Our board of directors

Where would we be without them?


Mary vanier

Mary currently serves on the Board of Directors of the KSU Foundation, Chair of the Homecare and Hospice of Riley County Foundation, and serves as an advisor for Gamma Phi Beta at Kansas State University.

deb olson

Deb currently serves as the Alpha Delta Pi house mother at Kansas State University as well as serving with the Flint Hills Volunteer Center.

summer ott dierks

Seaton, Seaton & Dierks, L.L.P.

summer@mhkslaw.com 785-776-4788

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 harrell

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.

ariana coker

Ariana currently serves as a member on the Student Alumni Board, the Silver Key Secretary, and is currently the Pi Phi Vice President of Membership.