A New Era Begins at BioNexus KC

A New Era Begins at BioNexus KC

Andrea Haring joins the BioNexus KC team as Executive Assistant and Office Manager. Haring’s predecessor is the organization’s first employee, Sharon Newman, who retired at the end of 2023 after 24 years of service.

Learn more about Andrea and how she will support and propel BioNexus KC into its next era.

Q: You had five weeks to work alongside Sharon; what was that like?

A: Sharon’s knowledge and longevity with the organization is impressive. I have gotten a lot out of working with her, and she has shared much history with me. It’s impossible to take away all 24 years of her knowledge, but I have tried to soak everything up and learn as much as possible from her. It was incredible.

Q: Why did you want to work at BioNexus KC?

A: When I was looking for positions on Nonprofit Connect, and I saw BioNexus KC, I was like, oh, what is that? After reading about it, I thought, oh my gosh, that’s a fantastic organization. When you work behind the scenes, you appreciate that people don’t see everything you do to contribute, but working for an organization that impacts the community is energizing.

Q: Describe BioNexus KC in three words.

A: Collaboration. Innovation. Excitement.

Q: What are the top skills that you bring to this role?

A: I have 10+ years of non-profit and accounting experience. I am organized and have a unique skill set. I think I also add an element of fun. Numbers are my thing, but I can be personable and have fun.

Q: What parts of the mission of BioNexus KC do you especially connect with?

A: I am excited about what tech hubs will do for our community. To think that I will participate in this initiative is an incredible opportunity. The research and development part of things is also fascinating, and I look forward to being involved in our Science2Art program.

Q: Where is your happy place in Kansas City?

A: I would have to say the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. I love wandering around, and it’s constant but ever-changing at the same time. Yeah. I’ve always loved art, and it’s fantastic that we have a place like the Nelson in Kansas City.

Q: What is something you can’t live without?

A: Oh, easy, coffee. I know that’s stereotypical, but I can’t even get up in the morning unless I smell that the coffee pot has turned on and I know there’s coffee ready. That is what gets and keeps me going.

Q: What do you want the community to know about you?

A: I want the community to know that I am excited to be here, and I hope everyone can offer me their patience and grace as I figure things out. I acknowledge that Sharon leaves a strong legacy of success, and I aim to continue her legacy of being the face of the organization, a great colleague, partner, and friend, and supporting BioNexus KC the best I can.