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 children; AJ who attends the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Hillary who will soon graduate from Garden City Community College and then plans to attend Pittsburgh State University, and Isaiah who is a sophomore at Garden City High School. 

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.

Micah Koksal- Secretary

Garden City Community College

A native of Derby, KS, Micah considers Garden City her home since moving here in 2007. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Micah relocated to Garden City and soon began working at Garden City Community College where she has held a variety of positions through the years. Currently, Micah is an Academic Advisor and the Advisor for the Student Government Association where she puts her Masters in Organizational Leadership to good use. Empowering students to become their best selves is a true passion for Micah and she says it helps keep her young! She is also an avid Oklahoma State fan, an animal lover and she enjoys traveling and trying new things. Micah’s greatest source of joy comes from family; her husband Scott, two children Jack and Lily and from their large extended families. She is looking forward to serving the Finney County United Way and building upon the love, caring and acceptance that is so deeply rooted in our community.

Sandy Almos

Retired-USD 457

Sandy is retired from USD 457 after 31 years as a teacher and elementary school principal.  She and her husband, Bob, have a 17 year old daughter, Baylee, who attends Garden City High School.  They also have duaghters, Amber Almos of Wichita and Heidi Markel of Ingalls along with five grandchildren.

Jessica Bird

Newman University

Jessica joined the Finney County United Way board in January, 2018.

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, who is pursuing his master's degree at KSU. 

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

Shawna Deal

St. Catherine Hospital

Shawna Whitehurst-Deal is the current Community Relations Coordinator at St. Catherine Hospital. Shawna has a passion for people, community and her family. When Shawna moved to Garden City years ago, she knew I wanted to make a difference. Working in the nonprofit sector for many years, serving on several boards and volunteering for various organizations in Finney County are just a few ways she stays busy. Shawna is married to Mike Deal and has two step daughters.

Ryan Harp

Garden City COOP

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.

Jack Schmidt

Overhead Door & Weathercraft Roofing

Jack has lived in Garden City for 22 years.  His wife, Christine, is an Occupational Therapist and has worked at Russell Child Development since 1994.  They have 2 children, Claire a college student, and Grace is at Garden City High School.  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.

H.J. Swender

American Warrior

Originally a native Kansan, H.J. was born in Chanute, Kansas, but grew up most of his life in Borger, Texas.  He graduated with his Associates in Science from Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Texas at Arlington.  After graduating, he spent a year working for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club in Arlington, Texas.  He completed his Masters of Business Administration degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, while also serving as a Graduate Assistant Golf Coach.  MBA in hand, he moved to Garden City, KS. for his current role as Assistant to the President at American Warrior, Inc.  H.J. and his wife Rebecca reside in Garden City with their son, Nolan.  Rebecca is the Kansas Deputy District Director for Kansas First District, US Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall.

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.

Josh Urteaga

Finney County

Josh was born and raised in Garden City.  His wife, Jessie, is the office manager at R&R Pallet.  They have 2 children, Evan who attends Florence Wilson and six month old daughter Jayda.  Josh graduated from Baker University in 2009 and started working at Western State Bank as a teller and became Mortgage Loan Offiver for two years.  Josh is now employed for Finney County as an accountant.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf and softball along with coaching his son in baseball.