Why Something for Kelly
Motivated by her niece’s – Kelly Burk Nobbe – untimely death in 2009, Patti Geolat has created a national foundation to prevent eating disorders (ED) in children ages 6-12. Something for Kelly was launched this year during the National Eating Disorders Week, February 23 – March 1st. Its mission is to empower children ages 6-12 to fight their predisposition to eating disorders. Through its programs and services, the foundation aspires to create a mindset shift in children with a predisposition to ED, assist them in recalibrating their relationship with food, and motivate them to voluntarily choose a healthier direction.
Board of Directors
Although we knew that Kelly was battling this monster, we could not fathom that she could go to bed one night, after what seemed like a normal day, and not wake up. The Foundation has been established to prevent this tragic and needless loss from happening to other families.
Patti is founder and CEO of Geolat Companies, and a widely known authority on the appraisal and sale of fine jewelry. She is a published author and sought after public speaker with a distinguished reputation for excellence, confidentiality and professionalism. Patti has a Graduate Gemologist Degree from the Gemological Institute of America, is a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain. Patti’s professional affiliations include a 15-year term of service on the Board of Directors of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., the jewelry industry’s leading insurer, including nine as chairman, and a one-year term as the company’s interim CEO. Currently she serves on the boards of the North Texas Crime Commission, Jewelers’ Security Alliance and the Women’s Jewelry Association. Patti lives in Dallas, TX and travels the world extensively on behalf of her distinguished clients.
My hope is that the “Something for Kelly Foundation” will be an outreach for hope and insight for those suffering from eating disorders.
Randy Burk grew-up in the small college town of Lebanon, Illinois, located approximately 25 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. Randy pursued a career in environmental engineering, first, by obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Environmental Systems and Biology, followed by a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Cincinnati. Presently, Randy is a principal and vice-president of the multidiscipline engineering and surveying firm of TWM Inc., with offices in both the St. Louis Metropolitan and Metro-East regions. Randy is involved in several community regional volunteer programs, currently serving on a government regional infrastructure needs and assessment committee, as well as being involved as the president of the local school board and organizer of several charity fundraising events.
I am honored to be asked to serve on the Something for Kelly board. The opportunity to work with Patti and her team on this important mission to help these children is humbling.
Terry is President/CEO of the Diamond Council of America, since 2001 and oversees the organizations day to day operations at their Nashville, Tennessee offices. During his tenure, the Diamond Council has grown from seventy members representing approximately twelve hundred stores to one of the industry’s leading education and training resources with over two hundred members representing over four thousand retail jewelry stores in the United States and Canada.
Before becoming DCA President, he served on the DCA board for twelve years. He is also a member of the DeBeers USA Carat Club and serves as a director on the Boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Jewelers Charity Fund, and a board member of the 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States. Terry resides in Nashville, TN, with his wife Cindy.
It’s been an immense pleasure working with the Foundation. It is of the utmost importance that we teach children from a very early age that their worth is not derived from anything that deals with their physical appearance but what’s in their hearts, minds and souls.
Bianca is founder and President of Seven5 Seven3 Marketing Group, and is known for her out-of-the-box marketing strategy and planning tactics. She has been featured in several on and offline publications, including JET Magazine, One Million Entrepreneurs.com, and Brand Maker News.com. Bianca has also written for several online publications including The Story Exchange.org, Women’s Forum.com and the National Association of Women on the Rise.com. With over 17 years of marketing experience and an MBA in eCommerce Marketing, Bianca brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients. Bianca lives in the Dallas with her husband, Roy and their dog Kingsley.
Something for Kelly is close to my heart as Kelly was my wife. We struggled to fight the disease together, a fight that we ultimately lost. My goal is to continue to fight to save others.
Jared is a Principal of Wm. Nobbe and Co., Inc, a 7 store agricultural machinery firm in Southwest Illinois and Southeastern Missouri. A nature enthusiast, Jared also serves on the board of Clifftop NFP, one of the leading Land Conservation Groups in Illinois. He also gives back to the community through is Involvement in the Waterloo Lions Club, Monroe County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Program. Jared earned a Bachelor of Science in Technical Systems Management with a minor in Crop and Plant Sciences from the University of Illinois. Jared resides in Waterloo, IL with his wife Rebecca and their son.
Something for Kelly is important for me because it deals with raising awareness about healthy body image at just the right age. As a mother of 3 daughters, I see it as an invaluable resource.
Cindy Vavrik is a Vice President with Morgan Stanley and has provided financial advice to clients for more than 25 years. As a former Private Bank executive, she has a wealth of experience working with high net worth individuals and families as well as private businesses, endowments and foundations. Cindy’s business focuses on helping clients prepare for life events such as retirement and generational wealth transfer. As a teacher in her prior career, she takes an active role in educating young people on their financial responsibilities. Cindy lives in Orlando Park, IL with her husband and daughters.