Who We Are


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


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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Jessica Rothfuss


Jessica Rothfuss found Grey Muzzle when a friend shared a rescue organization's post about a senior dog helped by the organization. 

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Alyssa O'Brien


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


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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Larissa Cangialosi

Board Member

Larissa has always had an affinity for dogs and is excited to be part of Grey Muzzle.


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Beth Stultz-Hairston

Board Member

Beth Stultz-Hairston is the vice-president of Pet Sitters International, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, and has worked in the pet industry for 15 years. She is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization. In addition to managing the day to day operations of Pet Sitters International, Beth is the event planner for the annual Pet Sitter World Educational Conference and the editor of Pet Sitter’s World magazine and Pet Owner’s World magazine.

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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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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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