Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation


About Our Board

The CCKCF Board Members are people from the Cheyenne County community who care about the future of our communities. If you are interested in volunteering for CCKCF, talk with any board member or email us at [email protected].

Executive Board Members

Amy Hendricks
Board Chair

Cheyenne County is a wonderful place to settle down and raise a family and I am proud to call this place my home. I want to give back to my community by investing in our county's future and I hope to do so by being on the CCKCF board. Careful planning and building a strong foundation now can help make a bright future for all of Cheyenne County and its residents.

Dara Carmichael
Vice Chair

I have enjoyed being a part of the Community Foundation, and watching it grow from the original vision. Together we have built community endowments, addressed needs through grantmaking, including scholarships; and provided leadership on key issues. I encourage others to be part of this vision.

Betty Petersen

Board Members

Carla Lampe

I joined the St Francis Community Foundation Board in 2007 and have been a part of many changes. It's an honor to serve, establishing CCKCF as an important part of our communities. My vision is working to build a strong foundation and leave a solid legacy for generations to come.

Tim Burr

I was approached about being on the foundation board, and the timing and the situation seemed right for me. I believe we have all the qualities to contribute back to our communities, and this is an opportunity for me to do so.

Tom Smull

My parents and grandparents instilled in all the kids that we must give back. I want to help make a difference in our community and build a brighter future for the next generation. Everyone will benefit if Cheyenne County continues to thrive and prosper.

Cliff Leach

Having grown up in Cheyenne County and returned "home", I want to do my part to encourage the next generation to return "home". I feel CCKCF will play an important role in making Cheyenne County a "home" to come back to!

Tom Keller

Serving on the board has shown me the collective spirit in CN County to address county wide quality of life issues with sound philanthropic funding. Addressing these issues with charitable donations reduces the property tax liabilities we all bear to maintain our current quality of life. The generous donations made by all CN County residents and those that live elsewhere, but call CN County home, make these dreams come true.

Gaby Carmichael

I moved to Cheyenne County as an adult and I'm so inspired by the passionate people that live and work here. I look forward to contributing in anyway I can to help further the development of our corner of NWKS.

Jessica Matthies

In my life I have lived in many places. Cheyenne County has won my heart. I am the new director for the foundation. I cannot wait to see how many lives are impacted by the work done here at CCKCF.

Meet Our 2024 Interns

Cristian Silva, Emily Serrano, Kierra Penka

Emeritus Board Members

Carl Werner served on the Community Foundation board since its inception and has been through the organization through all of its changes. He served USD 297- St. Francis Public Schools for the majority of his lengthy career as an educator and administrator. Carl's love of education and the USD 297 school system is what prompted him to establish the St. Francis Educational Foundation Fund. While Carl retired from the school and CCKCF board in 2020, he is forever an honorary member of our board.

James Milliken was one of the first board members to join the Community Foundation board after its initial incorporation in 1988 and served on the board through all the name changes until his death on May 15, 2021. Jim was always proud that he and his wife, Ruth, called St. Francis home and raised their children here. He considered himself a farm boy and set up his shingle as an attorney in St. Francis after being encouraged by Bob Alsup. He believed in working to preserve and enrich the Cheyenne County KS community as a way to give back for the life the town provided for his family. Jim and Ruth walked the talk and gave generously in time and money to their "home" town. The St. Francis New Generation Fund and the St. Francis Educational Foundation Fund were both very special to him, and he was thrilled to see those endowment funds grow during his lifetime.

Learn about our latest
community projects.

Read the 2024 CCKCF Annual Report