Leadership

Leadership
Lisa Lunghofer

Lisa Lunghofer

Executive Director
Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., is 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...
Amanda Grant

Amanda Grant

Administrator
Amanda started volunteering with Grey Muzzle in 2014 while living in NC, inspired by her senior Chihuahua, Rudy. Being on the grant review team fueled her interest in using her writing skills and English degree in the non-profit world, and she accepted a more permanent...
Nancy Amo

Nancy Amo

Financial Consultant
Nancy is a nonprofit professional who counsels mission driven organizations in the areas of strategy, finance, operations and compliance. Having adopted and raised many dogs into their senior years, Nancy was excited to begin working with the Grey Muzzle team in 2020. Nancy and her...

Heather O. Hayes

Director of Marketing & Communications
Heather’s professional career began in architecture after graduating from the College of Design at NC State University, but her lifelong devotion to helping animals led to finding her passion and purpose in animal welfare. As a longtime admirer of Grey Muzzle, Heather is grateful and...

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Denise Fleck

Denise Fleck

Denise Fleck was raised by a Great Dane and has spent her life loving animals. As a dog mom to a dozen, she feels there is no greater love than can be found in the adoring eyes of a senior dog. Known as the Pet...
Marc Zaretsky

Marc Zaretsky

Vice President
Marc and his wife live in Long Island, New York. Marc is a Vice President with a Construction Management Company in New York City and holds a Business degree, Law degree and MBA from Hofstra University in Long Island. Marc and his wife have been...
Kelli Chickos

Kelli Chickos

Secretary
Kelli Chickos is a life-long animal advocate with a soft spot for seniors. For more than two decades, Kelli has volunteered in various capacities for many shelters/rescues, fostered more than 30 pets, adopted nearly 20, and helped animals after natural disasters. She is a former...
Jim Pikula

Jim Pikula

Treasurer
Having grown up in a family that has a love for animals and considers dogs to be a part of the family, Jim is excited and honored to serve as a Board Member of Grey Muzzle. He has been fortunate to be around dogs that...
Mark Casias

Mark Casias

Board Member
Mark came to The Grey Muzzle Organization via Mediacurrent for the A11y Accessibility Challenge in 2015 and was so happy with the cause, he joined the Board to help along. He lives in New Mexico along with his dog, Dru. Mark is a Senior Drupal...
Jacki McDonald

Jacki McDonald

Board Member
Jacki graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and began her career in the national television media industry. She was named Sales Person of the Year as well as Top Brand Ambassador, yet decided to make a complete change after 10 years...all for the love...
Ashley Ackley

Ashley Ackley, DVM, MS, cVMA

Board Member
Dr. Ashley Ackley is a small animal veterinarian and a lover of all creatures, especially the stinky, lumpy, crunchy, and grey faces of senior canine companions. She is thankful that her job allows her to witness the strength of the human-animal bond on a daily...

Advisory Board

Advisory Board
Dr. Becker

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. He is the founder of Fear Free with the mission to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating...
Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell

Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog (Animal Planet US) as well as Greatest American Dog on CBS, Dogs Might Fly on Sky TV, Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs for...

Mikkel Becker

A skilled dog trainer, Mikkel is an honors graduate of the rigorous and prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA . Mikkel is also a graduate of the Purdue University DOGS! course and the Karen Pryor Academy . Mikkel is the National...

Dr. Ernie Ward

Dr. Ernie Ward is an award-winning veterinarian, internationally known speaker, impact entrepreneur, author of several books, columnist, and media personality. A 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia, he was voted Speaker of the Year at both VMX and WVC conferences, the 2018 Veterinary Journalist...
Dr. Pia Salk

Dr. Pia Salk

Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond. In both her clinical work and in her writing, Pia addresses topics ranging from the loss of a personal companion animal to the climate of animal welfare as it relates to social justice on...

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. You might recognize her from her appearances on NBC’s Today Show, and as the face of the Chicken...

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 for advanced training in small animal medicine and surgery. He has owned and...

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. As an integrative veterinarian, Julie seeks to blend the best of Western medicine, alternative therapies, and creative tools...
Dr. Cooney and pets

Dr. Kathleen Cooney

Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. Dr. Cooney is Senior Director of Medical Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA) and a past President of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) where...

Julie Dudley

Julie Dudley brings more than 25 years of business knowledge, financial experience and compassion towards people and pets to The Grey Muzzle Organization. After a career that culminated as a program manager for Microsoft, Julie hung up her corporate attire and began dedicating her time...
Dr. Roark

Dr. Andy Roark

Dr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. He is the founder of the Uncharted Veterinary Conference and DrAndyRoark.com. He has been an award-winning columnist for DVM360 and his popular Facebook page, website, podcast and YouTube show reach millions of...
Laura & Coco

Laura T. Coffey

Laura T. Coffey is a self-avowed dog nut and the author of the bestselling non-fiction book My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts . A journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories...

Steve Dale

Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant (CABC), has reached more pet owners over the past few decades than any other pet journalist in America. He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on...

Dr. Steven Wolchinsky

Dr. Wolchinsky, a Brooklyn, New York native, has worked at Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital since 1987. He enjoys all aspects of canine and feline medicine but has special interests in internal medicine, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, and many other cutting-edge advances. In 2017, Dr. Wolchinsky received...

Mary Gardner, DVM

Dr. Gardner loves nothing more than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for the geriatric veterinary patient and to help make the final life stage as peaceful as possible, filled with...

Jill Rappaport

Jill Rappaport is an award-winning animal advocate, network journalist and best-selling author. Most recently, she hosted and was a consulting producer for Animal Planet’s inaugural Dog Bowl , an idea she created and championed to highlight older animals in need. Considered a voice for the...

Michael Levitt

An Emmy nominated showman who specializes in unforgettable, innovative, 'appointment' television, Michael Levitt has emerged as one of the industry's most sought-after producers of event TV programming. His Hollywood-based production company, Michael Levitt Productions, has become a tried and true creative factory for prime-time hits...

Dr. Heidi Lobprise

Dr. Heidi Lobprise graduated from Texas A & M University in 1983 and became a board certified veterinary dentist in 1993. In 2003, she joined the Veterinary Specialty Team of Pfizer Animal Health, and in 2010, she became the Senior Technical Manager for Virbac Corporation...