From our dedicated staff and board, to our hardworking volunteers—our people bring our mission to life.



Board of Directors

Mark Machnic, Chair

Scott Filler, Vice Chair

Kyle Corsiglia, Secretary

Steve Handel, Treasurer

Pat Popa

Jason Gore

Ken Wilk

Mark Machnic

Jeff Dettlo

Mike Schneider

Julie Feinstein

Cindy Hall

Jessica Schneider



Brian Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer
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George Matusik, Finance Supervisor
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Lisa Carpenter, Chief Development Officer (219)513-8911 x106

Lourdes Castellanos, Marketing & Communications Manager (219)513-8911 x103    

Jessica Petalas-Hernandez, Shelter Director
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Kim Romic, Clinic Director
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Steve Lakatos, Wildlife Director

Nicole Harmon, Wildlife Educator (219)299-8027

Mary Spear, Paws Manager

Tiffany Hudson, HR Generalist
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