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Board of Directors

Steve Cox

Board Chair

Steve Cox is CEO of Cox Machine Inc. Steve assumed the role of General Manager for Cox Machine in 1972, and purchased the company in 1982. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University.

In addition to his role at WCF, he is also an executive member at-large and treasurer of Rainbows United Charitable Foundation.

Debbie Gann

Vice Chair

Debbie Gann, former vice president of corporate communications and community relations for Spirit AeroSystems, has worked to enhance the Wichita community for decades.

A former chair of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Debbie also recently served on the Board of the Greater Wichita Partnership and co-chaired Project Wichita, a community visioning process to define a regional strategy for south central Kansas.

James Nastars

Treasurer

James Nastars has been with Meritrust Credit Union since 2013 as President/CEO and in the credit union and banking industries for 28 years. He earned his bachelor of business administration in finance and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Within the Wichita community, he serves on the Boards of Kansas Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Support for Catholic Schools, LLC, and the Greater Wichita Partnership’s Leadership Council. Within the credit union industry, Mr. Nastars serves on the Board of the Heartland Credit Union Association, Heartland Credit Union Foundation and MEMBERS Development Corporation.

Todd Ramsey

Secretary

Todd Ramsey is the founder and chief strategist for local branding agency Apples & Arrows. Ramsey has served on multiple boards, including Downtown Wichita, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Wichita Art Museum.

Wayne Chambers

Past Chair

Wayne Chambers is the former President & CEO of High Touch, Inc. With three decades of experience in finance, operations, marketing, franchising and executive ranks, he led High Touch’s evolution to a technology solution provider.

A native of Southeast Kansas, Wayne received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Accounting from Wichita State University.

Suzie Ahlstrand

Board Member

Suzie Ahlstrand is a former senior executive of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Council. A highlight of her career was guiding the region’s long-range strategic plan called Visioneering Wichita which, through partnerships, made advances in downtown development, air service, and regional advocacy.

She has been recognized many times for her trustworthy leadership and active participation in numerous community/regional organizations.

Paul Allen

Board Member

Paul Allen has served as chief executive of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. (AGH) since 1987. His prior accounting and leadership experience includes two years as managing partner of a branch of the national accounting firm KMG. Allen was appointed to the Kansas Board of Accountancy by two different governors and served 15 years, including four terms as chairman of the board. He is a past president of the Kansas Society of CPAs Wichita chapter.

Paul is an active leader in numerous civic and professional organizations and currently sits on the board of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and chairs the WSU Foundation. He has led many community boards, including the Chamber, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, United Way of the Plains, WSU Alumni Association, and Go Wichita. Allen also chaired the 2010 United Way of the Plains campaign.

Tammy Allen

Board Member

Tammy Allen is chief marketing officer at Foulston Siefkin LLP. After growing up in western Kansas, she attended Wichita State University, earning two undergraduate degrees and an MBA.

Tammy’s board service includes the Kansas Humane Society, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University Alumni Association, and Rotary Club of Wichita (downtown), where she is a past president. She currently also serves on the board of Mark Arts.

Yolanda Camarena

Board Member

Yolanda Camarena is the current president of the Kansas Hispanic Education and Development Foundation Board of Directors.

She is a graduate of Wichita State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education. She served as director of admissions for Newman University in Wichita from 1979 to 1983. In 1983, she became associate director of the Master in Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

In addition to her work with KHEDF, Yolanda is chair of the Schools and Scholarship Committee at Harvard University. She previously served on the Butler Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Margaret Dechant

Board Member

Margaret Dechant is Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Partner of 6 Meridian, an investment and advisory firm based in Wichita, Kansas. She is a member of the Wichita State University Business School Advisory Board and has volunteered time for other organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas, Youth Entrepreneurs, Mark Arts, and The Kansas Humane Society.

In their spare time, Margaret and her husband, Todd, are avid supporters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Wichita State Shockers, and enjoy travel to the beach, the mountains and all points in between.

Sylvia Do

Board Member

Dr. Sylvia Orozco-Do is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. After growing up in Mexico and attending San Diego State University, where she obtained her bachelor of science in Nursing, she completed her pre-med requirements. Do completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at KU-Wichita. She then became an assistant professor of medicine and a hospitalist at KU.

She loves to run, travel and spend time with her husband and their three children.

Gloria Farha Flentje

Board Member

​Farha Flentje, former senior vice president for Spirit AeroSystems, has been widely recognized for her contributions to the community. She has received awards from the Kansas Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association and the YWCA. She was the first woman president of the Wichita Bar Association and was elected as an attorney member of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission, among other accolades.

Paul Lavender

Board Member

Paul Lavender is the Director of Special Projects at Thrive Restaurant Group. Prior to returning home to Wichita, Paul served as the Chief Operating Officer of the world’s first Impact Accounting firm, SVT Group, in San Francisco.

Paul is a graduate of Friends University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and of The University of Sydney, where he earned post-graduate degrees in International Business and in Project Management. He is currently the chair-elect of Leadership Wichita and has served on Wichita’s District 2 Advisory Board and as a Trustee for Botanica: The Wichita Gardens.

Dan Peare

Board Member

Dan Peare chairs Hinkle Law Firm LLC’s trusts and estates practice group. Under his leadership, the trusts and estates practice has expanded to be one of the top estate planning practices in the region.

Dan has extensive experience in high-net-worth estate planning, asset protection planning, and planning with family businesses. Dan also assists clients with business valuations, charitable planning, and planning with life insurance. He has assisted hundreds of business owners, farmers, and ranchers in the preservation and succession of their businesses.

William Pickert

Board Member

Bill Pickert is a managing partner of BKD’s Wichita office. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc., is a member of the Board Executive Committee and past Chair of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Boards for the University of Kansas and Emporia State University.

He is a graduate of The University of Kansas, Lawrence, with a B.S. degree in accounting and business administration. Bill is married to Traci and they have four grown children.

Michael Ramsey

Board Member

Michael Ramsey is currently the Manager and Vice President of Bokeh Development LLC. After many years in the field of orthopedics, Michael formed Bokeh Development with his long-time business partner and medical colleague, surgeon Robert Eyster. He has earned degrees from McPherson College and Wichita State University.

In addition to his continued passion for the development of downtown Wichita, Michael is a former Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County board member, and is currently on the Hunter Health Leadership Committee, The Greater Wichita Partnership Leadership Council and the Oversight Volunteer of ICT Chalk Talks.

One of his more recent projects, Revolutsia, won the 2020 Marshall Murdock Award for Business.

Don Sherman

Board Member

Don Sherman joined Westar Energy in 2007 as manager, customer & community relations. He was named vice president, community relations & strategic partnerships in 2014.

Don received his associate of arts degree in administration of justice from Butler Community College and his bachelor of business administration from Baker University. He serves on several boards, including the Wichita Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, American Red Cross Midway Kansas Chapter, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, Downtown Wichita, Exploration Place and the Sunflower Foundation.


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