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Elaine Greene, Executive Director, has been with the Friends since July 1996, when Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter took over the operation of the shelter for the City of Dearborn. She worked for Michigan Humane Society for 22 years before coming to the Dearborn shelter. Elaine is also a licensed veterinary technician, which in layman terms is an animal nurse. As executive director she oversees all shelter operations and activities. Elaine, along with her husband, Michael, four dogs, two cats, and the occasional foster pet, enjoy their home in Dearborn.

Elaine Greene
Executive Director
egreene@dearbornanimals.org

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Heather Mehi, Shelter Manager, started her animal career working as a grooming and veterinary assistant with an area veterinary clinic. After a few months, she realized that animals were her passion and took a job with Huron Valley Humane Society, then Michigan Humane Society. Heather came with Elaine to the Dearborn Animal Shelter in July 1996 and has been integral to the organization’s growth and success. Heather shares her home with her partner, Anna, her dogs, cats, and a parrot.

Heather Mehi
Shelter Manager
hmehi@dearbornanimals.org

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Kelle Sisung, Development Director, began her career with the shelter as a volunteer in 2001. She became our Director of Volunteers and since 2005, our Development Director. The development director is responsible for overseeing the annual fund, which includes events, grants, and appeals. Kelle has a bachelor’s degree in English and social science and a Master’s in English. She also has a Certificate in Fund-raising Management from Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, and is a member of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals. Kelle lives with her husband, Ed, one dog, and four cats.

Kelle Sisung
Development Director
ksisung@dearbornanimals.org

Mary

Mary was the volunteer coordinator in the summer of 2011 and remained an active volunteer until being rehired in the summer of 2013.  Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production/New Technology with a journalism minor from Northern Michigan University and a Paralegal Certificate-UC Irvine.  Mary has previous experience leading volunteers during AmeriCorps service with Habitat for Humanity.  She lives in Royal Oak with her dog, Finnegan.

Mary Sheridan
Volunteer Coordinator
volunteers@dearbornanimals.org

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Andrea has been with FFDAS since September 2010 in the role of Community Outreach Director.  Since May, as the Development Assistant, she brings her experience in coordinating special events, working on grants, and fundraising with local charities.  Andrea earned a BA in Communications at the University of Michigan.  As the Assistant Development Director, her responsibilities include working closely with the Development Director, donors and volunteers on fundraising initiatives, including grant writing and third party events.   She shares her home with her two children, husband Michael and two cats.

Andrea Kuentz
Assistant Development Director
akuentz@dearbornanimals.org

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Linda has an associate’s of science for veterinary technology. She became a certified pet dog trainer through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 2003. She has written numerous papers and provided in-depth presentations for feline/canine behavior for the Southeastern Veterinary Medical Association. Linda is a lifetime member of North American Veterinary Technician Association, Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, and Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Linda has two dogs and one cat.

Linda Thomas
Trainer & Behavior Evaluator
lthomas@dearbornanimals.org

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Suzanne Johnson
Bookkeeper
sjohnson@dearbornanimals.org

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Sharon Gawthrop
Administrative Coordinator
sgawthrop@dearbornanimals.org

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Danielle Leonard
Assistant Shelter Manager
dleonard@dearbornanimals.org

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Courtney
Animal Evaluator

Kim

Kim
Evaluator Assistant

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Ken
Facilities Coordinator

Ryan

Ryan
Kennel Supervisor

Trish

Trish
Kennel Supervisor

Malcolm

Malcolm
Shelter Associate

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Jim
Shelter Associate

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Kevin
Shelter Associate

Lynette

Lynette
Shelter Associate

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Cornelius
Break Supervisor

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Duncan
Paper Shredder & Taste Tester

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Izzy
Paper Pusher & Paper Clip Locater, In Memory, June 2008 - July 2013

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Sabrina
Official Greeter

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PorkChop
Office Security

Albert Einstien

Allie
Office I.T.

Marlene Burgess

Marlene Burgess
Shelter Ordinance Officer

Brian Deuchler

Bryan Deuchler
Shelter Ordinance Officer

Board of Directors

  • Board Chair – MaryAnn Wright
  • President – Laurie Buhr
  • Treasurer and Financial Director – Sophie Bozek
  • Medical Director – Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM
  • Director of City Relations - Cpl. Mike Nelson
  • Secretary – Sue Ringey
  • Beth Siroskey
  • Tom Clark
  • David Kocab
  • Fred B. Johns
  • Lisa Bahash
  • Richard Truett
  • Jackie Lovejoy
  • Shana Kellogg
  • Olga Filatova
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