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Staff

Your Clay County team  working to strengthen the relationships between our vibrant businesses and the citizens of Clay County as a whole. We work on behalf of our community businesses and organizations to promote ever-growing strength and unity.

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Natalie Muruato

Executive Director

Natalie Muruato is a rural leader by choice and entrepreneur at heart. She comes to Kansas from South Dakota, where she was dual-executive director over the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Group in a small community bordering the Missouri River. Natalie obtained her Basic Economic Development Certification in 2021. Prior, she was City Administrator for the City of Belfield, a small town in the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota. 


In 2017, Natalie graduated from the NDSU Rural Leadership program, setting out to make a difference in the communities she lived and worked. Later that year, Natalie was awarded the ND League of Cities Leadership Excellence Award. 


In 2004, Natalie moved to rural North Dakota from Las Vegas, Nevada. She and her husband owned several small businesses in North Dakota, including a restaurant, bowling alley, and construction company. Natalie attended Utah Valley University, Southern Nevada College, and Dickinson State University. She is a Business and Professional Women of Clay Center member and serves on the Clay Center Housing Authority board. 


Natalie believes it is her responsibility to leave the world a little better because she was there and enjoys helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams of starting a business.

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Kathryn Doster-Tipsword
Lead Event Coordinator, Administrator & Navigator 

Kathryn Doster is the Office Administrator and an Marketplace Insurance Navigator for Grow Clay County. She graduated from CCCHS in 2019 and went on to graduate from Kansas State University in 2023 earning a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences. Kathryn and her now husband, Deven, welcomed their first child, Colton James, in January 2023. They then tied the knot later that year in October. 

 

Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family and taking their fur babies on walks at the walking trails. She is excited to work for Grow Clay County and to watch this community GROW into its true beautiful self. 

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Sharon Evans

Finance Manager

Sharon Evans is the financial fairy of Grow Clay County and keeps the staff on their toes.  She joined the team after 43 years in the accounting department at Hutchinson/Mayrath and did a short accounting stent with the Clay Center Family Physicians in 1991.  Sharon and her husband, Ed, raised two beautiful children, Jared and Bethany, and have five grandchildren, Jasmyn, Jake, Aaron, Jillian, and Lane.

 

Sharon enjoys flower gardening, reading, and family traditions.  She is her grandchildren's biggest cheerleader in their favorite sports.

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Tracy Myers

Marketplace Navigator

Tracy is the Marketplace Insurance Navigator here at our Grow office. She offers FREE assistance to individuals and families that are in need of affordable health coverage that fit their needs. 

Tracy grew up in Wakefield, KS. She has held positions previously as an Accounting Assistant for Via Christie Hospital, as a Purchasing Agent for Hutchinson Mayrath, and as a Ford Waranty Clerk at Glavan Ford.

 

Tracy and her husband Milke have 4 children: Matt, Adam, Caitlee, and Jackson; Along with her 4 children, she has 6 grandchildren. Tracy enjoys reading mysteries, gardening, spending quality time with her children, and spoiling her grandchildren.  

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Austin Hittle

Administrator & Event Coordinator

Austin is our newest Administrator and Event Coordinator. She assists with administrator and event responsibilities.

 

Austin moved to Kansas in the summer of 2021 from Omaha, Nebraska. She has held positions previously as an RBT for Radical Minds in Omaha, Paraprofessional for USD 379, and as a Pod Assistant for Clay Center Family Physicians. She and her husband, Dustin, currently live in Morganville with their spunky and bubbly 7 year old daughter.

Office Hours and Location


517 Court Street, Clay Center,  KS 67432

785-632-5674

Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm


 

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