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Office Hours:

Monday – Friday
9:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday – Sunday
9:00am – 5:00pm


Adoption Hours by Appointment Only:

Monday – Friday
12:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday – Sunday
12:00pm – 4:00pm

Leadership and Program Support

Natalie Hoskins

Executive Director

Natalie got her start in the animal welfare industry in 2009 as an Animal Caregiver at EBHS. Throughout the years, she has taken on many roles within the organization including Humane Officer, Shelter Operations Assistant Manager, Customer Relation Manager, Director of Animal Care and Field Services, Director of Special Projects, and now Executive Director! Natalie has one human child and three furry children; Mason a human boy, Lt. Dan a Siamese mix from EBHS, Stormageddon a Siamese mix from EBHS, and Nightwing a hefty brown Tabby from EBHS. Natalie enjoys most outdoor activities such as boating, hiking, camping, kayaking, paddleboarding, and gardening. The only outdoor activities you won’t catch Natalie trying are hunting or fishing since she is a vegan. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, Natalie loves watching her son’s sporting events and working on home renovation projects with her husband.

Anita Alfaro

Annual Giving and Special Events Manager

Anita attended UW-Whitewater with a BA in Communications and a minor in Recreation. Before working at EBHS, Anita’s family fostered cats and kittens through another organization for four years.  Anita has worked in development and event planning in the non-profit sector for over seventeen years and she loves it!  Anita’s family has three cats (Nacho, Sweetie and Callie), two cockatiels (NeNe and CoCo), and five goldfish that have all been won at area church festivals by Anita’s son. In her free time, Anita loves spending time with her family and friends, crafting, reading, shopping, being active at her son’s school, and watching Brewers games.  She and her husband also enjoy watching their son swim, playing video games with him, and watching him play percussion in his Middle School band. Two of Anita’s favorite sayings are “You Rock” and “Always Smile”!

Melanie Strenk


Melanie attended UW-Milwaukee and earned her BS in Finance & Human Resources as well her MS in Accounting. Melanie has over 20 years of accounting experience and is thrilled to provide that expertise to an organization she is passionate about, EBHS. Currently Melanie’s family consists one cat (Grayson) and two dogs (Abrams & Matilda).

Stephanie DeSwarte

Community Resource Director 

Stephanie attended University of Wisconsin Green Bay and University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Her field of study was elementary education and history. She joined EBHS in September of 2017. Stephanie has always had a passion for animals. She has had dogs all her life and used to breed guinea pigs. She currently has a dog named Sabrina who is a former resident of EBHS. When Stephanie is not at work she enjoys going hiking with her dog, traveling especially on cruises, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. One of her favorite quotes is “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”- Einstein

Nicole Latus

Volunteer Coordinator

Nicole graduated from Madison College in May 2014 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Before joining EBHS in 2021, Nicole worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at a small animal hospital. Nicole has always felt a strong connection with animals and knew from a very young age they would play an important role in her life. Nicole shares her home with four rescue animals; a no-eyed Boston Terrier named Jovi, a mixed breed dog named Elliot, an orange tabby named Bob and a dilute calico named Juno. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and two young kiddos. You will often find them outdoors playing in the mud, dancing in the rain and soaking up all that nature has to offer. In her free time Nicole loves reading, cooking and upcycling antique furniture. One of Nicole’s favorite quotes is, “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Sheila Postotnik

Director of Community Education 

Sheila graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with degrees in English and Film Studies. After many years with the Milwaukee YMCA directing a variety of education and youth development programs, Sheila joined the EBHS team in December 2015, leaving for a short time to pursue another opportunity and returning in November 2018. Over the years, Sheila has volunteered for several rescues and shelters through fostering, community outreach, dog walking, and animal care. She was on the first Friends of MADACC board, helping to raise funds for various shelter improvement and outreach initiatives. One of Sheila’s passions is dog training and behavior and playing a variety of canine sports with her pups. Sheila has three dogs: Frankie, a senior poodle mix rescued from MADACC; Sailor, a havanese and certified therapy dog who joins Sheila at various EBHS humane education visits; and Ro, a young whippet who is loving life! Sheila’s hobbies include running, reading, and classic films/TV. In April of 2020, Sheila earned the Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) Certification from the Academy of Prosocial Learning, becoming one of four Humane Educators in the state of Wisconsin with this distinction. Her favorite quote is,
“Only the educated are free.” ~ Epictetus

Carol Sumbry

Dog Training and Behavior Manager

Carol attended Parkland College and the University of Illinois. Her field of study was Management/Personnel psychology. She joined the team at EBHS in 2007. Carol now loves the study of dog behavior and is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (one of only four in the state of Wisconsin certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with almost 2 decades of experience. She does Behavior Assessments, Treatment Plans and Behavior/Training Protocols for dogs who exhibit problems or behaviors due to lack of early socialization, temperament, training or other issues such as aggression, anxiety or fear. She also teaches classes and does private consultations to help clients raise a great dog.

Carol also fosters dogs and has fostered hundreds of dogs over the years, most with behavior issues. She has two foster “failures” from EBHS.  Leine and Timber were puppy mill dogs rescued by EBHS. When she isn’t working Carol loves to paddleboard, walk/run, do therapy work with her dogs, do yoga, and spend quality time with her dog and human family.  Carol’s favorite quote is “Be the change you want to see in the world”. ~ Ghandi

Becky Tetzlaff

Director of Special Projects 

Becky joined our staff team in March 2014 and has fulfilled several positions within our Volunteer Department since then. She now resumes the role of Director of Special Projects, working on a variety of needs we have to grow and fulfill our mission.  Graduating with her bachelor’s degree in business in 2013 and volunteering her time and home to many animals in need, Becky has a deep seeded passion for animals and our fundamental responsibility in caring for them. In her free time, you will find Becky enjoying the company of her 3 cats and dog, spending time in the great outdoors with her family, crafting, cooking, and when at all possible, sitting in the sun.

Beth Blackwood

Director of Animal Operations

Since she can remember, Beth has always had a strong love for animals. Beth graduated from MSU-Mankato with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology. She also graduated from RCTC in Rochester, MN, with a certification in Animal Health Technology. Before working at EBHS, Beth worked at a non-profit zoo as a curator working with exotic and domesticated animals. Beth has 9 adopted children: 7 cats (Maige, Zero, Warlow, Neville, Godric, Ambrose, and Tuppy) and 2 dogs (Bru, a doberman pitty mix and Daenerys, a Siberian husky). In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her pets, family and friends, watching movies, listening to music, antiquing, camping, practicing yoga, and making homemade pet food. Beth’s favorite inspirational quote is “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” -Albus Dumbledore


Animal Care

Kasara Rupp

Animal Care Lead

Kasara has been an animal enthusiast for as long as she can recall. As a child Kasara would go hiking through the woods to find snakes, frogs, and toads to discover how many different varieties she could find.  Kasara continued her engagement with animals through various volunteer opportunities while working in retail management for community focused, non-profit organizations. Kasara began working closely with many individuals with disabilities through this field, and changed careers to work as a Behavioral Health technician where she could more closely follow mental health focused work.  Through this journey Kasara discovered the perfect blend of her two biggest passions; animal psychology. Currently, Kasara is a Zoo Pride volunteer at the Milwaukee County Zoo and is planning to pursue a degree in wildlife conservation. At home Kasara is a parent to three nonhuman children; a 20 year old domestic short hair named Spoiled, a 10 year old grey tabby named Kvothe, and a 6 year old bearded dragon named Sherlock. In Kasara’s spare time she loves to hike, camp, cosplay, & dabble in photography. One quote that resonates with Kasara is by Mahatma Gandhi; “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” 

Shelby Adkins

Cat Behavior Team

Shelby volunteered for about two years as a cat socializer at EBHS before she became part of the team. Before this she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at an Assisted Living facility for seven years. She loved taking care of the elderly almost as much as they loved her. As hard as it was to leave, she decided to change her path and help animals and people as an Animal Caregiver. She has always loved animals since she was a little girl and her aunt always told her she’ll either be helping animals or people. Shelby hopes for a program that she can help out with that includes animals and the elderly as it is very therapeutic to them. During her free time, she loves to be at home with her two cats, Callie and Tweet who were adopted from EBHS, visiting her past residents, camping, being around family, and enjoying life as it is. Shelby’s favorite quote is advice from her father, “If it scares you or it’s out of your comfort zone, do it anyways, it will almost always be the change you needed”

Laura Hagenauer

Medical Team

Laura has always loved animals but grew up in the Air Force, moving a lot, so didn’t get a chance to have many. She always threatened that she’d grow up to share her home with as many animals as she could, and she and her partner Patrick are really working towards that goal! They moved from Arizona with 5 cats and a cat-loving hound dog named Hannah, all rescues (and some foster successes who moved in and made themselves at home.) Laura has worked in wildlife biology for years and companion animal rescue and medicine for 6 years. She loves fostering cats and kittens and is passionate about continuing to provide gold-standard veterinary care for rescue animals here at EBHS. Laura loves working with wildlife and companion animals and has a special place in her heart for feral and undersocialized cats. She’s also discovered a new love for small companion animals, like reptiles, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, mice, rats and especially rabbits at EBHS. She’s grateful to be with the EBHS family, caring for the animals and people who love them in this area.

Paighton Kreckel

Medical Team

From a very young age, Paighton knew she wanted to work in an animal related field. Paighton graduated from Milwaukee Career College in 2018, earning her Veterinary Assistant Certificate. She has worked in a few veterinary clinics and one doggy daycare facility. She is the proud “mom” of four cats: Lola, Boots, Ridic, and Minnie. A gecko named Gecky also is a huge part of her life. In her free time, Paighton enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and watching movies. A quote that resonates with her is “It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal”. ~Joaquin Phoenix

Rena McCormack

Cat Behavior Lead

Rena graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. From a young age helping animals has been a passion of Rena’s; throughout the years, Rena’s jobs have had a focus on caring for animals, which ultimately brought her to EBHS. While Rena loves all animals, she holds a special place in her heart especially for cats. Because of this passion, Rena volunteered at EBHS as a cat socializer for four years before joining the behavior and counseling teams.  In her free time, Rena enjoys reading and taking pictures, with her best models being her two cats. One of Rena’s favorite quotes is by the author Dean Koontz- “No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make.”

Starr Vigo

Environmental Team, Humane Officer

Starr joined the Animal Care team on January 13, 2020, and has since been cross trained to help in the Customer Relations Department.  In addition, she jumped at the opportunity to become the go to staff member for wildlife related questions and assistance and joined our Humane Officer team in the Summer of 2020.  Starr knew joining the EBHS team was the perfect fit for her given her love of and desire to help shelter animals and sick and injured wildlife.  Before joining the EBHS team, Starr worked at a local doggy daycare for 5 years and loved every single dog she met.  She holds a veterinary assistant degree and interned at a local veterinary clinic.  She has also volunteered at Scout Camps and enjoys working with children.  In her spare time, Starr enjoys watching “nerdy” movies, reading, spending time with family and friends, but her true passion is being with her animals.  She adopted Leo (cat) and Ricky (dog) from EBHS and adores them both!  Her family shares her love of animals having adopted a stray puppy, Nyx, from New Mexico.  She notes that Nyx and Ricky are inseparable.  An inspiring quote for her is “Every single day of our lives involves wildlife education.  We must teach, spread the word, the wildlife gospel.” – Steve Irwin

Karey Gifford

Environmental Team

Karey has loved animals her whole life and has always had pet cats since she was little. Right now, Karey and her husband have 4 adorable cats named Rasata, Bailey, Lucky, and Hobbes. Hobbes is an EBHS Alumni! She also has 2 frogs named Fred and Ethel. Prior to working at EBHS, Karey worked in retail most of her life until recently moved into the dog world (best move ever!) and walked dogs, dog day care, and she is even now enrolled in a dog trainer/obedience program online.

Dr. Emma Sweet DVM

Shelter Veterinarian (part-time)

Dr. Sweet is a Wisconsin native originally from Hartland, WI. She dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since childhood and grew up having pets, working in kennels, and volunteering at HAWS down the road. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Spanish from UW-River Falls in 2016 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. She is passionate about providing quality, accessible care to animals and people from all walks of life and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She currently lives with her wife, Kelsey, and their pack of rescue animals including dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. Dr. Sweet is a huge fan of pugs and has 3 of them at home amongst her other creatures. She enjoys reading, quality time with her family and pets, and a good TV show. Dr. Sweet has an interest in caring for dogs, cats, and exotic animals and loves to help clients who speak Spanish (habla español). She loves all creatures, big and small! Two quotes that she lives by are “If it’s not hard, you’re not dreaming big enough!” and “Stand for something or fall for anything.”

Kaitlin Knas

Dog Behavior Lead

Bio coming soon! 

Soiren Santiago

Dog Behavior Team

Soiren got her first humane society job after graduating high school. She quickly realized she loved working with animals and wanted to pursue a career in rescue, rehab, and conservation work with marine megafauna. She graduated in 2020 with a BS degree in Biology with a Marine and Freshwater Emphasis from UW Whitewater. While in college she participated in a conservation travel study program to Panama and traveled into the rainforest and visited a couple of different indigenous villages, as well as go to a partner college in Australia. She also interned at a wildlife rehabilitation in Rhinelander, WI and another in Oklahoma. Soiren worked with dogs at a dog daycare and focused on the importance of enrichment.

During her free time, Soiren loves to travel, go on nature hikes, watch movies, do puzzles, visit zoos and aquariums, and photography. Soiren has three cats: Maebe, Cami, and Raia. Soiren even trains her cats!

Soiren’s favorite quote is “You step into the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

Melissa Prince

Dog Behavior Team

Bio coming soon! 

Community Resource

Morgan Gourley

Community Resource Associate/Graphic Designer

Morgan’s two loves in life are art and animals. She’s grown up with dogs but likes all different kinds of animals from cats and dogs to snakes and turtles and most anything in between. She has volunteered at EBHS since she was 16 years old starting with general housekeeping and for the past two years has volunteered as a cat socializer and graphic designer. Morgan graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and Media Arts. In 2018 she also graduated from Waukesha County Technical College with a dual Associates degree in Graphic Design and Web and Digital Media Design. In her spare time, she enjoys activities like writing stories, drawing, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with her dog, Joey, who was adopted from EBHS. A quote that guides Morgan in life is “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.” ~ Mark Twain

Rebecca David

Community Resource Lead

Becca graduated from Luther College with a degree in Education. Her first introduction to EBHS was when she came to learn about the humane society with a school group. Many years later, she adopted her first cat from EBHS. Her adoption experience and love of animals inspired her to become a volunteer so she could help others find their best friend! She has been fortunate to help out in a variety of ways, including adoption counseling and customer relations. Her time spent volunteering was one of the highlights of her week, and as such, she was very excited to be able to officially join the EBHS staff team in September 2021! She is a proud “cat mom” of Calvin and Loki. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and taking the time to learn something new! Her favorite quote is “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Heather Davis

Community Resource Associate

Heather focused her studies on Marketing Communications, earning a MBA from UW-Whitewater in 2001 and a BA from Lakeland College in 1994. After 25+ years in corporate marketing, she decided to switch gears and pursue her passion for animals. After volunteering at multiple animal shelters, she knew that working for EBHS would be a great fit and enjoys every minute spent here. Heather currently has 2 dogs, an Australian Shepherd mix named Bucky and a Pointer/Lab mix named Lambeau. When she wins the lottery, she’s going to buy a huge farm to foster and “pet all the dogs.” Heather is very passionate about the welfare and humane treatment of dogs and hopes that lawmakers work quickly to eliminate puppy mills and other inhumane animal environments. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, competitively cheers for the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, & Bucks, and enjoys traveling to new countries and tropical places whenever she can. One of her favorite quotes is from Charles Darwin who said, “There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery.”

Building and Grounds Maintenance

Glen Lauersdorf

Glen’s time at EBHS began in 2017 as a volunteer, transporting injured wildlife to Wildlife In Need Center from our organization. As he thought more about retirement from HP as a Datacenter Hardware Specialist, he thought he better find something to do to stay busy. So the Maintenance Associate position became available, he felt this would be the perfect fit and indeed it was! He has always enjoyed being a handyman around the house, plus he has assisted with many others with projects. he also volunteers with BRATS (Badger Rescue Animal Transport Services) transporting animals in WI between shelters to increase their chance at adoption. Over the years he has had many cats and dogs, however at this time he does not have any pets other than fish. His goal is to start taking in senior Great Pyrenees dogs that cannot find homes. Glen’s favorite quote is “Never give up – never surrender.” ~ Jason Nesmith