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Our Staff

Executive Director: Anne Schmidt

Development Manager: Mady O'Reilly

Program Manager: Ali Hillard

Community Engagement Coordinator: Breleigh Scheland

Veterinarian: Kathryn Kettenbach
Veterinary Technician: Heather Skidis & Lysa Graham

Veterinary Assistant: Ashley Russell


Animal Care Shift Leads:

        Kathy Bouse

        Belle Hargraves

        Breleigh Scheland


        Terri Aldrich

        Taylor Breyman

        Diana Cardenas

        Mackenzie Carter

        Kyleigh Haller

        Jaylee Hart

        Chase Luebeck

        Rachel McTague

        Madison Shambo

        Alyssa Smith

 Kennel Supervisor: Kandice Warren



Our Board of Directors


President: Dylan Brinkmann, Red Bud High School
Vice President: Jaci Rothe, Corktree Creative
Secretary: Elise Italiano, MilliporeSigma
Treasurer: Alan Pennington, Matrix Consulting Group 


Board Members: 

Debora Aboudib, Attorney 

Leann Aloisi, Smith NMTC Associates LLC

Cliff Froehlich, development director, River City Journalism Fund

Lisa Howell, BJC Healthcare

Mark Tschudy, Edwardsville Community School District #7

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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