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AAHS: STAFF BIOS

Getting to know your coworkers one smile at a time

(sorted chronologically by date of hire)

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Adeline G.

Content Editor

hired in 2011

My pets:

I have 2 dogs.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Hiking, Playing outside, Reading.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Maybe sky dive? Or maybe not

My random/fun fact:

I am a foster failure who adopted two foster puppies from the same litter.

Adeline

Sarah A.

Kennel Team Lead: Felines

also Development Assistant

My pets:

hired in 2014

My boyfriend's cat - Pearl

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Painting/art, dancing, and video games.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Get paid to be a mascot at some point.

My random/fun fact:

I paint pet portraits. www.artmistadi.com

Sarah

Rita K.

Custodial

hired in 2015

My pets:

None.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Expert horsewoman - trainer, skier, visit friends and family.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel.

My random/fun fact:

I try to be nice and assist others to help remain cheerful/not depressed. Keep smiling. 

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Barb G.

Custodial

hired in 2015

My pets:

One cat.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Cat and dog rescue/adoption, supporting people who are living with disabilities during activities, & environmental causes.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel to Norway.

My random/fun fact:

Not shared.

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Nicole F.

Humane Education Manager

also Adoption/Programs Manager & Communications Coordinator

My pets:

hired in 2015

I have 4 dogs :) 

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Coaching cheerleading. Going out to eat. Spending time with friends. 

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Visit Italy!

My random/fun fact:

If you hear a phone being pinged somewhere in the building ...it's mine hehe.

Nicole

Denise H.

Laundry Attendant

hired in 2017

My pets:

None but I love dogs, cats, and horses.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Watching movie/ionTV, getting my nails done, spending time with my family, and eating Mexican food.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel to Europe, tropical places - Bahamas, and Las Vegas!

My random/fun fact:

I used to participate in English horseback riding and competed in horse shows. I have won ribbons for first place.

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David C.

Director of Operations

also Kennel & Facilities Manager

My pets:

hired in 2017

Currently Between Pets. I see a cat in my future.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Hockey, Biking, and Fishing.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Visit Bavaria.

My random/fun fact:

I once served lunch to Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard.

David

Tracie R.

Development Manager

hired in 2018

My pets:

A cat.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Gardening, painting, reading.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Surf again in Mexico.

My random/fun fact:

I preformed at a private Christmas party for Prince..

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Jessica S.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2018

My pets:

2 cats (Polly and Lily) and 1 dog (Fiona).

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Reading, hiking/camping, and cooking/baking.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel to as many state/national parks as I can.

My random/fun fact:

My mom also works for AAHS. She is the canine kennel lead.

Jessica

Kathryn S.

Kennel Team Lead: Canines

hired in 2019

My pets:

Dog Fiona (from here), cat Polly, cat Lily (Goober) (from here).

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Time with family and friends, reading, being outside in the warm sunshine.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Go to the Bracken Cave, in San Antonio, TX, home to the world's largest bat colony, with more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats.

My random/fun fact:

I was banned from a Las Vegas Casino.

Kathryn

Kelsey P.

Practice (Medical) Manager

hired in 2019

My pets:

2 dogs and some shelled creatures.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Traveling, crafting, and hanging with family.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Seeing a wild sloth in Costa Rica.

My random/fun fact:

I hate the cold.

Kelsey

Julie W.

Executive Director

hired in 2019

My pets:

3 Dogs-Sunny, Jordy & Mario.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Boating, fishing & rock collecting.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Obtain a pilot license.

My random/fun fact:

I once studied to be a veterinarian.

Julie W

Amy P.

Finance Manager

hired in 2020

My pets:

2 dogs - Oscar and Rosie.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Crocheting, Piano but only after I spend time with my family (2 boys, and hubby).

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

I would LOVE LOVE to buy a camper van and travel all states (minus 2...those I would fly)!

My random/fun fact:

Honestly, I cannot tell you in words, how much I love my family. No words - it gives me purpose!

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Carly B.

Adoption Counselor

hired in 2020

My pets:

My dog Oliver (Pitbull) is 10 years old. My cat Donut is 7 years old. Both are AAHS Alumni.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Spoiling my animals, playing pool and hanging out with friends.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

First class trip to the Maldives.

My random/fun fact:

I am a huge fan of the MN Vikings. :)

Carly

Abbie K.

Lead CVT

hired in 2020

My pets:

I have four cats.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Hiking/walking, rock climbing, visiting breweries.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Go back to the sea turtle conservation.

My random/fun fact:

I have four creases on my pinkys instead of three.

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Tim M.

I.T. Manager

hired in 2021

My pets:

A Bulldog.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Camping, Riding a e-bike, Spending time with family.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Visit Yellowstone Park.

My random/fun fact:

I like to practice and learn about Mindfulness.

Tim

Brianna P.

Veterinarian

hired in 2021

My pets:

2 cats.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Paddleboarding, Exploring to new music, Traveling to new places.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Take a catamaran cruise on the Mediterranean ocean.

My random/fun fact:

I have lived abroad in Korea and Grenada.

Brianna

Brittney T.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2021

My pets:

Pending answer to question.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Pending answer to question.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Pending answer to question.

My random/fun fact:

Pending answer to question.

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Mikayla G.

Vet Care Team Lead

hired in 2021

My pets:

also Foster Coordinator

2 cats, 2 dogs.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

1. Plants 2. Traveling 3. Vet Med.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Go to England.

My random/fun fact:

No.

Mikayla

Hannah H.

Animal Care Associate/Vet Asst.

hired in 2022

My pets:

I have a pit bull mix named Sandra that was adopted from best friends animal sanctuary in Utah. And I recently adopted a puppy named Banana Bread from Animal Allies.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Hiking with my dogs. Camping and traveling.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Another road trip with my dog.

My random/fun fact:

I have 3 goats that currently live with my family in the cities.

Hannah

Anna S.

Animal Care Associate/Vet Asst.

hired in 2022

My pets:

1 dog and 2 cats.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Cooking, Reading, Hiking.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

See the Northern Lights.

My random/fun fact:

I'm from Missouri.

Anna

Ella D.

Animal Care Associate/Vet Asst.

hired in 2022

My pets:

2 cats - Edna & Flora.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Hiking, Birding and going to the beach beach.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Create a bucket list I suppose...

My random/fun fact:

I like to macrame.

Ella

Mary G.

Donor Stewardship Specialist

hired in 2022

My pets:

Currently 4 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Being outdoors, diamond painting/reading and spending time with all my fur buds.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Swim with dolphins.

My random/fun fact:

I love to make people laugh.

Mary

Mara H.

Adoption Team Lead

hired in 2022

My pets:

I have 4 cats and 1 dog.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

My pets, reading, traveling.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel to Africa.

My random/fun fact:

I'm a PADI certified rescue diver!

Mara

Jayden L.

Humane Education Assistant

hired in 2022

My pets:

Yes, a husky named Koda and a Lab named Marley.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Animal lover (DUH), Taylor Swift, travel.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel to Europe.

My random/fun fact:

N/A.

Jayden

Alaina N.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2022

My pets:

I have 3 dogs.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Volleyball, swimming, camping.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Go to Italy.

My random/fun fact:

I adopted Marvin from here last year.

Alaina

Lily E.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2022

My pets:

One cat named Potato.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Running, learning about physical therapy and hanging out with animals!

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Run a marathon!

My random/fun fact:

I am a junior at UMD and am planning on going to Physical Therapy school after undergrad!

Lily

Calvin S.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2022

My pets:

One blind kitty: Torrance.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

1. Going outside 2. Hanging out with Torrance 3. Listening to music.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Going to France to watch the Tour De France.

My random/fun fact:

Meow.

Calvin

Mckenzie K.

Adoption Counselor

hired in 2022

My pets:

Finn (AAHS k9 alum) Freddy (k9) & Taylor (AAHS fe alum).

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Animals, sports, family.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Live on a lake and rescue dogs.

My random/fun fact:

Nope. :)

Mckenzie

Abby V.

Adoption Counselor

hired in 2023

My pets:

I have 1 kitty named William. :)

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

House plants, reading, walking in the woods.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Hang with as many capybaras I can find.

My random/fun fact:

I have my bachelors degree in English education!

Abby

Lita L.

Grant Writer

hired in 2023

My pets:

My quirky black cat, Curly, lives at home with my mom in Wisconsin. (He survives his two brothers, Smitty [pictured] and Mojo).

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Cooking/cooking shows, being outside, singing.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Somewhere down the line, I think it would be cool to go to culinary school. Or travel to Italy. Or both.

My random/fun fact:

I learned how to play Flight of the Bumblebee on the flute in 8th grade. And yes, I did place 1st in the middle school talent show because of it.

Lita

Tiffany P.

Adoption Counselor

hired in 2023

My pets:

Yes seven cats and one bunny!

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Making jewelry, collecting, gardening, house projects, and petting cats.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

I would love to go Florence and Venice, Italy.

My random/fun fact:

I found 151 four leaf clovers last year.

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Sahara C.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2023

My pets:

I have 4 pets: 2 Cats, 1 Dog, and a bunny.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Hiking, road-trips, and sleeping in my cozy bed with my animals.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel the world for a year.

My random/fun fact:

I’m lactose intolerant.

Sahara

Joe T.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2023

My pets:

I have two dogs; Keira, an Alaskan husky, and Ollie, an Shepard mix. Formerly a cat Maya.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Snowboarding, biking, hanging out with family.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Summit Mt. Hood.

My random/fun fact:

Nope.

Joe

Ava N.

Animal Care Associate/Vet Asst.

hired in 2023

My pets:

Yes! I have a cat named Moose.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

I love to crochet, make jewelry, and play video games. My favorite game to play is Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

I eventually want to get a dog

My random/fun fact:

I am originally from Minneapolis but moved to Duluth to go to college, and I only have one semester left until I graduate.

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Jordan B.

Animal Care Associate/Vet Asst.

hired in 2023

My pets:

1 cat (Chrollo) & 3 snakes (Rumplesnakeskin, Morel, Colby Jack).

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Hiking/camping, thrifting, foraging.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Visit all of the US National Parks.

My random/fun fact:

I lived in Canada for 2 years.

Jordan

Stephanie F.

Adoption Counselor

hired in 2023

My pets:

One cat, one dog.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Designing and making costumes, Live music.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Anywhere with a beach or ocean.

My random/fun fact:

I can blow bubbles out of my eyes underwater.

Stephanie

Carla B.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2023

My pets:

Yes! My domestic shorthair tabby cat named Scuttle.:)

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

I love to read, play soccer, and play video games!

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

I really want to hug a sloth. :)

My random/fun fact:

I’ve played soccer for 14 years!

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Madison N.

Animal Care Associate/Vet Asst.

hired in 2023

My pets:

4 cats: Oakley (F), Ivy (F), Sage (F) - all 3 years old, and Little Dipper (M) - 9 months. Also a 2yd old Veiled Chamelon (F) named Kiwi.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Crocheting, reading, watching dramas.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Travel outside the country!

My random/fun fact:

I played the accordion as a small child, but lost the skill once I entered middle school.

Madison

A.C. H.

Kennel Attendant

hired in 2024

My pets:

One Cat: Frank. He's not particularly friendly to other animals.

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

Music, Reading, and Walking.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Going on a walking tour of New Zealand and buying first copy Flying Nun records.

My random/fun fact:

I was on Jeopardy in 2013. I finished in third unfortunately.

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Kayla M.

Volunteer Coordinator

hired in 2024

My pets:

I have one dog- a Golden named Ollie :) Will hopefully be adding a Basset to the family in the near future!

Top 3 hobbies/areas of interest:

1. Traveling! Especially with friends/family 2. Horseback riding 3. Music- playing guitar & going to shows.

Something fun on my "Bucket List":

Volunteer with tortoises in the Galapagos!

My random/fun fact:

Just started making dog bow ties/bandanas as a new hobby! Hoping to open an Etsy shop on the side someday. :)

Kayla
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