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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.

 

Andy Corbin
Andy Corbin, of Topeka, is the former president/CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, having retired in 2018. He is the BCBSKS appointee to the foundation board and is serving his first term on the board, having been first appointed in 2021.

 



Jay Kennedy
Treasurer
Jay Kennedy, Frankfort, is CEO of First National Bank. He was first appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2015 and is serving his third and final term.

 

 

Mike Matson
Mike Matson, Manhattan, is Director of External Affairs for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. He was first appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2018 and is serving his second term. 

 

 

Krista Postai 
Secretary
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 first appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014 and is serving her third and final term.

 


Martie Ross
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 first appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014 and is serving her third and final term.

 

 

 

Ben Schears
Ben Schears, Goodland, is President of Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas. He was first appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2019 and is serving his second term.

 

 



Don Sherman 
Don Sherman, Wichita, is Vice President of Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Evergy, Kansas’ largest electric utility. He was first appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014 and is serving his final term.

 

 

Liz Sosa
Board Chair
Liz Sosa, Garden City, is Chief Executive Officer of Epitome Enterprises. She was first appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2016 and is serving her third and final term.

 

 

Tim Werth
Tim Werth, Hays, is founding and managing partner of Werth Wealth Management, LLC, where he specializes in providing comprehensive wealth management services. He was appointed to the foundation board by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2022 and is serving his first term.

 

 

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