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The Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of Kansas recently named three new officers to serve as Community Bank Presidents. 

Kelly Wood will serve as Community Bank President in Kingman.  Wood has been with CBK since 2015 (12/16/15) and his father and grandfather both worked for CBK predecessor First National Bank of Kansas.  Wood lives in Kingman with his wife, Andrea, and two children Laney and Dawson.  He currently serves as president of the Kingman Rotary and is a Board member with the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The new Community Bank President in El Dorado is Bert Anderson, where he held a similar role with Verus Bank prior to the recent merger with CBK.  Anderson has been in banking for 29 years, and for 14 years with Verus Bank.   Bert and his wife Jan live in El Dorado; they have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Finally, David Chappell has been chosen to serve as Community Bank President in Augusta.  He replaces Randy Craven who recently retired from the position.  Chappell has been in banking for 17 years and worked with Verus for 8 years.  In addition to banking, Chappell also has a small farming operating outside of Augusta.  Chappell and his wife Lynn live in Augusta with their children Brody and Bryson.

Citizens Bank of Kansas takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations.  CBK has banking facilities throughout south central Kansas, and has a strong tradition of community service.  Learn more at



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(Wichita, KS) – Bankers’ Bank of Kansas elected two new members to serve three-year terms for the Kansas bank-owned organization. Brian Chamberlin, President/CEO, Andover State Bank, Andover; and Michael Ewy, President/CEO, Community State Bank, Coffeyville. Three members were re-elected for their second three-year term: Robert Beymer, Chairman/CFO/Senior Trust Officer, The Kearny County Bank, Lakin; Mark Emley, Market President, Academy Bank, Overland Park; and Michael Scheopner, President/CEO, Landmark National Bank, Topeka. Calvin Coady, President/CEO, Bankers’ Bank of Kansas, Wichita was re-elected for a one-year term.

Mark Keeny, CEO, Citizens Bank of Kansas, Kingman, was elected BBOK’s Chairman of the Board and Lloyd Culbertson, President, First National Bank and Trust, Phillipsburg was named Vice Chairman of the Board.

Founded in 1988, Bankers’ Bank of Kansas offers correspondent banking services to more than 88% of Kansas banks. For more information on BBOK, visit



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After 11 years as President and 32 years with Citizens Bank of Kansas, Dennis Knackstedt is ready to retire -- at least as President.  On February 22, 2019, at the Bank’s Annual Meeting, Knackstedt took on the new title of Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor.  Knackstedt will remain on the Board of Directors for CBK.  “I can’t think of a better place to work than Citizens Bank of Kansas.  Ending my career here with this merger with Verus is really a great way to go out,” said Knackstedt.  He will continue to work full-time until summer, then assume his more flexible role.  “I’ll also spend some more time at the lake,” Knackstedt said.

Assuming the role of President is Kyle Russell, who has been president of Verus Bank since 2004.  “Kyle was our first choice to step into the presidency when Dennis shared his retirement plans a few years ago,” said Mark Keeny, CEO of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  Verus Bank became part of Citizens Bank of Kansas with its merger on January 2, 2019.   “I’m proud to become President of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  The opportunity to lead the combined $385 million bank is really an opportunity I never thought I’d have,” Russell said.   A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Russell has more than 30 years of banking experience.  Russell and his wife, Debbie, have been strong supporters of community activities since they moved to Derby in 1993, particularly supportive of the Derby school system even after their three children graduated. 

The merger of Citizens Bank of Kansas and Verus Bank represents a partnership of two strong, family-owned banks with a long history of community banking in south central Kansas.  “We have been in acquisition mode for five years,” said Keeny.  “It took the right bank with the right people and the right culture to make the merger a reality,” he said.  The combined entity will extend its geographic coverage to 10 full-service branches in six counties:  Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Reno, Kingman, and Barber.

Citizens Bank of Kansas takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations.  CBK has banking facilities throughout south central Kansas, and has a strong tradition of community service.  Learn more at



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Citizens Bank of Kansas to Provide Free Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Feb. 15, 2019 –Citizens Bank of Kansas (CBK) will, for the fourth year in a row, award eight scholarships to area sixth graders to experience a Cosmosphere aerospace camp this summer!

Scholarship winners will attend the Cosmosphere’s Mars Academy camp, a three-day overnight camp during which students build robotic sensor platforms to navigate a Martian landscape, construct a power grid, engineer and program robots, geocache to find their survival needs, and build a Martian habitat.

Available dates for the 2019 Mars Academy camp are June 7-9, June 21-23, June 28-30 (all girls camp), July 12-14, July 19-21, and July 26-28.

To be eligible, students must be entering sixth grade in the fall of 2019 and submit a 100 to 200 word original essay on “Why I want to attend Cosmosphere camp this summer.”  Parental consent is required and essay entries are due April 26. Those interested should email: [email protected] to request a copy of the contest rules and an entry form.  Entry forms and additional information can also be found at CBK branch locations in Augusta, Derby, East Wichita, El Dorado, Kingman, Medicine Lodge, Pretty Prairie, West Wichita and Winfield.

“We love the opportunity that the Cosmosphere camps provide to kids in our area,” said Jane Deterding, Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  “Our family has several camp graduates.  I can personally assure any parent that the stories they tell when they return home are priceless!  It’s a terrific opportunity and parents should encourage their child to participate in the essay contest.”  

About Citizens Bank of Kansas

Citizens Bank of Kansas, which has banking facilities throughout south-central Kansas, has a strong tradition of community service. CBK takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations. For more information, visit .

About The Cosmosphere

The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends; a newly renovated Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.  Visit  for more information.