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I have practiced law for decades, and am the business manager at Ralls Law Firm, (my husband’s divorce and family law firm), but my passion has always been animals. I have been involved with shelter, adoption and rescue work since the late 1970’s. While I loved that work, it was frustrating because we were addressing the symptoms of the problem, not the cause.
I became involved with Michelle Rivera and Spay & Neuter Kansas City over ten years ago, when she worked on SNKC matters in her spare time – – before SNKC had any employees, before SNKC had a facility, before SNKC had much of anything except a vision and a dream.
I embraced that vision and dream of Michelle’s because, for the first time in twenty-five years of animal work, I found in SNKC a strategy that would get at the root cause of the problem. We hope that others will join us in support of SNKC, and our efforts to solve the pet overpopulation problem through affordable spay/neuter, and outreach to low-income pet owners, resulting in decreased euthanasia at area shelters.
I was raised in a trucking family and spent my whole life in transportation. My father started a truck line in the early 40’s with one truck. I was fortunate enough to have worked for him for quite a few years. When he died in a plane crash his two brothers wanted to sell and did so a few years later. I then started my own truck line with the inheritance I had received, and worked in that company until 1994 when I sold it.
I heard about SNKC and the way they targeted specific zip codes in poor areas. Since I was interested specifically in spaying and neutering animals, and the fact that SNKC was performing free or very cheap services in an obvious needy area, I was drawn to them.
I think anyone who cares about the plight of animals in the depressed areas can receive much satisfaction from supporting someone like SNKC. It is a very caring and devoted group of people who do so much good.
My hobby is daily walks with my wife and dogs and watching our fun group of cats
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.
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.
1116 E. 59th Street
(NE Corner 59th and Troost)
PO Box 410303
Kansas City, MO 64141
Spay & Neuter Clinics: Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday, Friday 7:30am-4:30pm
Walk-In Wellness /Vaccination Clinic: Friday: Clinic hours vary, See Calendar for dates/hours Every Saturday 9am-12pm