Our Staff

Claire Mullen
Executive Director


Claire joined SAUW in February of 2020.  Previously, she was Director of Mobility Management for OCCK Transportation, and District Manager for In The Bag Cleaners of Wichita.  She has experience in both the non-profit and for-profit settings, management, and marketing.  Claire believes in challenging herself and her team to take a wider perspective to better serve the needs of the community and to reach goals that didn't seem possible.   

 Claire received her BS in General Stuides from Fort Hays State University with minors in Business Communication and Psychology.  She is a Lean Green Belt, Leadership Salina graduate and mentor, on the Accessibilty Advisory Board for City of Salina and a member of Rotary. 

Claire is married to Tobey Mullen, who works at BE Wealth.  They have a son, Greyson, and two Labrador Retrievers.  She loves spending time with her family, being outside, traveling, and participating on a competitive women's volleyball team.    


Brenda Gutierrez
Program Director


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.


Regina Hendrickson
Administrative Assistant


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.