The Staff at the Humane Society of Jefferson County
Kira is a wonderful representative of all the HSJC ambassadors who have helped raise awareness about shelter pets and adoption. They have all played an important role in providing humane education and inspiring kindness and respect for animals.
Heather Traxler, Shelter Manager, Working Cat Coordinator
Heather manages all aspects of animal care operations, oversees our team of Animal Care Specialists, works closely with our veterinary team, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Volunteer Assistant, and serves as liaison between all shelter staff. She ensures compliance with safety procedures and all State and Federal regulations regarding the care of animals and scheduled medical supplies. She is also the creator and coordinator of our Working Cat program, facilitating TNR (trap, neuter, release) to reduce the number of litters born to “barn” or “working” cats.
Taylor Marshall, Community Outreach Coordinator; Taylor Vehlow, Volunteer Assistant
Whether they’re at the shelter or out in the community, “the Taylors” are busy providing humane education, coordinating fundraising events, and managing our amazing team of HSJC volunteers. Community events include the annual Furry Friends 5K Run/Walk, Furry Friends Kids Camp, spring and fall Rabies Clinics, spring and fall Microchip Clinics, Pet Pictures with Santa, and more. Taylor M. and Taylor V. also provide shelter tours and information on responsible pet ownership to students, Scout troops, 4-H members, and other groups.
Terri Presper, Public Information Coordinator; Sam Maurice, Computer Administrator
Terri and Sam collaborate on connecting with supporters on various social media platforms, creating biographies for adoptable animals, and keeping our website up-to-date. Terri is also the writer, editor, and designer of shelter publications including the Paws Print newsletter and direct mail pieces, while Sam provides general tech support and savvy, as well as graphic and design work for social media and the HSJC website.
Dr. Kellie Kuzdas, DVM, Emily Michel, Animal Medical Technician (AMT)
Emily Altreuter, Chandra Gates, Gina Groskopf, Nick Kyle, Kim Laughnan, Faith Peterson, Renee Stodola, Taylor Vehlow, Animal Care Specialists
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.
Misty Moltzau, Adoption Counselor/Intake Coordinator, Jessie Braden, Donna Ciciva, Hannah Kane, and Angie Reeder, Adoption Counselors
Our adoptions team provides 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.