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 KS Children's Foundation

Celia Cayless

Executive Director Kansas Children's Foundation

Linda Newman KS Children's Foundation

Linda Newman

Chair Manager, Treasury Management Sales, INTRUST Bank

Cindy Nolte KS Children's Foundation

Cindy Nolte

Vice Chair Owner, Pop Machine Agency


Neva Spencer

Treasurer ACNO Wesley Medical Center

Joan Moore KS Children's Foundation

Joan Moore

Board President Director of Advancement - Wichita Collegiate School

Frances Foster KS Children's Foundation

Frances Foster

Board Member Secretary, Community Volunteer

Brian Pate MD KS Children's Foundation

Brian Pate, MD

Board Member KU School of Medicine, Pediatrics Chair

Stephanie Kuhlmann, DO KS Children's Foundation

Stephanie Kuhlmann, DO

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

Thomas Estep KS Children's Foundation

Dr. Thomas Estep

Board Member Retired Surgeon, Wichita Surgical Specialists

Trey Anderson

Trey Anderson DDS

Board Member ICTeeth Pediatric Dentistry

Jason McClendon

Board Member Marketing Director Phoenix Home Healthcare

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Anthony “Tony” Leiding

Board Member Director of Operations - Trenton Agri Products

Nikki Beyrle

Nikki Beyrle

Chief HR Officer Chief HR Officer, LDF Companies, LLC

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