The Sunflower Foundation’s nine-member Board of Trustees is committed to leadership, fiscal responsibility, integrity, openness and equity in its relationships and work. The trustees develop the foundation’s strategic direction and review that plan every three years to manage priorities, timelines and outcomes.
Kansas’ attorney general is the sole member of the Sunflower Foundation Corporation and appoints eight of the trustees. The ninth trustee is appointed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The voluntary trustees serve three-year terms and can serve up to three terms.
As much as possible, trustees represent the diversity of Kansas. Several requirements also apply:
- Must be an adult resident of Kansas.
- Cannot have served within the preceding 10 years of appointment as a director, officer, employee of any substantial contributor to the corporation or any affiliate, subsidiary, parent or successor, thereof.
- Cannot stand for or hold election to any statewide office while serving as a trustee.
The trustees ensure that the foundation is operating transparently with due diligence. The trustees hold the staff accountable to grantees and the public. Members of the Board of Trustees govern the foundation in its current work, while keeping an eye on the horizon and long-range goals.
Jay Kennedy, Frankfort, is CEO of First National Bank. He was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2015.
Andrea Krauss, Russell, is Secretary and Treasurer for John O. Farmer, Inc. She was appointed to the Board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2013.
Beryl “Bebo” Lowery-Born
Bebo Lowery-Born, Topeka, retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas as the company’s Chief Financial Officer in 2013. Lowery-Born also served as President of Advance Insurance Company of Kansas, a life insurance subsidiary of BCBSKS. She was appointed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas in 2014.
Mike Matson, Manhattan, is Director of Industry Affairs and Development for the Kansas Farm Bureau, a non-profit farm organization that works to strengthen agriculture and the lives of Kansans through advocacy, education, and service. He was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2018.
Krista Postai, Pittsburg, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, the only federally qualified health center serving the poorest region in the state. She was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014.
Martie Ross, Leawood, is a Principal at Pershing Yoakley & Associates healthcare consultants, where she advises doctors and hospitals nationwide in navigating the ever-expanding maze of healthcare regulations. She was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014.
Ben Schears, Goodland, is President of Northwest Kanas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas. He was appointed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2019.
Don Sherman, Wichita, is Vice President of Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Evergy, Kansas’ largest electric utility. He was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014.