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 four furry children; Mason a human boy, Mort an English Bulldog from a local rescue, 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”!

Doreen Brecheisen

Accountant

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

Stephanie DeSwarte

Customer Relations Manager

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

Humane Educator

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

Volunteer Program Director

Becky graduated from American InterContinental University in the winter of 2013 with a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Management. She joined the EBHS team in March of 2014. Becky has always had compassion for animals and discovered this was her passion shortly after graduating High School. With that, she has volunteered for the San Clement/Dana Point Animal Shelter and was an active foster parent and Cat Foster Coordinator for the Okinawan-American Animal Rescue Society while living overseas with her husband. She has also fostered several litters of kittens for EBHS. She has three rescued feline furbabies at home; Maverick, Freckles and Nacho. In her free time, you will find Becky enjoying her family and friends. She loves bird watching, being outdoors, and quiet nights at home with her husband and daughter.  A quote that is meaningful to Becky is ”There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith. You must decide which one will live there”. ~ Author Unknown

Beth Twaddle

Director of Animal Care and Field Services

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 8 adopted children: 6 cats (Maige, Zero, Warlow, Neville, Godric, and Ambrose) 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

Shelby Adkins

Counseling and Environmental Teams

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”

Sylvie Armstrong

Behavior Team

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.”

Charlotte Buck

Environmental Team

Charlotte is a current college student and a member of the environment team at EBHS. Her love for animals first began with horses. Growing up she had a variety of small pets including hamsters, a tortoise, and a gecko. She currently has two rescue dogs, Millie and Otis, as well as two rescue cats, Dudley and Mr. Kitty. After years of learning how to provide the best care for her animals Charlotte decided to explore her interest in animal wellness at EBHS. In Charlotte’s free time she can be found reading, practicing yoga, playing Animal Crossing, or singing (Mr. Kitty will probably be with her). Charlotte’s favorite quote: “Nnnnnn… Cinnamon buns are not currency… Not yet, anyway…” Gulliver from Animal Crossing New Leaf.

Robyn Cawley

Environmental Team

Robyn graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor’s in English and Environmental Studies, wishing each day she was gone to have taken her two pups — German Shepherd Charley and Husky mix Fritz — along with her. This is her first time working with animals professionally but has adored animals since she was young. She credits her love of animals to her grandma and mom, two longtime loving pet parents. It’s important for her to provide an open ear to injustices against animals and humans alike and be a small part in making the world a better place. In her free time, Robyn enjoys reading, writing (when she’s motivated), watching “Anne With an E,” listening to Addison Agen, and gardening. One of her favorite quotes is in a Kacey Musgraves song, “Oh, what a world, don’t wanna leave; all kinds of magic all around us, it’s hard to believe.”

Nicole Franklin

Behavior Team, Humane Officer

Nicole joined the behavior team in February of 2021. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. Nicole has always loved training and from a young age, started working with animals. She volunteered at several zoos in Illinois and Wisconsin and then moved to Texas to work at a wildlife refuge. There, Nicole worked and trained anything and everything from bears and hyenas to primates and echidnas! Nicole also fell in love with training parrots. This inspired her to work at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston with their parrot collection as well as with tigers and a sloth. Nicole even spent her off time training with the elephants at the Houston Zoo! Nicole brings her love of animals as well her experience in training to EBHS. At home, Nicole has two dogs of her own: Autumn Lee and Nala Rose. Autumn is a Papillon/Heeler mix who loves to run, chase, and herd; Nala, a Pittie/Heeler mix, is her frisbee dog who also excels at scent work! Nicole is currently training Nala to find lost discs for when she plays disc golf and to find antler sheds. Nicole also shares her life with sugar gliders and two birds. A quote that resonates with Nicole is “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

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.

Jessica Horvath

Cat Behavior Manager

Jessica graduated from Milwaukee Career College in 2016 with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Jessica spent one year volunteering with shelter cats at EBHS as a Cat Socializer. Jessica has one dog named Lacy. Jessica enjoys running, hiking, practicing yoga, reading, writing, painting, and drawing in her free time. Jessica’s favorite quote is, “This, too, shall pass”.

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.”

Shannon Steiner

Environmental Team

Shannon is currently a student at Carroll University with a major in Spanish and a Pre-vet emphasis. Prior to joining the Elmbrook Humane Society (EBHS) team in May 2021, Shannon volunteered at EBHS as an environmental team member where she fell in love with the organization. Along with volunteering, Shannon has interned at multiple veterinary clinics as a vet assistant. Even though most of her time is spent with domestic animals, she has a passion for wildlife, especially opossums, and hopes to pursue vet school in order to become a wildlife veterinarian. While home from school, Shannon spends most of her free time with her two rescue dogs, PeeWee and Cujo. She is grateful for the opportunity to work at EBHS and loves every minute she is able to spend there. A favorite quote of hers comes from the author of Winnie the Pooh, “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ~ A.A. Milne

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

Customer Relations

Morgan Gourley

Customer Relations Assistant Manager

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

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

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.”

Stephanie P

Stephanie grew up on a small farm in Ohio. After high school, Stephanie attended Carroll University in Waukesha and majored in Human Resources. She left the Human Resource field to raise her children. She was excited to re-enter the workforce by becoming a part of the EBHS team in June 2021. Stephanie’s love of animals and desire to give back to her community led her to EBHS. At home, Stephanie has 2 cats – Gracie who is 11 and Petey who is 2 and also a foster failure – as well as a young pup named Brewer, adopted from EBHS, and a dwarf hamster named Dodger. Stephanie is a big Brewer’s baseball fan and spends her summers going to games and playing tennis. Stephanie’s favorite quote is, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop

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