Geoff Hall grew up loving animals of every description from a very early age in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. His parents were exceptionally tolerant of Geoff's interest in keeping pets including snakes, rats, salamanders, frogs and anything else that could be quietly kept in his bedroom. This fascination of animals led him through a biology degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and then to his first job as a penguin keeper at the Baltimore Zoo. Geoff would go on to the National Aquarium in Baltimore before becoming the first executive director of the Red River Zoo in Fargo, North Dakota where he led the design and construction of the new zoo. His zoo career took him to The Phoenix Zoo, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and on to the Kansas City Zoo. Now Geoff leads Wayside Waifs, where he continues to connect people with animals to celebrate the joy animals bring into our lives. He and his wife, Michele, live in Missouri and share their home with many furry, feathery and scaly creatures.
Sarah Little grew up on a farm in Kirksville, MO where she fell in love with animals. She always helped take care of the animals, watched when a veterinarian would come and rescued those that needed help. At a young age she knew that helping animals was something she needed to do in life. She attended Missouri Western State College and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. After coming to Wayside in 2007, she has furthered the humane treatment of animals, both canine and feline. She oversees the Vet Clinic, Admissions, Foster Program, Behavior Team and Rescue Team. She’s built relationships with more than 30 transfer partners, along with the ASPCA and HSUS, to save the animals’ lives. Sarah is FEMA certified and has assisted the Rescue Team during rescues after the Joplin tornado hit, at the Caboodle Cat Ranch in Florida, the Midwest Dog Fighting investigation and more. She is a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. Sarah has four children - her two-legged son and daughter and her four-legged kids, Ginny and Caspian.
Robin Rowland’s love of animals can be traced back to her childhood days growing up on her family’s small horse ranch in Lee’s Summit, MO. Although she left the ranch for suburbia many years ago, she believes her work at Wayside Waifs leading the fundraising, marketing, communications, and humane education programs allows her to make a larger impact on the lives of animals throughout the region. Prior to joining the Wayside Waifs’ team, she worked six years at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City and three years at Avila University, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Master of Arts in Management, with an Emphasis in Fundraising, from Avila University. Robin is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a certification held by only two percent of fundraisers worldwide. She has two adopted dogs, Alfie and Bill Bates, that keep her laughing every day.
Barry Baranowski’s passion for animals started with his family’s pets while growing up in Michigan. As a student at Michigan State University he volunteered at a local animal shelter. After graduation from MSU, Barry began his career with Hallmark Cards, Inc. which eventually led him to their headquarters here in Kansas City. During his 34 year career with Hallmark, he focused on customer service in Gold Crown stores. After retiring from Hallmark, Barry devoted a significant portion of his time to volunteering at Wayside Waifs, primarily as a Humane Education Instructor in which he attended schools and functions with his dog Barney to teach groups about animals. After 18 months of volunteering he was hired as the Director of Shelter Services at Wayside. Barry and his wife, Lauri, currently have three adopted dogs, Happy (who joins them on their outdoor adventures), Maybelline (who prefers to guard the house) and Barney (who has retired from giving presentations to school kids). They also have numerous “grand” dogs and cats that visit frequently.
Kathryn Mahoney is a native Texan born and raised in Houston. She’s always loved animals and has had a menagerie of pets throughout her life. She remembers Teddy and Winnie, both Dachshunds, and Cotton Candy, a Palomino, very fondly. Kathryn attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and received a degree in Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining the Wayside Village, she had ten years of non-profit accounting experience, seven of which were earned as the Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Houston SPCA, the oldest and largest animal shelter in the Gulf Coast. She holds a CAWA certification and currently serves as Treasurer on the SAWA board. Kathryn now resides in Missouri with her husband, two human children and two four-legged children, Bailey and Louie.
Andrew Starr had an orange tabby growing up and since then has had three more, one of whom Stacy lives with him and his wife and toddler. As Executive Assistant, Andrew assists Geoff Hall and Robin Rowland as well as the Board of Directors. Within the Donor Relations and Communications Department, Andrew helps with Fur Ball, Planned Giving and other areas. Andrew has a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Georgia School of Law.