HR Leader with a Unique Interest

Autumn arrives at the Institute with the addition of George Satterlee as the vice president of human resources. He will oversee the Institute’s programs related to human resources, including staffing, member relations, immigration, compensation, compliance, policy development, and strategic planning.

As a Kansas City native, Satterlee had been aware of the Stowers Institute since its beginnings. When his son, Andrew Satterlee, spent two summers pursuing research in Investigator Ron Yu’s lab, he became more closely acquainted with the Institute’s work and mission. However, it was an earlier, more personal experience that originally ignited Satterlee’s interest and appreciation for the kind of basic research pursued by Stowers scientists. After his son was diagnosed with a germ cell brain tumor, Satterlee immersed himself in scientific and medical research. Seeking to help guide his son’s treatment and find expert answers to his questions, he read scientific journal articles and medical textbooks. He even sought advice from basic researchers working in the field of germ cell tumorigenesis.

“I give great credit for Andrew’s health to the many national and international experts who were doing both basic and translational research on germ cell tumors,” said Satterlee. “I’ll be forever grateful to the many scientists and physicians who devote their lives to solving complex problems that either directly or indirectly impact human life. The important work being done at the Institute isn’t lost on me. I’m honored to serve an organization with such an important mission.”

Satterlee joins the Institute from Missouri Bank, where he was responsible for the company’s human resources, organizational development and effectiveness, marketing and public relations, strategic planning, and crisis management. Prior to his 17 years at Missouri Bank, Satterlee spent 15 years at Hallmark Cards, where he held a variety of human resource positions. In addition, he has been extensively involved with civic and nonprofit organizations such as the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. He also serves as a mayoral appointee on the board of directors of KC Workforce Investment Board/Full Employment Council

“George Satterlee’s wealth of experience in human resource management, organizational leadership, and strategic thinking, along with managing personal challenges, makes him uniquely qualified for a role at the Institute,” said Stowers Vice President for Administration Abby Freeman. “He has an appreciation for the Institute’s culture and recognizes the exceptional talent of our workforce. I know George will serve our members well and help ensure they maximize their contributions to achieving the Institute’s goals.”

Satterlee earned an undergraduate degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, with an emphasis in business administration and political science. He has a Master of Liberal Arts degree in philosophy from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, and attended a three year program in the Graduate School of Banking and in Executive Leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Satterlee lives in Overland Park with his wife, Susan, and their dog, Maggie. Their daughter, Sarah, lives in Michigan. Andrew recently received a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of North Carolina (UNC) and is preparing to begin a postdoc experience working on the problem of partially resected glioblastoma brain tumors, also at UNC.