Celyn Hurtado-President

City of Garden City

Celyn was born and raised in Garden City.  She has worked for the City of Garden City since 2000, holding positions as Secretary, HR Coordinator and Office Manager before being named City Clerk in 2011.  She has been involved with several organizations throughout the community including the Community Mexican Fiesta, Family Crisis and the Finney County United Way.  She also volunteers for American Red Cross and helps coordinate the annual "Battle of the Badges" blood drive. Celyn has three grown children.

Ann Knoll- Vice President

USD 363

Ann Knoll is a lifetime Finney County resident and career elementary teacher in Holcomb.  She have been active in the KCSL Community Council  & Red Stocking Breakfast for many years as well as a member of the Early Childhood Council in Finney County during the Launch grant.  Ann spent several years helping with the Fantasy Tree festival and promoting the national Strengthening Families program. She started the effort to create a community acitivities and resource calendar for families with the help of Tyson, The Center for Children and Families and local agencies. Ann has also have served as an Incredible Years instructor too. Ann joined the United Way Board in March 2015.

Ann has 2  grown children, Amy who works with KCSL here in Garden City as an early childhood/family mental health therapist and Jeff and his wife Casie, who live & work in Houston along with her first grandchild, Hunter born in July 2015. She belongs to St. Dominic's Church and truly enjoys contributing in any way she can to make Finney County a great place to live and raise a family.

Lauri Allen-Treasurer

St. Catherine Hospital

Lauri grew up in Lakin and Garden City.  After graduating valedictorian from Garden City High School, she earned her Bachelor's degree in accounting from Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado.  After college she worked in public accounting in Colorado, North Carolina and Kansas.  Lauri has also worked in the private sector of accounting in Garden City.  She is currently a Financial Analyst at St. Catherine Hospital.  She and her husband, Garry, have a son, David who resides in Grand Junction.  Being involved with the community is very rewarding.

Jessica Bird- Secretary

Newman University

Jessica was born and raised in Hays, KS. She attended Fort Hays State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Jessica accepted her first teaching position in Garden City, KS in 1998. She taught ESOL and was a Reading Teacher for five years. Jessica became the associate principal and athletic director. She worked in that position until 2007, when she became the principal of Kenneth Henderson Middle School. Jessica is now the Assistant Dean for Outreach in Dodge City, KS. She has been in this role since 2014. Jessica has served on numerous non-profit boards, including Community Day Care Centers, Inc., Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and is currently serving on the Finney County United Way Board of Directors. Jessica has a Bachelor's of Science, Elementary Education; Master's of Science, Educational Administration; Jessica has a Reading Specialist Endorsement and is certified in Building Leadership and District Level Leadership.

Karla Armstrong

Garden City Community College

Karla has 30 years of private, public and non-profit business management experience. She has owned a business, worked as a commercial lines underwriter, served as the Chief Financial Officer for Fort Scott Community College, and currently is the Vice President of Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer for Garden City Community College. 

Karla is a “Kansas” girl. She attended Kansas University, graduated from Southwestern College, and received her MBA form Pittsburg State University. She is committed to education and is a servant leader. Karla was elected and served on the Kansas P.E.O. Executive Board for seven years, serving as President in 2010. She served two years on the Colorado P.E.O. Charitable Corporation Board of Trustees. P.E.O. is an international philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. Karla has participated and completed numerous leadership trainings and considers herself a “forever” learner.

She and her husband, Wayne, together share five sons and 5 grandchildren. Outside of her professional and volunteer energies, Karla enjoys time with her family and furry family members, Feets and Ella, traveling and is an avid quilter.

Shonda Collins


Shonda has lived most of her life in Finney County, including Kalvesta, Holcomb and Garden City.  Currently retired, she was the owner of a space planning and design company, Collins Design Associates and then, Wheatfield's On Main, a women's boutique shop.

A recipient of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce Award of Merit, she has been a lifelong volunteer, active in Girl Scouts, her children's schools, and their activities and civic organizations.  She continues to be involved in philanthropies, church and as a docent for Lee Richardson Zoo.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she and Jeff have two grown children; all are Kansas State graduates.  Their son, Taylor, is an application developer for the state of Kansas, daughter Rachel an elementary teacher and her husband, Joshua Welch, is an engineer.

Shonda enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends. 

Sherry Drussel


Sherry grew up in Garden City. She and her first husband moved around a bit and in 1974, moved to Oklahoma. From 1978 to the end of 1992 she delivered packages for UPS. Around that time, she divorced her first husband, met Charlie Drussel and moved back home. She and Charlie were in the same high school class but ran in way different circles! They got married in 2002 and moved out to the farm that his great grandfather homesteaded in the 1880’s. She has lived there for 22 years and has no plans of moving. In 2012, the day after Christmas, Charlie was in an accident in his shop. His legs were burned so severely that they had to be amputated above the knee. The burns also caused kidney failure. Between their church family and friends she was able to continue working until she retired in December, 2015. After that, her sole purpose was caring for her husband. Sadly, Charlie passed away July 23, 2018. Ironically, after receiving a kidney.  His health had just deteriorated too much for a successful transplant.

Now, Sherry has time to start paying forward some of the blessings that she received from this community. She is forever thankful to God that they lived here, in Finney County, while going thru all of the trials of his injuries! There’s no better place to be!

Walker Frey

Western State Bank

Walker Frey is an Agricultural and Commercial Loan Officer at Western State Bank, where he has held this position for three plus years.

Walker was born and raised in Garden City, he then attended Dodge City Community College and Fort Hays State University and was a member of the golf team for both schools.  After college Walker returned to Garden City and Southwest Kansas and began working at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course as the Assistant Golf Professional.  Walker worked at Buffalo Dunes for five years before accepting a job as a Crop Adjuster for Rural Community Insurance Services in a position he served for two years.  During Walker’s last year at Buffalo Dunes and his time at RCIS, Walker also served as the head golf coach for Garden City High School Boys and Girls golf programs for three years.  Walker is married to his beautiful wife Mandy who is from Satanta, and is a registered nurse at St. Catherine’s Hospital where she has worked for ten years.  Walker and Mandy have a two year old daughter Layla.

When Walker is not spending time with his family you can find him either on the golf course or in the winter time out in the country calling coyotes.  Walker is also an avid sports fan of Kansas State Athletics as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.

Walker cherishes the fact that he lives in such a great rural community of southwest Kansas and Garden City.  He hopes to make an impact on the community that helps the local economy flourish along with bringing our community together to have Garden City continue to be a great place to live and raise a family.

Ryan Harp

Bogner Oilfield Service

Ryan is from Garden City.  He has a strong passion for agriculture and the communities in Southwest Kansas that have provided a particular lifestyle while growing up.  This made him want to move back to Garden City after graduating from K-State in 2014 with a degree in Ag-Business.  He enjoys being outdoors and spending time at the lake with friends and family.

Karen Johnson

USD 457

Karen was born and raised in NE Iowa on a farm and has 7 siblings.  She is a graduate of Kee High School in Lansing, IA and earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. She began her teaching career as an ESL teacher in Weslaco, TX. the moved to Mercedes, TX and taught 4th grade.  She and her family then moved to Chadron, NE where she completed her special education endorsement at Chadron State College.  After two years in Nebraska they moved To Garden City where Karen started as a special education teacher at Garfield Elementary and has continued to work for the Garden City School District for 22 years.  Those duties included Special Education Coordinator Pre-K to 4th, Director of Special Education and for the past year as Assistant Superintendent for Student Supports.  Karen is involved with St. Dominic Church, Mosaic Advisory Board, volunteer for Miles of Smiles and now with the Finney County United Way.  Her husband Tim is a special education teacher.  Their oldest daughter, Natasha is an attorney in Los Angeles, daughter, Casey is a kindergarten teacher in Emporia and her husband, Radley teachers science in Topeka, and their son, AJ, is a department supervisor for CocaCola in Oklahoma City. 

Jared Kuhlmann

City of Garden City

Jared Kuhlmann grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and has lived in Finney County on and off since 2010.  He has worked for the City of Garden City in the Municipal Court and City Prosecutor’s Office since 2013.  He and his beautiful wife Jessica have 6 children: Katrina, Isabel, Dominic, Adrianna, Joshua, and Tobias.  Whenever he has a few moments not spent chasing his rambunctious children, he enjoys doing anything outside, especially hunting, fishing, and playing any kind of sport.

Jared graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho and is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  People often ask Jared how he can live here having grown up in Las Vegas. Jared's reply is that he absolutely loves living in Finney County and would say there isn’t a friendlier, more caring community in the world.

Catherine McMillen


Dori Munyan

Finney County

Jack Schmidt

Overhead Door & Weathercraft Roofing

Jack has lived in Garden City for over 22 years.  His wife, Christine, is an Occupational Therapist and has worked at Russell Child Development since 1994.  They have 2 children, Claire and Grace, who are both college students.  Jack is active in St. Dominic's Church, the Knights of Columbus and the YMCA.  He likes to fish and golf with family and friends.  Jack and his wife consider Garden City a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

Beth Tedrow LCPC


Beth Tedrow retired from Garden City Community College in 2009 after teaching for many years. On campus you will find the Beth Tedrow Student Center. She is very active in her church and other organizations in our community.