2015 News Releases

Frankfort man appointed to Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees

Release Date: Apr 22, 2015

TOPEKA – (April 22, 2015) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced the appointment of Jay Kennedy of Frankfort to the Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees.

 Kennedy serves as president and CEO of First National Bank in Frankfort. He is also an agent and owner of First Frankfort Insurance. Kennedy is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Caring Communities Foundation, a newly formed extension of the Community HealthCare System based in Onaga. The organization was formed in December to secure high-quality community-based healthcare in the organization’s 10,000 square-mile service area.

 Kennedy has previously served as chairman of the board for the Community Bankers Association of Kansas, president of his local rotary club and a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Kansas. In addition, Kennedy has been a volunteer football coach at Frankfort High School since 2004.

 He is a 1994 graduate of Emporia State University and a 2014 graduate from Barret School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn.

 Schmidt appointed Kennedy to a three-year term on the board, which will expire in June 2018.


The Sunflower Foundation was formed in 2000 as part of a settlement between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the Kansas attorney general and the Kansas insurance commissioner. The foundation supports work to improve the health of Kansans through grant programs, awards and related activities. The nine-member Board of Trustees governs the foundation’s work and oversees the long-term goals of the foundation. Eight of the members are appointed by the attorney general, and one member is appointed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

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