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

Chief of Philanthropy

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Kristen Hassen

Maddie’s® American Pets Alive! Director

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Sarah Aguilar

Senior Director of Operations

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Stephanie Bilbro

Director of Lifesaving Operations - Shelter

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Sarah Collica

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Katie Jarl

Director of Government Affairs and Policy

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Suzie Chase

Community Relations Officer

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Elena Tolstikova

Strategic Director of Human Resources

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Angela Cao


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Kelly Rowley, CFRE

Director of Philanthropy

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Stephanie Muller-Simpson

Deputy Chief of Philanthropy

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Alexis Bardzinski DVM

Medical Director

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Jamie DeLeeuw, Ph.D.

Director of Evaluation and Impact

Board of Directors

Rusty Tally


Mike Rovner

Board Member

Germana de Falco


Bill Symon

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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


Nancy Pollard

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Sharon Wichterich

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Maren Miller

Board Member

Leigh Ann Hendricks

Board Member

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Jan 20, 2022

Letter from Dr. Jefferson: Properties Update

I'm here today to provide an update on where we stand with our plans for APA!’s campuses, land, and facilities.

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