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Episode 52 – Compassion Fatigue with Jen Blough

Jennifer Blough (rhymes with plow) is a licensed professional counselor who is certified in compassion fatigue, pet loss grief, and trauma. She is the owner of Deepwater Counseling and The Compassion Fatigue Couch. Jennifer is also the author of To Save a Starfish: A Compassion Fatigue Workbook for the Animal Welfare Warrior. As a vegan and former shelter worker and animal control officer, Jen has an extensive background in animal welfare and animal rights, and is passionate about helping those who love, care for, and work to protect animals.

Contact info:

https://www.compassionfatiguecouch.com

jen@compassionfatiguecouch.com

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Episode 53 – Homelessness and Animal Welfare with Dr. Jon Geller

Dr. Geller is a graduate of Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1995, he became an emergency veterinarian in Colorado for 20 years, and started up 4 emergency clinics. He became Board Certified as Veterinary Practitioner in Canine and Feline Medicine in 2010. In 2015 he founded The Street Dog Coalition, a non-profit charity, which currently has teams in around 50 US cities across the US providing free medical care to pets of the homeless.  

Currently he is working on setting up a One Health Mobile Outreach program to provide free veterinary and health care services to at-risk pet owners, and their pets, in underserved areas of Eastern Colorado.

He was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association for 2020.

Thestreetdogcoalition.org

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Episode 51 – Community Cat Programs with Brittany Sundell

 Brittany is a New England native who has spent the last 12 years getting involved in the shelter/rescue community all throughout New England, the Midwest and now Pacific Northwest. Starting out her career in higher education, Brittany takes her experience in Social Sciences and her Masters of Organizational Leadership to implement sound research practices into the program development for under-resourced shelters and rescues. Brittany serves West Valley Humane Society as the Development and Education Coordinator. Her role encompasses development of shelter programs, research, community outreach, humane education and grant writing. Her passion areas include: community cat programs and initiatives, bully breed advocacy, humane education, and low income animal services.

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Outside-The-Box Solutions Can Bring Positive Change with Spencer Conover

From Spencer: “I have dedicated my life to positive, servant leadership at some of the top animal welfare organizations across the country including, the Dumb Friends League, Best Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of Utah and Pasco County Animal Services. I am proud to lead a team of people, dedicated to creating, nurturing and preserving the human-animal bond for the people and pets in our community. I am a graduate of the Best Friends Animal Society Executive Leadership Certification Program, the Pasco County Leadership Development Program and the Strategic Government Solutions Servant Leadership Certification. I (will soon) have a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern Utah University in Contemporary Animal Services Leadership. I am a certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and an avid teacher of the Enneagram personality typing system for professional growth. I have a passion for integrating statistics and data driven decision making in lifesaving shelter operations and future planning.”

Spencer joins Mandy to share how thinking outside the box brought huge results for Pasco County Animal Services.

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Episode 48 – The Ins and Outs of Shelter / Funder Relations Part II

Jessica Martin has dedicated nearly three decades to helping
children, families, and animals in need. She has become
exceptionally skilled in organizational planning, philanthropic
strategy and system development, nonprofit policy, technical
writing, grants management, and major gifts programs.

For many years, Jessica served as the Director of Foundation Giving and Major Gifts at one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. With her leadership, the department achieved a historical $118 million in philanthropic revenue with nearly $36 million in new grants.
Her experience also includes directing the fund development efforts of a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as an organizational restructure. There, she secured national public, private and government funding, successfully increasing revenue by 300% in her first two years.

Jessica joins Mandy to discuss shelter / funder relations in this two-part series.

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Episode 47 – The Ins and Outs of Shelter/Funder Relations with Jessica Martin, Part I

Jessica Martin has dedicated nearly three decades to helping
children, families, and animals in need. She has become
exceptionally skilled in organizational planning, philanthropic
strategy and system development, nonprofit policy, technical
writing, grants management, and major gifts programs.

For many years, Jessica served as the Director of Foundation Giving and Major Gifts at one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. With her leadership, the department achieved a historical $118 million in philanthropic revenue with nearly $36 million in new grants.
Her experience also includes directing the fund development efforts of a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as an organizational restructure. There, she secured national public, private and government funding, successfully increasing revenue by 300% in her first two years.

Jessica joins Mandy to discuss shelter / funder relations in this two-part series.

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Episode 46 – Rebranding: Better Together Animal Alliance

People Are Animals Too Darnit host, Mandy Evans, is the executive director of an animal shelter in north Idaho.  The animal shelter just launched a rebrand campaign to Better Together Animal Alliance.  Mandy talks with Lisa Gerber of Big Leap Creative about the rebranding effort and the purpose of it.

bettertogetheranimalalliance.org

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Episode 45 – The Culture of Philanthropy in Animal Welfare with Brian Daugherty of San Diego Humane Society

Brian Daugherty has extensive experience in leading philanthropy teams to achieve extraordinary results. As senior vice president and chief philanthropy & communications officer, he oversees our philanthropy, marketing and communications efforts and is able to combine his professional experience and passion for animals. Brian and his team are responsible for marketing and communications to promote a vast array of programs and services as well as raising the vital funds necessary to enable San Diego Humane Society to fulfill its mission to take care of homeless animals and “Inspire Compassion” in our community.

Brian’s work experience includes notable organizations such as the Baltimore Symphony; the Baltimore Zoo; the University of Baltimore; the University of California, San Diego; and San Diego State University. He has served as the fundraising chair for several nonprofit organizations and is a frequent presenter to such organizations as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Annual Giving Professionals Network (AGPN) and Academic Impressions.

Brian graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of San Diego. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife, Kathleen, their three children and his devoted companions, Sherman the Dorgi (dachshund and corgi mix) and Henry the Harrier.

Brian joins Mandy to discuss philanthropy in animal welfare.

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Episode 44 – Cat Policy for Animal Shelters

Peter J. Wolf is a research and policy analyst for Best Friends Animal Society. Peter’s role involves the analysis of science and public policy related to community cat issues, a topic he’s been researching and writing about since 2010 through his blog, Vox Felina. His writing is published regularly on the Best Friends blog, in letters to editor, and in peer-reviewed research articles. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in industrial design. His professional/industry experience has focused on the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data.

Peter joins Mandy to discuss cat policy and best practices for animal shelters.  

Kittens, Community, and You video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI_0v0yZIyU

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Episode 43 – Commnuity-Based Programs in Animal Welfare

Heather Cammisa is a Principal at Adisa Group, a mission driven consultancy. She has twenty-five years of experience in mission leadership, with more than 13 years as the Chief Executive of two animal welfare agencies plus several years with a national welfare agency. An economist before her Yogi Berra fork in the road, Heather is known for innovation, strategic partnerships, financial and operational revitalization and analytics.

 

She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, holds a graduate certificate in Wildlife Forensics and Conservation from the University of Florida and is a certified animal control office and animal cruelty investigator. She has a Master’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University and worked in both financial and social economics before devoting her career to cause advancement.

 

She has served on the boards of regional organizations, animal shelters and a marine mammal stranding center. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. She is currently a Program Ambassador with Project Coyote and the Vice President of her local shelter’s board of directors.

 

She and her husband share their Colorado mountain home with beloved adopted pets Roger, Sunny, Cato & Polly. When not working, she can be found gardening in a geodesic greenhouse or out in the woods marveling at nature.

Heather joins Mandy today to discuss community-based programs in animal welfare.

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