One can tell by Eads’ volunteer work that she’s an animal lover. In fact, her personal philosophy perfectly captures that admiration.

“Be the person your dog thinks you are,” she said. 

When not around her four-legged friends, Eads is audit manager at BKD LLP, where she’s worked since 2011. It’s a company whose ranks she’s swiftly climbed.

Her responsibilities now include leading teams in completing audit engagements for health care systems locally and throughout the country. 

Eads has been honored with BKD’s 2012 community service award and was chairwoman of the BKD Staff Foundation, which annually supports local not-for-profits financially and through public service projects. And while it’s still early in her career, the 32-year-old mentors those who are newer to the company.

“Five a.m. starts are the norm for Lindie as she jumps out of bed to get a workout in, put in a long day’s work and still have time for her husband and volunteer roles,” said nominator Ryan Reiff, a partner at BKD. “Our community’s future is bright with rising stars like Lindie leading us forward!”

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In addition to her day job, Eads is vice chairwoman of the board for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and, in 2019, she will become the first chairwoman for the region.

She is also active with CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, an activity she does to bond with her mother, Kaia Sailor. The two became joint child advocates for CASA, where training includes approximately 40 hours of initial courses as well as ongoing educational requirements. The mother-daughter team jointly advocate on behalf of victims of child abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict and the two recently completed their first case. 

“CASA made me very grateful for my life,” Eads said. “You just don’t realize that a lot of people don’t get to live the same life you get to live.”

She added that there are many “amazing nonprofits” in the Springs and even if she may not be able to make a huge financial contribution, she believes it is vitally important to contribute to one’s community. 

“It is really important to help out in any way you can,” she said.

— Bryan Grossman & Shiying Cheng

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