2020 Drive Chairs


The United Way of the Flint Hills is pleased to announce that BJ and Kristy Bayer have been named 2020 campaign co-chairs. In their leadership roles, the Bayers join with United Way staff, volunteers, and corporate and community partners to raise funds to improve the education, health, and financial stability of residents in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties.


Kristy Bayer is actively involved in community organizations such as Emporia Main Street, Rotary, and SOS Inc. and serves on several committees and boards. Recently, Kristy was named the 2020 Emporia Main Street Advocate of the Year. In addition, Kristy coaches youth soccer through the Emporia Recreation Commission. She has worked in intercollegiate athletics for 19 years, currently serving as Deputy Director of Athletics at Emporia State University, where she manages the internal and external operations of the ESU athletics department. Kristy serves on many committees at the national, conference, and university level.


BJ Bayer serves on the United Way board, is a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and serves SOS Inc. and ESU through committee work. BJ also coaches youth football through the Emporia Recreation Center. BJ recently served as an SOS Strong Ambassador, one of 16 men in the area hand-picked to promote SOS Inc. and raise funds for the agency. BJ has worked in the nuclear industry for 18 years, serving on several corporate and industry committees. He is employed by Evergy as the Plant Manager at Wolf Creek Station and is responsible for the safe and reliable operations of the facility in compliance with all regulations and requirements.


“BJ and I were honored to be called upon to serve as the United Way Campaign Co-Chairs”, said Kristy Bayer. “We have only lived in the Flint Hills area 3 years, but we feel like lifelong residents. We truly love this community. We know how important the United Way is to serving the needs of the Flint Hills. Because of COVID, our community has endured struggles, but we have also shown how resilient we are. Most importantly, we have shown grace and generosity with each other. We are looking forward to kicking off this campaign and assisting the United Way in making both a short term and long term impact on local residents and organizations.”

“The Flint Hills is lucky to have BJ and Kristy as leaders in our community,” stated Executive Director Mickey Edwards. “This year, more than ever, our community needs everyone to work together in response to the need for critical resources to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. United Way is proud to have the Bayers’ commitment and leadership to help us support the agencies that provide direct support to so many in need.”


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