About Kate

Kate Tanis was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, but calls Roanoke, Virginia "home."  She attended Appalachian State University for college and then The University of Georgia for graduate school.  Kate moved to Nashville for a job at Vanderbilt University advising rowdy fraternity and sorority members.  While the job was not a fit, Nashville was!  After a career in Christian non-profits for the past 10 years in volunteer management, her current job is as Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse.  She enjoys traveling to meet, recruit and train volunteers across the Mid-South region of TN, AR and KY, but especially appreciates the work "perks" of traveling internationally to Uganda or the Philippines.  Kate enjoys playing golf, going to movies, Karaoke singing and volunteering in the Nashville community. 

About Ryan

Ryan McKinnie was born in Alexandria, Louisiana but grew up in Little Rock Arkansas.  He grew up on the golf course, both playing and working most of his childhood.  He went to Arkansas Tech University and played on the golf team there.  After various sales positions, he took a position at UPS in 1999 and has been there ever since, in several different roles.  His current position is in Management, as an Account Executive, managing many small business customers, while serving as a subject matter expert in "Haz Mat" (shipping hazardous materials).  Ryan has two great children:  daugther Savannah (age 14) and son Ryland (age 12).  His favorite things to do are watching movies, and going camping, hunting or golfing whenever he can. 

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