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Shelly Prichard

President and CEO
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Shelly Chenoweth Prichard joined the Foundation as its President and CEO in November 2012. Her previous roles include CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland...

Shelly Chenoweth Prichard joined the Foundation as its President and CEO in November 2012. Her previous roles include CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland and executive director of Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas (YEK) for nine years. Her first job in Wichita was as community relations manager for Koch Industries, Inc.

A Newton, KS native, she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in journalism and mass communications at Kansas State University.

In addition to her professional career, Prichard has served on many boards and advisory groups, including Kansas State University Alumni Association, where she also served as Board chairman, as well as the Rotary Club of Wichita, Rotary Charitable Foundation, and as a founding Board member of Dress for Success Wichita.

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Hector Cortez

Chief Financial Officer
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Hector brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Foundation. Most recently, Hector served as a Contracts Director with Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., where...

Hector brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Foundation. Most recently, Hector served as a Contracts Director with Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., where he managed customer relationships and negotiated large contracts with Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi and Bombardier. He also served as the Director and Assistant Corporate Controller and had various other executive financial positions for eight of his 10 years with the company, including an international assignment based in Prestwick, Scotland. Hector’s experience also includes financial roles with companies such as Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Vought Aircraft Industries, and public accounting experience with Arthur Andersen.

Hector is a Texas native and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Hector lives in Andover, Kan. with his wife, Shawna, and two children, Jake (13) and Katie (11). He enjoys family time, classic cars, boating and concerts.

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Courtney Bengtson

Director of Strategic Initiatives
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As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Courtney integrates and connects strategy, funding, and initiative opportunities in support of the Foundation’s...

As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Courtney integrates and connects strategy, funding, and initiative opportunities in support of the Foundation’s goals. She joined the Foundation in September 2013 as its first Communications Manager. She was promoted to Director of Communications in 2015.

Her past experience includes time at both Bothner and Bradley, Inc. and the Wichita State University Foundation. A native Kansan, Courtney graduated in December 2013 with her master’s degree in communication and in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors, both from Wichita State University.

Courtney is an active member of the Wichita Area Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Chapter and Young Professionals of Wichita. She was named to the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.

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James Woods

Director of Donor Services
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In his role as Director of Donor Services, James Woods cultivates and delivers exceptional service to donors and prospective donors. He first joined the...

In his role as Director of Donor Services, James Woods cultivates and delivers exceptional service to donors and prospective donors. He first joined the Foundation in 2014 as the Office Manager and Scholarship Coordinator.

Originally from Humboldt, KS, James has spent the majority of his adult career working in the nonprofit community, previously as the Office Manager of Positive Directions. He has also served on many nonprofit fundraising boards in the Wichita community.

Outside of work, James enjoys traveling the world with family and friends.

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Mary Hetherington

Communications Coordinator
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Mary Hetherington joined WCF as Communications Coordinator in February 2016. Her previous experience includes an internship with Delta Dental, and work...

Mary Hetherington joined WCF as Communications Coordinator in February 2016. Her previous experience includes an internship with Delta Dental, and work with the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Friends University Athletic Department.

In 2015, she graduated with honors from Friends University with a degree in graphic design. While at Friends, Mary was a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and the Falcon volleyball team.

Mary and her husband reside in Wellington, Kan.

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Anittra Kilgore

Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator
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Anittra Kilgore joined WCF as Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator in March 2017. Born and raised in Wichita, Anittra has extensive background...

Anittra Kilgore joined WCF as Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator in March 2017. Born and raised in Wichita, Anittra has extensive background in executive support for local aviation and construction companies, as well as various nonprofit organizations.

Her passion for nonprofit work is evident in her time spent advocating for survivors of abuse and volunteering in the community.

Outside of work, Anittra enjoys attending local events and fundraisers, listening to live music throughout Wichita, and rooting for the Wichita State Shockers.

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Penny Kylar

Accounts Manager
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Penny Kylar is the Accounts Manager of the Foundation and is the point person for the city-wide Share the Season campaign. Outside of work, Penny delights...

Penny Kylar is the Accounts Manager of the Foundation and is the point person for the city-wide Share the Season campaign.

Outside of work, Penny delights in helping others and has spent time volunteering at The Lord’s Diner.

Penny enjoys country living on a seven-acre farm, raising chickens and gardening.

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