About us

The Phillips County Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 Kansas Nonprofit Corporation dedicated to promoting civic pride and community cohesiveness, encouraging community projects of all types, raising and granting funds, and providing avenues for the community and individuals to financially support their interests.  The Phillips County Community Foundation also serves as a conduit organization in order to facilitate giving from private or family foundations to organizations and causes.

History

The Phillips County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a 501(c)3 public charitable non-profit foundation created to conduct charitable and educational services for residents of Phillips County. The Foundation began in 2003, as Phillips County Development and Community Foundation, Inc. It now operates as PCCF with a 10-member Board. In addition to managing endowments, funds and scholarships, the Foundation owns the Fischer Building and operates the Entrepreneurial Center (E-Center).

Our Board Members

Colin Kirchhoff, President

Colin Kirchhoff, President

Colin is a lifelong resident of rural Phillips County. A Kansas State University graduate with an Agricultural Economics degree, Colin is a Loan Officer at Farmers National Bank. Colin and veterinarian wife, Alissa, are the parents of two daughters.

Jenny Van Loenen, Vice President

Jenny Van Loenen, Vice President

Jenny is a Logan native who is a licensed insurance agent with Heritage Insurance. She enjoys time with family, music, K-State and the mountains. Jenny lives in Prairie View with her husband Beau, daughter Ava and son Baylor.

Carla Bruning, Board Treasurer

Carla Bruning, Board Treasurer

Carla is a lifetime Phillips County resident. She recently retired as the branch manager at Golden Plains Credit Union where she was employed for 29 years.  Carla has three adult sons. Her husband, Theron and she enjoy classic cars and the benefits of rural living.

Lester Peak, Board Member

Lester Peak, Board Member

Lester lives in Kirwin with his wife, Michelle and their 2 children, Taylor and Summer. He is employed by Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC and serves in the U.S. Army Reserves. Lester is an active volunteer with Phillips County Emergency Management System and the Kirwin Volunteer Fire Department.

Bethany Schneider

Bethany Schneider

Bethany moved to Phillipsburg with her husband Matt upon graduating from Fort Hays State University. Bethany and Matt both grew up in Phillipsburg and look forward to raising a family in their beautiful, rural hometown. Bethany has served on various boards throughout the county and is excited to continue serving Phillips County.

Kera Willer, Secretary

Kera Willer, Secretary

Kera moved to Phillipsburg with her husband Erik shortly after graduating from Ft. Hays State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a minor in General Communications. She developed a passion for rural living and community involvement soon after, and has been an active board member for PCCF since 2012.

Tad Felts

Tad Felts

Tad graduated Ft. Hays State University with a degree in Business Administration and Speech. He went on to enjoy a 68 year career in radio broadcasting, the last 45 years in Phillips County. Tad is now retired and enjoys traveling to see his 2 sons and grandchildren.

Nancy Turner

Nancy Turner

Nancy is a native of St. Francis KS and attended Fort Hays State University, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Nancy and her husband Ed moved to Phillipsburg in 1975 where she spent her teaching career at Phillipsburg Elementary School concentrating on the study of early literacy. Ed and Nancy have two sons and three grandsons. Giving back to the community through PCCF is her goal.

Camie Schneider, Board Member

Camie Schneider, Board Member

Camie moved to Phillipsburg in 1987, and began her career at Mineral-Right, Inc. as the Business Manager. She and husband, Randy Schneider, have 3 children--Chris, Matt and Emily. Camie enjoys time with her family, watching sports, reading, and quilting, She has served on various civic and church boards and remains active in the community. “I love the rural life and am glad I live in Phillipsburg”.

Clay Ward

Clay Ward

Clay biographer coming soon

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Our Staff

Morris Engle joined PCCF as Executive Director in March of 2016, after retiring from 32 years in commercial banking. In addition to his work for the Foundation, Morris serves on several civic boards in the community, and enjoys spare time with wife, Julia.