Meet Our Team

Our Cause:
Preserving and Sustaining Rural Culture

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is a public non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.

Our mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking and supporting rural communities.

The goal is to keep every town viable that shows the will and spirit to help itself.

Meet our amazing team.

Marci Penner / Executive Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation

Marci Penner and her father, Milferd Penner, co-authored three Kansas guidebooks in the early 1990s and then founded the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to help preserve and sustain rural culture. Marci is currently the executive director of the Foundation.

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WenDee LaPlant / Assistant Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation

WenDee's main task with the Foundation is to oversee the Kansas Sampler Festival and improve results by supporting the host community and creating a consistent template.

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Kim Clark / More Than a Bookkeeper

Kim Clark started her position as bookkeeper for the Kansas Sampler Foundation in January, 2012. She also serves as bookkeeper for Clark Construction Service, Inc. and is Finance Assistant for Strataca.  She previously held accounting positions for the Historic Fox Theatre, Clark & Richardson Construction in Hutchinson and jobs in Colorado.

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