Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

By: | July 2, 2019

The Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) announces the appointment of new members to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are Jason Ellis of Ryvit, Linda Bond of Kit Bond Strategies, Matthew Murphy of Microsoft, and Jason Gagne, DVM, DACVN of Purina. The APA also announced the reappointment of Patrick Barry of Byrne PR to Secretary of the Board.

“I am pleased to welcome our newest members to the Board of Directors,” said Sarah Javier, Executive Director of the APA. “The unique professional backgrounds and diverse experiences of each member will bring insightful perspectives and expertise to our Board and organization.”

Jason Ellis is CFO of Ryvit, a St. Louis-based technology integration company. With over a decade of experience in finance and business development, Ellis will bring proven expertise in innovative business solutions and financial sustainability which will help the APA continue to grow as it approaches its 100-year anniversary.

Linda Bond is Partner at Kit Bond Strategies. She has over 30 years in public service, including serving the Reagan Administration in a variety of capacities. Bond has served as finance director for the National Republican Senate Committee, raising funds, managing support and producing events for Republican National Conventions and other major events across the country. Her experience and expertise will help the APA continue to be a leader in animal welfare locally and nationally.

Matthew Murphy is a Technology Solutions Professional in the Business Intelligence division at Microsoft. He has held numerous leadership positions in technology and finance at companies throughout St. Louis and New York. Murphy’s expertise will help the APA integrate technology into operations, improving the customer experience for the organizations 4,000+ adopters every year.

Jason Gagne, DVM, DACVN is Director of Veterinary Technical Communications at Nestle Purina Petcare where he is part of the Professional Engagement Team and specializes in nutrition. As a former professor in Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and the author of numerous publications, Gagne’s expertise in veterinary care and nutrition will help the APA continue to provide the very best wellness and nutrition for every animal in its care.

Patrick Barry is Senior Project Manager at Byrne PR where he manages media relations for clients with a focus on social media engagement. Barry has served on the APA Board of Directors since 2017 where his expertise and passion for helping animals has helped the organization develop an engaging and successful communication and social media strategy. In his second term he will serve as the Secretary for the APA Board of Directors.

The APA would like to thank outgoing Secretary and Board Member Tamara Spicer for her leadership and continued support of the organization. Spicer served on the APA Board of Directors for four years and was an integral part of the organization’s growth and success. Thanks to her leadership and support, the APA is well positioned for continued success for many years to come.

The 2019-20 APA Board of Directors are: President, Marissa Curran of Polsinelli; Vice-President, Annie Castellano of Cigna/Express Scripts; Treasurer, Bill Lacey formerly of Purina; Secretary, Patrick Barry of Byrne PR; Debbie Caplin; Suzie Craft of Craft Restaurants; Steve Harrison of Falk Harrison Creative; George Horn of Scottrade; Sandra Lehrer; John Lynn of Regions Bank; Shawn Simmons of Mills Properties; and David Zeigler of Lee and Associates of St. Louis.

The Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond. In 2018, the APA found homes for 3,765 pets that were brought to the Adoption Center. This year, the APA is on track to help even more dogs, cats and other critters.