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The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007.

Mission Statement
The mission of KHEDF is to provide resources to Hispanic students exploring post-secondary education and career readiness.

Vision Statement
Turning college dreams into college degrees.

Annual Report
Review our annual report.

KHEDF supports the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA Statement




Micaela Ramirez
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Executive Director

Micaela is responsible for giving strategic direction, operations, and implementing a high quality vision to ensure that the KHEDF strives to reach its mission.

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Nayeli Cano
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Scholarship Manager

Nayeli manages the Kansas Hispanic Scholarship Program. She is responsible for management of scholarship payments, scholarship financial strategy/budget, high school and college outreach. 


Meleny Jacome-Banuelos
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Program Coordinator

Meleny is responsible for overseeing and managing programs within successful planning, execution, and management of programs, helping KHEDF achieve our mission and objectives. 

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Sharri Penrod
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Administrative Assistant

Sharri provides administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the organization's mission.

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Dominic Gauna
KWCH, Channel 12, Director of Creative Services & Programming

Board President 

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Dennis I. Clary
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vice President Community Advancement | Special Assistant to the President & CEO

Board Vice President 

Karen Montiel, CPA
Hanneman CPA, PA 

Board Treasurer

Shane Batchelder
Evergy, Sr. Communications Manager

Board Secretary

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Christopher Arellano
Hinkle Law Firm LLC, Attorney at Law

Board Member

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Yolanda Camarena
Community Volunteer

Emeritus Board Member 

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Juan Carlos Carbajal
Cargill, Account Manager Distribution Sales

Board Member

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Adam Gomez
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Director Strategic Initiatives

Board Member

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Ben Jennings
Cox Communications, Local Sales Manager

Board Member

Shirley Lefever, PhD
Wichita State University, Executive Vice President and Provost

Board Member

Lisbet Morales
Koch Global Treasury, Treasury Director - Americas

Board Member


Sylvia Orozco-Do

Board Member

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Marisa Pollock

Textron Aviation, Director of Customer Support for Aftermarket Parts and Distribution

Board Member

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Nathan Sander
Bank of the West, Regional Manager, SVP

Board Member



Board of Directors – The Board of Directors oversees the vision and direction of KHEDF's scholarships, mentorships, professional support, and networking opportunities to the KHEDF Scholars. Board of Directors meet the 3rd Wednesday of every other month at 12:00 pm.

Executive Committee  – The Executive Committee provides organizational direction for the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. Committee meets 2nd Wednesday of every other month at 8:15 am.

Education Committee – The Education Committee assists in the development and implementation of the educational initiatives and scholarship program. Committee meets 1st Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm.

Development Committee  –  The Development Committee assists in increasing donations and raising awareness of our mission through grants, individual donors, events, and campaigns. Committee meets 2nd Thursday of every other month at 3:00 pm.

Marketing & Events Committee – The Marketing & Events committee assists in creating a marketing strategy clearly communicating and promoting KHEDF’s mission, events, campaigns, and community served.  Committee meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:30 am.

If you are interested in learning more about a committee, contact Micaela Ramirez at [email protected].

Mailing Address
PO Box 4248
Wichita, KS 67204

2601 N. Arkansas
Wichita, KS 67204

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