People

The Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship and land stewardship. Our entrepreneurship programs, which revolve around education, recognition and research, focus narrowly on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. 

Founders

Ed Lowe invented Kitty Litter in 1947. A cleaner alternative to the ashes and sand previously used in litter boxes, clay-based Kitty Litter enabled more cats to remain indoors and reshaped U.S. pet demographics, with cats outnumbering dogs. What’s more, this simple product led to the creation of an entirely new industry, and today the cat litter business generates annual U.S. sales of nearly $2 billion.

An entrepreneur herself, Darlene established her own interior design business, Haymarket Interiors, in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, she became vice president of design and facilities planning at Edward Lowe Industries, where she managed the design and renovation of more than 80 diverse projects, including the foundation’s 2,000-acre campus, Big Rock Valley.

Board of Trustees & Management Team

Board of Trustees (left to right): Pete Pairitz, Paul Bowles, Darlene Lowe, Monica Wyant, Jack Pycik and Dan Wyant

Management Team(left to right): Don Bauters, Kathy Browning, Dan Wyant, Darlene Lowe, Mike McCuistion and Colleen Killen-Roberts

Entrepreneurship Team

Our entrepreneurship programs, which revolve around education, recognition and research, focus narrowly on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth.

Paul Bateson

GM of External Relations

TJ Becker

Marketing Comm Mgr

Nancy Goodrich

Mgr Admin Services

Joy Kitamori

Partner Relationship Manager

Rita Phillips

Retreat Manager

Chris Ryback

Asstant Director

Kelli Saunders

Sr Executive Specialist

Dino Signore

Mgr of Entrepreneurial Ed.