Connecting people to hope

Taking Intentional Actions To Show Others We Care


Community Partners Since 1966

ECKAN is a proud member of the Community Action Network. Our mission is to build connections and provide program services in East Central Kansas by supporting the stability, health, and engagement of low-income individuals and families.

Our Mission

ECKAN builds connections and provides program services in East Central Kansas to support the stability, health, and engagement of low-income individuals and families.

Our Vision

Taking intentional actions to show others we care.

Our Core Values

•Collaboration   • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion   • Education   • Empathy   • Integrity   • Respect

Our History

On May 6, 1966, the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) was incorporated in the State of Kansas as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight poverty in East Central Kansas with federal support in the form of Community Service Block Grants (CSBG). ECKAN is one of more than 1,000 Community Action agencies born during the 1960’s federal War on Poverty to encourage local solutions.


improves heating and cooling efficiency and energy savings. ECKAN provides free weatherization services to low-income individuals, with priority given to people over 60, individuals with disabilities, and families with children in all service counties.

Housing Vouchers

offer rental assistance to low-income families. Tenants pay a portion of the rent, based on their income, and the remaining portion is paid by the program directly to the landlord.

Rental Housing

set aside for tenants helps people leave poverty behind forever. ECKAN owns and operates rental houses in several counties to provide affordable rental housing options.

Head Start

programs help prepare your child for lifelong success, right from the start. ECKAN offers free Head Start programs for low-income families with young children, from birth to age five.


assistance programs supplement your food budget with community resources. ECKAN works with local partners to offer food distributions and food pantries.

Case Management

programs help individuals and families become self-sufficient through coaching and budgeting assistance to help you reach your goals.

Community Centers

offer resources and connections to help you get back on your feet. ECKAN representatives work within community centers throughout East Central Kansas to meet people where they are to provide in-person assistance.


Today, ECKAN serves 16 East-Central Kansas counties with housing, Head Start, food, and essential needs to help uplift individuals and families out of poverty. It’s hope for the future.

Crystal Anderson

Crystal Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

(785) 242-7450 ext. 7600

Kenna Burns

HOUSIng Director

(785) 242-7450 ext. 7300

Clara Cox

Head Start Director

(785) 242-7450 ext. 7400

Lynnette Fields

Rental Housing Director

(785) 242-7450 ext. 7204

Jillian Oberly

Director of Finance

(785) 242-7450 ext. 7200

Leslie Scott

Human Resources Director

(785) 242-7450 ext. 7209

Korrie Snell

Director of CSBG Operations

(785) 242-7450 ext. 7206

Linda Wood


(785) 242-7450 ext. 7500

ECKAN Board of Trustees

Our work as a private, non-profit corporation is overseen by a 12-member, volunteer Governing Board of Directors. The members of the Board represent the communities we serve and are elected in three categories: Private Sector, Public Sector, and Low-Income Sector.

  • Cody Haddock, President
  • Amber Vogeler, Vice-President
  • Susie LeGault, Treasurer
  • Stephanie Coleman, Secretary
  • Dave Pracht
  • Jesse Mofle
  • Tom Hugunin
  • Roy Dunn
  • Wes Cole
  • Fred Diver
  • Ronald Carter
  • Caitlin Hayes
  • Felicia Miner, Head Start Representative to Board

Board meetings are held at the ECKAN Central Office, 1320 S. Ash, Ottawa, Kansas, the third Tuesday evening of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Join the Board

ECKAN’s volunteer Board of Trustees represent the communities we serve:

  • A low-income representative must be someone of the low-income population, employed by a company that provides services for the low-income population, or volunteers at an agency that provides services for the low-income population.
  • A private representative would include a person from business, industry, labor, religious groups, welfare, education, and other groups or interests in a community.
  • A public representative must be a publicly elected official or appointed by a publicly elected official.

If you or someone you know is interested, please complete the Potential ECKAN Board Member Questionnaire and return to ECKAN. For questions,  email

current board openings

  • 2 low-income representatives
  • 1 public representative

If you or someone you know is interested, please complete the Potential ECKAN Board Member Questionnaire and return to ECKAN. Please email us with any questions at

ECKAN Head Start Policy Council

3 to 5 Center-Based Representatives:

  • Emporia
    Brandi Snyder
  • Garnett
    Tabitha Chambers
  • Osawatomie
    Nikki Bastarache
    Christina Duncan (alternate)
  • Ottawa
    Haley Lobner
    Justin Putney (alternate)
  • Paola
    Alex Fortner
  • Lawrence

3 to 5 Home-Based Representation:

  • Osage (HS & EHS HB)
    Kayly Croucher

0 to 3 Childcare Partnership Representative:

  • Liaison to the Board from PC
    Felicia Miner (PC Chairmen)
  • Liaison from Board to PC
    Scott Jones (current HS Parent)
  • Community Representative
    Andrea Manes, Principal
    Swenson Early Childhood Learning Center
    Kathryn Stevenson, Attorney

0 to 3 Home Based-Representation:

  • [none]
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