Sharrin Fuller

Sharrin Fuller

CEO / Director

What word or phrase best describes you?
The word or phrase that best describes me…Uninhibited.  When I was 10, I was at this church event and the older girls had to tell us what word they think describes us.  My card said “uninhibited. You are unafraid of people or things”.  I think that was the biggest compliment I have received in my life.  I have never forgotten that and I continue to live by it.  Life is too short to be miserable or hold things in!

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is…Shia LeBeouf.  I feel like it is time for me to come out with that.  I have been holding it in for years, and now that it is on the internet, it is officially official.  Also Fall Out Boy, but I don’t think that is as oddly embarrassing.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery, I’d…travel the world and learn as many languages as my brain could store.  I know, I know, I could do that now if I want to, but Im kind of a workaholic and it is hard enough to get me away from my computer to go to Target, so I doubt I am going to Europe anytime soon.  Plus in my free time, I play sudoku, so no German or French for me!

What would you do if you could travel back in time?
If I could travel back in time, I’d…NOT get that VERY short version of the ‘Rachel’ haircut back in 95′.  SOOOO bad.  I think that is my only regret in life, thus far.  However, it did grow out to this really pretty Jenny McCarthy (circa Singled Out era) style.  See all things happen for a reason!

What is your hometown?
My Hometown Is….I was born in Southern California (Anaheim) and we moved around a lot throughout the Inland Empire & Orange County.  I moved to St George UT when I was 13 and that is where I spent my adolescence and graduated from High School.  So I guess I have to claim St George, since it seems to have the biggest impact on my upbringing!  Although as soon as I graduated High School I high tailed it to San Diego, where I lived for 15 years before returning to Southern Utah.

Jen Vaughan

Jen Vaughan

Director

What is your hometown?
Yorktown, Texas.  It’s a tiny town in south Texas.  We had one stop light and a Dairy Queen.  My favorite parts were the lightning bugs in the summer and high school football games on Friday nights.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery…I would start a rescue ranch for abused, abandoned and special needs animals.

What do you do when your not at work?
When I’m not working…I’m probably going hiking or at the dog park with my German Shepherd, Jedi.

What was your dream growing up?
When I was little…I dreamed of being a veterinarian.  Sadly, the only vet school in Texas is in College Station. And I’m a die-hard Longhorn.  If you know anything about Texas college rivalries, you know that couldn’t happen.  Therefore, business school it was, and here I am.

What would you do if you could travel back in time?
If I could travel back in time, I’d…Go to vet school…in another state.

Monica Perez

Monica Perez

Executive Accounting Coordinator

What is your hometown?
My Hometown is… West Palm Beach FL. I love living in what is considered to a lot of people as “Paradise”. I love the beaches, the humidity, the outdoor activities. I love having the ability to walk out and have endless options of things to do with the kiddos.

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is… Chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels. Yeah, you read it right, I became addicted to them when I was pregnant with my now 4 YEAR OLD.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about… a healthy lifestyle. A colorful diet is a colorful you. One may not put all healthy foods/drinks in your body, that is why the option for exercise is so important.Work it Out!

What are are some causes you care about?
Some causes I care about… JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) My sister was diagnosed with diabetes at 8 years old. March of Dimes, as all three of my children were premies. Advocate for children!

What do you do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not working, I’m probably… Plotting another activity to tire my little boys out. Being that they are 17 months apart, I can do obstacle courses, races, and activities to accommodate the 3. Movement is KEY. Once they are done for the day, you will find me with a very full glass of wine with the hubby.

Sam Ford

Sam Ford

Controller

What is your hometown?
My Hometown is… Houston, Texas

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is… Watching true crime shows and trying to guess the outcome or motive! My favorite shows are Snapped, Forensic Files, and American Greed.

What would you do if you could travel back in time?
If I could travel back in time, I’d… Witness first hand the construction of the Mayan pyramids, Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum and like ancient architectural wonders.

What are some causes you care about?
Some causes I care about…Being a mother of 3, any child related causes are natural concerns.

In addition to caring for my own, I volunteer locally for abused and neglected children as a court-appointed advocate through Child Advocates.

What was your dream growing up?
When I was little I dreamed of…Owning my own bookstore and being a writer, my favorite TV show was Reading Rainbow and I spent most of my time reading books.

Kay Xiong

Kay Xiong

Controller

What is your hometown?
My Hometown is… Milwaukee, WI

What word or phrase best describes you?
The word or phrase that best describes me… Ambitious

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is… honey buns. I can never get tired of eating it ☺

What would you do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery, I’d… travel the world and donate some of it to find a cure for cancer!

What do you do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not working, I’m probably drinking a glass of wine, shopping, flipping houses, or spending time with my one year old son.

Jenniffer Gibbs

Jenniffer Gibbs

Controller

What is your hometown?
I grew up in Las Cruces, NM but Dallas, TX is home.

What word or phrase best describes you?
Driven. I am the type of person that if you give me a challenge I will work at it until I conquer it. I love to learn new things and I am never one to turn down an opportunity to try something new.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Food… especially pizza and Mexican food. Those are my ultimate weaknesses and should be their own food groups.

When I was little I dreamed of?
Being a neurosurgeon. When I was younger I went to work with my mom on “take your daughters to work” who was an OR Nurse at the time. I had the opportunity to observe a couple of different types of surgeries that day including an operation to remove a brain aneurism. After that day I always said I wanted to be a neurosurgeon… until I got a C in Biology and realized science just wasn’t my thing, so I decided to stick with numbers.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
Spending time with family and friends, working on remodeling my house, or working with the Dallas Defenders which is a non-profit organization I volunteer with.

Eliza LaLuna

Eliza LaLuna

Controller

What is your hometown?
Charlottesville, Virginia. I moved away long enough to end up with a different area code, but ended up back in the Charlottesville area.

When I was little I dreamed of…
being an accountant! Seriously… My Dad asked me unprompted when I was about eight what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told him, without hesitation, that I wanted to be a judge or an accountant. The accountant won because it required a little bit less school.

If I won the lottery, I’d…
I’ve always wanted to create an offshoot of my husband’s landscaping company that employed the homeless in the city to do basic landscaping and lawn care. Charlottesville, like many cities, is plagued with a large homeless population. The company would be a not-for-profit that would pay the employees a decent living wage, which would allow them to get back on their feet. I would love to also be able to provide them a living arrangement option outside of The Salvation Army, which is pretty much the only shelter in Charlottesville for the homeless. It would take a pretty good amount of capital to get this started so we could have the required equipment and vehicles.

What are you passionate about?
Horses! I have two horses of my own and board special needs, retired show horses for other people on my farm in Barboursville. One of my horses was my childhood pony. He’s 21. My other horse is my young mare that I compete in the jumpers. I’ve been riding since I could walk. The horse bug runs strong in my family. Neither of my parents rode, but my aunts did. I actually rode professionally out of high school rather than going straight to college.

What are some causes you care about?
Horse rescue, for one. Especially the rescue and rehabilitation of geriatric horses and dogs that have been dumped by their owners. The goal is to convert my retiree boarding business into a not-for-profit to be able to take in a few of these rescue horses at a time. Providing a soft place for geriatric animals is always something I have loved. There is no greater love than that of an old animal! I’m also very passionate about disaster preparedness for livestock and horses. Before and during Hurricane Irma, I compiled one of the largest and most widely shared shelter and transportation lists available for horses and livestock. I didn’t sleep for a week, but it was so rewarding to help so many people.