The Staff at the Humane Society of Jefferson County


Her Royal Majesty, Queen Kira of the HSJC

Kira was a key “staff member” for several years and proudly served as our Shelter Ambassador.   Her duties included educational and promotional appearances, comforting new arrivals, and ensuring that not a single speck of canned food went uneaten.  She also assumed supervisory duties and closely monitored the daily activities of staff and volunteers.   Kira lived through some very hard times before finding her mission in life at the HSJC.  She is a wonderful example of animals who endure great hardship, yet go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives. After retiring as our Ambassador, Kira became the housemate and beloved companion of an HSJC staff member.  Although she passed away in May of 2016, Kira will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved this very special dog.

Lisa Patefield, Executive Director

Lisa is the glue that holds our little shelter together. She has become a familiar face among Jefferson County residents due to the education and guidance she has provided throughout her 15 years with the HSJC. She has shared both tears and cheers with the people who have walked through our door and oversees day to day operations as we provide second chances to homeless animals. Lisa works hand in hand with our Board of Directors to assure that our shelter runs smoothly and will continue to do so in the future.

Terri Presper, Public Information Coordinator

Terri is the writer and editor of shelter publications.  She writes profiles of our adoptable animals for our website, and other adoption sites, creates the content and layout of our quarterly newsletter, writes the “Pets of the Week” feature for the Daily Jefferson County Union and other newspapers, composes the wording and design for direct mail pieces, and writes content for our website and Facebook page.  In addition to serving as the shelter’s scribe, she is also the photographer for adoptable pet pictures and special events.

Sara Lastusky, Community Outreach Coordinator

Whether she is at the shelter or visiting schools, youth groups, libraries, colleges, businesses, and churches, Sara is busy providing humane education to the citizens of Jefferson County. She organizes all of our fundraising events and works to develop new opportunities for people to support the care of lost, homeless and abused animals. Our shelter could not function without the numerous volunteers who give of their time and talent, and Sara’s goal is to find just the right spot for them!

Chandra and kittens
Di and dogs
Danielle and Bess

Dan Ellis, Chandra Gates, Holly Griffee, Sara Godvik, Diane Lundt, Samantha Maurice, Heather Traxler, Animal Caregivers

Our remarkably dedicated caregivers work very hard to provide conscientious and compassionate care to every animal at the HSJC. Cleaning and disinfecting cages and kennels, administering medications, assessing animal behavior, tailoring animal care to individual needs, and providing 24-hour stray pick-ups are just a few of their many duties. Through the tireless efforts of the HSJC’s “Dream Team,” every animal receives top notch care in a clean, comfortable and loving environment.

Angie Ripley, Office Manager, and Misty Moltzau, Adoption Counselor/Intake Coordinator

Angie and Misty provide excellent service to visitors and callers while juggling the multitude of administrative tasks that are essential to shelter operations.  These very busy women also coordinate all animal intakes and adoptions, serve as adoption counselors, and do their utmost to ensure that our animals are placed in loving and permanent homes.

Larry Wanless, Maintenance

Larry’s skills help to keep our facility in tip top shape.  His “behind the scenes” expertise ensures that the building and grounds provide optimal comfort and safety for our animals, staff and visitors.

Kellie Kuzdas, DVM

The HSJC is very proud that all of its dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, and rabbits are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.  Dr. Kellie performs these surgeries at the shelter a few times each month.  She also provides health exams and rabies vaccinations as well as issuing health certificates for our adoptable canines.