A resident of Shawnee for 39 years, Kathy Laster brings more than three decades of business management, board leadership, professional consulting, and clinical practice experience to her new leadership role as CEO for Avedis. Most recently, Laster served as the CEO of Impact Consulting, an Oklahoma City-based executive coaching and organizational consulting firm she co-founded in 2008. As a licensed psychologist, she previously maintained a private psychology practice, Behavioral Medicine Associates, for 13 years in Shawnee. Prior to that, she held corporate management positions with AT&T and Southwestern Bell for 15 years.
In addition to serving as a founding board member for Avedis Foundation during the past six years, Laster served 18 years as a member of the Community Health Partners board, which was the governing board of the former Unity Health Center (SSM Health St. Anthony – Shawnee), predecessor of the Avedis Foundation board.
With a nonprofit background spanning more than two decades, Audrey brings expertise in the nonprofit sector in the areas of fundraising, community engagement, and volunteer management to her position as Avedis Foundation Program Officer. In addition to planning and implementing Foundation events, Audrey serves as a liaison with nonprofit and community organizations.
As Avedis Foundation’s Executive Assistant, Kim handles office administration, operations and the President/CEO scheduling. Kim’s communications background and organizational skills are an asset for a thriving foundation.
Samerson, LLC, Accountant
Lauren Thomas is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years of experience. Prior to starting her own firm, Samerson, PLLC, she worked in state and local tax consulting, and in the natural gas industry. Lauren is active in the Shawnee community and has served on numerous nonprofit boards.