Bain named Haysville’s Citizen of the Year

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Haysville Citizen of the Year Jennifer Bain receives a plaque recognizing the honor from Mayor Russ Kessler. Bain was announced as Citizen of the Year at the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

HAYSVILLE – The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration always includes a special award – the Citizen of the Year.
This year’s Haysville’s Citizen of the Year is Jennifer Bain, who is in the middle of her first term on the USD 261 Haysville Board of Education.
“It’s such a kind honor that we recognize people who give their time and help better the community,” said Bain, a Haysville native.
Bain has been actively involved in the Haysville community. She is the vice president for the school board, and since 2017 has been on the Haysville PRIDE Committee, serving currently as secretary.
She coaches softball for the Haysville Activity Center and is a HAC event volunteer. She has spent seven years as a cheer coach for the Junior Colts cheer squad. Bain also is a board member for the YMCA South Branch and for Haysville Hope, and has volunteered and been a substitute teacher for many years for USD 261. She also coordinates a STEM expo for students.
She began giving back to the community while still in high school. Bain was part of the Campus High PRIDE organization.
“Campus PRIDE did a lot of things with Haysville PRIDE,” Bain recalled. She also went to Haysville PRIDE meetings with her grandmother.
Bain’s involvement with Haysville became more important when she and her husband, Geoff, were starting their family. With a special needs child, they were facing some challenges and in need of equipment that would make their lives easier. The community came through for them when they needed it.
“Haysville is pretty amazing,” Bain said. “I realized I needed to give back to Haysville.”
That help galvanized Bain’s desire to give back. She recognizes that it is a challenge to find time, especially for people who are busying growing their families.
“It’s hard to get involved,” she said.
But the more she did, the more she recruited friends to become involved as well.
Bain is employed as an engineer program manager at NetApp, a data management company based in San Jose, Calif., that has an office on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. Her company offers a week of volunteer time off each year, and that makes giving back to the community easier.
Bain and her husband have three children.