Lauren is responsible for leading and directing all operational functions of the organization to ensure the highest integrity of service for all individuals we employ, and customers served. She works closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the organization’s vision and strategies. She ensures the organization is compliant with all federal and state regulations.
Lauren has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Graceland University in Lamoni, IA in English Literature and Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in non-profit leadership. She has varied professional experience in both the private and public sectors including 18 years in the printing and communications field as Vice President of Sales and Relationship Management and travelling extensively in roles such as Lead Project Manager for the International Headquarters of Community of Christ and Executive Director for HealthEd Connect serving women and children in sub-Saharan Africa and Nepal. She has served on the Board for area non-profits PeaceworksKC and Outreach International.
In her down time, Lauren enjoys playing games and sharing good with family and friends, visiting other countries and cultures, reading, kayaking, and sharing her love of music.
David Melton is a graduate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City earning a degree in Education and History with an emphasis in Political Science. He also has earned several professional licenses and certifications in the insurance and financial arenas over the years.
David has been involved in a wide variety of professional careers. He has been a former substitute teacher with the Independence, Missouri Public Schools, Operations and Loss Prevention Manager with Kmart Corporation, Representative with Primerica Financial Services, and has had a 28-year career in Print and Digital advertising with The Examiner and The Kansas City Star Newspapers.
As Account Executive with Southeast Enterprises, he prospects new potential clients, manages existing clients, and leads the Community Engagement for Southeast Enterprises as a member of multiple area Chamber of Commerce groups. In his free time, he enjoys model railroading, working in the yard, and spending time with his family.
Lisa Davis studied at the University of Phoenix and is a former Small Business Owner, Walmart Assistant Store Manager, and past Office Manager at the famous Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que Restaurant chain. At Southeast Enterprises her role is our Quality/Compliance and Sale Support manager. Responsible for keeping and updating all manuals to be current with Department of Labor guidelines for compliance. She also completes time studies and helps prepare formal proposals and quotes for job opportunities.
In Lisa’s free time she sells Paparazzi Jewelry, loves to listen to a wide variety of music and spending time with family and friends.
Javier Pedroza has been with Southeast Enterprises since October of 2020. He brings years of production and warehousing experience to his role as Production Director. Javier has received Gentle Teaching and CPR training since joining the staff.
Dani Brunetti graduated from Pittsburg State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Developmental Disabilities and a Dance Minor. While in pursuit of her degree, Dani improved her leadership skills through opportunities in her Dance Minor program, conducted research with Dr. Julie Allison, and gained experience as an interventionist for a research-based reading program, eventually becoming a lead interventionist. Dani has experience working with a wide age range of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and follows a person-centered, research-based approach to her position, with a focus on the integration of concepts from Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Gentle Teaching.
As the Program Director at Southeast Enterprises Dani is part of the Associate Services team. Dani’s focus is in creating programs that help foster opportunities for growth, increase confidence in one’s abilities, and encourages self-advocacy for her co-workers. She also provides individualized support and tools that help co-workers have their best day. In addition to this support, Dani is involved in staff training and development.
Dani enjoys strong coffee and good conversation-she spends her free time unplugging in nature, spending quality time with her family and friends, and traveling to new places as often as she can.
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