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 /  Director

Marci Penner is a big fan of exploring Kansas, promoting (and living) rural culture, and reframing the challenges of sustaining community into opportunities. When she and her father, Milferd Penner, researched their first Kansas guidebooks in the early 1990s, they saw a need to educate Kansans and network and support rural communities. They formed the public, non-profit Kansas Sampler Foundation in 1993 to meet those goals.

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WenDee Rowe / Assistant Director

WenDee is the assistant director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, the IT Department, and the main force behind the social media communications. She is also the co-author of Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers and accompanied Marci to every incorporated city in Kansas for research. She lists her Kansas journey highlights as learning about the geographical diversity of Kansas—and eating a pancake in every county.

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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. as well as for McPherson Backhoe, Inc.  She previously held accounting positions at Reno County Historical Society, and The Historic Fox Theatre since moving from Colorado in 2003.

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