RevitalizeYC Board of Directors
Emily Beesley - President and Non-Profit Coordinator
Emily Beesley has served as President of the Board and is one of the founding board members of RevitalizeYC since April 2018. Emily graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has worked in the nonprofit field as a project/program coordinator and has had the opportunity to travel and work in various fields as an Organizational Development Consultant and Center Director for several corporate companies. Since getting married, Emily has settled down in Oklahoma and found her niche as an entrepreneur in the field of home décor and home accessories innovation. Her family has deep roots in Yates Center dating back to the early 1900s. Emily is a fourth-generation entrepreneur from Yates Center and takes great pride in the history of her family's entrepreneurial contributions to Woodson County. Emily strongly believes in the future of the community that led her to pioneer this nonprofit in an effort to facilitate revitalization of the area. She believes having fresh vision for economic development and maintaining the community's historic charm will be enjoyed for generations to come. In her free time, Emily loves to play board games with her kids and travel to find “off-the-beaten-path” places to explore and eat local cuisine.
JJ Edwards - Vice President and Communications Director
Jeffrey (JJ) Edwards is a lifelong member of Yates Center and Woodson County and has been the Farm Bureau Financial Services Agent for the past 6 years. JJ has a Master’s degree in Administration from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Kansas State University in Animal Science and one in Secondary Education. He is also a certified Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist from the International Risk Management Institute and a Licensed Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow from the College for Financial Planning. JJ believes RevitalizeYC must be proactive in helping to support our local economy and its members in order to maintain the community’s existence and way of life for the current generation and for generations to come. His service in the Marine Corps has taught him the importance of commitment and sacrifice, which will be needed in order to preserve our unique community and protect its treasured past. JJ is the Communications Director for the Board and works to keep all entities in the community aware of RevitalizeYC’s activities and needs. JJ enjoys working outdoors on their family ranch located in NW Woodson County. He has been married to his wife, Kristi, for 22 years and they have one son, Justice, who is 19.
Laura Douglas - Treasurer and CPA
Laura Douglas is a Woodson County native, currently serving on the Board as the
Treasurer and CPA for RevitalizeYC. Laura graduated from Emporia State
University (Summa Cum Laude) in 2004, where she received her Bachelor of
Science degree in Accounting. While working in the Public Accounting field, she
went on to continue her education and began the Master of Business Administration
program at ESU. Laura successfully completed the Certificate of Public Accounting
Examination in 2009 and became a Certified Public Accountant. Laura has been
employed with Citizens State Bank since 2008 and currently serves as Director, Vice
President and Accountant to the organization. Laura believes in Woodson County
and feels it has many unique attributes that make it a “Special Place!” Laura’s
ancestors came to Woodson County in 1871. Her father, Glen Massoth, is a fourth-
generation farmer in the Piqua Area. Laura currently resides in Yates Center with
her husband, Wacey, and their two children, Gradyn and Adley. If she has free time,
Laura enjoys spending time outdoors and enjoying new experiences with her family.
Sara Standridge - Secretary
Sara Joy Standridge is an Illinois native by birth and a proud Kansan by marriage. She is currently working the front desk of her husband’s dental office right here in Yates Center. Her husband grew up in Eureka and started his first private practice there. He was given the opportunity to buy the practice in Yates Center and they haven’t looked back. With her Bachelor’s degree in English from Eureka College in Illinois, Sara has spent most of her working career in administrative and secretarial roles. She was also on the Chamber of Commerce Board in Eureka, KS. So when she saw the opportunity to be on the Board of RevitalizeYC as Secretary, she had to take it. Her goal is to help her new home reach its true potential in whatever way she can, as she plans to call Yates Center her home for good. In her spare time, Sara can be found spending time at home with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Hazel, a first generation Wildcat.
Amanda Mulsow - Advertising and Marketing Chair
Amanda Mulsow is a native of Yates Center and was the 5th generation raised on the Mulsow farm northwest of Yates Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Wichita State University. Amanda has professional experience in marketing, as well as traditional & digital advertising. She currently works as an Advertising Account Executive for Cox Media in Wichita, where she resides with her 16-year-old daughter, Tianna, who keeps her very busy. Amanda has served on the Board of Directors for the Wichita Family Crisis Center for the past four years. She assisted in the organization's re-branding, has served as Special Events Chair, Communications Chair, and has extensive fundraising experience. Amanda is one of the founding Board members of RevitalizeYC and serves in the role as Advertising & Marketing Chair. She has a passion for working with entrepreneurs, helping their businesses grow. Amanda also has a passion for helping others, which is a trait she credits to growing up in the caring, generous community of Yates Center. She is proud to have been raised there and wants to help preserve the small-town qualities that make Yates Center unique, while providing opportunities for growth and economic development for future generations. In her free time, Amanda enjoys doing projects around her 92 year-old home, antiquing, listening to live music, road-tripping exploring new places, and trying new restaurants and cuisine.
Trevor Hoag, Ph.D. - Historian and Grant Manager
Dr. Trevor Hoag serves as Historian on the Board of Directors for RevitalizeYC, along with managing and reporting grants. He is a 20-year native of Yates Center and Woodson County, with Cook-family ancestry stretching back to the county’s earliest settlers. After graduating from Allen County Community College and Emporia State University (with a 4.0 GPA), he earned his Master’s Degree in philosophy from Ohio University and his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and digital media from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduate school, he became Assistant Professor of English/Digital Humanities in Newport News, Virginia, where he published his academic book Occupying Memory: Rhetoric, Trauma, Mourning, as well as several articles on teaching with technology.
Dr. Hoag has since returned to southeast Kansas, where he currently works at Thrive Allen County, a non-profit health and wellness organization in Iola, KS. His efforts focus on: organizing rural health programs; researching, writing and obtaining grants; and maintaining various communication outlets/technologies. In his spare time, being part of the local Historical Society, he enjoys scouring every square inch of Woodson County, looking for sites with historical, cultural, and ecological significance, both to collect information for a future book, multiple web-based projects, and to encourage others to engage in the areas rich history.
Dr. Hoag believes that by drawing upon the courageous people, rich multicultural history, and staggering environmental beauty of the area, the future of Woodson County can shift trajectory from one of economic and memory-oriented loss, to one of increased community, optimism, and opportunity.
Gary Morris - Tech Support
Gary Morris is a fourth generation native of Yates Center and currently serves on the board as Tech Support and Social Media for RevitalizeYC. Gary graduated from Kansas State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certified. In 2013, he graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology.
After teaching fifth and sixth grade for the Kinsley-Offerie school district in Kinsley, KS for two years, Gary and his wife, Nicole (Kress), had the opportunity to move back to the place they've always called home, Yates Center. He now works as a third grade elementary school teacher in a neighboring city. In addition to teaching, Gary and his wife started their own lawn care business in Yates Center and believe the spirit of entrepreneurship will be part of the solution for the community's economic development.
His heart is to see Yates Center become the thriving community it once was, start new traditions, and build for its future with innovative ideas. In his free time, Gary enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, going to auctions, antiquing, and attending concerts and comedies shows.
Mike McCullough - Woodson USD 366 Representative
Mike McCullough is a Career and Technical Education teacher at Yates Center High School. Previous to that, he was involved for 19 years in two small home improvement companies. He graduated from Yates Center High School in 1987 and has roots in the community that go back four generations.
Steven Green - At Large Member
Steven Green joined the board of RevitalizeYC as an at-large member in 2021. Steven and his wife Julie got married in Yates Center in 1977, have owned property there since 2006, and moved to Yates Center after they both retired in June of 2016. Steve grew up in Pratt County, Kansas, however, Julie is the descendant of a long line of Yates Center and Woodson County residents who first settled there in the mid-1800s. Steve and Julie have always maintained a connection with Yates Center and were frequent visitors here while raising their 3 sons in Douglas County.
After attending Pratt Community College and Emporia State University, Steve completed an MBA degree at Emporia State University in 1977. Steve has a long work history in finance, which includes time as Assistant Treasurer for Baker University, Associate Director of Finance in Facilities Management at The University of Kansas, and Director of Finance for OITS in the Kansas Department of Administration.
Steve’s retirement interests include family time, attending antique auto cruises and shows, spending time at the rural Woodson County property his wife’s family has owned since 1895, and maintaining our historic residence on E. Rutledge Street. Steve is interested in helping RevitalizeYC succeed and believes in the future opportunities of the community.
Roberta Wilkes - Legal Support
Roberta L. Wilkes is a practicing attorney who, along with her husband and partner, Bill Dunn, moved her practice and residence to Yates Center in June of 2020. Roberta has been an attorney in the Kansas City, Kansas area since 1977 when she received her Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She received her B.A. from Wichita State University, graduating with university honors in 1973, her major being in Psychology. Her practice consists primarily of probate, estate planning, real estate and small business matters, including nonprofit law and representation.
Roberta attended junior high and high school in Howard, Kansas. She and her husband explored small towns in southeast Kansas before choosing Yates Center as their preferred destination. She looks out at the Woodson County Courthouse from her office at 111 S. State Street, as well as the other historic buildings surrounding the square, and says she feels she is living in a postcard. Roberta looks forward to giving whatever assistance she is able to the Revitalize Yates Center effort.
Karen Faulkner - At Large Member
Karen Faulkner (Stockebrand) was born and raised in Woodson County. Karen's generational roots run long and deep in Woodson County. She graduated from Yates Center High School, and Allen Community College. She then married her husband, a soldier in the United State Army. Together they traveled the world serving their country. Karen's education changed from books to service, and living life through trail and error. She hand her family have lived in Germany, Texas, and Georgia. While in Texas and Georgia, she was a substitute teacher. Upon her husband's military retirement they chose to return to Yates Center, and make it home. Karen has spent the last 20 years employed by USD366, as an At Risk Tutor. Her classroom is the Alternative Learning Center which supports ages pre-K - 8th grades. Karen strongly believes in the importance of God, Country, and Family spiced up with a little cooking, crafting, and green glass collecting. Woodson County's major strengths would be its beautiful land, lakes and natural beauty; its location, and its residents. Karen believes Woodson County is a special place with an unfinished story where the best is yet to be built.