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



Board of Directors

Mike Schneider, Chair

Scott Filler, Vice Chair

Julie Feinstein, Secretary

Steve Handel, Treasurer

Pat Popa

Kyle Corsiglia

Jason Gore

Ken Wilk

Mark Machnic

Jeff Dettlo



Harry Vande Velde, Chief Executive Officer
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Brian Fitzpatrick, Chief Operating Officer
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Lisa Carpenter, Chief Development Officer
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George Matusik, Finance Supervisor
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Mike Kretz, Human Resources Supervisor
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Jessica Petalas-Hernandez, Shelter Director
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Kim Romic, Clinic Director
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Steve Lakatos, Wildlife Director

Mary Spear, Paws Manager