Mitch Williams was named president and CEO of KFSA in April, 2012. He has a long and successful career in cooperative and independent agribusiness management. His experience includes positions with Cargill, Inc., Koch Industries, Garden City Cooperative and Ag Partners Cooperative, Inc.
Williams was born in Montana and spent time in Missouri and Kansas before attending Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He serves on the board of directors for KS Cooperative Council, ProValue, LLC, AgServices, LLC and Triangle Insurance.
Mitch and his wife, Heidi, live in Hutchinson, KS, and have three adult children: Chelsey, Landry and Kenny. They also have two children at home: Barkley, and Naomi. In his spare time, Williams enjoys spending time with his family and following their activities. He also enjoys watching and participating in sporting events.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Anderson has been with KFSA since 1991, and currently services as Chief Operating Officer. Anderson spent 22 years serving in the Risk Management department of KFSA while also managing Ag Services, LLC, a safety and compliance organization that serves hundreds of locations in multiple states.
As Chief Operating Officer, Anderson oversees the operations of KFSA company-wide while providing strategic direction in operational processes and procedures.
Born in Abilene, Kan., he graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor's degree in management and business administration. Anderson holds professional designations from the Insurance Institute of America and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Anderson currently resides in Hutchinson with his family.
Chief Financial Officer
Shawnda Hembree was named Chief Financial Officer of KFSA in October 2018. Prior to the CFO position, Hembree spent 4 years as the Controller of the KFSA Accounting department. Her experience includes similar positions with Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Dillon Companies, Inc., Hugoton Energy Corporation and Pierce, Faris & Company Chartered.
As Chief Financial Officer, Hembree has the day-to-day responsibility of planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial related activities of the company and various other affiliated or contracted companies.
Hembree was born in Great Bend, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting and shortly after graduation she passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam. Hembree resides in Hutchinson with her family and in her spare time she enjoys following her children’s activities and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President, Sales
Lee J. Gleason was born and raised in Kinsley, Kan., where he grew up on his family's farm. After graduating from Hutchinson Community College and Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Okla., he became a manager for Winter Livestock in Dodge City and Turner Farms in Great Bend.
In 1997, Gleason became an independent insurance agent in Hutchinson, selling health and life insurance to farmers. He came to KFSA in 2002 as a commercial accounts manager, serving customers in northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado. When KFSA purchased Elliott Insurance Management in 2005, a downtown Hutchinson business, Gleason was chosen to head up Elliott as the general manager. Elliott provides auto, home, life, health and business and commercial insurance to people who live in the Hutchinson area, as well as farming operations in Colorado and northwest and northeast Kansas. He received his Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist designation in 2007.
Gleason is a member of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson AMBUCS and serves on the golf tournament board for the Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson (TECH), a nonprofit organization that serves the developmentally disabled. In addition, Gleason serves on the board of directors for Interfaith Housing and Kansas Association of Insurance Agents.
Gleason lives in Hutchinson with his wife, Lisa. Away from the office, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, tinkering with cars, working in his yard and spending time with friends.
Sara Kepley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice-President of Corporate and Professional Services
Sara Kepley has been a part of a KFSA affiliated company since October 2005. She first served as a Human Resources Specialist for the Human Resource Alliance, LLC (HRA). In 2007, HRA was merged in to ProValue, LLC and Kepley joined their team, serving as a Human Resource Consultant. For the past several years she has fulfilled the role of CEO at ProValue. In late 2018, she joined KFSA as the Vice-President of Corporate and Professional Services. She currently oversees group benefit sales and services, marketing and branding efforts, ProValue and the internal human resource and training efforts of KFSA. Additionally, Kepley will continue to work closely with cooperative board of directors providing CEO placement services.
Kepley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Development from Southwestern College, Winfield, KS. In 2006, she earned her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resource Certification Institute. She also holds a SHRM-SCP designation from the Society of Human Resource Management.
Sara is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (National and local) as well as the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. She is a certified Franklin Covey trainer in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers and The Five Choices of Productivity.