Our board of directors
Where would we be without them?
Mary Vanier graduated from Kansas State University in 1989 with a BS in Hotel & Restaurant Management. After an eight-year stint working in public relations and marketing at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Spring, Mary moved back to Manhattan to become President of Grand Mere Development. Grand Mere is the residential and commercial development on Manhattan’s west side which encompasses the Colbert Hills Golf Course.
Mary has been involved with numerous community and charitable efforts in and around Manhattan and KSU. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the KSU Foundation, is Chair of the Homecare and Hospice Foundation in Riley County, and serves as an advisor for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority at Kansas State University. It was through her sorority advising work that she became aware of and an advocate for Stand Up For Your Sister.
Deb grew up in the small town of Dwight, south of Manhattan. She spent three years at K-State, then became a full time wife and mother to four. She homeschooled her two youngest children, K-12. During that time, she also taught drawing and drama at a local music and arts academy in Olathe. Being a lifelong Wildcat fan, it seemed like coming home when she moved back to Manhattan after accepting a position as House Director at Alpha Delta Pi. Having dealt with severe depression while a student at K-State as well as her adult years and after hearing the SUFYS presentation, Deb knew that she wanted to be a part of such a life impacting organization.
summer ott dierks
Seaton, Seaton & Dierks, L.L.P.
Summer Ott Dierks is partner at the law firm Seaton, Seaton & Dierks, L. L. P. She was raised in Coffeyville, Kansas and attended Kansas State University from 2002-2005 obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism.
Before attending law school, Summer worked at the Kansas State University Foundation fundraising for the College of Agriculture from 2005-2007. She then worked at the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau as the Convention Sales Manager until 2010.
During law school, Summer clerked for the Honorable Judge Steve Leben at the Kansas Court of Appeals then clerked with the Kansas Attorney General in the Criminal Litigation Division. She was also licensed to practice law as a student in the Washburn University Law Clinic. She was awarded her Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law and thereafter sworn in under the Kansas Supreme Court and United States District Court, District of Kansas.
Summer has a general Practice with an emphasis in Family Law, Estate Planning, Contract Law, Property Law and Farm & Agricultural Law. Summer is also approved by the Kansas Supreme Court as a mediator in the areas of Core and Domestic.
Sylvia Harrel is a founding member of “Keep the Spark Alive” Foundation - an organization determined to prevent teen suicide by funding innovative programs and initiatives, supporting those left behind in the aftermath of suicide and continuing to honor the life of her son, Chad. Sylvia and her husband, Nathan, tragically lost their 17 year old son in June of 2017. In the aftermath, they were inundated with an outpouring of love and support from the community and vowed that they would fight to keep other families from enduring this horror.
Before losing Chad, Sylvia was a stay at home mom, actively involved in supporting the activities and schools that Chad and his sister, Melanie, were a part of. At Kansas State and prior to losing her brother, Melanie attended a SUFYS workshop at ADPi. She passionately felt that SUFYS would save lives. Sylvia agreed and joined the SUFYS board in January 2019.
Before staying home to raise her children, Sylvia had a successful career with Spring supporting and selling their date networking products. She is a cum laude graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance.
Hello! My name is Ariana Coker and I am currently a sophomore at Kansas State University. I am so excited to get to serve as Apparel and Donation Management team caption for Stand Up For your sister. I am from Shawnee, Kansas and am studying Life-Science Pre-Medicine and Gerontology with minors in Spanish and Leadership Studies. I hope to go to medical school and become a pediatric neurologist! I became involved in Stand Up For Your Sister at the beginning of Freshman year and have absolutely loved being a part of such an impactful organization. Through serving as the Marketing and Apparel and Donation Management team caption, I am able to directly help girls seek counseling without any financial burdens. I could not be prouder to be apart of this amazing work!