Leadership and Program Managers
Heather graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Real Estate. She has also taken non-profit management courses through UW-Milwaukee. Most of Heather’s career has been in the non-profit sector. It is Elmbrook Humane Society (EBHS) who moved Heather to become involved in animal welfare. After adopting Teki from EBHS in 2000 during the first ever “Scratch and Dent Sale” of 2000, she was moved by the great work our team at the time carried out each and every day and became a volunteer. She spent time with our dogs, volunteered at Wag Walk (now Wagfest), and served on our Board of Directors before moving to Onalaska, WI. Heather was the Executive Director of Coulee Region Humane Society from 2004-2012. She took a short break from animal welfare and joined the EBHS team once again in April 2013. When Heather thinks about the work we do every single day to positively impact the lives of animals and humans, she can’t imagine anything more rewarding! Heather is very lucky to have parents who involved pets in her life since childhood! She has currently been adopted by a 7 year old Siberian Husky who is deaf and super smart, knowing sign language and working to become a pet therapy dog. She also has an 8 year old DMH feline who found his way into her life first as a foster as the result of being a burn victim and then permanently as a result of adoption. Heather enjoys traveling – returning from time to time to a few of her favorite spots as well as exploring new places. When not traveling, working, or volunteering, she enjoys sticking close to her home spending time with her dog and cat, family and friends, and relaxing in her backyard. Choosing a quote is tough as there are many quotes Heather finds inspiring; one of her favorites is, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
Doreen handles the finances for EBHS. Over the years she has worked as a pharmacist and in finance. She was drawn to EBHS because she believes in the health benefits of pet ownership and thought this was a great way to help promote that aspect. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, quilting, and playing fetch with her dog, Inga. One of Doreen’s favorite quotes from a woman she admires is, “One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Director of Special Projects
Natalie is a graduate of Winona State University. She majored in Mass Communications. In addition, Natalie attended East West Healing Arts Institute to become certified in Massage Therapy. Natalie has been a member of the Elmbrook staff since 2009, and through her time here she has been an essential part of our team in several capacities. She got her start as an Animal Caregiver and got her certification as a Humane Officer. Natalie was promoted to Shelter Operations Assistant Manager, moved to Customer Relations Manager, and in April 2016, became our Director of Animal Care and Field Services. Natalie has three pets of her own; Lt. Dan is a one year old Siamese mix from EBHS, Stormageddon is an eight month old Siamese mix, and Nightwing is handsome three year old brown Tabby from EBHS. Natalie enjoys most outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and paddle boarding. 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. When it comes to a favorite quote, Natalie does not have one!
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
Director of Animal Care and Field Services
Beth graduated from MSU-Mankato with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology. Beth also graduated from RCTC in Rochester, MN, with a certification in Animal Health Technology. While attending college, Beth interned at a veterinary clinic in Rochester, MN, Jardin Zoo in La Marina, Costa Rica, and Zollman Zoo in Byron, MN. After graduating, Beth spent 6 years working at the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls, MN, starting as a seasonal staff member and working her way to Assistant Director/Curator. Beth has 7 adopted pets of her own: 5 cats including Maige (DSH Tortie), Zero (Orange Tabby), Warlow (Brown Tabby), Neville (Gray Tabby), and Godric (deaf heterochromic White DSH) and 2 dogs, Bru (Rottweiler/Lab mix) and Daenerys (Siberian Husky). In her free time, Beth enjoys spending as much time as possible with her pets and family, watching movies, listening to music, rock climbing, and making essential oil perfumes. Beth’s favorite inspirational quote is “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do.” ~ Brian Tracy
Sylvie has loved animals as long as she can remember. She started volunteering extensively in animal welfare while working on a degree in Art at Lawrence University. Since then, she has worked in veterinary clinics, animal shelters and rescues, and dog daycares. She became a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) in 2016. Sylvie lives with her husband, 3 quirky and lovable rescue dogs, and a cat named Spooky (who is a registered therapy animal) – and often shares her home with foster animals as well. One quote she finds inspirational is from Albert Schweitzer- “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
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.
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
Asja is continuing her education to achieve her veterinary assistant certificate and a BA within the animal field. Asja has volunteered for local shelters including Wisconsin Humane Society and Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission for the last 8 years helping with animal care, adoption counseling, special events, animal behavior, and administrative duties. She has rescue cats of her own as well as mice, neither of which are named Tom or Jerry. While not at work she enjoys spending time in her butterfly garden, bird watching, hiking in state parks, and spending time with friends. A quote that she admires is “I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” ~ Ansel Adams.
Nicole graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Zoology. She then found a love for training working at Petsmart as a dog trainer. She moved to Texas to train at The Downtown Aquarium-Houston with tigers, macaws, and a sloth. Nicole moved back to Milwaukee recently and fell in love with EBHS. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her two dogs, two birds, and four sugar gliders. A quote that resonates with Nicole is “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France