Janie Harmon is the senior director for the Office of Advancement for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Columbia, Missouri native, who grew up on a farm where her family raised sheep, cattle and chickens. Her childhood, including an involvement with 4-H, instilled a love for agriculture and animals. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stephens College. She has been with the university for 28 years.
Her hobbies include gardening and spending time with her granddaughter.
Kim Bussard is the College of Veterinary Medicine’s donor and alumni engagement coordinator in Advancement. Bussard is a Columbia, Missouri native, whose childhood in the country afforded the opportunity to have a variety of animals. She is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School.
Prior to joining the college in 2004, she worked at the MU Alumni Association. Bussard and her husband have two teenagers who keep them busy with their many sports activities. She also has a 10-year-old cat named Spike, who she has had since she was a kitten.
When Bussard is not found at her children’s sporting events, she likes to cook and spend time with her family.
Emily Reyland is the executive assistant for Advancement at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. The focus of her position is collegewide event planning, including the Gentle Doctor Benefit in the spring. Prior to taking on this position, Reyland served as assistant to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine’s Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Christian Lorson, PhD.
Reyland was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2011 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in film from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and has remained a diehard Boilermaker fan since.
In her free time, Reyland enjoys spending time at the Twin Lakes Dog Park with her dog, Ridley, and seeing indie movies at Ragtag.
Kylene Richardson serves as the college’s Advancement director. She joined the university in 2012 after spending seven years in development work at Stephen’s College and with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in business administration at Stephens College.
She and her husband are fans of Mizzou athletics and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. When not enjoying spectator sports, Richardson stays busy trying to keep up with her two young sons.
After being a Veterinary Health Center client for 23 years, Susan Ritter has joined the team as the Barkley House Advancement associate. Ritter earned an associate degree in nursing from Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa, and a bachelor of science in human resources from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to her work raising support and awareness for Barkley House, Ritter continues to work as a hospice nurse for Compassus. She also assists as a receptionist at the Veterinary Health Center on weekends and holidays.
Ritter has a daughter and two grandchildren. She and her golden retriever, Reny, reside in Columbia.