Columbia Office

  • Polly Reynolds

    Polly Reynolds, CPA, CTFA

    Vice President and Trust Officer, Columbia office

    Direct Line: 573-876-7000
    Polly established The Trust Company’s Columbia office in 2012, serving as manager and priding herself on extremely close relationships with her clients. “The needs of our clients are my highest priority. We try to exceed expectations every day and contribute to our clients’ lives in ways that...

  • Tennille Lester

    Tennille Lester

    Associate Trust Officer, Columbia office

    Direct Line: 573-876-7000
    An only child from a no-stoplight town, Tennille learned the importance of connecting with people during her many years of playing travel softball. She brings her spirit of teamwork and can-do attitude to her work as Associate Trust Officer in The Trust Company’s Columbia, MO branch, where she...

  • Jenny Hayes, The Trust Company, Columbia MO

    Jenny Hayes

    Account Administrator, Columbia office

    Direct Line: 573-876-7000
    The Trust Company of Columbia welcomed Jenny to the team in late 2017. As Account Administrator, her primary responsibility is client care. That means she’s responsible for client account maintenance and setup, in addition to being the first point of contact for the office.      “The client...

  • Mark Knackendoffel

    Mark Knackendoffel, J.D.

    President and CEO, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4205
    Mark founded The Trust Company in 1992. He began his career in trust and investment management in 1983 after earning his juris doctor and MBA from the University of Kansas. He is also a graduate of Emporia State University with a bachelor’s in Public Administration and Economics. He formerly...

Investment Management

  • Toby Marks

    Toby Marks

    Vice President, Chief Systems Officer & Portfolio Manager, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4294
    Toby joined The Trust Company’s Investment Management team in 2018, after long and successful associations with American Century Investments and online advisory firm Financial Engines.

  • Eli Sallman

    Eli Sallman, MBA, CFP®, CIMA®

    Vice President & Investment Officer - Portfolio Manager, Lawrence office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4214
    As Portfolio Manager and a member of the Investment Committee, Eli has direct responsibility for asset allocation and fixed income strategies. His role in client service is to guide clients through the investment process and ensure that their long-term goals and risk tolerance remain in alignment...

Financial Planning

  • Katie Seay

    Katie Seay, CFP®, CTFA

    Vice President & Trust Officer - Director of Financial Planning, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4217
    Katie Seay (pronounced “See”) joined The Trust Company in 2012 as Director of Financial Planning and has earned the additional title of Vice President & Trust Officer. In her college days as a University of Georgia Bulldog, she “stumbled upon” the financial planning profession while searching...

  • Chris Klug

    Chris Klug

    Financial Planner, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4234
    A 2020 addition to our Financial Planning team, Chris is a second-generation Kansas State University alumnus with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning.

  • Mackenzie Blakeslee

    Mackenzie Blakeslee

    Financial Planner, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4231
    A Personal Financial Planning (PFP) course during the summer after Mackenzie’s sophomore year at K-State turned out to be a serendipitous encounter with her future career. In fact, she loved it so much that she decided to pursue her master’s degree while focusing her days on client service at The...

  • Samantha Varacalli

    Samantha Varacalli

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4229
    As Account Administrator on Katie Seay’s team, Samantha has responsibility for both administering client accounts and supporting The Trust Company’s financial planning division. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She already has a solid...

Retirement Plans

  • Todd Chyba

    Todd Chyba

    Vice President, Trust & Compliance Officer - Retirement Plan Specialist, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4221
    A friend in Manhattan told Scott City product Todd Chyba (“HIB-uh”) that The Trust Company was looking for someone just like him, which led him to join the company in 2011 as the compliance officer and retirement plan specialist. Of course, as a former K-Stater, and as the husband of a Manhattan...


  • Anne Lewis-Smith

    Anne Lewis-Smith

    Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4210
    Wichita native Anne Lewis-Smith has been with the Manhattan office of The Trust Company since 1998, and is in charge of all internal operations, providing the advisors, investment managers and support staff with the capacity to fully serve client needs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting...

  • Michelle Duggan

    Michelle Duggan

    Trust Operations Officer, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4202
    Michelle joined the Manhattan office of The Trust Company in 1992 and is the longest-serving employee, having worked with CEO Mark Knackendoffel since 1989 in a previous job. As part of the Operations Team, some of her responsibilities include transfers, daily account balancing and IT functions....

  • Tammy Wainwright

    Tammy Wainwright

    Operations Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4209
    A behind-the-scenes person on Anne Lewis-Smith’s team, Tammy relishes the role of providing support for front-line staff who work directly with clients. “Trust work is very personal and we have a lot of responsibility to our clients. My job is to make everything run as smoothly as possible for...

  • Alison Champlin

    Alison Champlin

    Operations Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4227
    A former Classy Cat, cosmetologist and third-grade entrepreneur, Alison joined the Manhattan office of The Trust Company in 2013 as a receptionist and moved to Anne Lewis-Smith’s operations team in 2014. Her duties include back-end client support such setting up client accounts, tax reporting and...

  • Lauren Goralczyk

    Lauren Goralczyk

    Operations Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4233
    Our Operations department in Manhattan welcomed Lauren as its fifth member in April 2020. Her duties include back-end client support such as client bill payment, setting up client accounts, and other administrative responsibilities. Lauren possesses a natural talent for math—a “numbers brain,” as...


  • Laura Hovind

    Director of Marketing, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4228
    A 2014 addition to The Trust Company, Laura considers herself a creative strategist. She is responsible for developing and executing marketing plans for all of our offices. “Working with such a wonderful, knowledgeable group of people makes it easy for me to spread the word about what makes The...