Lawrence Office

  • Mark Knackendoffel

    Mark Knackendoffel, J.D.

    President and CEO, Manhattan office

    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...

  • J. Michael Davies

    Senior Vice President and Trust Officer, Lawrence office

    We suspect Mike may have missed his calling as a professional athlete, but we’re glad he decided to become a lawyer and trust officer more than 30 years ago. He joined The Trust Company in 2015 to establish our Lawrence office.

  • Michael Carlisle

    Vice President and Trust Officer, Lawrence office

    Underneath Michael’s mild-mannered exterior lie a wry sense of humor and an admirable past as both a state record-holder in track and an Air Force officer with top-secret security clearance. His latest mission is to help establish The Trust Company’s third office, located in Lawrence, Kansas.

  • Jason Walker

    Jason Walker, CTFA

    Vice President & Trust Officer , Lawrence office

    Direct Line: 785.320.4297 LinkedIn: Jason Walker In 2015 Jason joined The Trust Company’s Lawrence team as Trust Officer and Relationship Manager. He was awarded the Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American...

  • Jennifer Mohney

    Jennifer Mohney

    Account Administrator, Lawrence office

    If there’s a mystery to be solved, look no further: this easy-going country girl is also a CSI aficionado. Jennifer’s sleuthing instinct is just one of the qualities that make her such a great Account Administrator for our Lawrence office.

Investment Management

  • Eli Sallman

    Eli Sallman, MBA, CFP®, CIMA®

    Vice President & Investment Officer - Portfolio Manager, Lawrence office

    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...

  • Toby Marks

    Toby Marks

    Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Manhattan office

    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.

Financial Planning

  • Katie Seay

    Katie Seay, CFP®, CTFA

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

    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...

  • Kristen Buchman

    Kristen Buchman, CFP®

    Associate Trust Officer & Financial Planner, Manhattan office

    A member of our growing financial planning team, Kristen graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning and a minor in Business Administration. In 2018 she was authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the...

  • Mackenzie Blakeslee

    Mackenzie Blakeslee

    Paraplanner, Manhattan office

    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’s pursuing her master’s degree while focusing her days on client service as a...

  • Samantha Varacalli

    Samantha Varacalli

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    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

    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

    Vice President, Operations Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Manhattan office

    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

    Operations and Network Administrator, Manhattan office

    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

    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

    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 as billing, setting up client accounts, and...


  • Laura Hovind

    Director of Marketing, Manhattan office

    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...