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Community Foundation Has Momentum Under New Leadership

Posted 7/13/2017

JALAYNA Carmichael is the new executive director for the Halstead Community Foundation. JALAYNA Carmichael is the new executive director for the Halstead Community Foundation. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—The Halstead Community Foundation didn’t have to search far to find its new executive director. One of its board members, Jalayna Carmichael, has stepped up to fill the roll.

When the executive director position opened up this spring, Carmichael decided it was something she would enjoy after talks with the previous director, Mary Kay Bean. Carmichael took over the position on June 1.

She said the main difference between being a board member and executive director is that she no longer votes. She’s also taken on more communication responsibilities as the liaison between the Halstead Community Foundation and its affiliate, the Central Kansas Community Foundation.

Carmichael became a board member for the foundation last December after hearing about its project with the new community center and decided she wanted to be a part of that.

“I had seen the article in the paper when they got the church building uptown, the community center, and just thought it would be kind of cool to be in on that,” she said.

Right now the community foundation has taken a backseat with the community center as the city works to repair and renovate it.

Until hearing about the foundation’s community center project, Carmichael said she hadn’t even known Halstead had a community foundation, and she believes there are other residents who may not realize it either.

“That’s kind of our big push right now is to just really get the word out, because I think there is a huge amount of people that don’t really know a lot about it,” Carmichael said.

The Halstead Community Foundation was founded in 2010 to assist in providing resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs in the community. Its mission is to enhance the quality of educational, cultural, civic and economic life in Halstead by enabling donors to fulfill their charitable interests.

One way Carmichael is trying to expand the foundation’s reach is through a social media page she recently created for it.


The foundation also has two new board members bringing fresh perspectives, Dan Evans and Cory Harrington. Carmichael said their most recent board meetings have had a different feel to them.


“I think we have a lot of momentum,” she said.


Upcoming plans for the foundation include having a presence at the Halstead High School alumni reunion on Aug. 12. That weekend during Old Settlers it will also announce its grant recipients.


The foundation is also excited for its two new funds: a USD 440 scholarship fund and an endowment fund.


She added that the foundation is looking to boost its involvement in the community. If any clubs or groups are looking for a guest speaker, the foundation would be happy to come give a presentation, she said.


“We want to get more stuff going with the community, more events and that sort of thing,” she said.


Carmichael is originally from Colwich but is married to Halstead native Korey Carmichael. Together they have three sons. Prior to taking on the executive director role, Carmichael was a pediatric nurse at St. Francis. Now she is just there as a PRN when needed.