Kansas – The Kansas Sampler Foundation has added Stacy Barnes, city administrator of Greensburg, to the KSF board.
Barnes helped organize the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s inaugural Big Kansas Road Trip in 2018. This road trip highlighted the communities in Barber, Comanche and Kiowa counties.
Barnes grew up in Greensburg and moved back to the city shortly after the May 2007 tornado. She served as assistant to the city administrator, Big Well Museum and Tourism director. For the past two years, Barnes has worked at her current position. Barnes also served as president of the Travel Industry Association of Kansas and is active with the 5.4.7 Arts Center.
“Rural communities have an amazing opportunity right now to show the world our value. We might not be for everyone but we are not ‘less than’ just because we are small,” Barnes said. “I am passionately rural by choice and want to work for the sustainability of the rural communities we call home.”
Barnes replaces Andrea Springer of Hutchinson who served two terms on the board, many years as president. Other board members are Sarah Werner, Winfield; RJ Wilson, Shawnee; Shannon Martin, Dexter; and Simone Elder, Leoti.
“I’ve watched Stacy work for the betterment of her city, region and state for awhile now and know that she will represent rural communities well on our board,” said Marci Penner, executive director of KSF. “She’s very familiar with our projects and philosophy and we are excited to have her help make decisions on behalf of rural culture.”