Genesis welcomes Laura Owens to our GenLabs Quality Assurance Department. Originally from New Jersey, Laura became a Texan 8 years ago this month. She has rich background in software and IT, including quality assurance, software support, and technical support. In her off hours, Laura enjoys a variety of activities including camping, cooking, crocheting, gaming, gardening, painting, and photography.
Our new Quality Assurance Technician Matt Thompson worked as a Quality Manager for an electronic manufacturing company, where he did everything from PCB inspections to assisting with programming the embedded firmware on various products. Prior to that, he served in the US Air Force for seven and a half years, including one tour in the Middle East. While in the military, Matt performed a number of duties in the fuels career field, including distribution and QA lab testing, as well as information technology, accounting, and Honor Guard.
Gracie joins Genesis as a Software Developer after moving back to her home state of Texas from Cincinnati, Ohio. In Ohio, she learned to love programming while completing her Computer Science degree at Xavier University. When not working, Gracie exchanges a computer monitor for a gaming monitor and plays video games with her other three younger siblings and friends. Her other loves include ice cream, French Bulldogs (or any dog, really), and the occasional LSU game. "Geaux Tigers!"
Last week, we asked our community to help gather supplies needed to help first responders in the Houston area recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Our #GenesisGivesBack team, along with Pure Religion, sent a loaded trailer to Houston full of the requested supplies. To everyone who answered the call to help us help those who put their lives on the line each and every day, we sincerely appreciate your support.
Texas NENA — The Texas Chapter of the National Emergency Number (9-1-1) Association — has reached out to Genesis with very specific requests for hard goods they desperately need. They have three distribution centers set up for Public Safety personnel in the Texas Hurricane Harvey Disaster zone that need our help now. They have specifically requested we help them only with the items that they need and nothing else. As a result, Genesis will not be able to accept or deliver anything that isn’t specifically on their list. At this time, they are not equipped to manage or distribute secondhand items, so donations need to be new items in easily distributable packaging. They asked that we not send “travel sized” containers of supplies (for example: tiny bottles of hand sanitizer or hotel shampoos).
The latest addition to the Genesis family, Samantha Snow graduated from Florida State with a degree in Finance. For the past nine years, she worked for a marketing company. She is a big Florida State Seminoles and Dallas Cowboys fan. She enjoys spending time with her two kids, attending sporting events and traveling. She is also a frequent volunteer for the East Texas Veterans Alliance (ETVA). Samantha joins our finance team as Staff Accountant.
Charles Isichei (left) recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Tyler with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. Charles has an interest in robotics; he was the image processing lead developer for the school IEEE R5 Robotics Competition Team. He enjoys a prototyping, especially with the Raspberry Pi, as well as a friendly game of ping pong.
Everyone needs a hero, especially children who are abused or neglected. Thank goodness, there are superheroes among us in the world. These heroes do not wear capes or leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are just regular people with huge hearts. CASA® for Kids of East Texas is a non-profit organization that provides trained community volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children of Smith, Wood and Van Zandt Counties. One night a year, these non-caped crusaders gather their forces for “Justice is Served”. This annual gala event, which features food, entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions, benefits CASA of East Texas so they may continue the vital work they do for the children of our community. Many of our civic leaders showed up — some of whom donned aprons in lieu of capes — and sprang into action, opening their hearts and checkbooks.