About KACF: KACF Leadership

KACF Leadership

KACF is governed by a volunteer board and operated by an executive director and regional liaison groups.

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Executive Director

Svetlana Pushkareva Hutfles Photo

Svetlana Pushkareva Hutfles

Svetlana Pushkareva Hutfles was appointed Executive Director of KACF in 2009. She brings nearly twenty years of experience with the community foundation field to her position. Svetlana has been actively involved in developing community foundations worldwide and has served at the Transatlantic Community Foundations Network and Academy, the Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support, and the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

Svetlana is a Chevening Award scholar, a participant of the Community Foundation Fellowship of the U.S. German Marshall Fund, Charles Steward Mott and the King Baudouin Foundations, and an alumna of the Young Leadership Fellows for Public Service Program of the United States Agency for International Development. She has contributed to the study “Future of Community Foundation Network: A Transatlantic Perspective,” and to the book Beyond Money and Grantmaking: Leadership Roles of Community Foundations.

Svetlana holds a Bachelor's Degree from the International Academy of Business and Banking in Russia and a Master's Degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. She is a strategic thinker with experience in organizational development, multiple project management, partnership-building and a belief in community foundations as both a local and global mechanism for growing and sustaining healthy communities.

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KACF Board Members

Chip Blaser

Chris Harris

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Chris is Senior Program Officer in Entrepreneurship. Chris manages the Market Gaps grant program, which seeks to build and expand the most effective entrepreneurial support models addressing critical barriers for entrepreneurs across the United States. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Harris was a program director for the Kansas Department of Commerce, where he developed and managed programs to support nonprofit capital campaigns, early-stage equity funding for startups, and address rural out-migration issues. He also was involved with setting legislative strategy and providing testimony.

Harris earned a Master of Business Administration from Fort Hays State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Kansas. A lifelong Kansan, Chris lives in rural Douglas County with his wife and son.


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Bekki Pribil

Retired, South Central Community Foundation, KACF Past Chair Person 

Bekki L. Pribil, is currenty retired from the position of the Executive Director of South Central Community Foundation. Since 1994, SCCF has served seven counties in south central Kansas; Barber, Comanche, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Stafford and Rice. Prior to assuming her current position, Bekki was a community/nonprofit volunteer for 21 years; serving on the Pratt Health Foundation board for 18 years; Representative Jerry Moron’s Service Academy Selection Board; Miss Kansas Organization and the Kansas Medical Society Alliance. Since joining SCCF, she has served on the boards of the Kansas Professional Grant Writers Association and Charitable Gift Planners – Kansas.

 

Prior to moving to Kansas Bekki enjoyed a successful career in the oil and natural gas exploration industry. She a graduate of Leadership Pratt. University of Central Oklahoma/American Military University – Electrical Engineering. She served honorably in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as an Elec. Cryptographic Specialist (ECS) and Red Beret Leadership Commander. As an ECS, her team provided worldwide secure communications for a tactical jet fighter wing. Bekki and her husband Alan Pribil M.D. live in Pratt KS and have five children and four grandchildren.


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Marla Brandon

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, 

Marla Brandon joined the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation staff in December of 2012. She has over thirty years experience in the accounting and finance field. Marla grew up in Manhattan and currently lives in Wamego with her husband, Brian. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Friends University and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University. Marla is a graduate of the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program and has served on its Board of Directors. Marla serves on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Area Technical College Foundation and is a past board member of the Manhattan Area Technical College Board. She is a past adjunct instructor teaching financial and managerial accounting at the University of Mary and Highland Community College, and operations management at Kansas State University. Marla is a member of the Pilot Club of Manhattan and serves as its Treasurer.  


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Patty Clark

Retired, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce, KACF Vice-Chair Person 

Previous to her retirement from public service in 2020, Clark spent 25 years working in economic and rural development at the state and national levels.  Clark served both Democrat and Republican Governors during her three tenures with the Kansas Department of Commerce as well as eight years in the Obama Administration as State Director for USDA Rural Development.  She devoted her career to ag and rural policy formation and implementation to assist rural populations and communities improve their quality of life and address challenges of health and income disparities, outmigration, infrastructure improvements and regional economic development priorities.  During her time in state and federal service she frequently partnered with community foundations and KACF in delivery of existing programs and creation of new, innovative concepts to finance community-led initiatives.


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Brian Frederick

Brian Frederick and Associates 

Brian served nineteen years as President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County for 1998 through 2017, growing the organization increasing assets by 130% and the number of endowed fund to 620, a 200% increase. During his tenure, the Foundation awarded $80 million in grants and scholarships and earned an international reputation for innovation and excellence.

Among Brian’s many accomplishments he was:

Chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future, a regional philanthropic collaborative that pooled more than $110 million over twelve years to transform the regional economy.

Chair of the Midwest Community Foundation Ventures, a four-state collaboration of community foundations to identify and develop innovative and value-added products and services to the field.

Chair of The Civic Commons, a Knight Foundation initiative in civic engagement that successfully merged into Ideastream (NPR/PSB affiliate).

Founding Board member and Governance Chair of the National Standards Board for U.S. Community Foundations. Brian later served on the Appeals Committee.

Founding Board member and Governance Chair of Team Lorain County, a private/public economic development partnership.

Advisory Board member for the Cleveland Regional Office of the Foundation Center.

Advisory Board member to the German Marshall Fund for the Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellowship.

Ambassador to the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network.

2013 recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award

2014 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership.

2016 recipient of the Michael G Shinn award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy (the Community Foundation of Lorain County).


Heartland Community Foundation

Marci Penner

Kansas Sampler Foundation 

Marci Penner is the executive director of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, and author, speaker, promoter and supporter of rural Kansas. Marci and her dad founded the 501c3 non-profit in 1993 after traveling the state to write three guidebooks.

Addressing two main issues observed on their early travels, the mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking and supporting rural communities.

Some of the better known projects are the Kansas Sampler Festival, the Big Kansas Road Trip, the Kansas Explorers Club, 8 Wonders of Kansas contests and guidebook, the PowerUp Movement, We Kan! awards and conference, and two editions of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

Marci was named Distinguished Kansas of the Year in 2005 and has received other state and national awards for her work with rural communities.


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Tara Vance

Norton County Community Foundation, KACF Treasurer  

Being the first director for the Norton County Community Foundation, Tara has worked with a team of talented individuals to take the organization from a grassroots volunteer-led organization to a competent and viable member of the Norton County community. Playing a role in local asset retention, community leadership and economic development, Tara and the board of the Norton County Community Foundation have taken the assets of the NCCF from $227k to nearly $4 million in just a few short years.

Tara is a proud graduate of Fort Hays State University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. She spends her spare time on house renovation projects, being outside (preferably at the lake,) and spending time with her daughter, Evie.


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Conny Bogaard

Western Kansas Community Foundation, KACF Chair Person.

Conny Bogaard is the executive director of Western Kansas Community Foundation (WKCF) in Garden City, KS. With a service area of 15 counties in Southwest Kansas the WKCF is the region’s hub for philanthropy, simplifying giving and amplifying impact through connecting individual donors to causes they care about, and using the power of collective giving to address the region’s greatest challenges. The WKCF holds more than 200 funds established by individuals, families and organizations, each making a difference in their own unique way.

Prior to moving to Kansas in 2015, Conny worked in the museum field and taught art history and museum studies at the college level. She brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience to her position. Having directed several museums in the US and the Netherlands, Conny acquired specialized development skills, especially in the areas of strategic planning, philanthropic giving and social entrepreneurship. The growing WKCF offers a stimulating environment to pursue her objectives of building stronger communities through sustained citizenship and partnership building. Serving on the board of KACF offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about other communities and the challenges they face.

Conny earned a Master’s Degree in Art History with specialization in Museum Studies from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and a doctorate in philosophy, aesthetics and art theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). Conny has published on the civic role of museums and continues to pursue her passion for art theory and philosophy as a writing fellow for IDSVA. Conny loves reading, music, art, hiking and traveling around the world with her partner, Boyd.

 


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Angie Tatro

Central Kansas Community Foundation, KACF Secretary

Angie Tatro, the Executive Director of Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, Kansas, has worked in the community foundation field since 2008. The mission of this not-for-profit organization is Building Stronger Communities through Charitable Giving. Managing over $19M in charitable assets for community impact is a privilege for this community minded servant.

Holding 30 years of experience in the health and human service field, Angie has a vast array of knowledge and experience. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Kansas and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Kansas. Her career path has included direct service and executive positions in her work with a community mental health center, a Mental Health Association, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings, an information and referral hotline (2-1-1), a California based YMCA and now community centered community foundation work.

 


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Rosemary Dorsa

Retired, Vice President, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program

Rosemary has spent her career in the philanthropic sector. In her current role, she provides leadership to the GIFT program which provides board and staff training, consulting, and networking opportunities for over 90 community foundations in Indiana. Prior to joining GIFT, Rosemary was with Central Indiana Community Foundation from 1993 to 2010, serving in various roles including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Partnerships and Community Initiatives. She also worked for the United Way of Central Indiana and Community Centers of Indianapolis. Rosemary has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, TechPoint Foundation and the Lacy Leadership Association. 


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Ernestor De La Rosa

City of Dodge City, KS

Like many rural leaders, Ernestor wears many hats. Ernestor is a Board Member of the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas. In his day job, he oversees the City’s Public Transportation and Human Resources Departments and serves as the City’s Legislative Affairs Director. He also coordinates the efforts of the Southwest Kansas Coalition and facilitates the Complete Count Committee for the Census 2020 efforts in Dodge City and Ford County. Governor Laura Kelly appointed Ernestor to serve on the Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission and the Kansas Racial Equity and Justice Commission, representing the City of Dodge City. He is also part of the Thrive Rural Theory of Change Working Group with the Aspen Institute and collaborates with the Kansas Health Foundation on different initiatives. Ernestor was born and raised in Mexico, immigrated to the United States at the age of 13, and is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

 



Committees

  • Advocacy Committee

    • Ryan Roberts – Scott Community Foundation
    • Becky Goss – McPherson County Community Foundation, Chair
    • Joshua Lewis - Renaissance Financial 
    • Tara Vance - Norton County Commubnity Foundation 
    • Ernestor DeLaRosa - City of Dodge City
  • The KACF Conference Committee

    • Christy Tustin  – Golden Belt Community Foundation
    • Wendy Skellenger - Hutchinson Community Foundation
    • Sandi Fruit - Retired Central Kansas Community Foundation 
    • Angie Tatro - Central Kansas Community Foundation
    • Holly Rooks - South Central Community Foundation
    • Leslie Scoby - Sabetha Community Foundation 
    • Rosemary Dorsa - retired, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance - Chair
    • Darci Schields - Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation
  • Marketing Committee

    • Joan Vitt – Parsons Area Community Foundation 
    • Holly Rooks - South Central Community Foundation, Chair
    • Caleb Asher - Sprouts Communication
    • Teresa Mazouch - Golden Belt Community Foundation
    • Brian Frederick - Frederick and Associates 
    • Patty ClarkRetired, Deputy Secretary,  Kansas Department of Commerce

Finance and Investments Committee

  • Brian Frederick – Brian Frederick & Associates, Chair 
  • Marla Brandon - Greater Manhattan Community Foundation
  • Eric Kientz - Varney and Associates 
  • Tara Vance - Norton County Community Foundation 
  • Conny Bogaard - Western Kansas Community Foundation 

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Liasons

I. Western Kansas

 

Ryan Roberts  - Scott Community Foundation

II. South Central and Southeast Kansas

Yazmin Wood - Legacy Regional Community Foundation 

III. Central North and Central East Kansas

Vern Henricks - Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

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