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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, three dogs 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, two dogs, and four cats.

Kelle Sisung
Development Director
ksisung@dearbornanimals.org

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Katie Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, joined the FFDAS team in September of 2014. She has worked in the animal welfare field for several years, focusing on volunteer management and adoption programs. Katie is currently pursuing a master’s degree in humane leadership through Humane Society University. A lifelong Dearborn resident, Katie shares her home with her husband Charles, five cats, and one dog.

Katie Johnson
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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Kathy Lash
HR Coordinator
klash@dearbornanimals.org

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Ashley Gutowski
Offsite Adoption Coordinator
agutowski@dearbornanimals.org

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Suzanne Johnson
Bookkeeper
sjohnson@dearbornanimals.org

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Danielle Leonard
Assistant Shelter Manager
dleonard@dearbornanimals.org

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Kaleigh Borushko
Foster Program Coordinator
kborushko@dearbornanimals.org

Jessica Rico 6-14

Jessica
Office Assistant

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Courtney
Animal Evaluator

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Evaluator Assistant

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Cheryl
Evaluator Assistant
cszkutniski@dearbornanimals.org

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Ken
Facilities Coordinator

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Kelsey
Shelter Associate

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Trish
Kennel Supervisor

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Jim
Shelter Associate

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Kevin
Shelter Associate

Brandy Graham & Stella 4-19-14

Brandy
Shelter Associate/Animal Intake Tech

Corrine Waldrep & Pretty Girl 4-19-14

Corrine
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

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Office I.T.

Marlene Burgess

Marlene
Shelter Ordinance Officer

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Keri
Shelter Ordinance Officer

Jose Animal Ordinance Officer

Jesus
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. Michael Nelson
  • Secretary – Sue Ringey
  • Of Counsel – David Kocab
  • Tom Clark
  • Fred B. Johns
  • Lisa Bahash
  • Richard Truett
  • Jackie Lovejoy
  • Shana Kellogg
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