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LTBHS Staff Biographies

deter bertie2Deter 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 "Bertie," her bulldog and shelter employee. Deter has been with LTBHS for more than 15 years.

BevBeverly Ironside, Controller and Director of Technology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Responsible for IT, personnel development and training, donor relations and accounting. Beverly owns and trains two dogs, Taz and Captain, for participation in AKC Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally Events! Beverly has been with LTBHS for more than five years. 

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 12 years.

 

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. She is mother to her rescue dogs (both cocker spaniels), Jack and Pebbles.  Teresa has been with the organization for more than five years.  

Julie DeGroot, Animal Care Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Julie
Responsible for the daily care and placement of all shelter animals. Maintains all vaccinations, grooming, and exercise schedules. Ensures that shelter maintenance is accomplished. Julie is an experienced veterinary assistant and has been with LTBHS for more than 13 years. When she's not at the shelter, she spends time with her own dogs and cats.

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, Animal Care Attendant
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Responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, training and walking dogs, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors.  Jamie also enjoys spending time with her own pets, dog Tucker, and cat, Leena.  

Sonya Gerathy, Animal Care Attendant
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Responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, training and walking dogs, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors.  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 five years. When not at LTBHS, Elizabeth spends time with her dog, Chaz.   

Catherine Weisler, Animal Care AttendantCatherine1
Responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, training and walking dogs, helping with adoptions and greeting visitors. Catherine does a great job giving personal attention to every animal at LTBHS, as well as her own two cats, Moray and Xena.

Patty Howard, Professional GroomerPatty
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 12 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.

 

 

Jen Juilleret, Boarding and Grooming Kennel Care AttendantJen
Responsible for the daily care of boarding and daycare animals, greeting visitors/clients and keeping the facility clean. Jen also enjoys spending time with her dog, Carl, and cat, Punkin.

Kaylyn Kalkofen, Professional GroomerKaylyn
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 four dogs, her cat and her ferret (not all at once).

Renee Kocher, Boarding and Grooming Kennel Care Attendant
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Responsible for the daily care of boarding and daycare animals, greeting visitors/clients and keeping the facility clean.  Renee also cares for her own cat, Blacky.   

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, cat, Jada and dogs Buddy and Mya.

Kristen Rieder, Dog Training Supervisor and Boarding and Grooming Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kristen
Responsible for coordinating the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Dog Training Program, as well as evaluating the individual training needs of each dog and setting personalized goals. Kristen is also responsible for the daily care of boarding and daycare animals, including training and exercising dogs, greeting visitors and keeping the facility clean. When Kristen is not busy training other dogs to be on their best behavior, she's working with her own - Buddy and Pigeon.

 

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.  

 Lisa Ward, Donor Software Administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Lisa
Lisa manages the organization’s donor software program, assists with events, mailings and volunteers and is responsible for acknowledging donor contributions.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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