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Robin Jennison - General Manager

Robin Jennison, a native of Lane County, Kansas, took the helm of the Kansas State Fair in September 2018.

Jennison grew up on the family farm near Healy and attended Fort Hays State University. He is a former state lawmaker and Speaker of the Kansas House. He previously served as the Kansas Secretary of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Email: Robin.L.Jennison@ks.gov




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David Tobias - Operations/Human Resources Director

David Tobias joined the Fair in 2011 and has held several positions during his tenure, most recently Director of Operations and Human Resources. Tobias oversees operations and human resources, plus spends time working with the maintenance team on long-term strategic initiatives.

Tobias grew up on a farm near Lyons. He has a Bachelor of Crop Science degree from Fort Hays State University.


Email: David.Tobias@ks.gov

LaMonna Galyon - Admin Assistant & Entertainment

LaMonna Galyon serves as the General Manager's Administrative Assistant. She is also the Kansas State Fair Liaison to the Fair Board and the Entertainment Coordinator.

She and husband, Chris, have raised four children — Nicolle, Taylor, Riley and Cooper — in Sterling, Kansas where they reside.



Email: LaMonna.Galyon@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-6887

Janene Starks - Commercial Exhibits Coordinator

Janene Starks joined the Fair in 2017 and has been an integral part of the Commercial Exhibits Department. She is in charge of managing all of the Fair's commercial spaces and building, which includes more than 650 different vendors.


Email: Janene.K.Starks@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3612

Jacki Eckert - Education Manager

Jacki Eckert is responsible for the development and implementation of education programs for both children and adults. This includes managing the Fair's new Education Center and organizing field trips.

Education programs take place year-round on the Fairgrounds. Part of the Fair's education curriculum is on the importance of pollinators. Eckert has worked to create pollinator gardens across the Fairgrounds and recently helped the Fair become an official Monarch Watch Waystation.

Eckert attended Hutchinson Community College and the University of Kansas. She and her husband, Bret, have one son, Clay.


Email: Jacki.Eckert@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3607

Amy Bickel - Marketing Director/PIO

Amy Bickel, who has covered the Kansas State Fair for many years as a journalist for The Hutchinson News and, most recently, the High Plains Journal, is the Fair’s Director of Marketing. She oversees all marketing efforts, entertainment and ticketing, plus serves as the Fair's public information officer.

Bickel has an Agriculture Communications degree from Kansas State University. She and her husband, John, have three daughters — Brett, Kaci and Jordie.



Email: Amy.Bickel@ks.gov
Direct Line: 620-669-3624
Mobile: 620-860-9433

Jenn Galloway - Competitive Exhibits Director

Jenn Galloway is the Competitive Exhibits Director. She joined the Kansas State Fair 2014 and was most recently the Fair’s Livestock Coordinator. Galloway oversees all Kansas State Fair competitions, including livestock and creative and traditional competitions.



Email: Jenn.Galloway@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3623

Nicole Jaskoski: Creative/Traditional Competitions

Nicole Jaskoski, the Fair's Competitions Coordinator, relocated from Michigan and joined the Competitive Exhibits Department in 2011. She oversees the Fair's Traditional and Creative Competitions.


Email: Nicole.Jaskoski@ks.gov

Phone: 620-669-3621

Connie Schmitt - Industry Relations Director

Connie Schmitt is the Fair's Industry Relations and Development Director. She is responsible for increasing the Fair’s corporate sponsorship revenue and supervising the sales team. Schmitt also works directly with the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation to grow capital funds to meet the Fair's long-term goals.

Schmitt has been with the Fair since May 2007. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Fort Hays State University.


Schmitt and her husband, Tommy, have two children and several grandchildren.

Email: Connie.Schmitt@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3610

Marla Parsons - Sponsorship and Special Events

Marla Parsons joined the Fair team Sept. 1, 2018 as Sponsorship and Special Events Coordinator. She spent 27 years with Kwik Shop in numerous marketing and special assignment roles.

Parsons lives in Hutchinson. She and her husband, Troy, have two grown children.



Email: Marla.Parsons@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3613

Nathan McClanahan - Facility Rentals Coordinator

Nathan McClanahan joined the Fair in 2018. He graduated from Colby Community College with a degree in Hospitality Management. McClanahan oversees all Facility Rentals during the non-fair season. He also oversees special events during the Kansas State Fair.

McClanahan is a Salina native. He and his wife, Cecily, have one daughter, Berkley.


Phone: 620-669-3608
Email: Nathan.McClanahan@ks.gov

Susan Fullmer - Administrative/Non-Fair Assistant

Susan Fullmer is the first person patron's see at the Fair's Administration Building - greeting and helping people at the front desk. She also is the Fair's facility rental assistant.

Fullmer was born and raised in Hutchinson and has had a love for the Kansas State Fair her entire life.


Email: Susan.Fullmer@ks.gov

Phone: 620-669-3600

Denny Vick - Accounting Specialist

Denny Vick has been employed as the Accounting Specialist for the Kansas State Fair since 2006. His duties include accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll for Fair-time employees.

Denny is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He is a long time Hutchinson resident.


Email: Denny.Vick@ks.gov

Tim Herrman - Physical Plant Manager

Tim Herrman is the Fair's Physical Plant Manager. He oversees the maintenance staff and Fairgrounds projects.

Email: Tim.Herrman.ks.gov
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