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.

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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, 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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Jadi Byard
Lead Daycare Attendant

Jadi is responsible for the daily care of boarding, grooming, and daycare clients, in addition to keeping the facility clean. Jadi spends time with her own pets with she’s not at the shelter, three dogs, Eli, Cheli, Naga and Appa.

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Teresa Chaney
Events/Volunteer 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 and building the volunteer program. Teresa has been with the organization for more than 10 years.

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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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Sean Dempsey
Shelter Supervisor

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Sean is responsible for overseeing the daily care of shelter animals, in addition to managing all day-to-day operations of the shelter. Sean has two dogs of his own, Wrigley, a nine-year-old Golden Retriever, and Shelby, a nine-year-old Boxer/Pit mix.

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Veterinary Technician

Kassidy is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the clinic including surgery, x-ray, laboratory and ultrasound procedures in addition to general patient care. Kassidy has two pets of her own, a cat, Ellie, and dog, Ruger.

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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 pets, dog, Layla, and cats Binx and Bonnie.

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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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Katelyn Gibbons
Client Services Supervisor

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Katelyn is responsible for maintaining excellent customer care for all of the boarding, grooming, and daycare clients. She manages appointments, client check-in/check-out, and day-to-day operations. Katelyn has several pets of her own, including Bruce, a lab/shepherd mix, Bella, a Shih Tzu/Pekinese mix, Chesney, a Red Heeler, Sardra, an Old English Bulldog, and cats, Fred, George, and Orion.

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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
Animal Care Attendant

Shannon is responsible for the daily care of shelter animals, in addition to greeting visitors/clients and keeping the facility clean.  Shannon has two dogs of her own, Lucy, a black lab, and Emma, a shih-poo.

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Ben Gretzinger
Facilities Supervisor

Ben is responsible for maintaining the LTBHS campus and buildings, and serving as the “go to” guy to keep everything up and running. Ben enjoys spending time with his own pets including dogs, Osa and The Dude, along with cats, Mr. Big Floof, Bubbie Doo, and Skidrat. He also enjoys time outdoors snowboarding, ATVing, mountain biking, kayaking, and rock hunting.

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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, Bobby.

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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 and Tank.

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Patty Howard
Professional Groomer

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.

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Beverly Ironside
Administrative/IT Support
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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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Noelle Mallory
Professional Groomer

Noelle serves as a groomer for the organization and also provides grooming services to the public. Noelle has three dogs of her own at home, Vincent, Percy, and Velma.

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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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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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Rebecca Peless
Veterinary Technician

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

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Madison Proctor
Boarding and Grooming Animal Care Attendant

Madison is responsible for the daily care of boarding and grooming animals, in addition to greeting visitors/clients and keeping the facility clean. 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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Kristen Rapin
Animal Logistics Coordinator

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Kristen coordinates the LTBHS Foster Program as well as community programs and local outreach. She also works closely with the Animal Care Attendants on behavior and enrichment for the shelter animals. When not at the shelter, Kristen enjoys photography and baking, and has two cats of her own, Taco and Belle.

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Heather Rathje
Boarding and Grooming Animal Care Attendant

Heather is responsible for the daily care of boarding and grooming animals, in addition to greeting visitors/clients and keeping the facility clean. Heather has one dog of her own, a black lab named Allie.

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MD Ribeiro
Veterinary Technician

MD is responsible for assisting in laboratory procedures, radiographs, surgery, dental cleanings/exams and general patient care. MD enjoys spending time with his own dogs, Yuki, a Siberian Husky, and Yuuna, a Husky/Corgi mix.

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Brandon Robert
Administrative Assistant

Brandon is responsible for data input for the organization’s accounts and finances.  While Brandon doesn’t have any pets of his own, he loves dogs, especially chocolate labs, which he hopes to have one day.

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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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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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Amanda Williams
Clinic Animal Care Attendant

Amanda is responsible for the daily care of Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic animals and keeping the facility clean. She has several animals of her own at home, including a St. Bernard named Moezart, an Irish Setter named Loki, two cats, Milo, and Thorn, and two rabbits, Radar, and Cadberry.

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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.