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Western Kansas Community Foundation has announced the selection of Conny Bogaard, PdD as its new executive director.

Conny will fill the vacancy created by Shea Sinclair’s departure in May to join her husband Kent in his pursuit of a new career opportunity in South Carolina. The selection was made after a national search and selection process, during which staff member Melissa Gallegos served as operations manager for the organization.

“We are truly excited to have Conny assume our Director’s duties,” said Neil Hawley, Chairman of the Western Kansas Community Foundation Board of Directors. “She comes to us with a wealth of experience in non-profit organization leadership, and her enthusiasm and commitment to our goals will be great for us and all of SW Kansas. We feel very fortunate to have found a person so well-qualified and experienced in fund-raising, management, and executive leadership.”

Conny’s resume includes over 20 years of executive planning, administration, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector, both in Holland and the United States. She earned a Master’s in Art History and Museum Studies, and a doctorate degree in philosophy, aesthetics and art theory. Conny published extensively on the civic role of art and museums; she is also a regular speaker at international professional conferences.

Conny has served as executive director for the Rocky Flats Institute and Museum in Arvada, CO and was curator for the Golden Pioneer Museum in Golden, CO and the Hotel de Paris Museum in Georgetown, CO. She also served as adjunct faculty at various colleges in the Denver Metro area. Prior to this appointment, Conny taught arts and cultural management at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She also served as museum consultant for the Havasupai tribal community in Arizona.

“I look forward to serve and partner with the area’s nonprofit organizations in this new capacity,” remarks Conny. “I am dedicated to this sector because it provides vital human services and cultural enrichment to our community. The Western Kansas Community Foundation plays a key role in supporting and developing nonprofits’ contribution to this region’s quality of life.”

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