After completing their business degrees, Monarch™ founders Kristine Goulet and Patricia Quinn met and began their careers at IBM’s Sales Professional School. Kristine changed career paths. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic, earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree and then built a thriving practice serving her community.
Today, Kristine is passionately focused on Monarch’s mission of supporting care recipients and caregivers. Kristine experienced the role of caregiver while tending to her mother who lived with Alzheimer’s disease over a period of five years in various long term care homes. Kristine witnessed firsthand the challenges associated with dressing a loved one whose physical and cognitive abilities were declining. Determined to find a better solution, she envisioned an easier to use, fashion-conscious adaptive clothing line; one that would provide comfort and dignity to her mother while being dressed and one that would also honour her mother’s love of fashion.
Kristine’s mother passed before the completion of the Monarch dressing solution, but the commitment lives on to support caregivers and care recipients with an improved adaptive clothing system.
Pat left IBM to launch a company focused on communication and training solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Through her passion for effective and compelling communication, she built an organization that Robert Half International and its consulting division, Protiviti, subsequently acquired. Pat is an entrepreneur who gives back to her community through the coaching and mentoring of other entrepreneurs at incubation and accelerator centres and university boards.
In September 2016, one of Pat’s family members was diagnosed with dementia. In anticipation of the challenges ahead for her own family, Pat has become personally connected to the Monarch mission of supporting care partners through redefined adaptive clothing solutions.