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National No Kill Leaders

Dr. Ellen Jefferson

Dr. Ellen Jefferson

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Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive!

Ryan Clinton

Ryan Clinton

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Attorney and Founder of FixAustin.org

Lee Ann Shenefiel

Lee Ann Shenefiel

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Interim Chief Animal Services Officer at Austin Animal Center

Kristen Auerbach

Kristen Auerbach

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Director of Pima County Animal Center

Judah Battista

Judah Battista

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Cofounder Best Friend Animal Society

Makena Yarbrough

Makena Yarbrough

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Executive Director of Lynchburg Humane Society

Mike Kaviani

Mike Kaviani

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Director of Live-saving Operations of Austin Pets Alive!

Brent Toellner

Brent Toellner

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Regional Director, Great Plains and South Central Regions for Best Friends Animal Society

Aimee Sadler

Aimee Sadler

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Founder of Dogs Playing for Life™

David Meyer

David Meyer

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Co-Founder and CEO of Adopt-a-Pet.com

Dr. Sheila Segurson D’Arpino

Dr. Sheila Segurson D’Arpino

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Director of Research for Maddie's Fund®

Mary Ippoliti-Smith

Mary Ippoliti-Smith

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Maddie's Fund® Executive Leadership Team

Donna Casamento

Donna Casamento

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Chief Program Officer for the Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Jose Ocano

Jose Ocano

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Pacific Regional Director at Best Friends Animal Society

Rebecca Guinn

Rebecca Guinn

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CEO, LifeLine Animal Project

Lars Rabbe

Lars Rabbe

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Chief Information Officer for Maddie's Fund

Kelly Duer

Kelly Duer

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Founding President of Fairfax County Animal Advocates

Misty Christo

Misty Christo

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Staff Attorney at Alley Cat Allies

Local No Kill Leaders

Cheryl Schneider

Cheryl Schneider

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Director of Animal Services for Williamson County

Larry Tucker

Larry Tucker

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City of Austin Animal Advisory Commissioner

Laura Morrison

Laura Morrison

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Former Austin City Council Member

Mike Martinez

Mike Martinez

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Former Austin City Councilman

Stephanie Martens

Stephanie Martens

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Founder and Executive Director of Austin Lost & Found Pets

Andrea Birkelbach

Andrea Birkelbach

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Founder of Houston Pets Alive!

Maureen O’Nell

Maureen O’Nell

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Executive Director for San Antonio Pets Alive!

Jason Garza

Jason Garza

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Acting Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer for the City of Austin

Whitney Bliton

Whitney Bliton

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Local Program City Specialist -Houston, Texas for Best Friends Animal Society

Sheila Kouhkan

Sheila Kouhkan

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Maddie's® Executive Leadership Fellow

Kim Waters

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Founder and Executive Director of Pflugerville Pets Alive!

Specialty Program Leaders

Alan Graham

Alan Graham

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Founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Ann Lindholm

Ann Lindholm

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Austin Pets Alive! Dog Foster Program Co-Manager

Casandra Mensing

Casandra Mensing

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Neonatal Ward Manager for Austin Pets Alive!

Faith Wright

Faith Wright

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Facilities, Information, and Legal Services Manager for Austin Pets Alive!

Monica Dangler

Monica Dangler

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Volunteer Coordinator for Austin Pets Alive!

Carrie Morris

Carrie Morris

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Canine Good Citizen Program Coordinator

Monica Frenden

Monica Frenden

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Cat Program Manager for Austin Pets Alive!

Patty Lepley-Alexander

Patty Lepley-Alexander

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Manager of the Pass and Adoptline Programs for Austin Pets Alive!

Dr. Carley Faughn

Dr. Carley Faughn

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Dogtown Manager at Best Friends Sanctuary

Jordana Moerbe

Jordana Moerbe

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Medical Clinic Manager

April Moore

April Moore

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Engagement Manager for Austin Animal Center

Anna Crockett

Anna Crockett

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Co-Director and Trainer for Rufftail Runners

Deaven Wilson

Deaven Wilson

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Dog Program Manager at Austin Pets Alive!

Beckie Shafer

Beckie Shafer

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Training Coordinator/Volunteer Liaison - Neonatal Program

Kristen Hansen

Kristen Hansen

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Ringworm Adoption Center Manager for Austin Pets Alive!

Clare Callison

Clare Callison

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Director of Operations at San Antonio Pets Alive!

Marisa Ledesma

Marisa Ledesma

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Pet Resource Team Leader at Austin Animal Center

Jordan Craig

Jordan Craig

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Animal Care Supervisor for Austin Animal Services

Katie Mellon

Katie Mellon

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Intake Coordinator at Austin Pets Alive!

Lindsey Picard

Lindsey Picard

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Marketing Manager for Austin Pets Alive!

Gloria Hudson

Gloria Hudson

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Neonatal Foster Manager at Austin Pets Alive!

Mary Heerwald

Mary Heerwald

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Director of Marketing and Communications for Austin Pets Alive!

Michelle Dosson

Michelle Dosson

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Public Health Educator of Austin Animal Services

Mark Sloat

Mark Sloat

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Program Manager - Field Services for Austin Animal Services

Aaron Caldwell

Aaron Caldwell

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Dog Behavior Program Co-Manager at Austin Pets Alive!

Dr. Sarah Hazell

Dr. Sarah Hazell

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Veternarian at Austin Pets Alive!

Hannah Horstman

Hannah Horstman

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Events and Outreach Manager at Austin Pets Alive!

Wendy Beaupre

Wendy Beaupre

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Animal Services Supervisor for Austin Animal Center

Marcia Chan

Marcia Chan

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Co-manager Tarrytown Dog Location at Austin Pets Alive!

Lorian Epstein

Lorian Epstein

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Maddie’s Adult Dog Foster Coordinator at Austin Animal Center

Jessica Pierce

Jessica Pierce

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Rescue and Marketing Coordinator at Georgetown Animal Shelter

Clem Ozel

Clem Ozel

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Volunteer for APA!’s Cat Assessment Team

Marian Cannell

Marian Cannell

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Dog Behavior Team Co-Manager at Austin Pets Alive!

Sheila Kouhkan

Sheila Kouhkan

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Maddie's® Executive Leadership Fellow

Maggie Lynch

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Development Director for Austin Pets Alive!

Mike Ryan

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Dog Marketing Manager

Ryan Plunkett

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Matchmaker Program Manager

Ashley Middleton

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Cat Foster Manager at Austin Pets Alive!

Gabby Uresti

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Medical Clinic Director for San Antonio Pets Alive!

Ava Lynch

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Dog Walking Manager and Shift Lead Coordinator at Austin Pets Alive!