Joan Vitt, Executive Director
Joan was born in Hutchinson, KS and raised in Independence, Kansas. After graduating from Independence High School she immediately left to work at Yellowstone National Park for two years. She came back to Southeast Kansas and attended Independence Community College and Pitt State, but the yearning for travel pressed on. Joan worked in the hospitality field for Sheraton Hotels and for a private investor building new hotels in the Southwest part of the US. An opportunity became available to move back to Southeast Kansas when she read a nonprofit shelter in Parsons, Kansas was seeking an Executive Director. She got the position and promptly moved from Dallas, Texas to Parsons to run the Youth Crisis Shelter. After 12 years it was time to open a new chapter. Joan took a position with a biometrics company, AFIX Technologies, as the Director of Marketing and within 5 years she was appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of President and CEO, a position she held for 15 years. That position helped quench her thirst for travel; Joan had the chance to see all 50 states and 14 countries.
Ms. Vitt is a current Trustee for the local Elks Lodge #527, as well as a member of its House, Veterans and St Patrick’s Day committees. She is also a past president of the Parsons Chamber of Commerce. Joan enjoys gardening, cooking all types of cuisine, listening to live music and of course traveling! She shares her time with her partner, Brian Collins, her son Dylan Vitt and his partner Krista Jackson. She is also excitedly awaiting the arrival of her first grandbaby in February 2019!
Anne Allen, Co-director until retirement December of 2018
Anne Allen has been the Parsons Area Community Foundation’s executive director since 2007. Anne grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas. She spent a 5th year in a post graduate program at UCLA for elementary education, and in 2002 received a Masters Degree in reading from California State University, San Bernardino.Anne met her husband, Doug, an attorney, while at UCLA. They lived in Upland, CA until 2004 when they moved to Parsons. They are proud parents of four sons and grandparents to three granddaughters. She is active in the First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Parsons Senior Center Board, and a member of PEO Chapter JE. Since moving to Kansas, golf has become a passion along with playing bridge. She also enjoys reading and travel.
Regarding the community foundation: “I am committed to the mission of the foundation and am awed by the good it has already accomplished, and its tremendous potential for the future of this area.”