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Kate Mudge joined Pet Haven as Executive Director in 2015, bringing experience from the nonprofit sector combined with a lifelong passion for social causes and animal welfare. Her background includes program development in hunger relief, production support in public radio documentary, and operations management for an environmental organization. Prior to working with nonprofits, Kate could be found covered in flour at various bakeries throughout the Twin Cities, where she honed her skills as a professional pastry chef. Kate is thrilled to be working with a fantastic group of volunteers who never fail to amaze her on a daily basis with their energy and dedication. She shares her home with a very patient partner, Amy, who doesn’t mind the two mutts and one fat tomcat sleeping on the pillow.
Cynthia Farrell first volunteered with Pet Haven in 2007. She was elected to the Board in 2011, and is currently the Board President. Cynthia is passionate about companion animal welfare and health, volunteering time, and donating funds to multiple organizations focused on animal rehoming and animal science/health. She is inspired by the compassionate and supportive adoption experience Pet Haven provides to adopters, as well as by the organization’s commitment to providing low-cost spay/neuter across the state of Minnesota. Cynthia’s professional background is in talent development, with a career spanning a variety of industries including high
tech, financial services, health care, and consumer packaged goods. She is currently employed as the Sr. Director of Enterprise Learning for a Minnesota-based food company. Cynthia lives in South Minneapolis with her husband Chris and their two dogs, who are both rescues: Andy, an Australian Cattle Dog (Red Heeler), and Ronan, a 100% mutt who has been given his own breed of “Black-Tongued Korean Spaniel.”
Mary Ann came to Pet Haven in the 1990s as a foster and soon began coordinating and scheduling adoption events. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2004, and currently serves as the Board Vice-President. While raising 3 children, she supported early childhood education by volunteering in committees and leading projects which support both children and newborns in the United States and abroad. Mary Ann believes that Pet Haven has provided her the opportunity to do work she loves- working to adopt so many homeless pets while providing spay and neuter to those in need. Her husband affectionately refers to their home as “The Cameron Cat House”, although the occasional grand-dog still comes to visit.
Will joined the Board in 2012. His roles have included Assistant Treasurer and Vice
President; he currently serves as Treasurer. Will spearheaded the implementation of the Doggy Dash and Pints for Paws summer events. Will’s day job is as a Senior Indirect Tax Accountant at Thomson Reuters in Eagan. He and his wife Laura, whom he graduated alongside at the University of St Thomas, live in Eagan with their 7-year old Springer Spaniel, Brady. Brady was the catalyst for Will’s involvement in the animal rescue community. Will’s other hobbies include attending as many concerts as possible at the amazing venues in Minneapolis, golfing, running, softball, kickball, and of course taking Brady to the dog park!
Sally Morton has volunteered her time and energy to human rights, social service, and animal welfare organizations for over 40 years. Sally began volunteering for Pet Haven in the mid-1990s as a foster; since then she has volunteered in a variety of roles. Sally was elected to the Pet Haven Board of Directors in 2004, and is currently the Board Secretary. Sally volunteers with Pet Haven because she supports the organization’s focus on the prevention of companion animal suffering by addressing the overpopulation problem with spay/neuter efforts, and is passionate about the many ways Pet Haven works to advance the value of companion animals in our society. Professionally, Sally is employed in local government as an IT Manager. She and her husband Erich, who is also a Pet Haven volunteer, live in Bloomington, MN and share their home with a poodle, a yorkie, and a small terrier mix, all adopted from Pet Haven.
Laura Briggs started volunteering with Pet Haven in 2009. Since then, she’s opened her home to foster cats, served on the spay/neuter grant committee, served as an adoption coordinator and was elected to the board in 2015. Pet Haven’s spay/neuter initiatives is what makes Laura proud to be a part of the organization. She is passionate about working towards fixing the root of the cause. By day, Laura works in finance at a software development company in the Twin Cities. The best part about her job? She can bring her Pet Haven alumni: Sophie, a Bullmastiff and Agatha, an English Mastiff, to work with her! Her rescue cat has to stay home though.
Dr. Cindy Guss, DVM, joined the Pet Haven Board of Directors in 2015. Cindy is a practicing small animal veterinarian; prior to entering veterinary practice, Cindy spent fifteen years in nonprofit hunger relief. Cindy brings a unique perspective to the intersection of social services and animal care, and feels passionate about enabling stronger human/animal bonds. In her time outside of her practice, Cindy can be found sharing her home with an animal-loving husband, two strong willed dogs, and an undisclosed number of feline friends.
Jenny Jurek joined the Pet Haven Board of Directors in 2013. Jenny has been involved in animal rescue and volunteering as long as she can remember and began volunteering actively in Minnesota dog rescue in 2005. After joining Pet Haven as a volunteer in 2008, she held various coordinator positions before becoming Co-Director of the Dog Division in 2011 and Director of the Dog Division in 2012. Jenny is passionate about responsible animal rescue and care, and believes strongly in the human/animal bond as well as working human/animal partnerships. She does therapy work with her TDI-certified dog, Riley. Jenny has a background and degrees in business, music, and history. Professionally, she is a Senior Account Manager for an IT Managed Services company. Jenny shares her home with 3 adopted dogs, constant foster dogs, and her sidekick, Dan.
Michelle joined the Pet Haven Board of Directors in 2016. Drawing on her professional background in product and digital marketing, Michelle will be helping to strengthen Pet Haven’s marketing and communications strategies. She is excited by the opportunity to combine her love for animals with her professional skill set, and to work alongside such a dedicated, inspiring team at Pet Haven. On the weekends, you can find Michelle riding horses, hiking with her black lab Winston, paddle boarding, and spending time with family and friends.
Adam Bennett is Pet Haven’s Dog Adoption Return Coordinator. Adam and his partner love animals and always adopt from rescues/shelters. They adopted one of the best dogs in the world, Meja, from Pet Haven in 2015 and when she passed away due to an aggressive cancer, they decided to foster for Pet Haven in her honor. Adam got more involved from there and became the Return Coordinator. If an adopter is concerned that they may need to surrender their dog, they contact Adam. Pet Haven will work to find a solution for placement. Once a Pet Haven animal, always a Pet Haven animal!
A little more about Adam: his favorite type of dog is a senior, has a blocky head, short coat, and is excellent at cuddling (aka as pit bulls). His cat mix of choice is vocal, sassy, and food motivated (almost every cat in the world??). Adam’s other interests include veterinary medicine, dog behavior, knitting, playing board games, reading and spending time with my friends and family.
Meagan Deutz joined Pet Haven in 2011 serves as a Canine Intake Coordinator. She also helps manage our social media and is a dog foster. Her favorite thing about companion animal advocacy work is rehabilitating severely undersocialized dogs; “seeing them transform from a wallflower into a happy and healthy dog is the most rewarding feeling imaginable”. Meagan enjoys all of the relationships she has built through her volunteer work, whether it be with adopters or fellow volunteers. “They’re my extended family.” She currently resides with her husband, Parker, their 12 year old Australian Shepherd, Ryker, and Pet Haven alumni German Shepherd mix puppy, Otis. Outside of her Pet Haven volunteer work Meagan is a Senior Marketing Analyst for a local retailer, and can be found on softball fields around the Twin Cities.
Maren joined Pet Haven in 2015 and has had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and help change the lives of animals! She chose to volunteer with Pet Haven because of the family-feel of the volunteers, Pet Haven’s commitment to spay/neuter initiatives, , and loves the opportunities to help within the organization and community.
Maren’s fondest and most influential memory with Pet Haven is from when she traveled to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue to volunteer at the spay/neuter/wellness clinics. The experiences she had were unrivaled; seeing that the support and assistance was truly making a difference in the lives of the animals and the owners.
When Maren is not at Pet Haven she enjoys spending time with her Pet Haven rescue, Chalupa, adventuring the outdoors, watching football, and being with family, friends and (of course) animals.
My boyfriend and I started with Pet Haven in 2007. We were tossing around the idea of a second dog to add to our home for our current dog Butch (a Rat Terrier). We figured “why not foster… we wouldn’t have the expense of another dog- PERFECT!” And we loved it! Eventually Miss Bella entered our home and she didn’t want to leave after 2 1/2 yrs with us, although we tried our hardest! She chose our home permanently in June of 2012. I have done many jobs with Pet Haven and am currently the Records Coordinator. Someday we will be back to fostering because we miss it so!!!
I make my home in St. Paul with my dog Scooter, an 11-year old crabby rat terrier chihuahua that I love dearly!
Paige found Pet Haven in October 2015 and was thrilled to find a volunteer position open that combined two of her passions: organizing and animals. As the Social Event Coordinator, Paige plans Pet Haven’s fundraisers and special events, including Pints for Paws and Doggy Dash. She uses her background in public relations and communications to coordinate volunteers, sponsorships, and logistics to drive attendance and raise money for Pet Haven’s programs.
Paige and her boyfriend, Nate, reside in Minneapolis and are planning on adopting a puppy this summer. Outside of Pet Haven, she works in tourism marketing and enjoys sports, traveling and supporting various political causes.
Ashliegh Korynta joined Pet Haven in 2016 as a dog foster and currently serves as the Owner Surrender Coordinator. She became interested in animal rescue upon adoption of her 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier, who was used for commercial breeding in Southern Illinois. “Working with my rescue dog who had been severely under-socialized for 6+ years was the eye opener I needed to really become involved in animal rescue and join a group committed to making a strong impact in the animal rescue world”. In her role as an Owner Surrender Coordinator, Ashliegh works with owners struggling with the difficult decision to surrender a pet and is there every step of the way to ensure a smooth transition for both the families and animals involved.
She currently resides in Minneapolis with her boyfriend, Paul, and their 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier, 4 year old Shih-Tzu, and 18 month old Cockapoo. At any given time, her house may have an additional foster dog as well. When she is not working with owner surrenders, she enjoys spending time at her lake home with her family, friends, and-of course- her pups.
Sabrina helps to address any behavior and training concerns that may arise for fosters and adopters. She is a full-time Certified Veterinary Technician with a special interest in behavior, as well as a trainer at local pet supplies store. Sabrina is a bully breed advocate with a particular love for Pitties and shares her home with her husband, young son, a Jack Russell, and her lovable pittie mix.