FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

Life wasn’t going well for Kara Johnson. She didn’t know – never had known — her mom. Her father suffered mental health and addiction issues and wasn’t the best role model. Nor was his ex-wife, who gave Kara a home for a while, but never let her forget she was...
HELPING HANDS: TERI AALDERS

HELPING HANDS: TERI AALDERS

You might say dog grooming is in Teri Aalders’ blood The owner of Empire Pets grooming salons in Mission and Lenexa, Kan., she’s been a groomer for years. Her mother groomed dogs for more than 40 years. Her three sisters are groomers, one in Independence, another in...
SHAY TURNER: TAKING CHARGE

SHAY TURNER: TAKING CHARGE

Got a question? Shikina Turner probably knows the answer, and if not, she knows how to find it. “She is very smart and knows everything,” says Natasha Kirsch, The Grooming Project founder, of the outspoken mother of four known to friends and family as Shay. “She’s a...
CHRISTINE BANKS: STRONG, AND SILENT NO MORE

CHRISTINE BANKS: STRONG, AND SILENT NO MORE

Christine Banks’ one-year-old son is taking his first steps. Her five-year-old daughter is about to lose her first tooth. And Christine is learning to speak up for herself, her kids and her dreams for their collective future. Those dreams — of a job she enjoys...
FACING FORWARD: JESSICA SMITH

FACING FORWARD: JESSICA SMITH

Jessica Smith is petite – smaller than some of the dogs she grooms. But don’t mistake her tiny stature for any lack of determination. Because this soon-to-be professional dog groomer is fierce, and as goal-oriented as it gets in her will to succeed. “Let me put it...