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Local foundation recognizes volunteer, hires staff

By The Mercury

The trustees of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation recognized Jodi Kaus, director of K-State’s Powercat Financial Counseling, as their 2013 Volunteer of the Year at the foundation’s annual trustees meeting March 13. Kaus joined the foundation’s executive board in 2010. She has served on the marketing and asset development committee since 2009, serving as chair since 2010 and co-chaired the foundation’s trustees fund grants committee in 2012 and 2013. She currently serves on the GrowTo steering committee and the public health advisory committee. The mission of the foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the greater Manhattan area both today and in the future by helping connect donors with their charitable passions. The foundation has reached assets under management of nearly $37 million.

Marla Brandon has joined foundation staff as finance manager. She comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in the accounting and finance field.  Brandon grew up in Manhattan and lives in Wamego with her husband, Brian.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Friends University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University.  Brandon has been a board member of the Manhattan Area Technical College since 2005. She is a member of the Pilot Club of Manhattan and Fairy Godmothers. In addition to camping and kayaking with her family, she enjoys her role as an adjunct instructor for Highland Community College, teaching financial and managerial accounting.

Vern Henricks has been appointed as CEO by the foundation’s executive board. Henricks previously served as vice president of Institutional Advancement for Manhattan Christian College. He brings a great deal of experience to the foundation.  He has served as senior vice president for Hartsook and Associates, vice president of Major Gift Programs for the KSU Foundation, executive director of development for the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, director of development for the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburg, associate athletic director at Humboldt State University, and assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at Fort Hays State University. Vern earned both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at Kansas State University.

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