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Shelly Prichard

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

Shelly Prichard joined the Foundation as its President and CEO in November 2012. Her previous role include CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland and executive director of Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas (YEK). 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 the Kansas 4-H Foundation, the Kansas State University Alumni Association, and the Rotary Club of Wichita. She is active in her church, St. Thomas Aquinas, and likes to cook, be outside with her family and their dog, Lando, and go to K-State football games.

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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.,…

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 and Katie. 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 officer of the Wichita Area Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Chapter and serves on the Arts Partners Board of Directors and Real Men Real Heroes Board of Directors. She was named to the Wichita Business Journal’s 20 to Watch in the 2020s, WBJ’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 and the 2018 Leadership Wichita class.

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James Woods

Director of Nonprofit Services
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In his role as Director of Nonprofit Services, James Woods cultivates and delivers exceptional service to nonprofit and community partners, while…

In his role as Director of Nonprofit Services, James Woods cultivates and delivers exceptional service to nonprofit and community partners, while also administering donor-directed competitive grant rounds and managing Field of Interest funds. 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’ world revolves around Raisin, the official office dog of the Wichita Community Foundation.

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Tammy Honeywell

Accounts Manager
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Tammy is a Kansas native with a background of 33 years in bookkeeping and accounting.

Companies she’s worked for include Minnesota Corporate…

Tammy is a Kansas native with a background of 33 years in bookkeeping and accounting.

Companies she’s worked for include Minnesota Corporate Federal Credit Union, Thorn EMI and KOAM-TV. She also has 12 years of experience owning and managing her own business, Residential Rentals, as well as operating a family arcade/entertainment business.

Outside of work, Tammy enjoys spending time with her family, boating, fishing and gardening.

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Jennifer Kwe

Executive Assistant and Scholarship Coordinator
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Jennifer joined the WCF team in November of 2018. A St. Louis, MO native, she recently moved to Wichita from Germany, where she was working as a…

Jennifer joined the WCF team in November of 2018. A St. Louis, MO native, she recently moved to Wichita from Germany, where she was working as a secretary for the U.S. Air Force. She brings many years of experience working as a receptionist and secretary.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and two dogs.

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Portia Portugal

Manager of Donor Services

Portia joined the Wichita Community Foundation in June 2019 as Manager of Donor Services and provides services to donors to help them achieve their…

Portia joined the Wichita Community Foundation in June 2019 as Manager of Donor Services and provides services to donors to help them achieve their charitable giving goals. Most recently she served as Executive Director for Dress for Success Wichita for nearly five years.

She moved to Wichita in 2014 from Phoenix, AZ where she graduated from Arizona State University with her bachelor’s degree in global studies with an emphasis on women & gender studies. She co-leads Lean In Wichita Kansas, is a member of Junior League of Wichita and a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters among other community commitments. She was named Wichita Urban Professional’s Urban Professional of the Year in 2015 and a member of Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.

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Joselyne Hernandez

Communications Manager

The newest addition to the team, Joselyne, joins the Wichita Community Foundation as its communications manager. With her background in storytelling…

The newest addition to the team, Joselyne, joins the Wichita Community Foundation as its communications manager. With her background in storytelling and managing initiatives, she will amplify the Foundation’s philanthropic impact through communication strategies.

A Kansas native, she graduated from Wichita State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. Most recently, she worked in marketing roles at GLMV Architecture.

Having lived, worked and studied in Wichita her whole life, Joselyne is passionate about enriching our community. She is actively involved with Dress for Success Wichita and Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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