Board of Directors

The Heartland Community Foundation is operated by part time executive director and a volunteer board made up of local community members. Their dedication, knowledge, and passion for Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties are what drives the Community Foundation.

Susan Bowles, Chair
Nikki Pfannenstiel, Vice-Chair & Co-Grant Chair
Dave Herl, Treasurer
Chris Sook, Secretary & Co-Grant Chair
Hardy Howard
Dr. Kendall Krug
Sally Lowry
Bob Muirhead
Brandon Prough
Christi Desormiers
Kathy Ramsay
Kelli Hansen

Recent News

Over $217,000 awarded to spring grant recipients

The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, recently awarded over $217,000 in spring grants to area organizations across the three counties. Grants were funded through the foundation’s Heartland Area Action Fund, Dane G. Hansen Community Action Fund, Heartland Healthy Living Fund, Kansas Health Foundation Fund and the Legacy Funds for Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. The following organizations received funding: Ellis County – United Way of Ellis County, $6,980 to digitize and distribute the Ellis County Community Resource Directory. Dialogue Ministries/Breathe Coffee House, $5,945 for The Neighbor Project of Ellis County. High Plains Mental Health Center, $5,838 to host[...]

Trego County ‘Strategic Doing’ continues June 18

Trego County’s next “Strategic Doing” will be held at noon, Wednesday, June 20, at the Western Kansas Cooperative Community Room, 635 S. 13th St., WaKeeney. The meeting will include information about writing strong grant proposals and how to secure funding from various available sources. This event is open to current Strategic Doing teams, as well as others in the community who would like to learn more about the projects and the process. During previous Strategic Doing meetings, participants have identified and prioritized community needs into three areas, which designated teams are now working to address. These areas include: Community walking trail. [...]