Who We Are

Staff

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. 

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Abby Ouimet

Communications Director

Abby Ouimet is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and brings a proven track record of 16 years’ nonprofit experience to The Grey Muzzle Organization.

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Amanda Grant

Administrative Assistant

Amanda started volunteering for Grey Muzzle's social media team in 2014 while living in NC, inspired by her senior Chihuahua, Rudy. 

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Board of Directors

Denise Fleck

President

Denise Fleck is an award-winning author, animal care instructor and radio show host who developed the curriculum for her Pet First-Aid & CPCR and Pet Disaster Preparedness Classes after training with dozens of schools and organizations, practicing, attending seminars and practicing some more. 

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Alyssa O'Brien

Treasurer

Alyssa works on the SEC Financial Reporting team at Sempra Energy. Alyssa has a master’s degree in accounting and bachelor’s degree in business administration from The College of William and Mary and is a Certified Public Accountant. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband.  Alyssa learned about Grey Muzzle through a colleague and was excited for the opportunity to help at-risk senior dogs.

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Katie Parker, Grants Chair

Katie Parker

Secretary

Katie Parker has worked in the animal welfare field for over 12 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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Jennifer Kachnic, President

Jennifer Kachnic

Board Member/Immediate Past President

Jennifer Kachnic is the author of the book "Your Dog’s Golden Years – Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options.

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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.

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Kristin and her dog Tess

Kristin Korzekwa

Board Member

Kristin Korzekwa has loved and been around dogs her entire life. Her “pup” Tess was the inspiration for joining Grey Muzzle to improve the lives of all senior dogs and she's proud to be a part of such a great organization.

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Brian Eshelman

Board Member

Brian is a Supply Chain Manager, and works for an aerospace defense manufacturer in Southern California. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/ Biochemistry, and a Master of Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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Kelli & Jax

Kelli Chickos

Board Member

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 CEO at her local humane society and founded a pet retail shop aimed at raising money and awareness for animal rescue.

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Tom Piskorski

Thomas Piskorski

Board Member

Tom and his wife Sue are passionate dog lovers, with senior dogs holding a special place in their hearts. They are also ardent supporters of The Grey Muzzle Organization, which inspired Tom to become involved with Grey Muzzle as a Board Member in 2020.

Tom, Sue, their daughter Lauren (who attends Butler University), and their dog Barree live in Hinsdale, Illinois. Tom is currently a partner with the international law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he practices labor and employment law.

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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

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

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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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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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

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, DVM

Dr. Dean Vicksman, a Denver native, graduated with honors from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. 

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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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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

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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Laura T. Coffey

Laura T. Coffey is a self-avowed dog nut and the author of the bestselling non-fiction book 

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Steve Dale

Steve Dale is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World andThe Pet Minute 

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Dr. Steven Wolchinsky

Dr. Wolchinsky, a Brooklyn, New York native, has worked at Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital since 1987. 

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Mary Gardner, DVM

Dr. Mary Gardner has a special place in her heart for the skinny, wobbly, grey-muzzled pets.

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Jill Rappaport

Jill Rappaport is an award-winning animal advocate, network journalist and best-selling author. 

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Michael Levitt

Michael’s greatest joy is when he can combine his two worlds of producing and rescuing to make programming that celebrate rescue dogs and the joy they bring to our lives.

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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. 

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