Bank Leaders of Kansas (BLOK)

KBA’s Bank Leaders of Kansas (BLOK) prepares bankers to play an active, positive role in molding the future of the Kansas banking industry. Since the program’s inception, more than 218 Kansas bankers have completed the BLOK training experience and are occupying important leadership roles within the KBA and within their communities.

Thank You to Our Generous BLOK Program Sponsors!


1: To increase individual bankers’ understanding and knowledge of the structure and governance of the KBA, including a complete overview of programs, services, and representation provided by KBA.
2: To increase individual bankers’ understanding of the state and federal legislative process and increase their willingness to actively support and defend the Kansas banking industry.
3: To increase individual bankers’ understanding and awareness of the various state and federal agencies that govern the banking industry in Kansas and how those agencies interact with the KBA.
4: To improve individual bankers’ leadership and communication skills and to provide a clear understanding of their role as a volunteer KBA leader. 


Any owner or employee of a bank that is a member or associate member of the Kansas Bankers Association is eligible to apply.

Qualified bankers can apply for the BLOK Program by completing a BLOK application form and either mailing or emailing it (references are required).

Applications must be postmarked or submitted to the KBA office by December 1.

Applications are reviewed by the BLOK Selection Committee. Applicants will be notified regarding their application status by December 31.

Yes.There is a $995 participant fee that you or your bank will be required to submit once you’ve been selected to participate in the program. Travel & lodging expenses are not included in the BLOK registration fee.

Registration to KBA’s Public Affairs Conference.
Conference meals and some ground transportation will be provided (airfare & hotel costs are not covered by the participant fee). 

YES. Persons selected will be asked to make a firm commitment to participate in all four sessions.

BLOK Alumni

Rocky Anderson, Alliance Bank, Topeka
Aaron Atzbach, Western State Bank, Dodge City
Tyler Bachman, First Heritage Bank, Overland Park
Anna Baker, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Wichita
Patrick Bolen, Bank of Prairie Village, Fairway
Nicole Burczyk, Country Club Bank, Prairie Village
Monica Dahl (formerly with Arvest Bank, Overland Park)
Beth Easter, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Lawrence
Janet Enlow, First National Bank, Cimarron (formerly with Bucklin National Bank, Bucklin)
Tom Galbrecht, CrossFirst Bank, Leawood (formerly with Bank of the Prairie, Olathe)
Ryan Gilliland, FHLBank Topeka, Topeka
Jared Hatesohl, United Bank & Trust, Linn
Stephen Hendrickson, Citizens State Bank of Marysville, Hanover
Jamie Inglett, First Security Bank, Overbrook
John Legg, Central National Bank, Topeka
Grant Paitz, INTRUST Bank, NA, Wichita
Shawn Riley (formerly with Citizens Bank of Kansas, Wichita)
Dylan Serrault, Kansas Bankers Association, Topeka
Steven Suellentrop, Legacy Bank, Wichita
Tanna Thompson, Astra Bank, Abilene 

Kyle Allen, United Bank & Trust, Sabetha
Mike Brown, Security 1st Title, Wichita
Mandy Burton, Heartland Tri-State Bank, Elkhart (formerly First National Bank of Elkhart)
Sam Chandler, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Wichita
Ryan Commerford, The Bennington State Bank, Salina (formerly with First Bank Kansas, Salina)
Jeff Emmot, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Wichita
Jonathon Johnson, Home Savings Bank, Chanute
Vance Keller, First National Bank, Syracuse
Mark Kennedy, Citizens State Bank & Trust Co., Ellsworth
Shellee Maginness, Farmers State Bank, Manhattan
Ben Murphy, Heritage Bank, Topeka
Cody Palen, Astra Bank, Hays
Bryce Porter, Citizens State Bank of Marysville, Waterville
Travis Ray, Guaranty State Bank & Trust Company, Smith Center
Scott Rock, Central National Bank, Junction City
Greg Saville, First National Bank and Trust, Phillipsburg
Eric Stofer, Kansas Bankers Association, Topeka
Julie Voelker, Community National Bank & Trust, Independence
Brett Wicker, Bank of Commerce, Chanute 

Janel Burch, The Farmers Bank of Osborne, Osborne
Andrew Chaney, Equity Bank, Wichita
Ben Drouhard, Citizens Bank of Kansas, Wichita
Deanne Engstrom, Bank of the Prairie, Olathe
Layne Hoops, Astra Bank, Scandia
Tim Krueger, VisionBank, Topeka
Janet Lowell, Central National Bank, Manhattan
Colby May, Andover State Bank, Andover
Ryan McLaughlin, Kansas Bankers Association (formerly with Central States Capital
Markets, Prairie Village)
Patrick Melland, CrossFirst Bank, Overland Park (formerly with Promontory
Interfinancial Network, Kansas City, MO)
Brandon Nordhus, Community National Bank, Seneca
Traci Overpeck, Heartland Tri-State Bank, Elkhart (formerly First National Bank of Elkhart)
Maria Pfizenmaier, United Bank & Trust, Clay Center
David White, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Wichita
Bobby Young, Kansas Bankers Association, Topeka 

Barbara Christ, Arvest Bank, Overland Park
Sara Girard, Central National Bank, Topeka
Trent Grissom, formerly with CalTech, Olathe
Mikel Hadachek, Astra Bank, Belleville
Shan Hanes, Heartland Tri-State Bank, Elkhart (formerly First National Bank of Elkhart)
Elsa Havel, Grant County Bank, Ulysses
Kim Hesting, Guaranty State Bank & Trust Co., Beloit
Matt Hoefer, Great American Bank, Kansas City (formerly with First State Bank & Trust Co. of Larned, Overland Park)
Allison Kernin, Kansas Bankers Association, Topeka
Sheila Lunsford, Legacy Bank, Pratt (formerly First National Bank in Pratt, Pratt)
Brice Malloy, Legacy Bank, Wichita
Tami Molloy, Verus Bank, Derby
Scott Nelson, Carson Bank, Mulvane
Sam S. Pepper, Jr., Equity Bank, Wichita
Christy Simonsen, Bankers’ Bank of Kansas, Wichita
Scott Soderstrom, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Wichita
Travis Thompson, Farmers Bank & Trust, Larned
Nick Wolfe, United Bank & Trust, Marysville
Brad Zimmerman, First National Bank, Scott City (formerly with Bucklin National Bank branch GNB, Bucklin) 

Chris Baker, Bank VI, Salina
Chris Bualle, Girard National Bank, Girard
Alan Campbell, Impact Bank, Wellington
Chris Gilbert, Bankers’ Bank of Kansas, Wichita
David King, Equity Bank, Wichita
Bobbi LaViolette, Farmers Bank & Trust, Great Bend
Ryan Liess, INTRUST Bank, N.A., El Dorado
Susan Otterstein, Centera Bank, Dodge City
Kent Schwerdt, Kaw Valley Bank, Topeka
Jamie Smith, Community National Bank, Tonganoxie
Kristy Umscheid, Farmers State Bank, Westmoreland
Brenda Unruh, Kansas Bankers Association, Topeka 

Miki Bowman, formerly with Farmers & Drovers Bank, Council Grove
Brian Eilert, First National Bank, Beloit
Jan Endicott, Stockgrowers State Bank, Ashland
Todd English, Western State Bank, Dodge City
Patrick Harbert, Equity Bank, Wichita
Craig Heideman, Kaw Valley Bank, Topeka
Tammy Marrs (formerly with First National Bank, Miltonvale)
Codi Mason, Centera Bank, Sublette
Christine May, Guaranty State Bank & Trust Company, Beloit
Michael Miller, Bank 7, Montezuma (formerly with Montezuma State Bank, Copeland)
Matt Needham (formerly with CrossFirst Advisors, Leawood)
Lisa Nyp, Midwest Community Bank, Palco
Darlene Schmidt, Citizens State Bank & Trust Co., Delphos (formerly State Bank of Delphos, Delphos)
Tim Smith, First State Bank, Plainville (formerly with Astra Bank, Hays)
Wes Spohr (formerly with INTRUST Bank, N.A., Wichita)
Lonnie Wild, The St. Marys State Bank, St. Marys 

Scott W. Cooper, Patriots Bank, Garnett
Julie A. Huber, Equity Bank, N.A., Wichita
John M. Kilroy, UMB Bank, N.A., Kansas City, MO
Grant A. LacKamp, Morgan Stanley, Kansas City (formerly with Country Club Bank, Prairie Village)
Judd A. Liebau, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Junction City
Kevin Moeder, Farmers Bank & Trust NA, La Crosse
Lucas R. Moore, Citizens State Bank & Trust Co., Hiawatha (formerly with Pony Express Community Bank, Horton)
Adrian A. Morales, formerly with Home State Bank & Trust Co., McPherson
Janice L. Peters, Guaranty State Bank & Trust Co., Beloit
Laura E. Polite, Kendall State Bank, Valley Falls
Greg P. Rodvelt, GNBank, Horton
John J. Runnebaum, United Bank & Trust, Clay Center
Melisa G. Sorenson, Legacy Bank, Wichita
Connie Van Winkle, Centera Bank, Minneola
Tom G. Wagner, Citizens Bank of Kansas, N.A., Wichita 

Matthew J. Canfield, Valley State Bank, Belle Plaine
Nancy E. George, Girard National Bank, Girard
Allison M. Grace, Andover State Bank, Andover
Joylynn R. Gutierrez, Bison State Bank, Lawrence (formerly with Bank of Tescott, Salina)
Jason L. Johnson, First National Bank and Trust, Beloit (formerly with Guaranty State Bank & Trust Co., Jewell)
Jan L. Lanie, KANZA Bank, Kingman
Jay B. Meyer, Centera Bank, Sublette
Michael L. Needham, First Security Bank, Paola (formerly with Arvest Bank, Mission)
Brandon C. Oien, The Bank, Colby
Eric R. Schroeder, CrossFirst Bank, Overland Park
Brandon M. Vering, The Citizens National Bank, Greenleaf
Steven H. White, Farmers and Drovers Bank, Council Grove 

Kyle A. Campbell, Astra Bank, Abilene
Ruth J. Emerson, Guaranty State Bank & Trust Company, Beloit
Ryan P. Engle (formerly with Exchange National Bank, Cottonwood Falls)
Kimberly J. Fairbank, First National Bank, Cimarron
Steve J. Gegen, Legacy Bank, Wichita
Alan G. Meyer, State Bank of Bern, Axtell
Michael J. Palen, formerly with Western State Bank, Garden City
Barry M. Purdy, KANZA Bank, Wichita
Bradley D. Rucker, Home Bank & Trust Co. of Eureka, Wichita
Gary E. Yager, VisionBank, Topeka 

David A. Chappell, Citizens Bank of Kansas, Augusta (formerly with Union State Bank, Udall)
Donald S. Cushing, FHLBank Topeka, Topeka
Erik L. Ganstrom, Community National Bank, Seneca (formerly with Baileyville State Bank, Seneca)
Dan J. Heinz, INTRUST Bank, N.A., Wichita
Chet A. Lang, Sunflower Bank, N.A., McPherson
Cliff W. Leach, First National Bank, Goodland
Edward L. Mohney, Community National Bank, Seneca
Jody L. Price, Kaw Valley State Bank & Trust Co., Wamego
Terry I. Puett, Bankers’ Bank of Kansas, Wichita
Lucas L. Sawyer, Prairie Bank of Kansas, Inman (formerly Farmers National Bank) 

Alan Allenbach, formerly with Citizens Community Bank, Attica (formerly Citizens National Bank)
Jennifer L. Bartels (formerly with UMB Bank, Kansas City)
Blake M. Bauer (formerly with United Bank & Trust, Manhattan)
Machelle M. Connally, Citizens State Bank & Trust Co., Ellsworth
Kerry L. Hatzenbuehler, Kennedy and Coe LLC, Wichita
Jonathan C. Holmes, Valley State Bank, Derby
Kendal L. Kay, Stockgrowers State Bank, Ashland
Robin R. LacKamp, Peoples Exchange Bank, Concordia
Craig H. Stukey, First National Bank of Kansas, Waverly
Jeffrey B. Van Dyke (formerly with Midwest Community Bank, Plainville)
Marc L. Ward (formerly with Sunflower Bank, Wichita)
Lance L. White, Bank of the Flint Hills (formerly First National Bank, Wamego) 


Session I includes an inside look at the structure, governance and history of the KBA and a behind the scenes look at the state legislative process. Participants will also be treated to an in-depth look at the Office of the State Bank Commissioner.

Session II is built around a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, including presentations by key leadership. This session will also feature personal and professional accountability training, a unique look at how community banks in Kansas are competing with one another, and a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing bank CEOs in Kansas’ fastest growing region.

Session III consists of a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., chaperoned by members of KBA’s Federal Affairs Committee. This session includes stops at the American Bankers Association, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the offices of Kansas Congressional Delegation.

Session IV is focused on Improving Bank Performance through Leadership, Accountability and Maximizing Team Results. This session includes special training on leadership communication skills, building a winning team and also includes a final leadership challenge from KBA leadership.