Darci Schields
Executive Director/CEO
darci@gnwkcf.org

Darci is a 1992 graduate from Cheylin High School in Bird City. She attended McCook Community College and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Darci and her husband, Kale, along with their three children, Austin, Andrew and Ashlyn, moved back to Bird City in the summer of 2008. Darci started working for the Foundation in September 2008 as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director.  In March 2015,  Darci had the opportunity to transition into the Foundation’s Director position.

Darci enjoys being back in her hometown and loves having her kids grow up in the rural, small-town atmosphere.  She is actively involved in the community and school.  Through the years she has served on the local Cougar Cub Daycare non-profit board, Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Association board, Bird City Public Library board, the Tri-County Leadership board and headed up the Cheylin Alumni committee.

Darci knows that it takes people to step up and volunteer their time, be hands-on and pro-active to keep progress moving forward in any community, but feels it’s especially vital for rural communities.

Andi Culwell
Executive Assistant
andi@gnwkcf.org

Andi grew up in Salida, CO and attended Colorado Mountain College. She and her husband Ryan live in St Francis and have three amazing sons: Tyler who is attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio Sciences- College of Bioscience, Jordan who recently graduated from Manhattan Area Technical School and Bryce who is attending Kingdom Youth Internship and Living Word Bible College. They are most definitely the light of their lives and their greatest sense of pride. After being a wife and mother, Andi enjoys being a youth leader of Switch Youth Group in St Francis. She is active in her community, her church and loves people.

Andi is thrilled to be a part of GNWKCF. Her love of Northwest Kansas and the pride in the values and support that is a way of life here are evident when engaging with her. Her passion in the area of community collaboration, youth empowerment and desire for continuing the enjoyment of life in Northwest Kansas align well with this position.

Gennifer Golden House
Director of Donor Services
gennifer@gnwkcf.org

Gennifer is a 1987 graduate of Goodland High School and a 1992 graduate from the University of Kansas School of Journalism.  She has two grown children, Ellie a 2018 graduate of the University of Kansas and Drew who is currently a student at Kansas State University. Gennifer worked for FNB Bank for 20 + years before joining the Foundation in June of 2019 to help implement Planned Giving opportunities in Northwest Kansas.

As a volunteer in her community, Gennifer understands the value of the time commitments that each volunteer puts forth. She has a respect for a volunteer’s time and the commitment to an organization.   She understands that the citizens in NW Kansas have to be our own advocate to our area.  Gennifer is excited for the opportunity to increase the assets and strengthen the impact of the Community Foundations in NW Kansas.

Carol Sloper
Director of Grants & Scholarships
carol@gnwkcf.org

Carol is a 1984 graduate from St. Francis Community High School. She attended Bethany College and graduated from Kansas State University majoring in mathematics and journalism education.

Carol and her husband, Douglas, moved back to Cheyenne County in the fall of 2012. Her stepdaughter’s family (Karen, Rheilley, and Rachel Knauer) followed them from Denver shortly after so that Rachel could start school in a small town like her grandma Carol rather than in the big city. She worked for Cheyenne County Hospital for several years in information technology / grant writing and then for Cheyenne County as a grant administrator.  In May 2017, Carol joined the Foundation as a grants coordinator, later taking on the lead of the Foundation’s scholarship program.

With roots firmly established in Cheyenne County, Carol loves serving her community. She feels it is important to use her talents to help sustain the way of life for citizens in northwest Kansas. While working for Cheyenne County, she helped raise more than $1.7 million from 2015-17 to help improve the quality of life for people living in Cheyenne County. She also feels that people living rural areas have to find creative and unique ways to overcome challenges – and that means working together and thinking outside the box.

Contact Us

105 W. 4th Street
P.O. Box 593
Bird City, KS 67731
(785) 734-2406 – phone
(785) 734-2412 – fax
info@gnwkcf.org