Our Leadership

American Pets Alive! is the outreach and education division of Austin Pets Alive!. American Pets Alive! is powering the Human Animal Support Services project. AmPA! and HASS Staff are listed below, along with the APA! Board of Directors.

AmPA! Staff

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Ellen Jefferson, DVM

President & CEO & Maddie's® Director of Lifesaving Leadership
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Kristen Hassen

Maddie’s® American Pets Alive! Director
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Suzie Chase

Senior Director of Strategic Communications
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Maggie Lynch

Development Director
Elena Tolstikova

Elena Tolstikova

Strategic Director of Human Resources
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Katie Jarl

Director of Government Affairs and Policy
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Bobby Mann

Maddie’s® Human Animal Support Services Pilot Director
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Rory Adams

Maddie's® Training and Education Manager
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Kasey Spain

Maddie's® Marketing and Communications Senior Manager
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Jamie Case

Maddie's® HASS Project Manager
Monica Frenden

Monica Frenden

Maddie’s® Director of Feline Lifesaving
Clare Callison

Clare Callison

Maddie’s® Director of National Pet Supply and Demand
Jordana Moerbe

Jordana Moerbe

Maddie’s® Medical Program Advisor
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Faith Wright

Maddie’s® Shelter Management Advisor
Aaron Caldwell

Aaron Caldwell

Maddie's® Dog Behavior Program Advisor
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Kourtney Hudson

Data Coordinator
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Sara Miller

Marketing and Communications Assistant
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Liana Moss

Keeping Families Together Implementation Coordinator
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Eliza Torres

Administrative Assistant

APA! Board of Directors

Dr. Ellen Jefferson

CEO and President

Rusty Tally

Board Member

Mike Rovner

Board Member

Gerri Kappler

Board Member

Bill Symon

Board Member

Gretchen Meyer

Board Member

Meredith Young

Board Member

Laura Villagran Johnson

Board Member

Alexander Devine

Board Member

Monica Dermott

Board Member

Kristen Tollefson Serra

Board Member

Cynthia Konieczny

Board Member

Dr. Milton J. Guiberteau

Board Member

Dr. Jodi Denyszyn

Board Member
Thursday March 21st, 2019

What Was Your Match? A Single Spark Can Start a Movement

Fourth-century philosopher St. Augustine once said that hope has two ingredients—anger and courage. Anger at the way things are, and the courage to make a change.