Board of Directors

Andrea Springer

Andrea Springer is Kansas Explorer #175, current president of the Kansas Sampler Foundation board and a founding member of the We Kan! Network board. and husband Steve Snook own The Wool Market & DIY School in Hutchinson. Andrea has worked for and with nonprofit organizations for more than 35 years including public broadcasting, nonprofit management and fundraising, and historic preservation.

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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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Simone Elder   Leoti

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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Shannon Martin

Shannon is the director of Burford Theatre Arts in Arkansas City, a grant writer, and co-owner of Stone Barn Farm and log cabins at Dexter. She volunteers with the Dexter Civic Club, the Kansas Agritourism Council and Kansas Barn Alliance.

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Sarah Werner

Sarah Werner, 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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