Dean Guillies was born in Burbank, California and remained on the West coast for many years. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Photo Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and became a Freelance Photographer for 10 years. In the early 2000’s, he moved to the Kansas City area and studied Business Accounting at the University of Kansas. Dean worked in the accounting department at Johnson County Human Services for two years and the accounting department at American Academy of Family Physicians for 10 years.
Dean met his wife, Wendy, in Los Angeles before they moved to Kansas City together. They call Overland Park home. They have five girls – two daughters, Kellie (age 27) and Hannah (age 24) and three furry family members Abby (a 14-year-old Golden Retriever), Mia (a 9-year-old Catahoula Leopard mix), and Colbie (a 4-year-old black Labrador mix).
Dean is a supporter of Wayside Waifs because he believes homeless animals who need help and a home receive the voice they deserve at Wayside. His dogs Mia and Colbie, are both Waif alums. He has always had a love for animals and other living things. That love started when he was a child and he watched his father nurse an injured dove back to good health. He also fondly remembers watching the connection between people, animals, and our planet on Wild Kingdom every Sunday. He thanks his wife, Wendy, for his commitment to the community. He acknowledges her love for her family and her generosity for the community.
Wendy Guillies was born in Kansas City, Kansas. Despite leaving the area for many years – stopping to live in Denver and California, she returned to the KC area. Wendy graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She became President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2015 and was the Vice President of Communications for many years prior. She’s very involved in the community and serves on the boards of Enterprise Bank & Trust, Saint Luke’s South, Folience, and the Economic Club of KC. She’s also a member of the Civic Council of Kansas City and Women Who Mean Business. Wendy is inspired by Ewing and Muriel Kauffman’s influence and generosity in the Kansas City community.
While Wendy was in Los Angeles she met her husband Dean. They moved to the Midwest where they have been for 29 years. Currently they reside in Overland Park. They have two daughters, Kellie (age 27) and Hannah (age 24). They also have furry family members Abby (a 14-year-old Golden Retriever), Mia (a 9-year-old Catahoula Leopard mix), and Colbie (a 4-year-old black Labrador mix).
Wendy is extremely thankful her two adopted dogs received amazing care at Wayside Waifs before they became members of her family. She believes Kansas City is fortunate to have Wayside and is glad to be a part of this year’s Fur Ball. She still thinks fondly of her first dog Frosty, a Miniature Schnauzer, who helped her during a challenging time growing up. “My life is richer because of the animals I’ve loved,” Wendy said, “and who have loved me unconditionally in return.”
Jason Dalen holds a B.A., School of Public Affairs, American University; an M.A., Graduate School of Political Management, The George Washington University; and a J.D., Washington College of Law, American University cum laude. Jason is a First Vice President – Financial Advisor at RBC Wealth Management. Prior to his career in wealth management, Jason spent nearly a decade advocating for tax and fiscal policy at the state and federal levels on behalf of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. Before that, he was a trial lawyer with two national law firms. He remains licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri.
Jason is the past chair of Kansas City’s Metropolitan Community College Foundation and co-chaired the College’s Centennial Celebration in 2015. He also is a member of the University of Kansas Advancement Board where he advocates for the transformative impact of the academic medical center, comprised of the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System.
Jason resides with his wife and their dogs in the Kansas City area.
Kathleen Boyle Dalen
Kathleen Boyle Dalen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from American University in Washington, D.C.; a master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University; and a doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University. She is the Chief Talent, Integration, and Culture Officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Before that she was Vice President and a founding member of PREP-KC.
Kathleen is an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University, where she teaches social psychology and psychology of gender and community engagement. She also is an Educational Policy Fellow of the Institute for Educational Leadership, was appointed by Governor Nixon to the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund, and serves on on the Donnelly College Board of Trustees. She has been invited to speak at national conferences including Grantmakers for Education, is an annual speaker in the Kansas City Tomorrow leadership program, and has been honored by the Girls Scouts for her work to create new strategies to provide girls with access to STEM careers.
Kathleen resides with her husband and their dogs in the Kansas City area.
Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City, placing nearly 6,000 animals each year in loving forever homes.
Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City’s no kill community.
To learn more about Wayside Waifs and our services visit www.waysidewaifs.org