SEK Foundation Announces New Director

Devin Gorman. Submitted photo.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is Pleased to Announce Devin Gorman as New Executive Director

Following the recent retirement of Kit Parks, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is pleased to announce the hiring of Devin Gorman as the new Executive Director, effective August 16, 2021.

Devin comes to the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK), and affiliates Fort Scott Area Community Foundation and Girard Area Community Foundation, with a wealth of experience and a unique skill set.

As a southeast Kansas native, Devin earned both Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Pittsburg State University. The majority of Devin’s career has been in nonprofit work in the southeast Kansas area. Most recently he held the position of Executive Director of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Devin has shown he is engaged and committed to SEK through a variety of volunteer roles and positions locally, regionally, and at the state level. He has served as president of Pittsburg Area Young Professionals, president of the Pittsburg Public Library Board of Trustees, treasurer for the Mount Carmel Foundation, vice-president of the SEK Tourism Region, and spent six years on the Mosaic Foundation’s National Board of Directors.

When asked about his new position, Devin stated “The CFSEK has a tremendous legacy of supporting our community, and I truly appreciate the board for providing me with the opportunity to lead such a great organization and team. I am excited to build upon that legacy and to grow the resources the Community Foundation provides back to the citizens of southeast Kansas. I look forward to collaborating with so many great individuals and organizations that work each day to enhance our community.”

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is a local public charitable foundation which awarded $1.9 million in grants from all foundation funds in 2020 and has facilitated $16.9 million in grants since its inception in 2001. The Community Foundation serves the region by providing donors with a wide variety of charitable interests and encouraging charitable giving which addresses present and future needs in our area, and recently surpassed $53 million in fund assets.

Connie Kays, CFSEK Board of Trustees President, shared this statement “The Foundation Board of Directors and staff are pleased to welcome Devin Gorman to the CFSEK team. He comes to the Executive Director position with the education, experience, skills, and passion to do the work of ‘benefiting the common good and quality of life’ in SEK. We have no doubt Devin is a great fit to assist CFSEK in our mission to serve our community.”

Devin will join Community Foundation staff Kim Lynch, Office Administrator, Joshua McCloud, Donor Relations & Community Outreach, and Sherri Stephens, Program Coordinator.

Devin resides in Pittsburg with his wife Misty and son, Finn.

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