Southwest Kansas

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Communities in Schools of Mid-America at Southwest Kansas currently provides services at Garden City High School, Garden City AEC, Liberal High School, Ashland Jr./Sr. High School and Dodge City High SchoolKnoll bwKnoll bw

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Cathy McKinley
Affiliate Director
C 620-805-9800

A native Kansan, Cathy Versch McKinley moved to Garden City in 2004 after living out of state for 22 years. She has more than 10 years’ experience in higher education and grant and non-profit management. McKinley managed adult basic education, youth services for students in grades 6 through 12, English as Second Language, refugee relocation and integration, and continuing education programs in eight years of service at Garden City Community College. McKinley’s passions are children and education.

McKinley’s work experience also includes economic development and downtown revitalization, strategic planning, human resource management, public relations and marketing, public affairs, event planning, fundraising and publishing.

McKinley is a graduate of the Leadership Kansas class of 2011 and has served numerous community organizations including Finney Co. United Way, Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce,  Garden City Downtown Vision, Finney Co. Humane Society, Kansas Society of Human Resource Managers Assn. and the Garden City Family YMCA. McKinley currently serves on the Finney County Convention & Visitors Board of Director and served 7 years on the Economic Development Board and 8 years on the Lee Richardson Zoo Advisory Board.

McKinley has a Master’s in Business Administration from Friends University and a Bachelor of Art’s degree in communications from Washburn University. She has three children: Billy, 30; Paige, 18 and Mitchell, 17. She also has two grandchildren: Skye, 7 and Gregory, 4.


Communities In Schools of Southwest Kansas is a member of the following:

  • Garden City Chamber of Commerce
  • Dodge City Chamber of Commerce
  • Liberal Chamber of Commerce
  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce