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Tom Van Winkle brings more than 20 years of animal welfare industry experience to his position as Executive Director of HHS since 2017. Beginning with his early experience as a volunteer and board member of a small humane society in 1997, Tom also served as executive director for a humane society in the Chicago suburbs in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University. Tom credits his upbringing in a family filled with compassion as a source of constant inspiration as he guides HHS to become one of the premier animal shelters in the country.
Todd has spent the past decade plus working in animal welfare in a variety of capacities at shelter facilities in Indiana prior to his move to Illinois. He has held positions in everything from Kennel Attendant and Manager, to Animal Control Officer, Shelter & Operations Director and Board member. He has continually volunteered with numerous animal rescue and TNR groups, and has completed training with HSUS, NACA and ASPCA, in addition to studying Technology at Indiana University. Since joining the team at HHS in 2019, Todd has worn many hats, from technology and development, to his current position of leadership as Operations Director.
Dr. Kristin Tvrdik has 7 years of experience as a Shelter Veterinarian and Spay/Neuter Surgeon, as well as 14 years of experience working in animal welfare. She intially began work in the field as an intern, animal care technician, and adoption counselor at HHS in 2005.She obtained a BS in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. After earning her DVM, she served as Lead Shelter Veterinarian at a humane society in the Quad Cities followed by 4 1/2 years as Medical Director of an animal shelter and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Indiana. She joined the HHS team as Medical Director in May of 2019 and is excited to provide high quality care for dogs and cats that reside temporarily at the humane society before they move on to their forever homes.
Samantha Cheatham has worked at the Hinsdale Humane Society for more than 18 years as a long-time volunteer focused on working in animal care. When Samantha first joined HHS at the original facility in 2001, she was instrumental in caring for all of our cats, dogs, and a few bunnies and birds. Samantha now serves as a full time HHS Animal Care Manager, responsible for the welfare and enrichment of all animals at HHS, motivated daily by her compassion for animals and her passion for helping them. Prior to joining Hinsdale Humance Society, Samantha was the office manager at a small family business in Berwyn.
After becoming a certified veterinary technician in 2014 and working in veterinary clinics, Kelsey Barry found her true passion helping and saving shelter animals. Kelsey has been with Hinsdale Humane Society since 2015, first as an adoption counselor, helping families find their new forever friend, and now, in her current role as Foster and Volunteer Coordinator, managing hundreds of volunteers and matching them to their ideal position in the shelter. The foster families she manages help to care for dozens of animals in need of special care each year. When she's not working, you can find her hanging out with, and spoiling, her HHS alumni, Freddie Purrcury.
Carla is a strong believer in HHS’ motto of “Be Kind to All Kinds.” She has worked with exotic rescues, chickens, rabbits, rats, and even fostered a baby kangaroo. Carla handles the daily medication and feeding of animals at the shelter, as well as ensuring their comfort and happiness. She manages all animals that come in and works in lockstep with our veterinary team to ensure they are all healthy. She administers behavior assessments of kittens and cats before they go up for adoption, and is also an adoption counselor, which allows her to follow animals from the moment they come in, to the moment they walk out the doors with their new families. Carla is mom to 3 girls ranging from college age to 6 years old. She loves her job and is proud to work at HHS.
Deborah Plowman, an accredited dog trainer, uses positive training methods in her classes to make training fun as well as to help build a positive relationship between dog and human. Deborah would like all dogs (and any animal) to be happy in a forever home for their entire lives no matter how they arrived at that home. She believes that a strong human-dog bond should be based on trust and the best way to do this is through education and training. You will hear her say that we can spoil our dogs, but they need to be well trained and have manners. Deborah mentored under Kym Iffert as well as trained separately for many years. She is a member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She has volunteered at different shelters and continues to help enrich the lives of dogs and their families.
Annie Kell has always loved animals and began working with rescue animals in 2014. During the week, Annie works as the Foster Care Case Management Supervisor at SOS Children's Villages and in her spare time, she volunteers as an HHS Animal Care Technician and Adoption Counselor. Annie has a BA in Cultural Studies and a Master's degree in Social Work and she is obtaining her Animal & Human Health Certificate through the University of Denver to incorporate animal assisted therapy into her work with foster children.
As an HHS receptionist and administrative associate since 2004, Kathy Daly enjoys helping the public with all the joys and challenges of animal adoption and providing information about the wide variety of HHS resources and programs available, as well as myriad other tasks behind the scenes. She is an advocate for cruelty-free methods and products and a greener environment, and her home has permanent dog and bird residents and, on occasion, foster cats, dogs, and birds. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.
Robin Carroll has decades of experience developing marketing, communications, and public relations initiatives for both corporate and non-profit organizations. Leaving the corporate world behind to pursue her passion for animal welfare, she joined Hinsdale Humane Society as a staff member in 2013 and has never looked back. Today, as Marketing Director, she oversees all marketing and communications for the Pet Rescue & Resource Center operated by Hinsdale Humane Society, with a goal of spreading awareness about animals in need, through promotion, education, and advocacy.
Kelsey Weivoda has been an animal lover since the day she was born, growing up with at least two dogs at all times. When service hours became a required part of middle school curriculum, instead of going to the local soup kitchen like everyone else, Kelsey gravitated towards the nearest animal shelter. Four years later, Kelsey was training new volunteers, as a high school student! This started her passion for working with animals, especially the ones who don’t have a loving home yet. Kelsey has a BA in Broadcast Communications and a BA in Organizational Communications, both from North Central College. Looking for a way to connect her love of animals and her learned skills, Kelsey found the perfect match in the HHS Marketing Manager position, beginning in late 2019. She is responsible for miscellaneous marketing tasks, like social media, graphic design, and updating the website.
Inspired by her early experience working on farm animal welfare and food safety with family farmers, Jacki Rossi has worked for more ethan 12 years on development and communications within two of her greatest passions: animal welfare and youth programming. Since joining HHS as the Humane Educator, she was promoted to the Development Director role in 2018 and most recently assumed the role of HHS Business Development Director. Jacki has volunteered for New Leash on Life in Chicago for 10 years, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors and serves as the Foster Coordinator. She also volunteers as a grant writer for Mother's Against Senseless Killings in Chicago. Jacki has a BA from Purdue University, has studied at Oxford University, and holds a development certificate from The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
During her career working in financial management and technology sales and client support, Deborah Kraus has volunteered with the Hinsdale Humane Society since 1994, working with animal socialization, fundraising, special events, and various administrative duties. In 2010, she began working as the HHS Pet Therapy Coordinator, handling the administrative details of the pet theraoy programs, recruiting new teams, scheduling sessions, and ensuring that Pet Therapy teams received the training and support necessary for the success of the organization. After becoming the Pet Therapy Program Manager in 2017, she expanded the program to incorporate relationship development with participating organizations, including nursing homes, libraries, and AMITA Health. In addition to monitoring the delivery of existing programs and incorporating any needed adjustments, Deborah works to expand the reach of the program into the community and encourage financial support. Her experience in volunteer programs extends to working scouting, alumni associations, her church, and her township political organization. Deborah holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University.
A lifelong animal lover, advocate, and long-time volunteer, Jen Gordon joined the HHS staff in the spring of 2018. In her current role as the Humane Education Manager, she leads all HHS Humane Education Programming, including Summer Camps, Youth Volunteer Activities, and Community Outreach Programs. Combining her knowledge of child development, information processing, education, and her passion for animal advocacy, she enjoys teaching others how to respect, protect, and understand animals that share our world and can bring so much joy to our lives. Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University, and is certified in CPR/First Aid and Mental Health First Aid.
Lauren Link is always looking for ways to improve the lives of animals, whether she’s providing a foster home, volunteering at local animal shelters and sanctuaries, or participating in events and demonstrations with animals rights groups. She began volunteering at HHS as a dog-walker in late 2019, and shortly after accepted the position of Humane Educator. Lauren holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Loyola University Chicago.
Prior to joining the HHS staff as Community Relations Manager, Debbie Waggoner worked in the medical insurance industry and as a receptionist, billing coordinator, and office manager for a medical practice. Her passion for dogs motivated Debbie to begin volunteering at animal shelters more than 20 years ago, starting with walking dogs, assisting with animal adoptions, and eventually becoming adoption desk manager, before moving to the volunteer coordinator position.
Erica Levy joined Hinsdale Humane Society as Finance Manager in 2019 and is thrilled to be able to combine her love for animals and background in finance. Erica has her MBA from University of Chicago in Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Statistics and her BA from DePauw University in Economics. In addition, Erica has been involved in animal rescue as a volunteer and foster home with a local humane society since 2008. She previously worked in finance at a commercial bank, an investment bank, a large corporation, and a corporate credit union.