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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.


Sarah Javier

Sarah Javier

Chief Executive Officer

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

Chief Operations Officer

Before joining the APA, Kim Brown 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.

Kim is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) which recognizes experienced and knowledgeable professionals committed to high standards and ethical practice in the field of animal welfare.

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

Transfer and Animal Care Manager

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.


Larcia Hyrne

Director of People & Culture

An avid dog-lover (with a particular affinity for Great Danes) and strategic human resources professional, Larcia Hyrne is the newest addition to the leadership team at the APA. Prior to joining, she spent two years in hospitality management and over 15 years in healthcare. Combined with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications and experience in human resources, Larcia is looking forward to bringing her love of animals and all things HR to the APA.

Terrie Case

Terrie Case

Director of Finance

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.

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Paige Lucas

Client Services Supervisor

With experience as an adoption counselor and rescue coordinator, Paige Lucas uses her expertise in animal welfare to help the APA's adoption team facilitate successful matches between people and pets. Paige is also a valuable resource to pet owners seeking support. She is passionate about helping animals and is known to frequently foster kittens.


Kitty Lawrence

Community Programs Manager

As Community Programs Manager, Kitty Lawrence draws from her unique background in veterinary medicine, animal welfare, and mental health counseling to help people and pets thrive together. When she is not promoting the human-animal bond at the APA, you can find her hiking, biking, and kayaking all over the state of Missouri, or at home gardening with her rescue dogs and cat.

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Alex Levine Clardy

Director of Development

With 14 years of experience in fundraising and a passion for pets and people, Alex Levine-Clardy is dedicated to securing the resources needed to help the APA fulfill its mission. She is an avid animal lover and is excited to be part of an organization that unites and strengthens families through animal companionship. Alex lives in St. Louis City with her spouse and rescue dog, Ruthie Rosemary.


Angela Garcia, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Dr. Garcia is excited to join the APA team after feeling drawn to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals and the community. A Missouri native, she graduated from Mizzou’s College of Veterinary Medicine and spent time in small animal private practice in the St. Louis area prior. Her areas of professional interest include preventative/wellness care and dermatology. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, her pets, and traveling in her free time.

Board of Directors

Marissa Curran, President
Environmental Counsel, Commercial Liability Partners, LLC

Annie Castellano, Vice President
Director of Brand + Creative, Edward Jones

Bill Lacey, Treasurer
Retired, Nestle Purina

Patrick Barry, Secretary
Senior Project Manager, Byrne PR

Debbie Caplin
Animal Advocate & Community Champion

Suzie Craft
Marketing Director, Craft Restaurants Ltd.

Jason Ellis
CFO, CellTrak Technologies

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

Sandra Lehrer
Development Professional & Community Champion

John Lynn
Private Wealth Area Executive, Regions Bank

Matthew Murphy
Investment Manager, Self-Employed

Shawn Simmons
Vice President of Human Resources, Mills Properties


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

Steve Harrison
President & Creative Director, Falk Harrison Creative

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

David Zeigler
Managing Principal, Lee and Associates of St. Louis

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