Movers and Shakers 11

Women making a difference!

The Doctor

Dr. Ancy Maruthanal, M.D.

Maruthanal is better known as Dr. Ancy to her patients and the women that she inspires as the medical director of Club W at North Kansas City Hospital. When she’s not working in internal medicine, she enjoys pilates, cooking, running, and traveling with her husband.

What is the one thing that makes you excited each morning? 

Gratitude. Each day is truly a gift, and a chance to leave a positive mark in the world. Each morning, I think of 2-3 things for which I am thankful. This helps me start the morning off with energy and motivation to move mountains. 

What is the one piece of advice that you would give to your 18-year old self? 

Work as hard as you can because being a hard worker will always be in style.

The Designers

Aimee Gray, Brandi Atwell, and Faith Page of A3G Architects

Aimee Gray (middle) knows good design. After all, she’s the principal architect in her firm, A3G Architects, a firm comprised entirely of female architects and designers. The firm’s work ranges from historic restorations to tiny homes for veterans to office and industrial space, all of it combining style with functionality.

What is the one thing that makes you excited each morning? 

Each morning I am excited about being the maker of my own destiny. Making my own rules and living to my own standards.

What is the one piece of advice that you would give to your 18-year old self? 

I would tell my 18-year-old self to not regret mistakes, but learn everything you can from them so that you never do it again. And don’t sweat the small stuff.

The Artist

Alisha Bergfalk

Alisha Bergfalk has a passion for art and for travel. When she’s not teaching pottery classes at the Parkville Artisan’s Studio, she’s creating art or teaching at home art lessons.

What is the one thing that makes you excited each morning?

I love my job, teaching art lessons is very rewarding to me. I love how each person leaves the lesson with new found faith in their abilities as an artist. I love how art can make people forget about their problems for a little while. I love the way that artists interact with each other. 

What is the one piece of advice you would give to your 18-year old self?

Don’t let your fears or doubts stop you in your tracks, dream big. The bigger the dream, the easier it is to put your focus on your goals and not on the fears and doubts. 

The Mother

Tonya Blythe

Yes, mother is a full time job, especially if you’re Tonya Blythe. Blythe has two biological children with her husband as well as four foster children. As she homeschools her biological children and public schools her foster kids, she loves them all, hard and with a sense of humor.

What is the one thing that makes you excited each morning? 

Honestly, it’s the anticipation of what’s going to excite my kids that day. Today, my 6-year-old was jumping out of his skin thinking about his next baseball game; yesterday, my 9-year-old looked forward to lunch and a movie we’d been planning for some time. Last week, one of our foster kiddos was counting the days (to anyone who would listen!) until his big 8th birthday. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of life that I try not to take these moments of excitement and celebration for granted, especially when they mean so much to our kids.

What is the one piece of advice that you would give to your 18-year old self? 

That B you got in Ms. Michaud’s English class will have no bearing whatsoever on the rest of your life. Do yourself an Elsa and let it go.

The Hustler

Kelly Kariker

Kelly Kariker knows that it’s a man’s world. She doesn’t care. This William Jewell graduate, triathlete, marathon runner, and single mother of three kids worked her way up in the banking world. Now this investment manager at MO Bank is proving that you can have it all–you just have to be willing to work for it.

What is the one thing that makes you excited each morning?  

A cup of coffee with tons of peppermint mocha creamer.

What is the one piece of advice that you would give to your 18-year old self?  

Keep up the hard work, it will pay off but don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep the friends worth holding onto and when given the opportunity to study abroad – go for it!