Current Members


Chris Turpin, Garden City Community College

Chris grew up in southwest Kansas, graduating from Scott City High School. After 15 years studying and teaching at Kansas State University, he moved back to Garden City with his family in 2015. In addition to teaching English at Garden City Community College, Chris also operates Flint Hills Laser Studio out of his garage, making laser-engraved gifts and other items.

Vice President

Kyle Sexson, Great Plains Cattle Company

Kyle was born and raised in Garden City, and received a degree in Information, Networking, and Telecommunications from FHSU.  He returned in 2010, working for Paraclete Computers in downtown Garden City. He now works as an IT Network Administrator for Green Plains Cattle Company.


Emily Sexson, Lee Richardson Zoo

Emily grew up in Garden City, and received a degree in Commercial Graphics from Pittsburg State University. She currently works as the Communication Specialist for the Lee Richardson Zoo.


Yuriy Drubinskiy, Garden City High School

Yuriy grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went to college in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After getting a degree in Economics and Journalism he decided to go back to school to get his teaching certificate. He currently teaches math, engineering, and robotics at Garden City High School. Yuriy is also a sponsor for the Buff Robotics after school program, which gives students the opportunity to build and compete robots and work with other technology.

Members at Large

Shannon Dick, Finney County Economic Development

Shannon grew up in Garden City working at Herb's Carryout and as a field scout for crop consulting in high school. He graduated from GCCC and Kansas State University then worked for a statistical software company in Tulsa before returning to Garden City to raise his family and start a statistical consulting business.  In addition to statistical consulting, Shannon works for Finney County Economic Development as a strategic analyst and serves on the board of directors for LiveWell Finney County.  

Sam Hands, Triangle H Farms

Sam Hands graduated from Garden City High School in 1966 and Kansas State University in 1970.  After returning from the military, he joined the family operation of Triangle H Grain & Cattle Co.

Alfredo Galvan, State of Kansas

Alfredo graduated from GCHS and from GCCC. He has his Associates in Computer Information Systems and now works as an IT Operations II for the State of Kansas

Previous Members

Dave Germann, Germann Custom Homes

Vicki Germann

Justin Donecker, Engineered Truss Systems, Inc.

Susan Escareno

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