Karen Jameson - State Farm Insurance - 2018 Board President
Junction City has been Karen's home community all of her life. She grew up in Alida, which was a small community that sat where Milford Lake sits now. Karen is a Chapman High School Graduate, class of 1970 and went on to the Patricia Stevens Career College and Finishing School in 1971. In 1977 she married John Jameson and continued to live in Junction City until the building of their home outside of town, in 1992.
Karen worked for Sprint United Telephone located in Junction City from 1989 to 1999. At that time she accepted a management position with Sprint in Kansas City at their corporate headquarters. She remained there until August of 2003 when she started her career with State Farm as an independent contract agent. She opened her own business with State Farm and in 2010, she built her own office which is located at 206 E Ash.
Karen has worked with United Way of Junction City/Geary County both as a board member and as a volunteer. She has served on several Allocation panels and was the panel chair member for one of the Allocation groups. Not only has she been active in United Way, she has been active in Geary County. From her work with the Sertoma Club, the Pilot Club, Jammin in JC, and a member of the Junction City Chamber of Commerce, Karen brings a vast knowledge of the community and a dedication to those within the community.
Noel Park - Edward Jones Investment - Immediate Past President
Noel graduated from KSU in 1977. He has more than 35 years experience in banking and credit lending in Kansas and Colorado. He has served on the City Council for Ashland Kansas for 10 years, the School Board for 8 years, Kiwanis member for several years including 2 years as president. Noel has done work with the Habitat for Humanity as well as serving on several church boards, committees, and as an elder. Currently, he is part of the Junction City Rotary Club and works at Edward Jones in Junction City.
Noel has dedicated his time to serving others and brings a sharp financial mind to the board. He is very dedicated to those within Geary County and works hard to improve the lives within the community daily.
Johna Ward - Geary Community Hospital - Secretary
Johna is a Kansas native, born in Wichita, and for the 18 years, she has been proud to call Junction City/Geary County her home. Johna's parents taught her that volunteering and giving of her time to help those less fortunate is a calling that is both fulfilling and rewarding because one always receives more than what was contributed when helping to make a difference in the lives of others.
Johna attended Wichita State University and earned her Associate's degree in Business Administration. She went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a focus Human Resource Management, at Fort Hays State University. Currently, she serves as the Executive Assistant at Geary Community Hospital, where she provides administrative support to the Cheif Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer. Johna also works with the hospital Advisory Board, the Geary County Health Council, and the Geary County Hospital Department Managers.
Johna brings her courage, persistence, good work ethics, and a genuine concern for others, to the board. She hopes that her continued work with Geary County will allow her to continue to learn, grow and develop within the social services and health community of Junction City/Geary County, which will allow her to give back and make a difference in the community that she lives in and believes in.
Tammy Paquette - Intrust Bank - Treasurer
Tammy is a Junction City native, graduating from Junction City High School in 1998. She then went on to take classes at Cloud County Community College and K-State on Ft. Riley. At the age of 18, she began her first job at Wal-mart, where she worked for three years as a department manager. She went on to work at Food 4 Less in Junction City, where she stayed for five years. She held the title of Shift Supervisor/Bookkeeper. In 2003 she married her husband Sean, together they have one son Payton and an adult Step Son Braden. Tammy and her family currently reside in Milford.
Currently, Tammy is employed at Intrust Bank, formerly known as First State Bank. Tammy has been with Intrust for 11 years, starting out as a teller and currently serving as the Commercial Administrative Assistance.
Tammy being from Junction City /Geary County is passionate about the area and is always willing to lend a helping hand or volunteer where needed.
Mona Manley - USD 475
Mona is the Executive Director of Personnel Services in USD 475. She served as the Director of Teaching and Learning and Elementary Education before moving to her current position. She served as principal in Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln Nebraska for 18 years. She has a long history of working in areas with high poverty levels. Mona has also served on the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs for several years.
When she came to Geary County, she served as a Principal, Instructional Coordinator, and Teacher in USD 475 for over 12 years. She worked at Washington Elementary, Grandview Elementary, and Ft. Riley Elementary. She holds an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University and a BS in Elementary Education from Kansas State University.
Mona brings her knowledge of poverty, education, and the need for a healthy, supportive, and safe neighborhood for the children of the Geary County community.
Daphne Maxwell - Dept of the Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
Daphne Maxwell is a resident of Junction City, KS and has been employed the Federal Government in Legal Administration for the Department of the Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Riley, KS for the past 30 years. She is a community advocate and servant leader, having served in various capacities to include elected to the USD 475 Board of Education and the Board of Trustees for the Geary Community Hospital. She currently serves as the city-wide co-chair of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee along with and special committees/focus groups. She is a graduate of Crossroads of Leadership, the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program, and Leadership Kansas. She is a licensed minister and serves as the Council Chair for Installation Chapel Services at Fort Riley military base, serving active duty Soldiers, Families, Retired and Civilian personnel. Daphne is an alum of Junction City High School and a graduate of Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Additionally, she serves as a Governor-appointed State Commissioner, Congressional District 1 for African American Affairs and is an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Daphne joined the United Way of Geary County-Junction City as a Board Member in 2013.
Linda Couch - Exchange Bank
Linda has been part of Junction City since she started working for Exchange Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer in 2006 (formerly known as the First National Bank of Junction City). Prior to that, she worked at Fort Riley National Bank—now part of Armed Forces Bank. She grew up in the Manhattan area and graduated from Manhattan Area Technical College in Business Administration.
She then went to work at Kansas State University, Fort Riley, and Tri-County Telephone in Council Grove before getting into finance becoming the VP of Lending at Golden Plains Credit Union in Garden City, then back to the Manhattan area at the branch of the First National Bank of Wamego. All through this was involved in her churches as a Board member or Deacon, area Chamber of Commerce’s, and civic organizations such as Optimists and Rotary. She has especially been involved with Special Olympics starting in Garden City and continuing today as Treasurer of the Pacesetters. She has previously been involved with United Way—now serving a third time on the Board.
Kathy Tremont - Geary County Treasurer
Lifetime Kansas resident grew up in Wakefield and moved to Geary County in the early 80's. Married Patrick Tremont in 1985, and have one daughter, Mandy and her husband Jason Spellman. Kathy and Patrick have 3 yr. old twin grandchildren, Chase and Addy, which they spend a great amount of time with. She began her career with the Geary County Treasurer's Office in 1977 and was first elected as the Treasurer in 1992.
She has taken classes through Fort Hays University and the University of Missouri/St. Louis, obtaining the status of Certified Kansas County Treasurer. Kathy's volunteer work includes various PTA and site council positions, United Way of Junction City/Geary County board member from 2007-2012, and she has served on the Allocation Committees. Kathy has dedicated her time to the Geary Community Hospital Advisory Board, Pilot Club of Junction City, Republican Women, and is a member of the Junction City Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Germann - City of Junction City
Jim grew up in Junction City and Fort, Riley. He graduated from Junction City Senior High in 1980. After high school, he joined the United States Army, serving 20 years. In 2001, he retired from the Army and moved home to Junction City. After his retirement from the service, he began his work for Junction City as the Information Technology Specialist in 2002. Currently, he is the Information Technology Director for the city of Junction City. Jim is very active in the Junction City South Kiwanis Club, has served as the Distinguished President and as the Secretary. He served as the Lieutenant Governor for the Kansas Kiwanis District and is currently the District Secretary.
Christina Bloom – Central National Bank
I was brought to Kansas by the Army in 2001 and have since made my permanent home here in Junction City. I have worked for Central National Bank since my arrival at that time.
I have been very involved in my community since my arrival volunteering with the United Way, Circle A Board, Sunflower Quilters Guild and at various schools within USD 475.
I have a strong sense of community and believe it takes each and every individual of said community coming together to enhance the lives of others. The United Way of Junction City/ Geary County is I believe a great way to do so.