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Gerard, Otis & Hank, united November 4, 2015 & November 16, 2017

We also have some pretty great people

We don’t mind being known for our pets, but we’re thrilled to work with dedicated humans who turn their passion into action every day with us.

Leadership

Sarah Javier

Sarah Javier

President & Executive Director

An experienced fundraiser, advocate, and healthcare leader, Sarah Javier joined the APA in 2016 following her lifelong passion for helping animals. She received her master’s in public policy administration from UMSL and fosters our culture of compassionate care while promoting animal welfare throughout the region as a member of the St. Louis Pet Lover Coalition.

Kim Brown

Kim Brown

Vice President & Director of Operations

Before joining the APA, Kim spent five years working in animal welfare and eight years as a combat medic in the US Army Reserves. With a bachelor’s in human resource management and a master’s in non-profit administration, she’s well equipped to grow the APA and draws constant inspiration from the power of animal companionship.

Julie Pickering

Julie Pickering

Adoptions Supervisor

For over 25 years, Julie Pickering has served in a variety of roles at the APA, including receptionist, adoption counselor, and lost and found coordinator. Now, she serves as our adoptions supervisor, making daily connections between people and new pets. Since starting with us, all of Julie’s pets have come from the APA, including her dog and cat, Charlie and Lucy.

Amber Webb

Amber Webb

Director of Volunteer Services

A lifelong pet-lover, Amber Webb draws on over a decade of animal welfare experience, and certifications in volunteer administration and management. As a mentor for our volunteers and interns, she helps expand the APA’s mission, while introducing newcomers to the many ways they can help people and pets live better lives.

Leah Chartrand

Leah Chartrand

Humane Education Manager

After a decade spent teaching high school science, Leah Chartrand joined our team as the humane education manager. She draws on a depth of expertise to teach both children and adults about animal care and welfare, knowing that even the smallest passion for pets can be fostered into positive change for an entire community.

Tammy Ludwig

Tammy Ludwig

Veterinary Technician Supervisor

Drawing on over two decades of experience, Tammy Ludwig oversees the APA’s animal care team and coordinates our transfer program. As a lifelong St. Louisan, she’s seen the APA’s mission fulfilled across the community since its inception and believes everyone should adopt a shelter pet at least once — or in her case, four times.

Dr. Jennifer Marquardt

Dr. Jennifer Marquardt

Director of Veterinary Services

Dr. Marquardt joined the APA after 15 years in private practice caring for cats, dogs, and exotics. Drawn to our mission of education, rehabilitation, and supporting the animal-human bond, she’s adopted two dogs from the APA — Zeke and Ollie, alongside her snuggly orange cat Bert. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 2002.

Terrie Case

Terrie Case

Accountant

A longtime foster mom, dog owner, and pet-welfare volunteer, Terrie Case brings decades of financial know-how to the APA, alongside a passion for our work (and the Cardinals). She loves meeting the APA’s new animals and has a golden retriever at home.

Board of Directors

Marissa Curran, President
Attorney, Polsinelli

Annie Castellano, Vice President
Sr. Director Brand Strategy, Express Scripts

Bill Lacey, Treasurer
Retired, Nestle Purina

Patrick Barry, Secretary
Media Relations, Byrne PR

Linda Bond
Partner, Kit Bond Strategies

Debbie Caplin
Animal Advocate & Community Champion

Suzie Craft
Marketing Director, Craft Restaurants Ltd.

Jason Ellis
CFO, Ryvit

Jason Gagne, DVM, DACVN
Director of Veterinary Technical Communications, Nestle Purina Petcare

Steve Harrison
President & Creative Director, Falk Harrison Creative

Sandra Lehrer
Development Professional & Community Champion

John Lynn
Private Wealth Area Executive, Regions Bank

Matthew Murphy
Technology Solutions – Business Intelligence, Microsoft

Shawn Simmons
Vice President of Human Resources, Mills Properties

David Zeigler
Attorney, Lee and Associates of St. Louis

Emeritus Board

Maureen Bettman
Animal Advocate & Community Champion

Bradley Bishop
Partner, Financial Management Partners

Carla Felumb
Owner, Mister Guy Ladies Store

Greg Gutzler
Attorney, Elias Gutzler Spicer LLC

Charles Hoessle
Director Emeritus, St. Louis Zoo

George Horn
Senior Vice President of Operations, Scottrade

Jon Jouris
Enterprise Holdings

Diane Lacey
Animal Advocate & Community Champion

John McGinty
Vice President of Customer Development, Nestle Purina

Judy Peil
Animal Advocate & Community Champion

Sandy Peters
Development Professional & Community Champion

Sharon Pettus
Animal Advocate & Community Champion

Mabel Purkerson, MD
Professor Emerita of Medicine, Washington University

Kate Sackett
Animal Advocate & Community Champion

Joseph Sivewright
President, Nestle Purina

Tamara Spicer, Secretary
Attorney, Elias Gutzler Spicer LLC

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