LTBHS Staff Biographies

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Danielle Blasko
Executive Director
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Danielle oversees all shelter operations, fund development and budgeting for the shelter, boarding and grooming and veterinary clinic. She resides in Charlevoix and has four rescue cats of her own, Tommy Pickles, Unicorn, Dragon and Pegasus. She is also dog mom to foster “fail” pup, Buster and Lily.

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Dr. 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.

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Naomi Behrmann
Professional Groomer

Naomi is responsible for grooming LTBHS animals and also provides professional grooming to the public. Naomi has several animals at home including dogs Moose, Eddie, Doodle Bug, Goofy, and Candy, and cat, Pancake.

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Samantha Bohon
Veterinary Clinic Front Office Administrator

Samantha 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.  She recently moved to the area from Pittsburg, PA, and enjoys hiking and camping.  She has two pets of her own, a dog, Kenzie, and cat, Isabella.

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Teresa Chaney
Events Coordinator
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Responsible for building the membership base, cultivating relationships with donors and businesses, amplifying public relations, coordinating and facilitating all events. Teresa has been with the organization for more than 10 years. Teresa has one dog of her own, Blossom.

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Ky Crawford
Animal Care Attendant

Ky is responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, in addition to greeting visitors/clients and keeping the facility clean. Ky enjoys spending time with their chocolate lab, Willow.

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Dr. Kelly Dumas, DVM

Dr. Dumas lives in Petoskey with her husband, Gary, and children, Heidi and Jack. They have their beloved Shih-poo, Seaweed, cat, Luna, who was adopted from LTBHS, and a loft of racing pigeons.  Dr. Dumas has received her “Fear-Free Veterinary Certification”, and enjoys dermatology, preventative medicine and behavior.

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Renee Duval
Veterinary Technician

Renee is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care. Renee has two dogs of her own, Luna and Star.

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Jessica Evans
Communication and Marketing Coordinator
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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 printed materials. When not at LTBHS, Jessica enjoys spending time with her own cats, Bonnie and Blossom, and “foster fail” pup, Sadie.

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Morgan Fox
Shelter and Community Medicine Veterinary Technician

Morgan is responsible for assisting with all aspects of caring for shelter animals including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general care. Morgan has one dog of her own named Sophie.

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Sonya Gerathy
Shelter 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).

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Dr. Diane Gildersleeve, DVM

Dr. Gildersleeve serves as the organization’s Shelter and Community Medicine Veterinarian.  Dr. Gildersleeve has over 20 years experience in veterinary medicine, focusing specifically in spay/neuter procedures.  When she’s not helping keep the animals at the shelter healthy and happy, she enjoys spending time with her own animals to include dog, Gil, and cat, Felix.

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Shannon Graves
Foster Coordinator

Shannon coordinates the LTBHS Foster Program.  She also works closely with the Animal Care Attendants on behavior and enrichment for shelter animals.    Shannon has two dogs of her own, Lucy, a black lab, and Emma, a shih-poo.

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Elizabeth Hart
Lead Animal Care Attendant

Responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, supervising kennel staff, training, and walking dogs. Elizabeth has been with LTBHS for more than 10 years. When not at LTBHS, Elizabeth spends time with her dog, Jolie.

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Lisa Hopkins
Director of Administration
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Lisa’s duties include managing employee benefits, new employee on-boarding, purchasing items for the organization, in addition to managing insurance for the shelter, boarding/grooming, and veterinary clinic. She also is responsible for tracking expenses and works closely with the Director of Finance to reconcile all organization ledgers. When not at the clinic, Lisa enjoys cuddling with her own dogs, Mama Mia, Tank, and Karma.

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Ashley Horvath
Veterinary Technician

Ashley is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care.  In her spare time, she spend time with her own pets, Cersei, a five-year-old Staffordshire mix, and Miss Kitty, a six-year-old cat.  She is also a mom to three non-furry children, and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time on the lake.

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Beverly Ironside
Donor Administrator
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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 15 years. When not at the shelter, Beverly enjoys spending time with her own dog, Taz.

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Jen Juilleret
Clinic Director

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Jen 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. Jen has over 25 years of experience as a veterinary technician and enjoys spending time with her dog, Finni, when she’s not at the clinic.

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Robyn Kloss
Veterinary Clinic Front Office Administrator
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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 and cat, Winnie.

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Chelsea Minzey
Veterinary Technician

Chelsea is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care. Chelsea has two dogs of her own, Rio, and Doc. She also has many farm animals that she cares for at home.

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Dawn McNamara
Veterinary Technician

Dawn is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care. Dawn has one dog of her own, Kayta, and a cat, Baby Girl.

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Nancy Parker
Veterinary Clinic Front Office Administrator

Nancy 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. Nancy has two pets of her own, a Great Pyrenees, Dozer, and cat, Bella.

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Madison Proctor
Professional Groomer

Madison is responsible for grooming LTBHS animals and also provides professional grooming to the public.  When Madison isn’t at LTBHS, she spends time with her own dogs, Gus, a beagle/spaniel, and Rascal, a Pomeranian/poodle.  She also has three cats, Boots, Peach, and Jinx.

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Elise Ramsey
Director of Operations

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Elise serves as the organization’s Operations Manager and is responsible for overseeing all shelter activities/operations in addition to boarding, grooming, and daycare services.  Elise was previously employed as a certified animal cruelty investigator at Michigan Humane in Detroit for eight years. Elise has three pets of her own, a cat named Roger, and two dogs, Rook and Francesca.

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Brandon Robert
Executive Assistant

Brandon assists the Executive Director.

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Sarah Schertel
Training and Behavior Specialist

Sarah serves the training needs of the organization and also offers classes to the public. She oversees the LTBHS Mutts With Manners and Ruff to Ready Programs.  She provides dog tutoring sessions to LTBHS daycare/boarding clients along with additional training classes.  At home, Sarah has three dogs of her own, Vaughn a black Labrador, Reo a Chihuahua mix, and Ayla a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd.

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Makenzie Sides
Professional Groomer

Makenzie is responsible for grooming LTBHS animals and also provides professional grooming to the public. Makenzie has three dogs of her own, Aspen, Oakley, and Blitz.

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Gillian Smith
Veterinary Technician

Gillian is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care. Gillian has one dog of her own, Max.

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Allyson Waldron
Veterinary Technician

Allyson is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care.  She enjoys spending time with Opal, her 16-week-old kitten, and in her spare time, she enjoys riding horses.

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Steffany Whittaker
Veterinary Technician

Steffany is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care. Steffany has one dog of her own, Lux, an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, and two rats, Jack and Dom.

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Dr. Katie Zubricky, DVM

Dr. Zubricky has special interests in soft tissue surgery, oral health treatments, internal medicine and client education. Dr. Zubricky is a graduate of Colorado State University and lives in Harbor Springs with her fiancé, Mike, their two dogs and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her pets, reading and crafting.