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Aug 2002May 2004

Master of Science

University of Kansas

Industrial and Organizational Psychology emphasizing:

  • Leadership and the keys to effective executive management
  • Change management
  • Group dynamics and diversity
  • Efficient and effective management strategies for corporate structure, policies and procedures
Aug 1981May 1985

Bachelor of Arts

University of Kansas

Work experience

Oct 2005Present

Assistant General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary

General Electric Company

Support of $340 million business segment, with responsible for:

  • Participation in key strategic business issues
  • Advising senior management on legal strategies
  • Managing all risk functions, including corporate compliance, privacy and regulatory matters
  • Complex contract negotiations
  • Corporate governance
  • Employment issues
  • Litigation management
Mar 2004Oct 2005


The O’Byrne Group, LLC

Partner in boutique law firm with practice in corporate, federal compliance, and insurance law.

Feb 2001Mar 2004

General Counsel and Senior Vice President

The West Group, LLC

General Counsel and Owner of real estate sales and marketing consulting company.

Mar 1997Feb 2001

Assistant General Counsel

Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company

Assistant General Counsel

Negotiated, drafted, and reviewed all administrative, marketing and agency contracts.Provided legal support for broad range of issues, including corporate compliance, complex claims disputes, financial reporting, and general corporate matters.

Manager, Reinsurance Department

Negotiated, drafted and administered all accident, health and life reinsurance contracts. Provided management for compliance, complex claims disputes, and financial reporting.

Manager, Reinsurance Control and Self-Funded Operations

Supervised all accident, health and life reinsurance programs and operations of Managing General Agent network for sales of excess loss and group life coverage

Feb 1996Mar 1997

Agent/ Registered Representative

The Equitable Companies / AXA

Financial and risk management consulting services for business and individuals.

Nov 1994Jan 1996


West & Nye, PA

Law firm with practice in insurance, contracts, corporations, and alternate dispute resolution.

Sep 1991Nov 1994


Cousineau, McGuire & Anderson, Chtd.

Attorney in large insurance defense law firm with practice in professional liability, commercial liability, employment, personal injury, products liability, and construction litigation.

Sep 1988Sep 1991


Hays, McConn, Price & Pickering

Attorney in large insurance defense law firm with practice in professional liability, commercial liability, employment, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and products liability litigation.




The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority

- Kenneth Blanchard

The world is simply moving too fast to remain an expert on anything.  The ability to influence others, to lead through authentic displays of empathy, understanding and social intelligence - these are the skills that a leader must possess in today's world.     

Managers instruct others to follow - Leaders influence others to follow the path they have created.   

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