1300 W. Conway Rd. Harbor Springs, MI 49740  231-347-2396

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LTBHS Staff Biographies

Deter headshot with peggyDeter Racine, Executive Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Oversees all shelter operations, fundraising, grant writing and budgeting. Past experience includes professional grooming, kennel and grooming business management. Mother to  sweet Peggy O, her bulldog and shelter employee. Deter has been with LTBHS for more than 18 years.

Dr ADr. Deborah Andreen, DVM 
Dr. Andreen has over 20 years’ experience in veterinary medicine with a focus in diagnostic and surgical procedures.  She resides in Harbor Springs with her husband, three children, cats Guinness, Clementine and Cookie, and dog, Briar.

Dr. Katheryn Applegate, DVM This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Applegate has 40-plus years' experience in veterinary medicine with a focus in dentistry, surgery and general animal medicine.  She lives in Charlevoix with her husband, and rescue dog, Jade.  She and her husband have three grown children and two grandchildren.  

Jane1Jane Balmer, Animal Care Attendant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fulfills the ANGEL (Animals Need to Give Everybody Love) grant by taking LTBHS animals to senior care facilities for the purpose of offering elders the chance to interact with animals. Jane has both veterinary technician and elder care experience and has been with LTBHS for more than 16 years.

 

Claire Borgen, Animal Care Attendant 
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Claire is responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, training and walking dogs, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors. Claire has one dog of her own, a Border Collie named Osa.  
Caity Bryant, Animal Care Attendant 
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Caity is responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, training and walking dogs, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors. Caity recently moved back to Petoskey and shares her home with cats, Puddy and Kitten. 

Teresa Chaney, Events/Volunteer Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Responsible for building the membership base, cultivating relationships with donors and businesses, amplifying public relations, coordinating and facilitating all events and building the volunteer program.  Teresa has been with the organization for more than seven years. She dotes on her own dog, Buddy, when not at the shelter.   

Julie DeGroot, Veterinary Technician This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Julie
Julie has over 17 years’ experience working as a veterinary technician.  She is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care.  Julie has two dogs of her own, Otto and Sid, and one cat, T.J. She has been with LTBHS for over 15 years. 

Jessica Evans, Communication and Marketing Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Responsible for grant writing and shelter communications including press releases, feature stories, LTBHS newsletter, social media and website. Responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies and increasing awareness of LTBHS by facilitating positive public relations and creating collateral materials. When not at LTBHS, Jessica enjoys spending time with her own pets, dogs Newtin and Layla, and cats Binx and Bonnie.

Jamie Farnsworth, Lead Kennel Attendant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, training and walking dogs, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors.  Jamie also works to coordinate and implement shelter transports and animal intakes. Jamie also enjoys spending time with her cats, Leena, Winter and Greta.  

Sonya Gerathy, Front Office Administrator
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Sonya is likely the first face to greet LTBHS visitors at the front desk and always does so with a friendly smile. She is responsible for helping care for shelter animals, assiting with  adoptions and maintaining excellent customer care.  Sonya stays busy at home keeping up with her three dogs, Norman, Porter and Teagan (formerly Sugar, adopted from LTBHS).  

Elizabeth Hart, Animal Care Attendant
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Responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, supervising kennel staff, training and walking dogs, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors. Elizabeth has been with LTBHS for more than 10 years. When not at LTBHS, Elizabeth spends time with her dogs, Chaz and Bobby.   

Chelsea Healey, Director of Finance and Administration This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Chelsea is responsible for managing all of the organization's accounts and finances, in addition to facilitating donor relations.  She is responsible for managing human resources and maintaining employee relations.  Chelsea has two dogs of her own, both rescues, Duke and Waylon.  

Patty Howard, Professional GroomerPatty 2017
Grooms LTBHS animals for cleanliness and to restore their coats to a healthy state. Provides professional grooming to the public. Patty has been with LTBHS for more than 14 years and is the former shelter kennel manager. She has three rescued dogs from LTBHS and enjoys taking care of and riding her two horses.

Beverly Ironside, Administrative/IT Support EmailBev
Beverly helps to maintain the shelter's accounts and finances, in addition to providing IT support for the entire organization.  She has been with the organization for over 10 years.  When not at the clinic, Beverly enjoys spending time training her own dogs, Captain and Taz. 

Jen Juilleret, Veterinary Technician/Client Services Manager (VA/CSA)Jen
Jen is responsible for assisting in all aspects of Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic, including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care.   She also performs dental cleanings.  Jen has over 19 years of experience as a veterinary technician and enjoys spending time with her own dogs, Carl and Tank, and cat, Punkin, when she’s not at the clinic.

Kaylyn Kalkofen, Professional GroomerKaylyn
Kaylyn grooms LTBHS animals for cleanliness and to restore their coats to a healthy state. Provides professional grooming to the public. When Kaylyn is not busy caring for the animals at LTBHS, she enjoys spending time with her five dogs, four rabbits, three cats, two turkeys, one ferret and numerous chickens and goats.  

Allyssa Gibson, Donor Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Allyssa
Allyssa is responsible for managing the organization's donor database in addition to helping facilitate mailings, amplify donor relations and assist with events. She loves spending time with her own dogs, Annie, Wrelf and Benny and cats, Charlie and Max.  
Robyn Kloss, Veterinary Clinic Front Office Administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Robyn
Robyn is responsible for managing the clinic's front office which includes greeting and checking in/out clients, in addition to managing appointments and various other duties.  Robyn has two rescue dogs of her own, Remi and Otis. 
Renee Kocher, Veterinary Assistant
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Renee is responsible for caring for patients, including those recovering from surgery. She also makes sure the clinic is kept clean and orderly. When she's not at the clinic, Renee enjoys spending time with her own rescue dogs, Star and Luna. 
Noelle Mallory, Veterinary Clinic/Shelter Animal Care Attendant
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Noelle splits her time between the shelter and veterinary clinic.  She is responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors. At the clinic, she helps in caring for patients, including those recovering from surgery and also makes sure the clinic is kept clean and orderly. Noelle has a French Bulldog at home named Vincent.
Brittney Pemberton, Boarding and Grooming Kennel Care AttendantBrittney
Brittney is responsible for taking care of boarding and daycare animals, in addition to greeting visitors/clients and keeping the facility clean.  Brittney enjoys spending time with her own dog, Rutledge, when she’s not at LTBHS.

Rochelle Seeley, Boarding and Grooming Kennel Care AttendantRochelle2
Responsible for the daily care of boarding and daycare animals, training and walking dogs, greeting visitors and keeping the facility clean. Rochelle can often be seen around the shelter with her own dog, Hershey.  

Laura Somogyi, Veterinary TechnicianLaura
Laura is responsible for assisting in laboratory procedures, radiographs, surgery, dental cleanings/exams and general patient care.  At home Laura adores her two “big-boned” cats, Berry Bear and Mango.

Sara Townes, Shelter Operations Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Oversees all Animal Care Attendants to ensure "paw"some customer service and high standards of cleanliness and organization. When Sara is not busy helping clients find the perfect animal to add to their family, she enjoys spending time with her horse, Happy, and dogs Buddy and Mya.

Sherri Vigneau, Veterinary TechnicianThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sherri is responsible for assisting in laboratory procedures, radiographs, surgery and general patient care. Sherri is a long term foster pet parent for LTBHS, but has two pets of her own, dog Willie, and cat, Phoenix.

 Lisa Ward, Clinic Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Lisa
Lisa is responsible for the everyday business activities of the practice. She is also responsible for managing the clinic’s front office which includes greeting and checking in/out clients, in addition to managing appointments and various other duties. When not at the clinic, Lisa enjoys cuddling with her own dogs, Mama Mia and Tank.

Catherine Hayes-Weisler, Groomer/Boarding and Grooming Animal Care AttendantCatherine1
Catherine is responsible for grooming both client and shelter animals and making sure they look and feel their best! She also provides daily care for boarding and daycare animals, in addition to greeting clients and keeping the facility clean. Catherine does a great job giving personal attention to every animal in her care, as well as her own two cats, Moray and Xena.

Allison Wilhelm, Veterinary TechnicianAllison
Allison is responsible for assisting in laboratory procedures, radiographs, surgery, dental cleanings/exams and general patient care.  Allison enjoys spending time with her own two dogs at home, Teenie and Fuzz.