Jamie Case is the Maddie's® HASS Project Manager overseeing the organization and management of the Human Animal Support Services Project. Prior to joining the HASS team in January 2021, Jamie was the Executive Director of Gateway Pet Guardians (GPG) for over a decade. GPG’s work is concentrated in the East St. Louis, Illinois community, where almost half of the residents live at or below the poverty line. Jamie led a strong team of volunteers and staff to create community change through boots-on-the-ground outreach efforts. In 2014, she worked with city officials to eliminate breed-specific verbiage and update outdated inhumane verbiage in the city ordinance.
Under Jamie's leadership, to solve for the lack of essential services and resources in the area, GPG purchased a former elementary school in March 2019 which has been renovated into the region’s largest pet resource center. This facility which includes the city’s first veterinary clinic opened in the summer of 2020 amid the pandemic that left many people needing low cost and subsidized services. Jamie also currently serves as a member of the St. Louis Petlovers Coalition’s leading Task Force that is dedicated to increasing lifesaving and family support in the entire St. Louis metro region.