Manhattan Office

Knackendoffel Team

  • 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...

  • Donna Rose

    Donna Rose

    Executive Assistant and Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4203
    An office whiz who relishes using her skills to keep all the wheels turning, Donna joined the Manhattan office of The Trust Company in 2014 as a member of Mark Knackendoffel’s team. “I take care of all the behind-the-scenes administration to help Mark work his magic for our clients and the rest...

Schotte/Carver/Mahmood Team

  • Preston Schotte

    Preston Schotte

    Vice President, Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4212
    The Trust Company welcomed Preston to the Manhattan office in 2018. He works with individuals, businesses and institutional clients to establish and execute wealth management plans.   Prior to joining The Trust Company, Preston was with NYLIFE Securities, LLC where he held Series 6 and Series 63...

  • Shelley Carver

    Shelley Carver

    Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4247
    Shelley joined The Trust Company in April 2021 as a Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor in our home office. In her most recent position, she served five years as a major gift Development Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences at the Kansas State University Foundation. Prior to that role,...

  • Summon Mahmood, JD

    Summon Mahmood, JD

    Associate Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4252
    Summon joined The Trust Company in 2021 upon receiving her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law (OCU). She brings five years of legal experience in estate and wealth transfer planning, family business and financial issues, and incapacity planning. During her first year of law...

  • Nellie Bucholtz

    Nellie Bucholtz

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4215
    An international woman of mystery, Nellie was raised in Ireland but spent a good bit of her business career in the Middle East before moving to Manhattan in 1988. She attended University College Cork and graduated from Skerry's Business College in Cork, Ireland. A stickler for grammar and a local...

  • Heather Culwell

    Heather Culwell

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4226
    A 2020 addition to our Manhattan staff, Heather’s responsibilities include client account setup and maintenance, trust and estate settlement, and overall support to the Schotte Client Service Team.

Wiley/Bachamp/Hunter Team

  • Doug Wiley

    Doug Wiley, CFP®

    Vice President and Trust Officer, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4207
    Doug has been with the Manhattan office of The Trust Company since 1994. He works directly with clients to create their investment portfolios and plan their financial strategies. Doug is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who specializes in charitable trust administration and charitable...

  • Cole Bachamp

    Cole Bachamp

    Assistant Vice President, Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4232
    Cole joined The Trust Company team in 2019 to serve in an advisory role to personal trust, investment management, and institutional clients.

  • Chris Hunter

    Chris Hunter

    Associate Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4249
    Prior to joining our team in early 2021 as Associate Trust Officer and Wealth Advisor, Chris served as Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager at UMB Bank in Manhattan. The financial services sector is a natural fit for Chris, whose father was a career banker back home in southeast Kansas...

  • Connie Kipp

    Connie Kipp

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4201
    Connie joined The Trust Company as an Account Administrator in 2021. As part of a Trust and Wealth Management Account Advisory Team, she is vital to the successful set-up and ongoing administration of client accounts. Connie most recently served as Senior Development Coordinator at the Kansas State...

Williams/Dixon Team

  • Lucy Williams

    Lucy Williams, CFP®

    Vice President and Trust Officer, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4216
    Lucy, a Penn State grad, is also a long-time Steelers fan who keeps a Terrible Towel in her glove box. Allegedly. Lucy joined The Trust Company after serving as a trust officer and manager of Commerce Trust Company. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who specializes in investment...

  • Emily Dixon

    Emily Dixon

    Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4238
    Emily joined The Trust Company’s Manhattan office as a Trust Officer and Wealth Advisor in March 2021.  She is a graduate of Kansas State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning.

  • Stacy Smith

    Stacy Smith

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4213
    A 2021 addition to our Manhattan team, Stacy brings a unique background in education to her role as Account Administrator, caring for client Wealth Management and Trust accounts.

Seay/Blakeslee/Terrill Team

  • 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...

  • Mackenzie Blakeslee

    Mackenzie Blakeslee, MS, CFP®

    Associate Director of Financial Planning & Associate Trust Officer, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4231
    The first of her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services and a Master of Science in Family Financial Planning, both from Kansas State University. Mackenzie joined The Trust Company in 2019 and earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL...

  • Kale Terrill

    Kale Terrill

    Associate Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4246
    Kale joined The Trust Company in April 2021 as Associate Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor. He’s originally from Smith Center, KS, where his father has spent his career in wealth advising and trust administration. “I have always looked up to my father’s ability to provide assistance and peace...

  • 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...

  • Amanda Riniker

    Amanda Riniker

    Account Administrator, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4239
    Amanda joined us with more than 10 years of experience in the financial sector. In her previous role she led the Client Service Team for more than 400 clients, ensuring consistent delivery of the highest standard of service. As an Account Administrator in The Trust Company’s Manhattan office, she...

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...

  • Grant Kohlmeier

    Grant Kohlmeier

    Associate Trading Analyst

    Direct Line: 785-320-4248
    As Associate Trading Analyst, Grant is the liaison between Investment Management, Operations and Account Administration. He is responsible for ensuring accuracy of trades and transfers and performing routine reviews to ensure client accounts remain properly allocated to their investment targets. In...

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...

  • Mackenzie Blakeslee

    Mackenzie Blakeslee, MS, CFP®

    Associate Director of Financial Planning & Associate Trust Officer, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4231
    The first of her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services and a Master of Science in Family Financial Planning, both from Kansas State University. Mackenzie joined The Trust Company in 2019 and earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL...

  • Tennille Lester

    Tennille Lester

    Associate Trust Officer & Financial Planner, 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...

  • Garrett Jackson

    Garrett Jackson

    Financial Planner, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4211
    Financial Planner Garrett Jackson is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Personal Financial Planning degree and minors in Business and Agricultural Economics. He spent two years interning with The Trust Company’s Financial Planning department before joining us full time upon graduation.

  • 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...

  • Jason Yoxall

    Jason Yoxall

    Direct Line: 785-320-4237
    As a Trust Officer & Wealth Advisor based in our Manhattan office, Jason is focused on our growing retirement plan and employee benefits services. Prior to joining The Trust Company in March 2021, Jason spent 15 years with DPI Benefits in Manhattan. There he developed expertise in individual...

  • 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...

Operations

  • 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...

  • Alison Champlin

    Alison Champlin

    Corporate 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Business Development

  • Ellen Knackendoffel

    Business Development Officer, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4251
    As the eldest child of The Trust Company’s founder and CEO Mark Knackendoffel, Ellen is honored to play a role in the future of the company she grew up with. As Business Development Officer, she is excited to further connect with the community she loves, and to engage with leaders in Manhattan as...

Marketing

  • 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...

Reception

  • Alana Hernandez

    Alana Hernandez

    Receptionist, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4224
    Alana joined our Manhattan reception team in February 2016. In addition to helping ensure that the office runs smoothly, she skillfully handles an array of administrative duties. Alana has 18 years of corporate property management experience, preceded by six years as a senior real estate loan...

  • Arika Ryan

    Arika Ryan

    Receptionist, Manhattan office

    Direct Line: 785-320-4200
    A 2018 addition to our Manhattan staff, Arika manages the reception area and performs administrative duties. She received a Bachelor of Science in Apparel & Textile Marketing from Kansas State University in 2005. Prior to joining The Trust Company, she held management positions at Gap, Inc. and...