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Mid-Kansas Community Action Program

Board of Directors

Representing the Public Sector

Randy Dallke

Marion County Commissioner 

Wendy Simon

Secretary

Representative of the Board of Education

Phil Benedict

Chair

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 Triplett

Butler County

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 has a strong desire to serve his clients by helping them to attain security and financial freedom through making wise, educated and holistic decisions about their financial futures. He is licensed to sell insurance and annuity products in KS, MO, and OK, and is registered for securities in KS, MO, MS, OK, and TX.

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 Costello

Vice Chair

Sedgwick County

Representing the Low-Income Community 

Heather Rierson

Butler County

Linda Johnson

Treasurer
Butler County

Sandy DeWitt

Butler County