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 to facilitate giving from private or family foundations to organizations and causes.
The Phillips County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a 501(c)3 public 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 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, Dr. Alissa Kirchhoff, are the parents of two daughters.
Jenny Van Loenen, Vice President
Jenny is a Logan native who is a Sales Associate with Farm Bureau 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 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.
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 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.
Lester lives in Kirwin with his wife, Michelle and their 2 children, Taylor and Summer. He is employed by Prairie Wind Villa / Phillips County Retirement Center 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 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.
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”.
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.
Clay lives in his hometown of Agra. He attended Kansas State University and now works at Farmers National Bank in Agra. Clay is the newest member to the PCCF board family and he enjoys golf and hunting in his spare time.
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.
Lee Lower joined PCCF as Administrative Assistant in July of 2021, after retiring from 40 years in the manufacturing and publishing fields and currently serves as a Chamber of Commerce board member. Lee and her husband Ron enjoy traveling, especially to visit their children and grandchildren.