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Meet your board of directors and staff

Meet Your Board of Directors

It is truly a pleasure to have assumed the responsibilities as Executive Director of the Thomas County Community Foundation. I have been able to enjoy most of my working life in northwest Kansas and my wife and I love it here! In 2013, I retired as Dean of External Affairs for Colby Community College. During that period, I also taught leadership, wind energy systems and was the director of the Alternative Energy Program. Prior to working at CCC, I was an engineer/manager for Southwestern Bell Telephone. Fifteen of the 23 years I worked for SW Bell, I served as an engineer officer in the Untied States Marine Corps stationed in the United States, Okinawa and Japan. I have a B.S. degree in construction science and management from Kansas State University and a Master degree from Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. I enjoy the outdoors immensely through hunting, fishing and taxidermy. My wife of 42 years, Dianne, and I have two children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren all living out here.

I am looking forward to working with you and serving as your director!

"Forever Betterment"

Barry B. Kaaz, Executive Director

November 2015

Board of Directors

Deb Mariman


Quinnlyn Carpenter

Vice President

Tracy Rogers


Tina Hansen


Jenna Brunner

Bonnie Werth

Kaylin Wiens

Jennifer Thompson

Connie Menges

Dan Jennings

Melany Wilks

Angie Gaede

Shirley Weber joined the Thomas County Community Foundation's team May of 2019, she became the Executive Assistant.

She and her husband Omar Weber have 2 amazing grown children, Adam Weber and Kayla Weber Dykes. She has 3 grandsons.

Shirley and Omar reside in Colby, where Omar is the Public Works Director for the City of Colby, he has worked for the City for 8 years. Shirley enjoys spending time in Manhattan going to football games, shopping but mostly spending time with their kids and grand kids. Omar enjoys going car racing. He is Adam's crew chief and mechanic. Also likes going to football games and seeing the kids and grand kids in Manhattan.

"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity. I'm learning new things everyday and loving it! I really feel like I'm part of a team that's working towards supporting and make our community a better place."

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"Forever Betterment" To endow funds to improve the quality of life for ALL citizens of Thomas County.