Janie Ausburn 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 appreciates rural life by walking her dog every morning on the farm where she and her husband live.
Her hobbies include gardening and spending time with her granddaughter.
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.
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.
Janice Seagraves is the college’s advancement officer for grateful client engagement. In this role she focuses on developing relationships with clients of the Veterinary Health Center, identifying and cultivating potential donors. She also serves as the college’s liaison to the Mizzou Annual Fund. She has a varied history with the college, previously managing events for the college including the Gentle Doctor Benefit and, prior to that, served 11 years as executive assistant to the dean. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Liberty University and was formerly K-12 certified to teach music and biology.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, being a warm lap for her retired research cat, and learning to read, write and speak Mandarin Chinese.
Kaylei Ramis is the College of Veterinary Medicine’s event coordinator. Her primary focus is the annual Gentle Doctor Benefit fundraiser for student support. She is also responsible for collegewide events, celebrations, and alumni and advancement events held in Columbia and around the country. Ramis graduated from Stephens College, where she received her bachelor of science degree in event and convention management. After graduation, she worked in events at the local wedding and event venue, The Atrium on Tenth. Her passion for animals started at a young age, as her mom was a manager at the Central Missouri Humane Society for many years. Ramis grew up with many pets in the home and watched as her mom rescued animals every day. She has a pit bull mix named Mila with whom she enjoys taking walks and spending her free time.