Our Leadership

Meet those who lead Austin Pets Alive! in its No Kill mission.

Executive Team

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Dr. Ellen Jefferson

President and CEO

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Maggie Lynch

Director of Development

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Stephanie Bilbro

Director of Lifesaving Operations - Shelter


Sarah Collica

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Kristen Hassen

Maddie’s® American Pets Alive! Director

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Katie Jarl

Director of Government Affairs and Policy

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Sarah Aguilar

Senior Director of Operations

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Suzie Chase

Senior Director of Strategic Communications

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Elena Tolstikova

Strategic Director of Human Resources

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Angela Cao


Board of Directors

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Cynthia Konieczny

Board Member

Mike Rovner

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Germana de Falco


Bill Symon

Board Member

Gretchen Meyer

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Meredith Young

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Alexander Devine

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Monica Dermott

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China Widener

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Mark Gibson

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Nancy Pollard

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Sharon Wichterich

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Maren Miller

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Leigh Ann Hendricks

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