations Division as a Community Relations Specialist.
Julia and her son have enjoyed what Salina has been offering since their return back to town. She's been volunteering as a way to give back to the community.
"It would be great to see a more united community working towards a positive city environment. I would like to see the community come together and work on goals that would continue to lead Salina towards [being] a more stable, healthy, and safe community."
Jessica, while born in Manhattan, KS, considers herself to have grown up on a farm just south of Liberal, KS. She also spent time in the Salina/Assaria area, graduating from Southeast of Saline. Jessica attended Washburn University, double majoring in Finance and Economics, and there met her husband.
After nearly 3 years at Assurance Partners, Jessica took on the role of Credit Manager for Great Plains Manufacturing in the beginning of 2018.
Jessica wants to see a strong downtown, better mental health services, and collaboration between civic and non-profit groups.
"Salina is home. Salina is where my husband and I chose to raise our family. My passion stems from making sure that Salina’s tomorrow is bright not only for my child but for all its residents. Steps we make today can make a big impact for tomorrow, if we take them. SAUW is taking these steps and I want to be a member of an organization that is taking action."
Chris grew up in Salina and attended Salina South. He holds an Associates, Bachelors, and Masters in Business Administration, and also has a Doctorate in Business Administration specializing in Social Impact Management. His doctoral study was on the topic of creating revenue diversification among non profits. Currently, he is employed at the Land Institute.
His passion for Salina includes finding ways to circulate local wealth to benefit the entire community - directing his higher education pursuit so that he could be a better asset to our community. When asked what progress he wants to see SAUW make, he states, "I would like SAUW to experience growth in revenue - increasing opportunities for Salina organizations, SAUW exposure, and allowing SAUW to flourish." He spends his free time with his wife, Katie, and his kids, Jocelyn and Greyson.
Laurel grew up in Salina and was a 2011 graduate of Central High School. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in English and from the University of Kansas School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 2018. Laurel is now an associate attorney for the law firm Kennedy Berkley Yarnevich & Williamson, Chartered, where she primarily focuses on domestic law and civil litigation.
Laurel has enjoyed seeing Salina grow and strengthen over the years and wants to be able to help contribute to this. She believes that the Salina Area United Way is an integral organization to the community and that by growing and strengthening SAUW, we will be able to grow and strengthen individuals, businesses, and the community as a whole.
Margaret started with Salina Area United Way as a volunteer grant reviewer. Over the years, she has come to appreciate all of the programs that are available in the community. Margaret works as a Financial Counselor for Salina Regional Health Center Physician Revenue Cycle. Margaret shares, "It has been helpful knowing what programs are available to help some of SRHC patients and coworkers."
Scott has been a Salina resident since the old age of three and graduated from Salina High School South. He has a dual Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Human Resource Management from Kansas State University. Scott holds a SHRM-SCP certification and has been involved in many United Way campaigns and events throughout his career in HR.
“Community is a sum of our individual parts. The focus SAUW has on Education, Health, and Financial Stability helps to raise us up as a whole across North Central Kansas.”