Who We Are

A purpose fueled by passion

The Kansas Children’s Foundation mission is to maximize the health and human potential of our children by providing meaningful support and resources across Kansas.

Much like the guiding light of the sun for a sunflower, we exist to provide Kansas children the means, programs, services and support needed to GROW to their inherent potential. To HARVEST a better life for our children, we advance our mission by:


Providing comfort and emotional support for hospitalized children


Helping to grow an integrated network of pediatric partnerships


Filling the gap of pediatric needs in and around our community


Financial assistance to families with a child receiving pediatric care

Board & Staff Members

Celia Cayless

Executive Director
Kansas Children’s Foundation

Linda Newman

Manager, Treasury Management Sales, INTRUST Bank

Cindy Nolte

Vice Chair
Owner, Pop Machine Agency

David Leslie

Chief Nursing Officer,
Wesley Medical Center

Joan Moore

Board Member
Major Gifts Officer, Hunter Health Clinic.

Frances Foster

Board Member
Secretary, Community Volunteer

Brian Pate, MD

Board Member
KU School of Medicine, Pediatrics Chair

Stephanie Kuhlmann, DO

Board Member
Assoc. Professor of Pediatrics, KU School of Medicine

Dr. Thomas Estep

Board Member
Retired Surgeon, Wichita Surgical Specialists

Trey Anderson DDS

Board Member
ICTeeth Pediatric Dentistry

Jason McClendon

Board Member
Marketing Director Phoenix Home Healthcare

Anthony “Tony” Leiding

Board Member
Director of Operations – Trenton Agri Products

Janine Kruse

Chief HR Officer
Kruse Corporation

Adriane Rathbun

Board Member
Community Volunteer

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