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About SKT Serving You Since 1940

Headquartered in Clearwater, Kansas, Southern Kansas Telephone Company, Inc., (SKT) was founded in 1940, and has been owned and operated by the Mikesell family from its beginning. We provide a sophisticated blend of Internet, live TV streaming, phone, and security services to more than 5,000 customers across seven counties in south central and southeast Kansas. 

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SKT Leadership Donna Van Allen

Donna Van Allen

Director of Operations

Donna Van Allen

Director of Operations
  • Serving SKT Since: 2001

  • Favorite TV Show: Homicide Hunter with Detective Joe Kenda

“I love serving other rural Kansans. I truly understand how important it is to have technology available in rural areas, and I am very proud to work for a company that is dedicated to bringing services to rural families.”

Fun Fact #1:

In my spare time, I love to cook and spend time with family. My perfect day is getting up early, starting my pellet smoker, and fixing a great meal for my husband and kids. My love language is food!

Fun Fact #2:

Before working at SKT, I worked with my husband on our family farm, and sometimes ran tractors and combines. It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed every minute. I still love spending time outdoors at our farm.

Fun Fact #3:

One of my first jobs was as a receptionist for a video production studio that made television commercials. I met some interesting people, even a few stars, but my favorite day at work there was when I was asked to babysit 12 puppies who were going to be in a commercial. Yes, I was paid to play with puppies!

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SKT Leadership Lonnie Stieben

Lonnie Stieben

Economic & Community Development Manager

Lonnie Stieben

Economic & Community Development Manager
  • Serving SKT Since: 2002

  • Favorite Movie: Dances with Wolves

“I enjoy working with the entire family of SKT employees and our owners. I also enjoy being able to work with the community leaders and volunteers in the various communities we serve. This work often extends into working with various regional and state partners.”

Fun Fact #1:

In the fall and winter months, I am an avid football and basketball fan. I also enjoy attending the various activities of our grandchildren.

Fun Fact #2:

I am passionate about helping back on the family farm and especially at harvest time, having participated in about every wheat harvest since I was old enough to help out.

Fun Fact #3:

In grade school and high school, I loved playing baseball, basketball, football, and track. One of my biggest regrets is not taking music more seriously, though. Looking back, I would trade some of that sports involvement for being great at a musical instrument any day!

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SKT Leadership Jason Gibbs

Jason Gibbs

Network Operations Manager

Jason Gibbs

Network Operations Manager
  • Serving SKT Since: 1995

  • Favorite TV Show: MASH

“The favorite part of my job is figuring out how new electronics work and implementing them into SKT's network. I have had countless fun experiences while working at SKT, but most of those experiences revolve around project work. At times, some of the projects can be stressful, but it is really great to see all departments come together to achieve a common goal. The people at SKT are a pleasure to work with.”

Fun Fact #1:

I like hunting, non-competitive trap shooting, going to the lake, golfing, watching my kids’ sporting events, growing a garden and cooking.

Fun Fact #2:

My wife and I have been married since 1995, and we have four kids.

Fun Fact #3:

I grew up on a farm near Jetmore, Kansas. I don’t remember not doing some sort of farming until moving away to work in communications. When I was in eighth grade, my Dad and I started a custom swathing and bailing business called G&G Swathing. He continues to run the business. Other than working for SKT and raising a family, working on the farm was one of my favorite periods of time.

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SKT Leadership Todd Dannenberg

Todd Dannenberg

Service & Plant Manager

Todd Dannenberg

Service & Plant Manager
  • Serving SKT Since: 2007

  • Favorite Movie: Tombstone

“The people are what I like most about working at SKT. When our employees aren’t busy serving the needs of our customers, they are selflessly committed to volunteering in their communities. Many of them serve on school boards, city councils, site councils, booster clubs, EMS/fire departments, or coach youth sports. I like that SKT is a local provider whose employees are dedicated to their communities.”

Fun Fact #1:

I enjoy spending time traveling with my family and attending concerts as often as possible.

Fun Fact #2:

I’m passionate about being involved with my children through their school activities and sports.

Fun Fact #3:

My first “real” job was working for my grandmother, who was the Dietary Manager at a nursing home, where I served food and washed dishes. I also trained the girl who, several years later, would become my high school sweetheart and future wife.

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SKT Leadership Jill McMillan

Jill McMillan

Customer Service Manager

Jill McMillan

Customer Service Manager
  • Serving SKT Since: 1997

  • Favorite Show: Dateline

"SKT is a small family-owned company. I like that all employees know each other and consider everyone to be a friend."

Fun Fact #1:

I enjoy traveling. I tend to make wrong turns and get lost, but those are the best trips – discovering something or somewhere new.

Fun Fact #2:

I love time with family: my daughter, niece, nephews, and brothers. We are all extremely competitive. That’s why – whether it’s playing sports, backyard games, or cards – we always start with hugs and I love you. And after that, it’s game on. I wouldn’t trade my time with them for anything.

Fun Fact #3:

People may be surprised to know that SKT is my first job. I’ve been here since 1997. I love the constant changes in technology and the challenges of putting together new products or software. I still learn something new every day.

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SKT Leadership Megan Harper

Megan Harper

Marketing Coordinator

Megan Harper

Marketing Coordinator
  • Serving SKT Since: 2018

  • Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones

“SKT is a family-owned business, and those family values are a key part of our culture in the way we treat our employees and our customers. I grew up in Clearwater, where SKT is based, so it's meaningful for me to return and use my skill set to make a difference here. Because we're local, we're invested — both as a company and as individuals — in providing friendly, hometown customer service to connect rural Kansans to the world.”

Fun Fact #1:

My first concert was NSYNC, and I’m not ashamed to say that I was your typical JT-loving fangirl. I don’t care what you say, those guys were dreamy. I’ve been hooked on live music ever since, but my tastes have definitely evolved and diversified. I’m currently playing the Avett Brothers, MAGIC!, Cardi B, and Meghan Trainor on repeat.

Fun Fact #2:

You might be surprised to know that I try to avoid gas stations when it rains. On a rainy day, I slipped and fell after walking out of a gas station. When I say slipped, I mean that I completely wiped out with two entire cups of piping hot coffee splashing down on me. It was ugly. As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, NOBODY cared. They literally avoided me like a fresh piece of gum on the sidewalk. So now, rain and gas stations…no thanks, I’d rather Uber.

Fun Fact #3:

As a teenager, I worked in my grandpa’s insurance agency office. Despite the hours of my life I can’t get back from tearing off the sides of dot matrix printer paper, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. He was the best. And if you were born in the 90s or later, feel free to ask Siri about dot matrix printers and be thankful we’ve moved on.

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