About WenDee

WenDee Rowe, continued

After working at the Lee Richardson Zoo, the Finney County Museum, and the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Garden City, WenDee served as the local organizer for the Kansas Sampler Festival in 2005.  She was hired by the Kansas Sampler Foundation in 2006 and oversaw the annual festival until it ended in 2017. WenDee is now in charge of communications and promotion of the Big Kansas Road Trip and acts as the liaison with community organizers.

WenDee also helps coordinate the conferences, workshops, and Explorer activities of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and oversees functions held at the Kansas Sampler Center.

Born and raised in Tribune, WenDee has two daughters and four grandchildren.

WenDee's Resume

978 Arapaho Road, Inman, KS 67546

Project Manager, Kansas Sampler Foundation
Positions, publication, and education
Assistant Director/Project Manager, Kansas Sampler Foundation
Co-author, Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers

2005- 2006                                                                                          

Director, Finney County Convention & Tourism Bureau

2000 - 2005
Special Events Director / Travel Information Center Coordinator

1988 - 2000
Exhibits Curator, Finney County Historical Museum

1993 - 1997

Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS  

1988 - 1993

Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS  

1974 - 1975

San Dieguito High School, Encinitas, California  

1970 - 1974

Greeley County High School, Tribune, KS

Professional Awards:

2019 - Paul & Pat Phillips Award Distinguished Service to Geography from Kansas Geographic Alliance.                                  

2018 - Huck Boyd Leader of the Year Award for outstanding performance in tourism.

2014 - Kansas' Finest Award from Kansas! Magazine. Researching every city in Kansas and writing a Kansas guidebook