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Our Staff

Executive Director: Anne Schmidt
Medical Director: Keri Morgan, DVM

Development Manager: Mady O'Reilly

Program Manager: Ali Hillard

Animal Behavior Manager: Brittany Fleming

Program Coordinator: Breleigh Scheland

Veterinarian: Michael Harres

Clinic Manager: Belle Hargraves

Lead Veterinary Technician: Rachel Toczylowski
Veterinary Technician: Lysa Graham

Veterinary Assistant: Ashley Russell


Animal Care Shift Leads:

        Chase Luebeck 

        Breleigh Scheland


        Terri Aldrich

        Taylor Breyman

         Diana Cardenas

         Anne Crow

         Landon Eckmann

         Samantha Eckmann

         Kennedy Fuller

         Kaden Johnson
         Alyssa Smith

         Katy Tucker

         Avery Wasser


 Kennel Supervisor: Kandice Warren



Our Board of Directors


President: Jaci Rothe, Corktree Creative
Vice President: Alan Pennington, Matrix Consulting Group 
Secretary: Jenny Lamping, American Red Cross
Treasurer: Elise Italiano, MilliporeSigma


Board Members: 

Debora Aboudib, Attorney 

Leann Aloisi, Smith NMTC Associates LLC

Dylan Brinkmann, Red Bud High School

Betsy Butler, Remax Alliance

Lori Eder, Everside Health

Claire Fox, Allianz Commercial

Cliff Froehlich, development director, River City Journalism Fund

Sarah Glass, United Rentals

Jill Gorenz, Donnewald Distributing Company

Michael Hanson, Daniel and Henry
Timothy Heckler, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Join the MEHS Board

Want to get involved but don't have the time to be a board member? Join one of our volunteer committees!

Development Committees

Our Development Committees are composed of the Executive Director, Development Manager, and any member of the community willing to serve. The Development Committee is responsible for developing funding ideas, recruiting individual and corporate donations, and enhancing public awareness about the organization and its mission. 

MEHS Development Committee currently meets the last two of every month at 6:00 pm. 


Please reach out to to get involved!

MarComm Committee

Is composed of the Executive Director, Development Manager, and any member of the community willing to serve. The MEHS Marketing and Communications Committee's mission is to establish and coordinate all marketing and public relations; setup and maintain a framework for marketing and public relations procedures; setup and maintain media contacts for marketing and public relations; devise information in various formats for the organization and its events; educate the public on the organization; and coordinate special interest articles and information. 


MEHS MarComm committee meets with the Development committee the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.

Please reach out to to get involved!

Shelter Committee 

Is composed of the Executive Director, Edwardsville Shelter Manager, Highland Shelter Manager, and any member of the community willing to serve. The Shelter Committee is responsible for overseeing all major shelter projects, ensuring that ongoing shelter maintenance is completed, conducting volunteer training, addressing any shelter related issue brought to its attention, and keeping informed of current trends in sheltering animals.  


Shelter Committee meetings for 2023 are TBD.

Please reach out to to get involved!

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