How long have you been at Five Acres?
I started volunteering in October 2011. In 2012 I was an intern, 2013 I was on canine staff and 2014 I was the interim Executive Director for a short time. I was hired as the Development Director in August 2015.
What do you love most about your job?
I love knowing that the animals are safe here at Five Acres even though they don’t deserve to be homeless. I also love knowing that when I walk in the door for work everyday, I am surrounded by hundreds of people that share my deepest passion in this world.
So far, what has been your favorite moment or memory as a staff member?
My favorite memory was when my longtime office buddy, Midnight, was not only moved back over to the kitty cottage where he could free roam with the other cats but when he was adopted after being with us for nearly 5 years. His family had suffered a horrible loss and they were looking for something to really raise their spirits. The little girl drew a picture of Midnight for us which is now hanging in my office. I send bowties for him to add to his collection in exchange for photos of him snuggling with the kids and dogs (yes!) and sleeping in the laundry basket.
What drew you to a job at Five Acres?
I was studying Nonprofit Administration at Lindenwood and needed to complete community service hours for one of my classes. I wanted to find an animal shelter that was strictly no-kill and heard about Five Acres. At the time I was selfish and didn’t think I had the time to volunteer and I haven’t left since!
Do you have a favorite past or present Five Acres animal?
What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t say my own child, Enzo? I lasted 7 months as a volunteer before I really had to start begging, because a sweet little Coonhound with floppy ears, droopy eyes and speckles just stole my heart!
Do you have any pets of your own?
I have become one of those crazy animal people that doesn’t have the word “no” in her vocabulary, so yes….I have 4! My husband and I are the proud parents of three Bluetick Coonhounds, Enzo, Dino and Pawnee. We are now also first time cat owners of a little Manx named Kai. Pawnee and Kai were both foster fails. All adoptions were not planned and certainly are not regretted!
When you are not working, what do you like to do in your free time?
Our children are a big priority…obviously, so my husband and I enjoy taking our dogs the dog park, hiking and on other adventures. We also enjoy golfing, car shows and going to Cardinals games. We have also fostered over 50 kittens and dogs so we spend a lot of time with our temporary kiddos!