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© 2019 Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Meet Our Team

From our Leadership Team to our Board of Directors, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters is composed of individuals who are compassionate and dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help change the lives of Kansas youth for the better.

Board of Directors

Bill served as the President/COO of Koch Industries from 1987-2001 and Vice Chairman from 1999-2001. He started his career with Sunray DX Oil in Okla. before joining Koch in 1968. Bill has served on the Board for Security Benefit Corp. of Topeka, the KU School of Business and BBBSA, among many others. He has been a member since 1990 of the Engineering Advisory Council at Texas A&M, where he earned a BS degree in civil engineering and was recently honored as an Outstanding Alumnus of their Engineering College.

Koch Industries, Inc., President & COO (Retired)

KSBBBS BoD Chair Emeritus

Bill Hanna

Brian graduated from Texas Tech in 1990 with a BS in Ag Economics. He has worked in several positions at Cargill, including President of Cargill Meats Canada from 2007-2009, President of Cargill Value Added Meats from 2009-2011, and Managing Director of Cargill Meats Europe from 2011-2013.

Cargill Protein & Salt Enterprise, Executive Vice President

KSBBBS BoD Vice Chair

Brian Sikes

James has more than 18 years of credit union executive experience and became the President/CEO of Meritrust in 2013. He leads Meritrust with a commitment to integrity, focusing on members and caring for our communities. James brings more than 16 years of executive experience as the Senior VP of Lending and Collections at Univ. Federal Credit Union (UFCU) in Austin, a 76-year old credit union with $1.5 billion in assets, serving over 150,000 members in over 200 universities, associations and employers in Central TX and Galveston.

Meritrust Credit Union, President & CEO

KSBBBS BoD Secretary

James Nastars

Nicole joined the KU Athletics Dept. as Chief of Staff to the Athletics Director in 2009. In July 2017, she was named Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator. Nicole graduated from Washburn Univ. with a bachelor's in communications with a public relations emphasis. In 2005, Nicole was named outstanding alumni by the Washburn Univ. Mass Media Dept. She currently serves as a Big Sister in the KSBBBS program.

Kansas Athletics, Executive Associate Athletics Director

Nicole Corcoran

John has been with S and Y Industries for 16 years and has played a key role in its dramatic growth. Prior to John’s time with S and Y, he was VP of CM & Associates. He grew the company through innovative business concepts that generated over $6 million in new revenue. In the mid-90s, John joined the JPATs division of Raytheon Aircraft in Wichita. He honed his contract negotiating skills while working with the DOD on Navy and Air Force projects.

S and Y Industries, Executive Vice President

John Foust

After obtaining a construction management degree from K-State, Ben worked for a Colorado-based firm before returning to Hutton as a project manager, and later, leading the company’s development efforts. In 2010, he assumed the role of President, taking over for the man who instilled his love for construction, his father. Under Ben’s leadership, Hutton has grown consistently and considerably.

Hutton, President

Ben Hutton

Mark founded The Trust Company in 1992. He began his career in trust and investment management in 1983 after earning his MBA and JD from KU. He is also a graduate of ESU with a bachelor’s in Public Administration and Economics. He formerly managed the Trust and Investment Dept. for First National Bank of Manhattan and was also VP of Commerce Bank and Trust of Topeka. His roles with The Trust Company include overall strategic and corporate management, fiduciary client service, and investment policy oversight.

The Trust Company, President & CEO

Mark Knackendoffel

Jeff received his BS in Electronics Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University and his MBA in operations management from Kansas State University. Jeff was named Every VP of Customer and Community Operations in June 2018 after the successful completion of the merger of Westar Evergy and KCP&L. Jeff has held various roles in Regulatory, IT, and Operations with Westar since he joined in 1993.

Evergy Energy, Vice President of Customer and Community Operations

Jeff Martin

Steve began his career with Koch in 1997 as controller for Koch Chemical Group. He later served as VP of Tax, Accounting & Finance for Koch Industries. Steve earned a master’s degree in accounting from WSU and is a CPA. He currently serves on the boards of these Koch subsidiaries: Georgia-Pacific, Koch Chemical Technology Group, Koch Asset Management, and Molex Electronic Technologies Holdings.

Koch Industries, Inc., Executive VP & CFO

KSBBBS BoD Chair

Steve Feilmeier

Gene received his BS in Accounting and Business Administration from KU and a Master’s degree from Harvard. He is President/CEO of La Raza Pizza, one of the top 150 largest Hispanic owned companies in America. Gene has served on the Pizza Hut Advertising Committee for which he was responsible for marketing and product strategy for the 6,000+ U.S. operated Pizza Huts. He is also Past Chairman of the Board of the International Pizza Hut Franchise Association.

La Raza Pizza, Inc., President/CEO

KSBBBS BoD Treasurer

Gene Camarena

Maryann is responsible for operations and advertising sales in Kansas and Arkansas. She has worked in broadcast, cable, digital and print. The majority of her career has been focused on sales and marketing. As an early adopter of digital platforms, Maryann has led changes among many organizations including Time Warner, NBC, The St. Petersburg Times and ABC/Disney. Maryann has served in several nonprofit roles including Dress for Success, United Way, Free 2 Teach and the Christian Women’s Job Corp.

Cox Media - Kansas/Arkansas, Vice President

Maryann Balbo

Marty was born and raised in Wichita growing up in a family business started by his father, known today as Cornejo & Sons Construction. Fresh out of high school, Marty started as a full-time employee and through the years evolved into the President of Cornejo & Sons which grew into Heavy Highway Construction which was acquired by Summit Materials in 2010. Marty is co-owner of C&S Group which has active business ventures, real estate and investments.

Cornejo Companies, C & S Group, Partner

Marty Cornejo

Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in economics magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard, and studied international relations at the London School of Economics. Prior to his roles at Spirit, Tom served as president and COO of GE Capital, and president and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems and GE Aviation Services. He has held numerous other leadership and strategy roles with McKinsey and Company, CBS and General Motors.

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., President & CEO

Tom Gentile

Joe received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Univ. of Illinois in 1971, and pursued graduate studies in the Hugo Wall School of Urban & Public Affairs at WSU. He joined Schaefer Schirmer & Associates in 1975 and became an owner in Schaefer & Associates in 1979. In 1986, the firm became Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey. Joe is a Registered Architect in nine states. He is also certified by the National Council of Architects Registration Boards and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

SJCF Architecture, Senior Vice President

Joseph Johnson

Courtney began her professional career in the psychiatry field in 2004 and opened her own practice in May of 2009. She currently specializes in sexuality, depression, anxiety, and addiction. Courtney enjoys working out to keep her mind and body healthy and was the Red River Bodybuilding Champion in 1995. Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma State University, her Master of Arts in Psychology & Sexuality from the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, and her PhD from Saybrook University in Oakland, California.

Psychologist, Self-employed

Courtney Lisenmeyer-O'Brien, PhD, MHR, LPC

Leadership Team

Dan Soliday

Dan has over 15 years of leadership in nonprofit and ministry capacities. He is dedicated to addressing the root cause of poverty and providing positive youth development to continue breaking the cycle of poverty.

CEO

Mary Shannon

Mary has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience, and in her current capacity, works to engage staff, volunteers and the community. She is passionate about doing all we can to make a life-changing impact for our Kansas youth, just as she experienced through the power of mentorship.

President & Chief Development Officer

Brandon Russell

Brandon has worked in the Emergency Medical Services field and has a master’s of public administration, as well as a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from WSU, He loves the mission-mindedness to serve kids facing adversity and believes in KSBBBS's strong projected growth model.

Chief Operations Officer

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Shared Services

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Erika Turner
Director of Administration & Special Events
Ashley Pompa
Administrative Specialist
Megan McClelland
Director of Programs
Ashly Runnells
HR Generalist
Dianna White
Controller
Shawndra Burgardt
Finance Associate
Holly Laird
Financial Assistant
Teresa Yost
Finance Associate
Shirley Dieker
IT Director
Tim Mertz
Senior IT Specialist
Tammy Boucher
For Kids Sake Manager
Dylan Feilmeier
Maintenance Technician
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Jennifer Bates
Northwest Area Manager
Lexi Gardner
Senior Match Support Specialist
Tracey Andrews
Match Support Specialist
Amanda Jacobs
Match Support Specialist
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Ryan Ausmus
Southwest Area Director
Leticia Guereca
Match Support Specialist
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Ty McClellan
North Central Area Director
Sarah Adams
Senior Match Support Specialist
Hannah Illies
Match Support Specialist
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Shelly Chinberg
South Central Area Director
Tammy Boucher
For Kids Sake Manager
Haley Butts
Volunteer Manager
Stephanie McCarthy
Mentor Support Manager
Rachelle Roberson
Child & Family Manager
Dayanna Chavez
Match Support Supervisor
Brooke Porter
Match Support Supervisor
Courtney Stuckey
Match Support Supervisor
Savannah Heller
Senior Match Support Specialist
Brittany Campbell
Match Support Specialist
Anna Gorges
Match Support Specialist
Molly Kush
Match Support Specialist
Brooke Morris
Match Support Specialist
Cathy Oller
Match Support Specialist
Katelyn Richards
MatchSupport Specialist
Debra Romero
Match Support Specialist
Lianna Sundine
Match Support Specialist
Debi Clark
Development Associate
Denice Gilliland
Development Associate
Linda Griffin
Development Associate
Holly Herring
Development Associate/Marketing
Jenna Johnson
Development Assistant
Daniel Morford
Recruitment Assistant
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Eric Maydew
North & Northeast Area Director
Catherine Chapman
Senior Match Support Specialist
Jacinta Bergkamp
Match Support Specialist
Abby Lindstrom
Match Support Specialist
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Eric Maydew
North & Northeast Area Director
Patricia Hutton
Match Support Supervisor
Emmanuel Ramirez
Match Support Specialist
Dalton Hoffman
Match Support Specialist
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Megan McClelland
Match Support Specialist
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Kat Benander
Southeast Area Manager
Cassidy Owen
Senior Match Support Specialist
Ali Smith
Match Support Specialist
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