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.

Nikki Pfannenstiel, Chairperson & Co-Grant Chair
Hardy Howard, Vice-Chairperson
Chris Sook, Secretary & Co-Grant Chair
Dave Herl, Treasurer
Susan Bowles, Past Chairperson
Christi Desormiers
Kelli Hansen
Seth Kastle
Sally Lowry
Robert Muirhead
Kathy Ramsay

Recent News

Heartland Community Foundation awards over $163,000 in grants

  The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties, recently awarded over $163,000 in fall 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 The Arc of Central Plains, $15,000 to purchase sensory equipment for a new Accessible Recreation Complex playground. O'Loughlin Elementary PTA, $10,000 for new playground equipment at O'Loughlin Elementary. Grow Hays, $10,000 for technology upgrades to BriefSpace meeting[...]

Heartland Community Foundation welcomes new board officers

The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties is pleased to introduce new board officers for 2019. The following individuals will serve in the following roles: Nikki Pfannenstiel, Sunflower Electric, president; Hardy Howard, WaKeeney city administrator, vice president; Chris Sook, Jeter Law Firm, secretary; and Dave Herl, Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball, treasurer. “Heartland benefits from a dedicated and hardworking board of directors,” said Pfannenstiel. “I am honored to serve among this excellent group of volunteers for betterment of the foundation and the community.” Additionally, the board welcomes new member Gina Riedel from Ellis County. As a coach, speaker,[...]