Katherine (or Kat) has been with Total Habitat as our resident accounts person since the very beginning. As she said, "I remember when it was just a sparkle in my husband's eye". We were lucky enough to snag her as our Office Manager full-time after she retired from teaching in 2016. When asked about her favorite tool she said the old-school adding machine. She said she had a mishap with the memory save option on a paperless method and won't go back, stating comically, "crying at your desk isn't good for office moral!".
Outside of work Katherine enjoys getting together with friends and family, playing music, and painting. She plays guitar and dabbles in several other instruments. Katherine has been performing since she was young when she was in a band with her sister, and still continues to play with her family and friends at the Kit Kat Club in Bonner Springs.
Mick (Mickey or Flip) has been in charge of Total Habitat since he founded it in 1996. Mick has been in the zoo world for many years and was formerly the Curator of Exhibits at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita. He had his "ah-ha" moment when he witnessed otters playing in the new chemical-free, and crystal-clear swimming pool exhibit they built. He realized that people should get to enjoy this wonderful chlorine-free experience for themselves!
Mick grew up in Kansas City, and has lived in Lawrence and Wichita before moving back to Bonner Springs. One of his favorite projects was a Natural Swimming Pond in Tennessee. We rented an excavator that reached an extreme length of 60 feet so that we were able to use one large machine instead of several small ones to navigate around this huge pond project complete with water slide and swimming grotto!
Outside of running Total Habitat Mick enjoys spending time with his family and grand-dog Kona. He enjoys writing music and poetry. You can often find him playing music with friends at the Kit Kat Club at Lake of the Forest in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
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