Ann Knoll- President
Ann Knoll is a lifetime Finney County resident and retired elementary teacher in Holcomb. She has 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 activities 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.
Jared Kuhlmann- Vice President
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.
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.
Shonda Collins- Secretary
Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce
Shonda has lived most of her life in Finney County, including Kalvesta, Holcomb, and Garden City. Currently, she is the office manager for the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, 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 past 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.
Garden City Community College
Grant County Bank
Photo and bio coming soon.
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 young daughters.
When Walker is not spending time with his family you can find him either on the golf course or in the wintertime 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.
Michelle is a Holcomb native. She has a degree in Education from Kansas State University and is in her 35th year of teaching, 30 with USD 457. She is currently an ESL Interventionist at BSIC.
Michelle is married with two grown sons. She enjoys movies, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Michelle has been supportive of United Way for many years and looks forward to serving on the Board.
Bio and photo coming soon.
Bio and photo coming soon.
First National Bank
Brandon has been a Commercial and Agricultural Lender at First National Bank since he moved to Garden City in May 2015. Born and raised in Lincoln, NE, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (GO BIG RED) and graduated with a finance degree.
When his wife, Layla, got pregnant with their first child, they moved to her hometown of Garden City to be closer to her family. They now have two boys, Greyson (4) and Sawyer (1), who keep them on their toes at all times. Layla works for the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center as a therapist and advocate.<o :p />
When Brandon's not spending time with his family or working, you will probably see him running laps around town. He has completed two full marathons and has his third coming up in April 2020 in Nashville. In addition to that, he is a sports junkie and a loyal Husker through and through as well as a Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan. Brandon also enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling.
Buffalo Dunes Municipal Golf Course
Loran Richmeier is the first assistant golf professional at Buffalo Dunes golf course. He recently received his class A PGA membership and has worked at Buffalo Dunes for 5 years. Loran graduated from Garden City High School in 2010 and attended Dodge City Community College where he was on the Golf Team. After two years, he attended Colorado State University at Pueblo where he received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Community and Commercial Recreation. He has been married for 4 years to his wife Julie and they have a beautiful 3-year old son named Loran. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, playing guitar, and relaxing at home.