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.


Bekki Pribil

South Central Community Foundation, KACF Chair Person 

Bekki L. Pribil, is currently 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.


Aubrey Abbott Patterson

Hutchinson Community Foundation, 

Aubrey is President & CEO of the Hutchinson Community Foundaiton. While in graduate school at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (formerly the Center on Philanthropy), Aubrey served as a program assistant at the Central Indiana Community Foundation where she learned the value and importance of community foundations.  Prior to her graduate studies, she served as the Assistant Director of Leadership Studies & Programs at Kansas State University, her beloved alma mater.  Aubrey serves or has served on the boards of the K-State Alumni Association, Hutchinson Rotary Club, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, City of Hutchinson Housing Commission and the KSU School of Leadership Studies Advancement Council.  Aubrey co-founded YP Reno County, a group that connects and involves young professionals, and in 2012, she was named to The Hutchinson News’ “20 Under 40.”  Aubrey and her husband, Lance, are raising three kids, Sadye, Lydia, and Blake.  


Patty Clark

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

Prior to her temporary retirement from public service, Patty Clark served as Acting President/CEO for the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita.  She returned to the KLC in August, 2016 after serving seven years as USDA Rural Development State Director in Kansas.  There she set administrative and management priorities for the more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and community facility programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities and delivered by USDA-RD.  Prior to her appointment at the KLC, Clark served as Director of Operations for the Kansas Leadership Center and as Deputy Secretary/Division Director for the Kansas Department of Commerce during both the Graves and the Sebelius Administrations.


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.


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.


Conny Bogaard

Western Kansas Community Foundation.

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.



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.



  • Advocacy Committee

    • Marsha Pope  – Topeka Community Foundation
    • Ryan Roberts – Scott Community Foundation
    • Becky Goss – McPherson County Community Foundation, Chair
    • Aubrey Abbott Patterson – Hutchinson Community Foundation
    • Joshua Lewis - Renaissance Financial 
  • The KACF Conference Committee

    • Christy Tustin  – Golden Belt Community Foundation
    • Janie DeVore Gillis – Coffeyville Area 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
    • Tara Vance - Norton County Commubnity Foundation, Chair 
  • Marketing Committee

    • Joan Vitt – Parsons Area Community Foundation 
    • Holly Rooks - South Central Community Foundation, Chair 
    • Patty Clark - Kanas Leadership Center 
    • Chris Harris - Kouffman Foundation 
    • Becky Jeppesen - Emporia Community Foundation 
    • Caleb Asher - Sprouts Communication
    • Kali Babich -Wichita Community Foundation 
    • Brian Frederick - Frederick and Associates 

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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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