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SPEAKERS.

MEET 

ALEX COBB

Alex serves as the Chief Human Resource Officer for SeniorAge (the Area Agency on Aging based in Springfield, MO). Alex is a two-time nominee (2018, 2019) for the LEAD Award – the highest HR award presented in Missouri for meritorious service and leadership. Raised in Missouri, he has lived in Taiwan, Chicago, and Iowa before returning “home”. Married for 25+ years with three sons, Alex loves spending time with his family and enjoys reading, racquetball, and rock ‘n’ roll. His presentations offer both inspiration and pragmatic assistance for professional and personal growth.

MEET 

EVAN LOVELESS

Evan Loveless is the Human Resource Manager for 2e Creative, a full-service healthcare marketing agency located in St. Louis, MO. In 2018, 2e Creative was named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work. 2e Creative was also named by Advertising Age as the “Modern Healthcare Impact Agency of the Year in 2014” and Medical, Marketing and Media “Small Healthcare Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017.” Evan facilitated the hiring of over 60 new employees in the past 15 months, more than doubling the headcount, while reducing turnover and increasing profits.  Evan is the current Vice President of the Board for the Maplewood Public Library and a member of the Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM).

MEET 

AMY GLINES

Amy has worked in the mental health field exclusively with Kansas Community Mental Health Centers since 1994.  She graduated with her Bachelors of Psychology from Pittsburg State University in 1995.  She obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas in May 1998 and was subsequently licensed as a Licensed Masters of Social Work In June that same year as a Licensed Master of Social Work.   She obtained her Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Work in 2001 while employed at Area Mental Health Center in Garden City Kansas. In 2001, Amy returned to Pittsburg, Kansas accepting a job in the outpatient department of Crawford County Mental Health Center.

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JONATHAN SCALES

Jonathan Scales is the managing principal and a shareholder of Adviant, Inc., a human resources consulting firm. Founded in 1998, Adviant provides human resource consultation and outsourcing services, including compensation consulting, employee benefit consulting, training and communication services, recruiting, regulatory compliance and related human resource consulting, human resource information system and payroll system consultation and implementation, and insurance brokerage services, as well as, day-to-day outsourcing and administration of compensation, benefit, payroll, and HR functions.
Jonathan is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in financial planning and services from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. 

​MEET 

NATALIE BRIGHT

Bright has twenty-four years of experience lobbying on behalf of Kansas business and state associations at the state and federal levels.  Her expertise is in lobbying business issues, specifically in the areas of taxation, human resources, insurance, judicial reform, and transportation.

 

Bright has a joint degree in business administration and political science from the University of California-Riverside.  She received her law degree from Washburn School of Law in 1998 and began lobbying for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the 1998 Legislative Session.  In 1999, Bright left the Chamber to work as a contract lobbyist.  In 2008, Bright joined her law school classmate, Marlee Carpenter, and opened her current firm. 

 

Bright is active in a variety of statewide business coalitions and has been part of several reform efforts including recent workers’ compensation, immigration, unemployment compensation, and health care reform efforts.