Who We Are


Lisa Lunghofer, Executive Director

Lisa Lunghofer

Executive Director

Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for The Grey Muzzle Organization. She is also Executive Director of Making Good Work and has 20 years of experience working with public sector and nonprofit clients, helping them to create strategic plans, develop logic models, write winning grant proposals, build successful programs, develop evaluation plans, and track outcomes. She has worked extensively in the areas of animal welfare, the human-animal bond, violence prevention, and child and family well-being.

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Board of Directors

Jennifer Kachnic, President

Jennifer Kachnic


Jennifer Kachnic is the author of the book Your Dog’s Golden Years – Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options. She is a regular contributor to a variety of dog blogs, The Denver Dog Examiner and pet magazines including The Bark, Mile High Dog, Natural Awakenings and Animal Wellness. She is a certified canine massage therapist, animal Reiki practitioner, and a certified therapy dog handler with American Humane Association.

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Christine Gillow, Vice-President & Volunteer Management Chair

Christine Gillow

Vice President

Christine Gillow is the Vice President of The Grey Muzzle Organization. A trainer in the Colorado prison system, Christine works with inmates who raise puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, providing assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

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Lindsay Nuismer, Treasurer & Secretary

Lindsay Nuismer

Treasurer & Secretary

Lindsay Nuismer is the Treasurer and Secretary for the Grey Muzzle Organization. She is a Certified Public Accountant and works as a Financial Analyst at Sempra Energy.

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Katie Parker, Grants Chair

Katie Parker

Grants Chair

Katie Parker has worked in the animal welfare field for 7 years. She began her career working in animal shelters and has worked as an animal welfare inspector with the Colorado State Veterinarian’s office.

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Jessica Rothfuss

Donor Relations Chair

Jessica Rothfuss is the Donor Relations Chair for The Grey Muzzle Organization. Prior to this position, she served the organization as Facebook Manager for several years.

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Jennifer Schmitz, Fundraising Chair

Jennifer Schmitz

Fundraising Chair

Jennifer Schmitz began her animal welfare career as a veterinary assistant and research zoologist in college, and has worked professionally as an environmental scientist specializing in pollution mitigation for the past 9 years.

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Brian Eshelman

Brian Eshelman is the most recent addition to The Grey Muzzle Organization’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Jenny, live in San Diego, California, where he is a Strategic Supplier Manager for an aerospace manufacturer. Brian and Jenny share their home with their Labrador rescue, Annie, and two cantankerous cats named Leia and Minnie. 

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Advisory Board

Marty Becker, Advisory Board

Marty Becker, DVM

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them.

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Victoria Stilwell, Advisory Board

Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell is a prominent dog trainer and the star of the Animal Planet TV series, “It's Me or the Dog.” 

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Mikkel Becker, Advisory Board

Mikkel Becker

As the daughter of Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," it was pretty much a given that Mikkel Becker would choose a career working with animals.

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Ernie Ward, Advisory Board

Dr. Ernie Ward

Dr. Ernie Ward is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He founded an award-winning hospital, Seaside Animal Care, in 1993. 

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Pia Salk, Advisory Board

Dr. Pia Salk

Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond. You may also recognize Pia as a frequent guest on The Martha Stewart Show and as the spokesperson for www.Adopt-A-Pet.com

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Wendy Diamond, Advisory Board

Wendy Diamond

Wendy Diamond is Founder/Editorial Director Animal Fair Media and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Premier Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Social entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Best-selling Author, and TV personality.

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Dean Vicksman, Advisory Board

Dean Vicksman, DVM

Dr. Dean Vicksman, a Denver native, graduated with honors from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He was then accepted into Angell Memorial Animal Hospital’s internship program in Boston

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Julie Buzby, Advisory Board

Dr. Julie Buzby, DVM, CAVCA, CVA

After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Julie Buzby earned certification by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1998, and by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2002. 

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Erin O’Sullivan, Advisory Board

Erin O’Sullivan

Erin O’Sullivan is the founder of "Susie's Senior Dogs,” inspired by a 14-year-old Chihuahua mix named Susie adopted at the age of 11 by Erin and her family.

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Kathleen Cooney, Advisory Board

Dr. Kathleen Cooney

Dr. Kathleen Cooney is founder and owner of Home to Heaven, P.C., an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia specialty service based in northern Colorado.

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Julie Dudley, Advisory Board

Julie Dudley

Julie Dudley is the founder of The Grey Muzzle Organization, and served as its president from 2008-2012.

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Dr. Andy Roark

Dr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality.

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