Board of Directors
President - Executive Director
Karen founded Animal Rescue of the Rockies in 2003 and is actively involved in the organization’s activities, also serving as Executive Director. A resident of Breckenridge since 1989, she previously served for two years as president of L.A.P.S. (League of Animals and People of the Summit). She volunteered at the Summit County Animal Shelter for several years, winning an award for Volunteer of the Year in 2002. Karen has attended several workshops at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah – including “How to Start an Animal Sanctuary,” “Dog Behavior and Handling I & II,” and “Feline Literacy.” Seeing a need for an alternative to municipal shelters, she helped organize ARR to provide foster homes and adoption services for homeless pets. She was active in the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program at Upper Blue Elementary in 2003 and 2004, helping children with reading difficulties learn to enjoy books by reading out loud to dogs. Karen has over 30 years of experience in administration, marketing, business, and public relations. She attended the national No More Homeless Pets Conferences in 2011 and 2012. Karen and her husband, Vic, share their home with 3 rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats.
Vice President - Secretary
Kelly is a fourth-grade literacy teacher in Aurora, Colorado. She joined ARR in 2010 and helped with small dog fosters and adoptions for a year before taking over the entire Dog Division, overseeing all dog operations and volunteers. Kelly conducts ARR’s Volunteer Training Orientations to help new volunteers and fosters become familiar with ARR’s policies and procedures. Kelly also attended the Best Friends “How to Start an Animal Sanctuary” workshop in March 2011 and the last two No More Homeless Pets Conferences. Kelly and her husband, Brian, have four rescued Dachsunds. Kelly’s daughter, Jory, volunteers with ARR whenever her school schedule allows, and her son, Skylar, is attending CSU in Fort Collins.
Board Member - ARR Cat Casita Manager
Kerrie is ARR’s Cat Casita Manager. She has a background in bookkeeping and manages “Chow Down,” a retail pet supply store in Fairplay, Colorado where ARR’s Cat Casita is located. Kerrie looks after all of the cats living at the Casita, schedules their veterinary appointments, coordinates volunteers to help with cat socialization and daily care, and coordinates fosters and adoptions. Kerrie has been with ARR since 2007. Kerrie attended the “Feline Literacy” workshop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in March 2012. Kerrie, her husband, Peter, and their daughter, Amelia, have a full house with 2 rescued dogs and 5 rescue cats, plus some “pet” chickens.
Board Member - NoCo Cat Coordinator
Kristin was introduced to ARR through a friend who volunteers for ARR over two and a half years ago. Fostering kittens is her passion. She volunteers her time at the veterinary clinic during the summer, conducts home visits and attends the adoptions events held in Northern Colorado. Currently, she is an elementary school teacher and has been for the past 24 years. She has a love of all animals. She shares her home with five cats, three dogs (two recent ARR fosters), and a cockatiel. She, her husband and three children live in Berthoud. Kristin attended the Best Friends National Conference in 2014.
Board Member - Adoption Coordinator
Gina serves as ARR’s Adoption Coordinator and holds the record so far for fostering the largest number of dogs for ARR! She’s fostered over 55 dogs as of April 2015 and continues to open her heart and home to dogs in need each month. Her own personal dogs have learned to welcome temporary pack members to the household. Gina was introduced to ARR by a co-worker who knew of her love for animals. Gina’s customer service background has given her the skills to work with a variety of people and situations that arise in rescue work. Gina also attended the Best Friends National Conference in 2014.