Wichita Community Foundation names new CEO

10/12/2012 7:29 AM

10/12/2012 7:30 AM

The Wichita Community Foundation board of directors announced Thursday that the foundation has selected a new president and CEO.

Shelly Chenoweth Prichard will begin her duties on Nov. 14.

“My goal is to really work with the partners to help both the donors and the community understand the importance of creating a legacy for generations and help market and share that vision and spread the word,” Prichard said.

Prichard said she’s a sixth generation Kansan whose family came to the state from Buffalo, N.Y, in a covered wagon.

For the last five years, she has been the CEO of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, and she is the former executive director of Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, a position she held for nine years. She is also a former community relations manger for Koch Industries.

“We’re very pleased with the pool of candidates we had and thrilled that we were able to attract Shelly,” said Sheryl Wohlford, chairwoman of the foundation’s board of directors. “Her local connections will be very helpful, and her knowledge of the community will allow her to be immediately integrated into this position.”

Prichard will take the reins from Phil Neff, a past board chairman who has been leading the foundation on an interim basis since June, when Rob Allison, the previous president and CEO, stepped down. Allison had been named president in 2008.

Wohlford said the foundation expects a smooth transition since Neff will be on hand to assist Prichard.

The board recently completed a new strategic plan and looks forward to having Prichard work toward those goals, Wohlford said.

“We are anxious to get Shelly up to speed and begin working towards growing the foundation, be out in the community telling our story and looking for opportunities for the foundation to be involved,” Wohlford said. “I know she’s anxious to work with our donors to help target their grant making.”

Currently, the foundation manages around $50 million. Most of those funds are charitable donations earmarked for certain areas or programs by donors. The foundation also has unrestricted funds, some of which are distributed through an application-and-grants process.

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