Kansas Arts Foundation Announces New Officers Elected for 2014

Lawrence, KS – February 13, 2014 – The Kansas Arts Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity organized to foster the arts in the state of Kansas, announces the election of officers to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Each new officer brings unique experiences as leaders in arts philanthropy in the state of Kansas, and a deep commitment to the Kansas Arts Foundation’s work.

“The Kansas Arts Foundation is thrilled with the board’s election of its 2014 officers. They each bring extensive professional and personal networks and wide-ranging expertise in their leadership roles,” said Karen Lane Christilles, Executive Director of the Kansas Arts Foundation. “With the vision of these strong officers who will be leading our dedicated board members, the Kansas Arts Foundation will continue securing the funds needed to grow our programs that benefit the future of Kansas arts.”

The new Kansas Arts Foundation officers continue a tradition of excellent board leadership. Kathy Herzog (Wichita) was elected board president for 2014. Virginia Crossland-Macha (Iola), was elected president-elect and Mark Knackendoffel (Manhattan), was re-elected treasurer of the 2014 board.

President Kathy Herzog is a Wichita community leader and art enthusiast who has been a vital member of the Kansas Arts Foundation Board since joining the board in 2012. In addition to serving as a member of the Staffing & Volunteer Committee, she has served as Chair of both the Publicity Committee (2012) and the Grants & Award Committee (2013). Ms. Herzog holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Administration and her professional background includes serving as vice president of a medical center, the Executive Director of a state-wide hospice program, a hospice surveyor and educator for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and a member of the US Senate Advisory Committee for the Development of the Medicare Hospice benefit. She is on the boards of the Kansas Preservation Alliance, Kansas Behavioral Sciences Review Board and is President of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series. Ms. Herzog has not only a passion for the arts but an interest in organizational and management development that resulted in a killer 2013 KAF Board Retreat!

President-elect Virginia Crossland-Macha from Iola is a founding board member of the Kansas Arts Foundation and in addition to serving as a member of the Fundraising & Development, Grants & Awards, and Planning committees she has served as Secretary (2011) and as a Member-at-Large (2012-2013) on the Executive Committee. Ms. Crossland-Macha has served her local art community as a board member of the Friends of Bowlus Art Center in Iola, KS. She is an appointed member on the Kansas State Fair Board as well as serving on the Kansas Fairground Foundation, which oversees the beautification of the fairgrounds in Hutchinson, KS. Ms. Crossland-Macha serves to provide artistic opportunities for all Kansans, while developing innovative avenues to sustain the arts financially.

Treasurer Mark Knackendoffel is a founding board member of the Kansas Arts Foundation and has served on the Grants & Awards Committee, chaired both the Staffing & Volunteer and the Fundraising & Development committees and we are very fortunate he has accepted the Treasurers position each year since the Foundation began. His passion for personalized client service and local, independent management led to his co-founding The Trust Company of Manhattan in 1992. He is now The Trust Company's largest stockholder and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Knackendoffel is a member of the Riley County and Kansas Bar Associations and is active in numerous professional and civic organizations throughout his community, state of Kansas and the financial advisory industry.

The Kansas Arts Foundation is a forward-thinking 501(c)(3) public charity that is committed to securing the future of Kansas arts through the impact of innovative programs, education, grants and artist services. For more information: kansasartsfoundation.com.

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