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Stephen Adams

Quality Assurance Coordinator

A graduate from the University of Kansas with degrees in Classical Antiquities and Classical Linguistics, Stephen spent years managing a paint store before finding a new home with Validity Screening Solutions in January 2016. When Stephen isn’t at work, he’s most often at home attempting to convince his wife to allow him to buy a new guitar, amp, or other musical gadget. When he isn’t working on music, he enjoys filling his free time with books, computers, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Expertise

  • Quality Assurance,
  • Support,
  • Verifications

Heather Anderson

Client Relations Specialist

Heather is a proud red-head. She's also originally from Palmdale, CA, which is in the desert and also home to Afroman. She has lived in the Johnson County area since the end of 1995 and is proud to call KC her home. Heather has a spunky seven year old daughter named Autumn who inspires her to do her best every day. Heather is a huge baseball fan and always looks forward to another season for the Kansas City Royals. She's a lover of the outdoors and live music and has even traveled to several different states to attend concerts and music festivals. Her favorite would be when she saw The String Cheese Incident at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Customer Service,
  • Employment Screening

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Becky Barnett

Executive Administrative Assistant

Born in Kansas City and raised in Basehor, KS, Becky spent a lot of her childhood playing sports and hanging with the neighborhood kids. She loves a good game of kickball and building forts in the woods behind her neighbor’s house. She spent the dog days of her youth with her three siblings and attended a Catholic grade school, later graduating from Basehor-Linwood High School. From there, she attended a community college and later went on to K-State University. Becky gave birth to her amazing daughter in 1995 and states that she is the best thing that has ever happened to her. Now that she’s out of the house and attending the University of Kansas, Becky enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband, and meeting up with her girlfriends. She has a passion for helping teens and single mothers and would love the opportunity to help counsel teenage children and young adults.

Expertise

  • Administrative,
  • Volunteering

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Audra Becker

Client Onboarding Specialist

Audra has a bubbly personality and loves living in a big city, however she is a small town girl at heart. Originating from Lansing Kansas, she relocated to the Overland Park area in 2013. She is a mother of two beautiful boys named Lincoln and Troy. Most of her time is taken up caring for her young children, but she loves spending the free time she has creating new crafts to make her house a home. Audra is an expert on preventative holistic medicine, specializing in her knowledge of essential oils instilled in her by her mother. She is definitely a people person, so expect hugs the first time you meet her.

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Customer Service,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support,
  • Volunteer Screening

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Amy Benz

Director - Investigations

Amy would like to live in a world where MTV actually played music videos, people didn’t rely on GPS so much while driving, no one drove slow in the fast lane, and Harland Coben or Gillian Flynn always had a new novel out for her to read. Basically what it boils down to is, Amy wants the 90s to come back or she wants to live in Portland… but no judgment from us. She was born and raised in the Kansas City, MO area and loves the seasonal changes that living in the Midwest brings (most likely because it doesn’t get her sick like it does for the rest of us). She received a degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Missouri – Kansas City where her favorite class was the study of serial killers and what made them tick – again, no judgment. When Amy is not putting her investigative skills to use combatting evil, she is passionate about volunteering with youth mentoring groups (GOTR, Tiger Buddies, and Girl Talk to name a few). Above all else, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, welcoming the adventures their lives together bring.

Expertise

  • Investigations,
  • Leadership

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Leslie Bergman

Graphic Design Coordinator

Leslie is originally from Des Moines and graduated from Iowa State in 2010 with a degree in Apparel Merchandising. She moved to Kansas City at the end of 2014 with her husband, James, and their two pets - a cat, BK, and bunny, Harvey. She loves all animals and is passionate about leading a vegan lifestyle. She has been bitten by the travel bug, and before moving, was able to go on an eight-country European excursion (it’s okay to be jealous). Kayaking the Adriatic Sea, touring the historic sites of Ephesus, Turkey, and eating carbs all over Italy are some of the top highlights from the trip. Next up on her list? Rabbit Island in Japan. Some other favorite activities include baking, eating giant bowls of mashed potatoes, and blasting (this may be an understatement, she cranks the volume to 11) Missy Elliott in her Prius.

Expertise

  • Business Development,
  • Design,
  • Marketing

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Jacob Bojanski

Client Relations Specialist

Jacob was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He's a graduate of Creighton University and holds a bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations that he earned in 2014. Prior to working at Validity, Jacob worked as a Transportation Manager in Omaha. He moved to Kansas City with his wife, Hope, in 2016 for a great career opportunity for her. Jacob says that the move turned into an amazing career opportunity for him as well (aww shucks).

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Customer Service,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Hannah Boldry

Product Specialist

Born and raised in Shawnee, Kansas, Hannah is a graduate of Pittsburg State University. She earned her degree in Technology with emphasis in Graphics Management in 2016. She's a self-described overly proud dog mom to a German Shepard/Husky mix named Nala. Hannah is all about the outdoors. She loves the mountains and takes an adventure whenever she can. She's a die-hard Corn Husker fan and still finds room to fit in her obsession with the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs.

Expertise

  • Product Development,
  • Software,
  • Technology Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Tammy Bradley

Research Specialist

Tammy was born and raised in Seneca, a small town in northeast Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. Tammy has been married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years and they have four children--two girls and two boys ranging in age from 12 to 26. They also have two grandsons and enjoy every minute of spoiling time they share with them.

Tammy has many interests, including baking, gardening, reading as many books as she can, college football, and professional baseball. She does not brake for yard sales, but would stop for peanut butter and/or margaritas. Tammy's biggest claim to fame is that she once put out a fire with her bare hands.

Expertise

  • Research,
  • Student Screening

Scott Burroughs

Director - Compliance

Scott is our Director of Compliance (he’s the guy that will talk to our lawyers, that should be enough of a description of the title). Scott grew up in Southern Illinois, graduating from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a B.S. in Business Administration with an HR emphasis. However, what you’ll be interested to learn is that Scott is practically an amateur meteorologist. He has a great interest in earth/space events (earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, solar flares, that weird thing that Uranus and Neptune do when they switch places, etc.). Scott’s wife and daughters fill their downtime with community outreach programs and spending times with friends.

Expertise

  • Compliance,
  • Leadership,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Rebecca Cowley

Account Executive

Rebecca, or "Becca," grew up in Missouri’s state capitol, Jefferson City. She graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS with a degree in Mass Communications. Becca is a proud cat mom to Gouda, and will be the first to clarify that being a ‘cat lady’ is actually cool. Cheese pairs well with wine, (hence her cats' name)— Becca is a self-proclaimed wine connoisseur and her favorite way to relax is reading from her extensive collection of Archie comics she’s been collecting since age 6, #TeamVeronicaLodge.

Expertise

  • Account Management,
  • Account Setup,
  • Customer Service

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Joseph Damti

Account Executive

Joseph, or Joe as he prefers to be called for some reason, is the oldest of six children (five brothers and one sister). This familial structure could have gone terribly wrong and made Joe a terrible, jaded human being to be around. But somehow, the opposite happened as he is consistently recognized as one of the kindest employees at Validity. A week after his 16th birthday, Joe was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he proceeded to beat the hell out of. Being a cancer survivor changed his perspective on life. He met his wife in college (he actually remembers the day they met, February 22, 2004) and has been happily married for seven years. He has life goals to be a great husband and father while living in the present. If we at Validity don’t see one of Joe’s inspirational quotes on our IMs in the morning, we start to worry.

Expertise

  • Account Management,
  • Employment Screening,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support

Certifications

  • Advanced Drug Testing Management Certification,
  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Caroline Drisko

Client Relations Specialist

Caroline has lived in Kansas City almost her entire life, except for a four-year stint in Lawrence, Kansas where she went to the University of Kansas - earning her degree in Behavioral Science. She now resides in Prairie Village with her husband, Gary, and their three dogs (Gizmo June, Annie May, and DJ Tanner). In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her massive extended family, dabble in photography, or (and she hates to admit this) watch anything on Bravo. Her main ambition is life is to move back to Lawrence, grow a foot and a half, and be the first woman to join the men's basketball team at KU.

Expertise

  • Account Management,
  • Employment Screening,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Darren Dupriest

President & CEO

After initially attending the University of Miami on an architecture scholarship, Darren quickly turned to his true passion: business. Graduating with a degree in finance, he continues to be an avid Hurricane sports fan and volunteers as an ambassador to area high school students considering the University of Miami. After a stint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he joined a private Kansas City-based company for which he created a Background Screening Division. With the support of his wife, Noreen, he acquired the business unit in 2004 and rebranded it as Validity Screening Solutions.

Darren and Noreen have been blessed with four boys: Reagan, Preston, Beckett, and Fletcher. He enjoys spending time with the widely divergent interests of each, but still can't bring himself to camp outside. During the summer, the family enjoys spending as much time as possible at the lake. Although Darren enjoys many types of music (may be stuck in the 70's and 80's), he cannot play a single instrument. His one remaining hobby is beer can collecting, which he started at age 12 (don't ask). He's amassed over 1,000 cans from all over the world.

Expertise

  • Compliance,
  • Employment Screening,
  • Leadership,
  • Volunteer Screening

Chris Feld

Director – Strategic Initiatives

Chris, our Director of Strategic Initiatives (fancy title for “Boss That Knows All”) has been with Validity for years, and has held many positions. Chris’s life began on the road. His first four years of education were at four different schools, but in the fourth grade his family landed in the KC area for good. After high school, he followed his father’s footsteps to study at the University of Iowa, where his family has owned season tickets for almost half a century. His first job after college took him on the road again (editor’s note: I suspect he worked in a traveling circus). He has seen almost every state in the US and has done his best to hit a museum in each state (strange story about the Trash Museum in Connecticut).

Expertise

  • Compliance,
  • Employment Screening,
  • Leadership

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Mike Fowler

Educational Services Executive

Mike is a graduate from the University of Kansas with a degree in History and Russian Studies that he is still paying off (but the random facts regarding the many uses of vodka always come in handy). He spent six years in the Marine Corp Reserves, being discharged as a Sergeant. Mike has an innumerable amount of hobbies that include building computers, graphic design, entrepreneurship, and playing the guitar. In fact, when Mike was in college, he was the lead guitarist in a metal band, whose full length album has yet to go platinum, but if you ask him for a copy he’ll be happy to provide you with one (many of them are being used as coasters on his coffee table at home).

Expertise

  • Business Development,
  • Compliance,
  • Hire|Ed,
  • Marketing

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Heather Fowler

Research Specialist

A Midwest native (a trend for some of our employees), Heather grew up in Oklahoma City, where she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in Biology. She uses this degree daily as she tries to better understand what’s going on in her family’s heads. She and her husband Josh have three children: Dustin, Jodee, and Dylan, who take after their mother in their active lifestyles. Heather loves to manage their busy lives, from baseball to basketball to cheerleading along with piano recitals and more. Heather is an avid gymnast of 31 years (editor’s note: Haven’t seen her round off back handspring back pike, but I’ll take her word that she can do it). Heather and her family recently moved to Louisiana where the culture, jambalaya, and boiled peanuts are an incredible new experience for them.

Expertise

  • Research,
  • Volunteer Screening

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Heather Gisel

Senior Research Specialist

Heather was born and raised in beautiful Colorado, moving southeast to attend Harding University in Arkansas where she graduated in 2000 with a BS in Athletic Training. During her time in the south, she landed a husband and promptly moved to the Kansas City area. While studying massage therapy, she gave birth to their first son and consequently, the massage therapy business took the backseat to a growing family. In 2005, a friend of a friend knew somebody that landed her a position with Validity, that friend may have known the President personally (it’s who you know). She and her husband have two sons who keep them both busy with school and sports but in the family’s downtime they have goals to visit as many waterparks in the US as they can - still waiting to hear if they found one in the Pacific Northwest…

Expertise

  • Research,
  • Student Screening

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

TJ Gizaw

Client Relations Specialist

TJ was born in Ethiopia and immigrated to the US at the age of eight. He loves reading books and enjoys traveling. He event lived for a spell in Argentina - did we mention that he's fluent in Spanish as well? Lucky for all of us, there are actually two TJs out there as he has an identical twin brother. TJ's all about family and friends. He's a graduate of KU and loves playing basketball (as any good Jayhawk should). As many of us in the office know all too well, comedy is a big part of TJ's life. He enjoys watching comedy and stand-up in his free time and always takes the time to display his latest piece of comedic gold.

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Customer Service,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Michelle Glover

Research Specialist

Michelle is a Kansas Princess - born and raised in the Olathe/Gardner area with a four-year stint in Baldwin City where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology/Sociology. She uses her degree every day with her husband Rich and three kids: Brianna, Jackson, and Praew, an exchange student from Thailand. She enjoys camping, reading a good book, and learning about different cultures, especially their foods. You really know a culture once you know how they prepare their chicken. She loves everything Kansas - Royals, Chiefs, barbeque, the weather extremes from snow to sweltering heat, and trucks speeding down gravel roads. She hopes to one day travel the world - hitting up places like China’s Great Wall, the Egyptian pyramids, and St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

Expertise

  • Employment Screening,
  • Research

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Maya Green

Client Relations Specialist

Maya is a sworn in Kansas Citian by way of Richmond, VA, with a self-proclaimed brilliant personality. She is willing to challenge anyone to a game of trash can basketball with the mindset that LeBron James will be proud of her WHEN she wins. Maya graduated from the University of Missouri- Kansas City with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and has been a member of the Validity team since January 2017. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, Myrin and Warren, whenever she doesn’t have to chase them around to change dirty diapers. She is also currently working on her addiction to being financially irresponsible online and at Dollar Tree. If anyone has any suggestions on how not to love a store where everything costs a dollar, feel free to let her know.

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Customer Service,
  • Employment Screening,
  • Support

Chrystal Gunnels

Quality Assurance Specialist

Chrystal is what you would call a Jack-of-all-Trades. She works full-time, served in the US Army, and is “Mom” to two lovely children. Her 11 year old daughter T’Mya takes after her mother in her love of fashion and her son, Towan Jr just turned four and is a typical boy, always getting into trouble. Being born and raised in the Kansas City metro, Chrystal has grown to love what the city has to offer - even though she would love to live where it never gets cold. In her spare time, Chrystal loves to cook up new culinary masterpieces based on her idol Guy Fieri’s shows (haven’t seen her with frosted white tips just yet). You may never guess this, but Chrystal used to compete with a KC dance crew that battled other local groups. Watch out you Stanky Leg fans, Chrystal can still be spotted on the dance floor busting a move every now and then.

Expertise

  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Quality Assurance

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Jenny Helms

Senior Research Specialist

Jenny’s journey with Validity began in 2005 doing contract work while attending college. She was attracted to the industry and became part of the Validity team in June 2007. She is an alumna of Oklahoma Christian University receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Jenny is a Johnson County, KS native who grew up in the church. She is married to her wonderful husband, who doubles as an incredible handy man (good thing too, because Jenny has quite the honey-do list). With three daughters and a son, every day is an adventure and every week requires at least one trip to the grocery store. Jenny is not a bookworm and will use every excuse to steer clear of movies and computer games. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles, being artsy, baseball, and sipping a Dr. Pepper always puts a smile on her face. A Chihuahua named Willie was Jenny’s childhood pet and someday, if life ever slows down, she’d like to get another one.

Expertise

  • Research,
  • Volunteer Screening

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Holly Kraxner

Client Onboarding Specialist

Holly has resided in the Kansas City metro area for over 20 years, but her allegiances lie with her home state of Minnesota, their sports teams, and the frigid weather. Holly is a polar bear fundamentally, who dislikes heat unless she’s lying on a tropical beach with an umbrella adorned drink. Typically during the Kansas winters you can find her shoveling all of her neighbors’ driveways in a red snowsuit (which embarrasses her son immeasurably). She is classified as an artist, having made literally (we’ve seen her collection) thousands of pieces of glass jewelry, of which she probably owns three or four. At the Kraxner home you can find her husband, a house full of neighbor kids, several dogs, and ongoing home decorating and landscaping projects.

Expertise

  • Onboarding,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support,
  • Training

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Donna Landes

Research Specialist

Donna has been married to her high school sweetheart, Matthew, for the better part of two decades. Together they have three children, Bowen, Duncan, and Elizabeth, they are her life, inspiration, and passion. As a family, the Landeses will pass the time by staying active - swimming is the preferred method of exercise. Donna quilts, crochets, and is a dedicated youth group leader with her husband. At 5’1” Donna admits that she’s extremely short (one of the reasons her husband didn’t ask her out sooner), but compensates with an incredible attitude. She’s a goof, frequently looks at a dictionary to expand her vocabulary, and the biggest klutz her family knows. Halloween is the major holiday in the Landes household, Donna is able to dress up and act crazy and have it not be considered weird.

Expertise

  • Employment Screening,
  • Research

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Ryan Lewon

Account Executive

Taking after the famous explorer, Traveling Matt, Ryan hopes to spend his free time roaming aimlessly and seeing the world. It is his hope to visit all seven continents with his trusty companion, Milton (the dignified Sir Milton Bradley is a black and white cocker spaniel with the utmost sophisticated pedigree). Growing up in Nebraska, it can only be assumed that Ryan would be the world’s biggest Cornhusker fan. Some of Ryan’s many accolades include: Wayne High yearbook editor, Drama Club treasurer at Wayne State College and Runner-Up champion for Trivia Night at a dive bar in the Kansas City metro. When not traversing our Earth or dedicating entire sections of his brain to useless knowledge, Ryan enjoys thrifting for new outfits, napping in hammocks, and playing volleyball with a local KC team.

Expertise

  • Account Management,
  • Employment Screening,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Luma Lindsey

Quality Assurance Specialist

Luma was born in a small town in Mississippi and raised in Kansas City at the age of two. She is the youngest of six siblings and a mother of two wonderful children, a son (two going on five) and a daughter (12 going on 25) who love to drive her crazy. When not tending to her kids, she enjoys going out to dinner, movies, and comedy shows with her partner of 14 years, DJ. She enjoys various aspects of the fashion world, interior design, and event planning. Her career began in nursing and quickly switched to the legal field, spending eight and a half years working with various district attorney offices around the country. She is currently enrolled in college to obtain her Associate’s degree in Business and Management and is looking forward to completing that goal and many others during her time at Validity.

Expertise

  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Quality Assurance,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Becky Martin

Accounting Specialist

Becky was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Olathe North High School and quickly set off to establish herself. She attended New Horizon’s Computer Training, Career Education Systems (Real Estate – she’s the one we go to for a grip on the area’s housing prices) and Johnson County Community College. She jumped at the opportunity to work for Best Buy and was the youngest Operations Supervisor at that time. She quickly grew tired of the long hours and made it a point to focus on the financial aspects of business, which leaves her here today as our Accounting Specialist. She enjoys spending time with her son, Tyler, whenever possible. She is an avid animal lover and supports all adoption efforts - visiting as many facilities as possible and adopting four pets of her own. She also supports the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association as she has lost loved ones to diseases she now helps to fight.

Expertise

  • Accounting,
  • Administrative

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Emily Matlock

Director – Client Relations

Emily is a Kansas City native and a proud K-State Wildcat - graduating in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. Raised a die-hard Parrot Head, and spending her childhood summers at the beach, Emily enjoys listening to Jimmy Buffett and plotting ways to eventually live by the sea (Update: process is still in the diagnostic stage, she’s pretty landlocked in Kansas at this point). She has what some (most) would consider a very serious addiction to French fries, and shares with no one. It’s safe to say her son Jack, daughter Mae, and husband Jeff have gone through some potato withdraws at dinnertime. She enjoys watching K-State football and sports in general even though she considers herself “athletically challenged.” The only trophy she has (ever) proudly earned was for practicing the most in her piano classes as a child.

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Compliance,
  • Leadership,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Shannon Murphy

Quality Assurance Specialist

Shannon is a Kansas native, raised in Shawnee, KS. Graduating from Shawnee Mission Northwest. Shannon is a professional tourist, traveling the United States and Europe, vacationing in Alaska, Chicago, New York City, and Colorado. After receiving a degree in Administrative Assistance with a Medical Emphasis she got a job with the Overland Park Municipal Court, which she says, set her up for an amazing position at Validity. In her downtime she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, candlelit dinners, and the clichés of long walks on the beaches of… Kansas.

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Customer Service,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Student Screening,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Brenda Ogren

Quality Assurance Specialist

Brenda is originally a California girl. Whether it's to relax and admire her beautiful flower garden or spending time at the swimming pool, she loves the outdoors. Brenda loves life in the sunshine and was once a lifeguard at her city swimming pool where she also instructed children and adults on the finer points of swimming. When Brenda and her husband were raising their children, she ran an in-home daycare center because yes, she just loves children that much. Today Brenda enjoys time with her family, working in her flower garden, golfing, and trips to the lake with her husband.

Expertise

  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Quality Assurance

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Joee Peterson

Partner & Business Development Coordinator

Joee is a prime example of duality: she is a lover of all music, but cannot play an instrument. She wishes she’d gone to college on either of the coasts, but instead graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She rarely eats meat, but her family regularly competes in barbeque competitions (their scores range from 2nd place brisket to 197th place chicken). Born and raised in Kansas City, Joee originally worked with our CEO doing background checks in the mid-90s (when dial-up was still a thing) and rejoined the Validity team in the early 2010s. She enjoys abstract art - appreciating the beauty of a professionally made sculpture that could have been made on her kitchen table. In the coming years, Joee hopes to license a game after she’s done shuttling her kids around town.

Expertise

  • Business Development,
  • Product Development,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Kaymee Phillips

Director - Quality Assurance

Kaymee began working at Validity in 2009. While not working, her time is spent with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and two cats. The music on her iPod ranges from “this is the greatest song ever” to “don’t tell anyone what you heard here.” She is currently next in line to marry Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. Much like the Energizer Bunny, Kaymee’s batteries keep running as long as she is properly nourished on her diet of pizza and Red Bull. Kaymee hopes to one day live on a gator farm and follow the footsteps of her childhood hero The Crocodile Hunter (her Aussie accent needs work).

Expertise

  • Leadership,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Quality Assurance,
  • Verifications

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Erika Ricketts

Account Executive

Like most people, Erika was influenced greatly by the environment she grew up in. Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Erika was a bit of an overachiever from the get-go. She attended an international school and mastered both English and Japanese at a young age. By her own words, Japanese culture influenced her palate as she grew older, making her an adventurous eater. She enjoys exotic food along with local fare, dining at breweries, wineries, and coffee shops (not the hipster kind). The University of Kansas brought her to the Midwest, where she fell for a man named Marc; they have a son together, Lee, along with a West Highland Terrier named Conan the Barkbarian (who needs to work on his biceps if we’re going to take those Arnold impressions seriously). A true professional, after graduating from KU with a degree in Theatre, she currently serves as the Managing Director of Tradewind Arts, an Asian American theatre arts collective in Kansas City.

Expertise

  • Account Management,
  • Employment Screening,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support,
  • Volunteer Screening

Certifications

  • FCRA Advanced Certification

Julia Smith

Product Specialist

Another Midwest native, Julia was born and raised in Stillwell, KS. Oldest of three, she grew up with a passion of music and dance. We’re not talking just the two step - Julia has danced all her life, from jazz ballet as a child to being the iron-fisted dance captain of her high school team. She’s toned it down since joining Validity, but we may or may not have caught her breakdancing by her desk once or twice. Julia and her husband Micah play mom and dad to a lively Viszla, Dash, who they treat as their one and only. On the weekends she dabbles as an aspirant sommelier, working alongside her friend/owner of the KC Wine Company. Julia also frequents Kansas City’s First Fridays; you may bump into her if you’re visiting the KC Metro. With an extensive career built around the drug screening industry, Validity was happy to have her join the Onboarding team in 2015 as the resident “drug lady” (we’re working on getting her a less misleading title).

Expertise

  • Drug Testing,
  • Product Development,
  • Sales,
  • Support

Certifications

  • DATIA Advanced Certification,
  • FCRA Basic Certification

Brenda Stabler

Research Specialist

Brenda joined the Validity team in late 2014 and has found the work enjoyable - the rush of hunting down records and digging up details that help the team put together a puzzle for every single applicant. Born in New Mexico, she was raised in the southwest (Midwest accent hold strong). She served three years in the Army Military Police out of high school where she met her husband of almost 40 years. After marrying the love of her life (it puts Jerry Maguire to shame), she moved to his hometown of Kansas City, raising their 3 girls who are out on their own in the world now. She’s had several part time jobs from selling Tupperware to delivering mail (we’re pretty sure there was a mention of Snake Oil Sales at some point). She’s trained horses and taught horseback riding for 23 years, but when she’s not being a cowgirl, you can catch her on her husband’s motorcycle or playing with her grandkids.

Expertise

  • Employment Screening,
  • Research

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Taylor Sullivan

Client Onboarding Specialist

Taylor grew up in Lenexa, Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014 with a degree in Public Administration. While dealing with the constant season changes in Kansas, her parents reside in the always sunny, Scottsdale, AZ. When Taylorhas the time, she loves traveling to see them and learning more about the beautiful state of Arizona. Somehow, though, she never learned how to wear sunscreen. Taylor enjoys all things Bachelor/Bachelorette. She may not know much about fantasy football but she can answer all questions involving the Bachelor/Bachelorette fantasy league. She loves the idea of watching movies but she has never been able to get through one in its entirety... so don't ask her how the Titanic ends...

Expertise

  • Account Setup,
  • Customer Service,
  • Training

Teresa Thomas

Verification Supervisor

Teresa is outgoing… once you get to know her. She loves to read and spend time with her husband and two kids. Being that Teresa has lived in four different states, she loves adventures but isn’t looking for long ones any time soon. She likes to do crafty things (doesn’t mean they turn out well), and shares that love with her two daughters, Caitlyn and Haley. Teresa hates to cook - she leaves that to the man of the house. She is always busy doing something with her family, reading or working on homework to finally complete her Bachelors in Business Administration.

Expertise

  • Quality Assurance,
  • Support,
  • Verifications

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Marcus Yeager

Quality Assurance Specialist

Marcus joined Validity in February of 2015 after meeting CEO Darren Dupriest’s wife, Noreen in a sculpture class. He was raised in the Dotte by his grandparents, Meem and Deed. They moved to Lenexa after Marcus's freshman year and thought it was best for him to "make new friends" and "expand his horizons" in Johnson County, of all places. Olathe Northwest's Art department can be accredited with his passion for art. Now enrolled at JCCC, Marcus thinks his life is a surprise, taking every day as is. Marcus loves to draw, paint, and sculpt any way he can. His life revolves around American Horror Story, The Walking Dead. Marcus loves all things horror, weird, and unusual-which would be why Halloween and October are his favorite times of the year.

Expertise

  • Quality Assurance,
  • Research

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Jaime Yount

Client Relations Specialist

Jaime began working with Validity in July 2016 and has loved everyday since. She enjoys spending all of her free time with family - her fiance, son, and step-daughter. Jaime truly has a need for speed. She races go-karts for fun and even races along with her entire family! On any given Sunday you can find her racing with other members of the Kansas City Karting Club or serving as a technical inspector for the Liberty Kart track. And if that isn't enough, the rest of her weekends, and some weeknights, are spent at Kauffman Stadium cheering on her KC Royals.

Expertise

  • Client Relations,
  • Customer Service,
  • Profile Maintenance,
  • Support

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

Hank Zerbe

Marketing Communications Executive

Hank’s time with Validity began back in February of 2014 when he was hired for his apparent understanding of the colors “green” and “orange.” Since then he’s been running marketing campaigns and tweeting tweets with the best of them. Hank is a product of the University of Kansas and the United States Marine Corps and claims that he can take anyone in a match of Battlestar Galactica, Lord of the Rings, or Stargate SG-1 trivia. When he’s not bookmarking an unreasonable amount of articles to read, pretending that he’s finally going to read said articles, or going on a run, you can usually find him daydreaming of the day he retires to the fjords of Norway. His claim to fame is being able to spell Eric Kusnierkiewicz’s last name without looking at it (no small feat).

Expertise

  • Business Development,
  • Hire|Ed,
  • Marketing,
  • Sales

Certifications

  • FCRA Basic Certification

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