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Who We Are

Board Of Directors

Carlynne McDonnell, Founder/President

  • Animal love and rescuer for over 40 years.
  • Small business and non-profit consultant for over 20 years.
  • Experienced in non-profit management, all aspects of capacity building, fundraising and development, donor outreach and cultivation.
  • Author, “The Every Woman’s Guide To Equality” and Founder of Change in Our Lifetime, an equality non-profit for college women and men.

Kimberly McAllister, Board Secretary

  • Co-Owner of Best Buddies Pet Care & Training (started 2010)
  • BS in Animal Science with an Emphasis on Animal Industries/Business Management
  • Dog Behavior Specialist
  • Resident Animal Behaviorist at Hillcrest Retirement Community (La Verne, CA)
  • BNI (Business Network International) chapter leadership.
  • Over ten years volunteering at animal shelters, vet clinics, rescues and animal sanctuaries.
  • Best Buddies works with local rescues and shelters on a regular basis to place lost and abandoned animals and provide training throughout the Inland Empire and Los Angeles region.

Nicole McAllister, Board Director

  • Co-Owner of Best Buddies Pet Care & Training (started 2010)
  • BS in Animal Science with an Emphasis on Animal Industries/Business Management
  • Certified Dog Behaviorist, Animal Behavior College
  • Over ten years volunteering at animal shelters, vet clinics, rescues and animal sanctuaries.
  • Best Buddies works with local rescues and shelters on a regular basis to place lost and abandoned animals and provide training throughout the Inland Empire and Los Angeles region.

Marina Williams, Board Director

  • Purchasing expert with over fifteen years of experience in manufacturing, sourcing, purchasing, planning, inventory management and control and cost estimating.
  • Familiar with county/city staff and operations in the Coachella Valley.
  • Strong negotiator, able to source product at the lowest prices and on the best terms.
  • Skilled at preparing and reviewing complex specifications, statements of work and the competitive bid processes for both commodities and services.  Experienced in Lean, Six Sigma and Kanban practices.
  • Certified ISO 9000 Internal Auditor. Certified Paralegal

Amy Mathieson, Board Director

  • Human Resources professional with over 20 years in management and leadership experience across a wide range of business sectors.
  • Comprehensive volunteer experience in non-profit board management and functions; fundraising, donor cultivation.

Megan Strosnider, Board Director

  • Engineer with over 15 years of project controls and project management experience including budgeting, forecasting, schedule management, and financial reporting.
  • Past Non Profit experience includes program coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate Adaptive Swim Program, Amigos del Las Americas Phoenix Chapter Treasurer, and Thornton Assistance Funds Committee Member.
  • Longtime supporter of rescue animals and organizations.

Jackie Bivins, Treasurer

  • Business professional with emphasis on strategy, digital marketing, E-commerce and project management as well as building on-line communities. Her past clients included such companies as Vanguard, Genworth Financial, LEGO, Callaway Golf, TJX Cos., American Express and many others.
  • Since relocating from New York City to the desert full time two years ago Jackie has put her skills to work largely in a volunteer capacity. Organizations with which she has worked include Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, the La Quinta Arts Foundation, the Ophelia Project and the Assistance League of Palm Springs Desert Area.
  • She is also a dog lover and “mom” to her pug, Henry. At 15 he is defying all the odds and still going strong.

Volunteers

  • Sanctuary management will be formally trained veterinary professionals