Karen Jameson - State Farm Insurance - 2018 United Way of Junction City-Geary County 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 is now. Karen is a Chapman High School Graduate, class of 1970. She attended the Patricia Stevens Career College and Finishing School in 1971. In 1977 she married John Jameson. They live just outside of Junction City where they built their home in 1992.
Karen worked for Sprint United Telephone located in Junction City from 1989 to 1999. She accepted a management position with Sprint in Kansas City at their corporate headquarters where she remained until August 2003 when she started her career with State Farm as an independent contract agent. Karen 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 also a panel chair. Not only has she been active in United Way, she has been active in Geary County—her volunteer work includes working with the: Sertoma Club, Pilot Club, Jammin in JC, and as a member of the Junction City Chamber of Commerce. Karen leads our United Way by sharing her vast knowledge of the community and her dedication to those within our community.
She worked at Kansas State University, Fort Riley, and Tri-County Telephone in Council Grove before getting into finance becoming the Vice President of Lending at Golden Plains Credit Union in Garden City. She moved back to the Manhattan area worked for First National Bank of Wamego. Throughout the years, she has served as: a Board member or Deacon at her churches, a volunteer for area Chambers of Commerce, and as a member Optimists and Rotary. While in Garden City she was heavily involved with Special Olympics. Today, her volunteer work continues as Treasurer of the Pacesetters. She has previously been involved with United Way—now serving a third time on the Board.
Noel Park - Edward Jones Investment - 2018 United Way of Junction City-Geary County Immediate Past President
Noel graduated from Kansas State University in 1977. He has more than 35 years experience in banking and credit lending in Kansas and Colorado. He served on the City Council for Ashland Kansas for 10 years, the School Board for 8 years, and as a member of Kiwanis for several years—including two years as president. Noel has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and his church by serving on several boards, committees, and as an elder. Currently, he is a member of the Junction City Rotary Club and works at Edward Jones in Junction City.
Noel dedicates his time to serving others and brings a sharp financial mind to the United Way of Junction City-Geary County board. He is very dedicated to those within Geary County and works tirelessly to improve the lives of all who live in the community.
Johna Ward - Geary Community Hospital - 2018 United Way of Junction City-Geary County Secretary
Johna is a Kansas native who was born in Wichita and for last the 18 years 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 on 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, strong work ethic, and a genuine concern for others, to the United Way of Junction City-Geary County board. She hopes that her continued work in Geary County will allow her to continue to learn, grow and develop within the social services and health community of Junction City/Geary County. She enjoys giving back and making a difference in the community that she lives in and believes in.
Tammy Paquette - Intrust Bank - Treasurer
Tammy is a Junction City native who graduated from Junction City High School in 1998. She took classes at Cloud County Community College and Kansas State University. At the age of 18, she began her first job at Walmart where she worked for three years as a department manager. She worked at Food 4 Less in Junction City for five years as a 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 reside in Milford.
Currently, Tammy is employed at Intrust Bank as the Commercial Administrative Assistant. She has been with Intrust for 11 years. As a native, Tammy is passionate about the Junction City/Geary County community. She is always willing to lend a helping hand or volunteer where needed.
Daphne Maxwell - Department of the Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
Daphne Maxwell is a resident of Junction City and has been employed the Federal Government in Legal Administration for the Department of the Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, at Fort Riley, KS for the past 30 years. She is a community advocate and servant leader who has served in various capacities, including: as a board member of USD 475 Board of Education and as a trustee on the Board of Trustees for Geary Community Hospital. She currently serves as the city-wide co-chair of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. 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 aluma of Junction City High School and a graduate of Kansas State University. Additionally, she serves the State of Kansas as a Governor-appointed State Commissioner for Congressional District 1 on the African American Affairs Committee. She is also an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Daphne joined the United Way of Junction City-Geary County as a Board Member in 2013.
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 where he served for 20 years. After his retirement from the service in 2001, he began working for the City of 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 with the Junction City South Kiwanis Club where he has served as President and Secretary. He also served as the Lieutenant Governor for the Kansas Kiwanis District and is currently the District Secretary.
Wendy King-Luttman - KS State Bank
Wendy King-Luttman is Vice President of Mortgage Lending with KS State Bank in Junction City. She has been with KS State Bank for over 11 years and has over 22 years of banking and real estate experience in the Junction City/Manhattan area. Wendy has been involved in numerous community activities including a current board of director of Manhattan Area Technical College and United Way of Junction City/Geary County. Past chair of Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce; Crossroad of Leadership, Junction City Noon Kiwanis Club.
Wendy is a native Kansan and grew up in a small town in western Kansas. She had attended Cloud County Community College and Fort Hays State University. She is alumni of Flint Hills Regional Leadership.
Wendy is married to her husband Gary, who owns and operates a diversified farming operation south of Wakefield, KS. She and Gary have six daughters and eleven grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Christina Bloom - Central National Bank
Christina came to Kansas by the Army in 2001 and has since made this her permanent home in Junction City. She has worked for Central National Bank for over 15 years. Christina is very involved in her community as a volunteer through United Way, Circle A Board, Sunflower Quilters Guild, and at various schools within USD 475.
She has a strong sense of community and believes it takes each and every individual in the community coming together to enhance the lives of others. Christina believes that the United Way of Junction City/Geary County is a great way to do so.
Shannon Rosauer - Geary Community Hospital