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.
Gary Morris - President Elect and Tech Support
Gary Morris is a fourth generation native of Yates Center and currently serves on the board as President Elect, 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 fourth grade elementary school teacher in Yates Center. 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.
John Atkin IV - Vice President
Stay tuned for more information.
JJ Edwards - 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.
Jessica Busteed - Secretary
We are excited to have Jessica joining our organization. Her bio will be coming soon!
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.
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.
Deborah Mikulka - Grant Manager
Stay tuned for more information.
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.
Cara Walden - Health Advisor
More information to come.
Karen Faulkner - At Large Member
Karen Faulkner (Stockebrand) was born and raised in Woodson County. She serves on the board as the print media specialist and is one of three at-large board members. Karen's generational roots run long and deep in Woodson County. She graduated from Yates Center High School, and Allen County 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 trial and error. She and 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 thru 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 are 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.