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KAYDIN DOWNEY (she/her)

Owner & Founder

Kay grew up in the suburbs of Houston and now lives in the Heights. After receiving her Medical Alert & Response Service Dog in July of 2019 she saw a dire need for education pertaining to Service Dogs. Which lead her to found HAYS that coming November. Since, she has educated schools and businesses nationwide. In doing so she has saved many businesses from potential lawsuits and many handlers from life-threatening injuries. 

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Tae Me Lee (she/her)

Board Advisor

Tae Mi is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received an MBA from University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business. She previously worked as Director of Strategy, Finance & Analysis, where she structured and raised approximately $40 billion in corporate and project financing, and currently serves as CFO of an investment bank and asset management firm.  Tae Mi has spent time volunteering at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Friends For Life, and she is an author of The Eski Chronicles. In her free time, she loves to travel around the world and spend time with her furry children.

Alejandra Motta (she/her)

Board Advisor

Ale Motta was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Dallas, Texas, and is a new resident of Houston. During her time in Dallas, she attended Ursuline Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, and went on to graduate from Texas A&M in College Station with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Accounting. Immediately following graduation, Alejandra began working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) and earned her CPA license. She currently works as an Assurance Senior Associate for PwC’s Private Company Services sector. In 2018, she started volunteering with the SPCA and quickly discovered a passion for it. HAYS’ service dog educational initiative captured her attention and after learning about their mission to educate people in making the world a better place for service dog handlers, she knew she had to be involved! In her spare time, Alejandra enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, and traveling with her husband.

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Brianna Holcombe (she/her)

Board Advisor

Bri Holcombe is a licensed attorney in both the states of Tennessee and Texas, practicing family law. Bri is a Houston native who graduated from Baylor University and Belmont University College of Law. She is currently employed at the Hunt Law Firm. Before joining her current firm, Bri served as a Law Clerk and Associate Attorney for a family law firm in Greater Houston. When Bri is not advocating for her clients, she is rooting for the Baylor Bears and Houston Astros! But what she loves most in life is her sweet “blacken-doodle” puppy, Astro!

Nikki Gulgun (she/her)

Board Advisor

Although Nikki was not born in Houston, she’s lived here most of her life and considers herself an adopted “Houston-native”.  She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and immediately began her career with Accenture in the Houston Office. She has worked with a variety of Energy clients in different capacities, ranging from digital communications to large ERP implementations and agile project delivery. Additionally, she has helped with university recruiting, career development and planning wellness events for the Houston Office. Nikki has a passion for animals as well as working with people who have disabilities. In college, she volunteered with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) through her college spirit group, Texas Lassos. She’s always looking for an opportunity to have a larger, positive impact on others, and looks forward to doing so with HAYS! In her spare time, Nikki enjoys traveling, hiking in National Parks, crafting & cuddling on the couch with her pup, Sadie.

DAVY GERICHTEN (they/them)

Project Manager

Davy is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania apart from some college years living in Tokyo. They graduated from West Chester University with a B.A. in Foreign Languages and International Business, focusing on French, Japanese, and Russian languages and cultures. Prior to graduating, they worked as a peer educator for the offices of international studies and LGBTQA services at their university. After graduating, they worked as an AKC certified dog trainer for both pets and service dogs for several years. They began training their current service dog, Quibbler, in September of 2019. They now run their own online boutique, Panda Purl Studio, in addition to content writing and managing HAYS. They are extremely passionate about animals, including everything from proper husbandry to the laws that govern both pet ownership and service dog access. They’ve owned several cats, rats, dogs, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, lizards, snakes, and aquatic creatures, and even ran their own small animal rescue for several years. In their spare time, they enjoys crafting, reading, and traveling. 

 
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