Name: Luke Brown

Company or Retired: Immanuel Lutheran Church

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Job Title or Retired: Pastor

Summarize your work experience: I have served Immanuel since 2016, serving in eastern Kansas before then. Lifelong Kansan, I worked in newspapers before going to the Seminary. After getting out of K-State, I worked for the Great Bend Tribune for several years, including two years as Sports Editor. Worked for the Hutchinson News for one year before my wife and I purchased the Hoisington Dispatch. We owned it for 17 years before selling. My wife, Kerri Lynne, and I have been married for 40 years. One daughter, one son and two grandsons.

College or Tech School: Kansas State University

Name: Anita Hoffhines

Company or Retired: Millwood Realty-Ellsworth Office & Hoffhines Properties

Phone or Email: 785-531-0160

Job Title or Retired: Kansas Realtor and Property Manager

Summarize your work experience: Our family has been in Ellsworth County since 1991. My husband, Ed, and I moved here for a small town atmosphere and great schools to raise our sons, Adam and mark. We live in Kanopolis and own our business building in downtown ellsworth. I enjoy helping people buy homes, land and commercial property. I also enjoy assisting investors by managing their rental properties. we belong to the First United methodist Church. I've been a Kiwanis member for 15 years or so and have served a term as president. I'm currently the treasurer for our club and on the board of directors. please call me with any questions about our club or to learn more about volunteer opportunities! p.s. we have 3 dogs...Jordy, Max and Pepper. Feel free to friend me on Facebook!

College or Tech School: Fort Hays State University


Company or Retired: Long & Associates Pubic Accountants Inc.

Phone or Email: 7854724936

Job Title or Retired: Secretary

Summarize your work experience: Have worked in the accounting world for 28 years.

Past Governor of Kansas District of Kansas Kiwanis.  Currently Secretary of the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation.

Name: Kurt Spachek

Company or Retired: The Bennington State Bank

Phone or Email: 719-313-3333

Job Title or Retired: Vice President


Summarize your work experience: I was raised in Marion County on the edge of the Flint Hills. After graduating from Kansas State University, I worked for the State of Kansas for three years before moving into banking. Other than a few years in Colorado Springs as an insurance agent, I have primarily been an agricultural lender. I am currently employed by The Bennington State Bank and oversee the branches in Sylvan Grove and Lucas. My wife, Linda, and I have 4 children ranging in age from 18 to 25.

College or Tech School: Kansas State University

Gary Urbanek

Company or Retired: Retired

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Job Title or Retired: Retired


Summarize your work experience: Retired 30 year State Farm Agent

College or Tech School: MIT

Name: Stacie Schmidt

Company or Retired: Ellsworth County Economic Development

Phone or Email: 7858108303

Job Title or Retired: Executive Director

Summarize your work experienc: Currently the Executive Director for Ellsworth County Economic Development, Stacie is an "Ellsworthian" at heart with a passion for the community where she was born and raised. Stacie is an active advocate for the community as past president of both the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ellsworth Childcare & Learning Center, board member of Ellsworth Cowtown Days, facilitator of Leadership Ellsworth County, and founder of NexGen Ellsworth County. She currently also serves as a board member for the Ellsworth County Medical Center and the Ellsworth representative for North Central Regional Planning Commission. Stacie has two children, Britain and Brooklyn, and loves to read and spend time with family and friends.

College or Tech School: Washburn University

Name: Derril Gwinner

Company or Retired: Retired Optometrist

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Summarize your work experience: Began practice in 1966 

College or Tech School: University of Houston College of Optometry

Name: Roger Pearson

Company or Retired: Retired

Phone or Email: 785-531-2987

Job Title or Retired: Retired

Summarize your work experience:

33 Years in Hospital Administration following 20 years of dry land wheat and cattle farming in Western Kansas

College or Tech School: MHA University of Minnesota

Name: Mark Hoffhines

Company or Retired: Millwood Realty

Phone or Email:

Job Title or Retired: Realtor


Summarize your work experience: In November 2019, I obtained my real estate license and became an agent for Millwood Realty. I have enjoyed getting to "learn the ropes" of real estate, and I love that I get to help people find their dream homes, right here in Ellsworth County! I also serve as the sports information director for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), which is based out of Wichita. The KCAC is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and currently has 13 member schools in four states. I have interned/worked for the KCAC since August 2018, and love being able to be a professional in sports, an area I am very passionate about. The conference has been generous enough to allow me to work remotely, and that gives me the opportunity to raise a family here in Ellsworth while still doing something I love. My wife and I, both born and raised here in Ellsworth, have loved the opportunity to come back and make an impact in our community. By being part of Kiwanis, I hope to reach out even more and help as many people as possible here in Ellsworth County.

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