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I was raised by a single mother and grew up a maverick. I’ve built and sustained my career at Waddell & Reed Financial where I oversee business development, strategic planning and relationship management.
Animals have the ability to heal, love and change lives. I’ve seen it first hand. I grew up with animals in our house – always. I get to carry on that mission today through the outreach of SNKC. Not only is this organization changing the community, but it is a very close knit team; very familial.
When not working I spend time reading non-fiction and cooking. I subscribe to the philosophy of constant and never-ending improvement and I’m currently penning a book on the subject.
In addition, I love spending time with my wife, Jessica, and children, Jack and Avyn Marie.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
They said, “We are afraid.”
“Come to the edge,” he said.
They came. He pushed them.
And they flew.
~ Guillaume Apollinaire
I currently serve as Vice President, Human Resources at Medac Pharma, Inc. Before joining Medac Pharma, I was Sr. Vice President Global Human Resources at Celgene Corporation. I also spent 15 years at Marion Laboratories and its successor companies, where I progressed through human resources roles of increasing responsibility.
I joined Spay and Neuter Kansas City as part of the volunteer program in the spring of 2013. It quickly became apparent that the Spay and Neuter Kansas City commitment/mission in reducing the number of unwanted animals entering shelters, and providing homeless animals the chance to live happier, healthier, longer lives has made a positive difference for pets, their families and our community.
Volunteering at Spay and Neuter Kansas City provides an opportunity to join a solution-oriented team lending a hand in advancing the mission of responsible pet ownership and animal protection, as well as ensuring that all pet owners, regardless of economic capacity can afford to spay or neuter their pets.
I spend as much of my “off time” as possible with my husband Mel, our four children and seven grandchildren, and our two furry rescue kids – Murphy and Hogan.
I became involved in Animal Welfare nearly 20 years ago. I am an entrepreneur at heart and was so excited to use my business skills to help create an organization that is showing measurable
I became involved in Animal Welfare nearly 20 years ago. I am an entrepreneur at heart and was so excited to use my business skills to help create an organization that is showing measurable results in our community. I am inspired to come to work each day to lead our team to make a difference and to provide assistance to needy pets and the owners who love them.
I don’t measure success just by our numbers but more towards our team’s commitment to our core values. It is important that our team members leave at the end of the day feeling rewarded and accomplished. If they have given 100%, are inspired, given an opportunity to contribute and ultimately enjoy coming to work- success is inevitable.
I am married to my soul mate, have one son and 5 furry kids who I adore and enjoy spending time with. Other hobbies include outdoor activities, spending time with family and friends and storm chasing.
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
1116 E. 59th Street
(NE Corner 59th and Troost)
PO Box 410303
Kansas City, MO 64141