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First Name: Michele Waugh

Company or Retired: Part-time Substitute Teacher

Phone or Email: 785-672-0171

Summarize your work experience:

I taught school from 1993 to 2002. I have been a substitute teacher off and on since 2002. I also managed JJ Oil for seven years and was the Student Account Manager at Colby Community College for almost 2 years. I have also been a volleyball official for 16 years.


College or Tech School: Fort Hays State University

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Name: Dustin Stambaugh

Company or Retired: City of Ellsworth

Phone or Email: 785-531-2545

Job Title or Retired: City Administrator


Summarize your work experienc: Winston Churchill once said, “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” I am an optimist and throughout my life, I have faced adversity, but rather than running from it, I faced it and overcame those challenges. This is a principle that I will always carry through in both my personal and professional life. I spend my free time conversing with colleagues, going on trips with my family, take stock in my blessings, work on my weaknesses, and enjoy the rewards of my sacrifices. I am blessed beyond belief, and I am thankful for each day I get to breathe another breath.

College or Tech School: Central Michigan University

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Carolyn E Graves

Company or Retired:

Ellsworth Correctional Facility


Phone or Email:

Job Title:

Policy & Compliance/PIO/PREA Compliance Manager


I have worked at Ellsworth Correctional Facility since 09/07/1993 within Security, Classification, the Business Department and currently as Policy & Compliance/PIO/PREA Compliance Manager. I have been a resident of Ellsworth since 1992, and my husband and I have raised our family in this community. My husband Bill and I have five children, and nine grandchildren. We enjoy leisure time at the lake and are members of the Assembly of God Church in Ellsworth.

College or Tech School:  

Fort Hays State University

We want your picture here!  If you are interested in serving the youth of Ellsworth County area, contact a member, visit a meeting and find out about becoming an Ellsworth Kiwanis Member!

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Name:  Murray Marston


Company or Retired:

Ellsworth County Sheriff's Office

Phone or Email


Job Title:  Sheriff

Summarize your work experience:

1974–1978 United States Marine Corps 1980-2011 Trooper, Kansas Highway Patrol 2011-2017 Civilian DOT Auditor, Kansas Highway Patrol 2017-Present Ellsworth County Sheriff

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Name: Stacie Schmidt

Company or Retired: Ellsworth County Economic Development

Phone or Email: 7858108303

Job Title or Retired: Executive Director

Summarize your work experience: 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: 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: Brown Mackie College and Fort Hays State University

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Name: Deena Hilbig

Company or Retired: USD #327

Phone or Email: (785) 472-5561

Job Title or Retired: Superintendent

Summarize your work experience: I have been in education for 30 years. A graduate of Smoky Valley High School, I attended Emporia State and starting teaching at the elementary level in Salina Kansas. I have been in administration the last 22 years, 16 as principal of Meadowlark Ridge Elementary in Salina, USD 305. I served as a mentor with the Kansas Educational Leadership Institute for 8 years, providing advanced leadership development to 11 different first and second year principals in North Central Kansas. I have provide professional development at the building and district level and have presented at the local, district and state levels. I have a kids first mentality and am willing to do whatever it takes to support kids, our teachers and our administration in their learning to make a difference. I am excited to be in USD #327 and together, we will grow! #Letsgrow327

College or Tech School: BSE Emporia State, Master's Kansas State, Building Leadership and Administration Leadership, Kansas State, District Licensure, Newman University

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Name: Cynthia M Bender

Retired from Long & Associates

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.

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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

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First Name: Tom Ruth

Company or Retired: Western Cooperative Electric

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Job Title or Retired: General Manager

Summarize your work experience: Tom is graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla and a professional engineer. Tom has over 46 years’ experience in the areas of electric utility field operations, business operations, construction, safety, communications, and engineering. In addition to working as GM for Western Cooperative Electric, Tom also serves as a Board Director for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. Tom is a past President in Rotary and served on several non-profit Boards such as United Way and NeighborWorks America. Tom is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Tom and his wife, Christine, also reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

College or Tech School: 

University of Missouri-Rolla

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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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Name: Ronnie Svaty

Company or Retired: Retired

Phone or Email: 785-531-1250

Job Title or Retired: Retired

Summarize your work experience: I was a practicing lawyer in Ellsworth Kansas from 1968 to 2003 and a district judge from 2003 to 2017

College or Tech School: Kansas State University for undergraduate and Stanford Law School for post grad.

Webmaster Note:  Ron was one of the original members of our Kiwanis Club when it was formed.  Thank you Ron for your years of service!

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