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  1. Marva A. Callahan

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    “First impressions are important. It is my job to make it a great one for our clients.”

    As the front desk administrator, Marva is the first person our clients encounter when visiting our firm. Marva brings to SAKG almost 25 years of client service and administration experience. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm for her work create a welcoming environment for our clients.

    In her spare time, Marva crochets blankets, hats and scarves for the sick and elderly. Her creations have warmed the bodies and minds of patients and staff at St. Jude’s Cancer Research, Children’s Mercy Hospital and City Union Mission. Outside of work, Marva enjoys listening to live bands and spending time with her two grandchildren.

  2. Faith N. Collins

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    “I am beyond thrilled to begin my legal career as a member of the SAKG team. The culture of mutual respect that defines the firm makes all the difference when it comes to producing the best results for clients.”

    Originally from Arkansas, Faith graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Her interest in the legal field began while she was at college, during which she also obtained a minor in Legal Studies. She has previously worked as a legal intern, primarily dealing with estate law and gaining client service experience. She joined SAKG in July 2021, bringing valuable administrative and organizational skills to the firm as well as an eagerness to achieve excellence alongside the rest of the team.

    Faith currently lives in Overland Park with her husband Cameron and their dachshund puppy, Cece. Outside of work, she can be found relaxing at a local coffee shop, browsing the library, working out at the gym, or attending concerts of her favorite indie bands. She is passionate about helping others, and is always looking for meaningful ways to get involved in her community.

  3. Elissa J. Crow

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    “I am ecstatic to work for SAKG because the collaborative environment guarantees the best result for everyone involved.”

    Elissa joined the firm in September 2021 as a legal billing analyst. She studied Administration of Justice at Johnson County Community College.

    Prior to joining SAKG, Elissa gained administrative experience at a civil litigation firm. She also worked as a bank teller throughout college, which is how she realized her love for working with numbers. She uses her time management skills, organization, and attention to detail to ensure her best work.

    Elissa currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her beloved dog Buddy. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends. Elissa can almost always be found curled up on the couch with a good book or in the kitchen trying out a new recipe.

     

  4. Maria Fe Davis

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    “I am excited to work at SAKG and be part of the firm’s continued success and growth. I enjoy analyzing the big picture, breaking it down into manageable pieces and reaching the final goal one milestone at a time.”

    As the Chief Operating Officer, Maria manages a wide array of aspects for the firm, including back office operations, technology, workflow management, process improvements, human resources, financials and client billing. She plays a key role in creating, implementing and executing strategic initiatives for the firm.

    Maria began her career working in financial services for companies such as State Street Corporation, Etelligent Consulting and Charles Schwab Corporation. Prior to joining SAKG, Maria managed the operations division of PerfectCube, a data analytics software solution.

    Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eastern Nazarene College. Having grown up in Massachusetts, she and her family share a love of beaches, seafood and the New England Patriots. Outside of work, Maria enjoys traveling, cooking and volunteering her time to her church and son’s scout troop.

  5. Karen S. Frisbie

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    “I am excited to be a part of the team at SAKG. I look forward to using my love of research along with my years of experience to provide the best possible results for our clients. Also, the attorneys and staff make SAKG a great place to work and grow.”

     

    Karen obtained her Paralegal Certificate from Johnson County Community College and her Associates Degree from Kansas City, Kansas Community College. She has worked extensively in litigation in the areas of product liability, toxic torts, personal injury, medical malpractice and FELA claims.

    Karen lives in Merriam, Kansas with her husband Chris and two boys. She spends her free time pursuing her passion of photography, exploring Kansas City and anywhere the road takes her with her camera.

  6. Danielle Leaton-Salinas

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    “I enjoy the collaborative work environment at SAKG. Teamwork really does make the dream work”

    Danielle is our legal billing analyst. Danielle uses her great attention to detail, multitasking skills, and legal experience to help the office run smoothly by providing thorough support to the operations team.

    Prior to joining SAKG, Danielle worked as a paralegal in various areas of law, including family law, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and mass tort cases involving defective medical devices.

    Outside of work, Danielle enjoys volunteering in children’s reading programs, practicing yoga, painting, and attempting to cook. She is well-known among her social circle as a ‘crazy plant lady’ with a wish list of 70+ types of plants. She regularly plays plant doctor to her friends’ plants struggling to stay alive.

  7. Merry E. Morales

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    “At SAKG we work together as a team with one common goal:  to provide excellent service to our clients on every case.”

    As an administrative assistant, Merry provides a wide range of support services, including  communicating with clients, the Courts and opposing counsel, organizing case files and electronically-stored information, and managing schedules. Merry has more than two decades of experience in the legal field, which included working as an Judicial Administrative Assistant at the United States District Court for the District of Kansas and the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. She is passionate about using her skills and experience to help our attorneys achieve the best possible results for each client.

    Merry moved from Idaho to the Kansas City area in 1986.  She currently lives in Liberty, Missouri with her husband and three children.  Merry is an avid Chiefs, Royals and Liberty Blue Jays fan, and she enjoys traveling and reading.

  8. Sarah E. Newton

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    “I am inspired by the leadership and collaboration at SAKG. Good energy is contagious. I look forward to contributing positively to our work team, each day.”

    Sarah joined the firm as a paralegal in 2020. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the College of Communications at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has over ten years of litigation experience in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability and disability law.

    Sarah enjoys art, music, travel and spending time with her dogs.

  9. Carolyn S. Noble

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    “SAKG lawyers meet with staff on a regular basis to share ideas and discuss caseload, ensuring that each of the firm’s clients is receiving the level of attention and high-quality service the firm is committed to provide.”

    Prior to joining the firm as an administrative assistant in 2016, Carolyn gained three decades of experience in the educational, corporate, and legal arenas.  She brings to the firm a wealth of varied knowledge and provides a wide array of administrative support for the office, attorneys and staff.

    Carolyn currently lives in North Kansas City, Missouri, with her son and her cat.  She enjoys being outdoors, be it watching her son play soccer, gardening, taking walks, kayaking, fishing — just about anything outdoors is fair game.

  10. Becca M. Preisendorf

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    “After years with a national law firm, I am thrilled to be moving into the collaborative and tight-knit environment of SAKG. I look forward to applying this experience into becoming an asset to the litigation teams and providing the best possible representation for our clients”

    Becca’s legal career began in 2016 after graduating from Hastings College with a degree in Political Science. From there, she gained experience as a litigation paralegal and a legal assistant with a national law firm, handling employment, premises liability, and construction matters. The high-volume and high-profile cases she handled gave her the ability to multitask, prioritize, and manage many cases at a time without sacrificing the quality of her work product.

    Outside of work, you can find Becca attending a local protest, reading while curled up with one of her two cats, playing the piano, or on a hiking trail with her partner and their new puppy. She’s always on the look-out for her next favorite board game, good vegan eats, and binge-worthy podcasts.

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