Board of Directors

Stacy Barnes

Stacy Barnes is our newest board member. She grew up in Greensburg and moved back shortly after the May 2007 tornado to work for the city. She served as assistant to the city administrator, Big Well Museum and Tourism director and for the last two years has been the city administrator.  She helped organize the inaugural Big Kansas Road Trip in 2018 in Barber, Comanche and Kiowa counties.

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Simone Elder   

Growing up in Northwest Kansas, Simone loves the beauty found along U.S. 36 with the rolling hills and the Arikaree Breaks, but she has really enjoyed exploring and discovering the opposite corner of the state over the past few years including adventures in Pittsburg, Independence, Sedan, and Dexter.

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Dave Procter

Kansas Explorer #594, Dave served as director of the Center of Engagement and Community Development at K-State from its inception in 2006 to 2020. He was a longtime professor and department head in the Communication Studies, Theatre & Dance program and director of the Institute for Civic Discourse & Democracy.

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Sarah Werner

Sarah Werner, is KSF president this year. She is also CEO of the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce and co-owner of Werner Creek Farm. 

Sarah thinks the perception that rural is boring is an issue that KSF has been working to combat for years.  She says, “I think there is even more we can do to educate people about the fascinating and wonderful attributes of rural Kansas and I am excited to be a part of that process on the board.” 

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RJ Wilson

RJ spends most of his time with Scouts. In fact, all of his time not devoted to work, kids and the Kansas Sampler Board, are spent Scouting. He is the District Commissioner of the Shawnee Mission School District in Johnson County and is represents almost 5,000 uniformed Scouts and Scouters in their dealings with the Heart of America Council.

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