Mid-Kansas Community Action Program
Board of Directors
Representing the Public Sector
Marion County Commissioner
Representative of the Board of Education
Appointed Representative for Troy Tabor, Councilman for the City of Andover. Mr. Benedict has over forty years of management experience in the general aviation, airline, and computer software industries. During that time, he has been the President and GM of a small, entrepreneurial Avionics company, led Business Development and Product Marketing teams within larger aviation and marine businesses, led acquisition due diligence and divestment initiatives, facilitated many Strategic Planning events, and has been the MC or featured speaker at a number of industry events around the world. He and his family relocated from Minneapolis to Wichita, Kansas in late 1999. Soon thereafter, Phil and his family joined St. Vincent de Paul parish where he has served on the Pastoral Council for over 16 years and is an active Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Since his retirement, Phil has been serving the non-profit world by becoming the Vice Chair of the Andover Chamber Board of Directors, served as the Chair of the board for Mid-Cap, and also serves as the Executive Director of Thrive! Butler.
Representing the Private Sector
Mark was born in Arkansas, but moved to Wichita, KS at the age of six in 1988, and has been a Wichita resident ever since. He graduated Valedictorian from Wichita Heights High School, and attended Oklahoma Christian University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Mark also went on to receive his MBA from Wichita State University.
Mark is an Independent Financial Representative at Strategic Financial Concepts where he started his practice in 2018. Prior to joining SFC, Mark enjoyed a dedicated 14-year career in the corporate income tax software industry where he spent eight years as a Tax Analyst in the development of tax software, working closely with both tax professionals and taxpayers. He then served as an Account Manager for the Sales and Use Tax Compliance customers of the business for six years. Over the past several years Mark has also taught numerous online business courses as an Adjunct Professor for Barclay College of Haviland, Kansas.
Mark, his wife, and four daughters live in Andover, KS where he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Mark and his family are active members of the Northside Church of Christ in Wichita. He likes to spend his free time with his family, watching, playing, and coaching sports, as well as hunting, fishing and traveling.
Dustin was born and raised in Wellington, KS. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sterling College with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science, while minoring in Religion & Philosophy. Dustin had the opportunity at Sterling College to study social justice in Honduras and Guatemala, which ignited a life of servant leadership and working to better the lives of those living in situational and generational poverty through direct service and community impact.
Dustin had the opportunity to spend months doing mission work in Central and South America, assisting with medical missions, home building, and community development projects. He then served as a case manager for adults with severe and persistent mental illness at Horizons Mental Health in Hutchinson, KS. Before moving to Wichita and starting his work for the Kansas Department for Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), which is now the Department for Children & Families (DCF), he served as a Tri-parish Youth Minister for the Hutchinson Catholic Community with a bend towards social justice and activism. In his 20 years of service for SRS & DCF, Dustin has worked in a variety of roles in the Economic and Employment Services Division, which provides public assistance and employment services to those living in poverty. He has served as a Human Services Specialist, Human Services Supervisor, Staff Development Specialist, and as a Regional Resource Coordinator. Currently, Dustin serves as an Organizational & Staff Development Specialist for the statewide organization of DCF.
Dustin, his significant other, and his daughter live in Wichita, KS. He is a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, and traveling.
Representing the Low-Income Community
Heather Rierson, Executive Director at the Augusta Housing Authority. I have been involved with Mid-KS Cap for over a decade which doesn’t seem possible considering I am still very young, LOL. I love the outdoors whether it be camping, fishing, or hunting, you may also find me singing at a local karaoke contest (I didn’t say I was good I just like to sing). I am passionate about helping people find housing whether it is their forever home or their temporary safety and have enjoyed partnering with Mid-Cap helping house the homeless as well as seeing them leave our programs stronger and more independent than when we met them.
I am currently Executive director of Journey to Recovery. I spent 38 years as an RN. I live outside El Dorado with my husband of 25 years, one dog and 2 cats. We have 7 children combined.