The Heartland Community Foundation, which serves Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties is pleased to introduce new board officers for 2019. The following individuals will serve in the following roles: Nikki Pfannenstiel, Sunflower Electric, president; Hardy Howard, WaKeeney city administrator, vice president; Chris Sook, Jeter Law Firm, secretary; and Dave Herl, Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball, treasurer.

“Heartland benefits from a dedicated and hardworking board of directors,” said Pfannenstiel. “I am honored to serve among this excellent group of volunteers for betterment of the foundation and the community.”

Additionally, the board welcomes new member Gina Riedel from Ellis County. As a coach, speaker, and trainer with Bandura Plus, Riedel brings a wide range of skills to the foundation.

“I’m excited to be involved with Heartland Community Foundation once again, as I was involved in its conception through the Hays Area Chamber Commerce and Kansas Health Foundation,” said Riedel. “It is our responsibility to preserve and grow our communities. The community foundation is a significant resource in helping western Kansas thrive.”

Executive director Sandy Jacobs is also enthusiastic about the foundation’s new board leadership.

"I am excited at the new and continuing leadership of our very dynamic board of directors,” she said. “Committed, dedicated officers are vital in moving our organization forward. We are thrilled to have a new board member from eastern Ellis County in Gina Riedel. I have known Gina for 20-plus years and have a great deal of respect for her both professionally and personally."