Our People

Nicole Forsyth


As the President and CEO, Nicole keeps RedRover vigilant for ways to improve the lives of animals far into the future. She holds Master’s degrees in Communication and Animal Biology, with a welfare focus, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Education.

Karly Noel


Karly brings her enthusiasm for learning, teaching, training and leadership to the RedRover Readers program, outreach and staff development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Education from California State University, Sacramento. Karly is a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) and is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE).

Susie Robert


Susie supports RedRover through managing the RedRover Relief and RedRover Responders programs and overseeing the coordination of RedRover’s volunteer response to emergency situations. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh, and her Master’s degree in Animal Biology/Welfare from the University of California, Davis.

Beth Gammie


Beth leads the RedRover Responders program by monitoring disasters and other emergencies for deployment, managing requests for our assistance and serving as our Team Leader in the field when animals are in crisis. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois and Master’s degree in Counseling from Arizona State University.

Erin Bialecki


Erin manages the transactional aspects of the donor experience and supports the team in raising funds that grow RedRover’s programs and operations. She loves sharing with animal-loving donors how their support of RedRover has made an impact in the lives of animals, particularly through the On-Call Angel program.

Casey Slagerman


Casey earned a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis, but she also loves working with numbers. The “full circle” feeling she gets at the end of every work day gives her a strong sense of pride and accomplishment.

Keleigh Friedrich


Keleigh combines her passion for storytelling with her lifelong love for animals in her role at RedRover. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College.

Rachel Stevens


Rachel supports the RedRover Relief, RedRover Responders and RedRover Readers programs while demonstrating the caring, vigilant and unwavering attributes of RedRover’s brand. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis.

Katie Campbell


Katie brings to RedRover her enthusiasm for community work along with her love of animals. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Lees McRae College and Master of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento. Katie loves telling the world about RedRover and supporting an organization that is dedicated to supporting the bond between humans and animals.

Laurel Meleski


Laurel works with RedRover Relief grant programs: Urgent Care, Safe Escape, and Safe Housing. She always knew that she wanted a vocation helping animals and feels that she has truly found her purpose working to preserve the bonds between people and their pets.

Sheri Madsen


Sheri has combined her love for animals with communications to expand awareness and build compassion around the diverse programs and services that RedRover offers. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento. Oscar, her enthusiastic rescue dog, keeps her busy and always entertained.

Devon Krusko


Devon supports the RedRover Responders and RedRover Relief teams. With a background in shelter management and a love for growing programs that keep pets with their people, Devon finds that RedRover combines both of her passions! At home, Devon reports to five rescued furry friends and loves getting outside with the pups.

Caty Franco


Caty is a Project Manager at RedRover, managing projects for RedRover Readers, Kind News magazine, communications, technology, and development. She is passionate about leveraging technology and education to communicate the power of the human-animal bond. Caty earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in English at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tara Lenehan


Tara facilitates learning and training of the RedRover Readers program, a role that integrates her passion for teaching with helping children discover tools to build strong self-esteem and positive thinking skills. As she says, “There is nothing better than working with children and being a part of their ‘ah-ha!’ moment.” Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in the University Writing Program from the University of California, Davis.

Amelia Saris


As a RedRover Readers team member, Amelia gets the opportunity to weave her passion for education into her work to strive towards a more humane society for animals and people. Amelia holds a Master’s degree in Education and is currently completing her Certified Humane Education Specialist credential.

Savannah Verdon


As RedRover’s Development and Engagement Coordinator, Savannah embodies her belief that animal issues are human issues and vice versa. A lifelong lover of animals and social justice, she complemented her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from University of California, Davis, with a Master’s degree in Animals & Public Policy from Tufts University to better understand the complex relationship between people and animals, and how that translates into real-world challenges and policies.

Minhhan Lam


Minhhan supports the RedRover Readers program and Kind News magazine. With a background in Animal Science, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis, focusing on humane education. Minhhan nurtures her lifelong love for animals and nature through hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding with her dog.

Helia Zarkhosh


As Communications Coordinator, Helia applies her passion for animals to promote awareness and the advancement of RedRover’s mission and programs. Through her graduate studies in Animals and Public Policy, Helia developed a deeper understanding of the human-animal bond, the complex role of animals in society, and the link between human and animal well-being.

Olivia Carpenter


Olivia pairs more than eight years’ experience working in the veterinary field with a Bachelor or Arts degree in Psychology to support the RedRover team and its mission. She deeply believes in being kind for kindness’ sake and is proud to be part of an organization whose values so closely mirror her own.

Nicolette Thayer


Nicolette brings her enthusiasm for non-profit animal welfare to this role to help animals and their people live long, healthy, and happy lives together. She truly believes that we can make positive changes in the lives of animals and people – “it isn’t just a goal, it’s our responsibility.”

Nancy Xiong


Nancy is the Program Assistant for RedRover’s Relief Program, handling cases for urgent care grants. With a background in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, she uses her experience and passion for animal welfare to support pet owners and their beloved companions.

Athena Cardiasmenos


Athena is a Program Assistant for RedRover’s Relief program, providing case management for urgent care grants. Her background in animal welfare led her to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work and a graduate certificate in Animal-Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver. Athena is passionate about supporting the deep, complex bond that people have with their pets.

Our Board

Anna Straus


Anna was raised by a generation of animal lovers with a shared passion and commitment to volunteer time, energy and resources to continue the family legacy that is so dear to her heart. Anna has over 15 years of experience in sales, business development and leadership positions with a degree in Business Management and a certification in leadership coaching.

Barbara Johnson

Vice Chair

Barbara is a human companion to her two rescue dogs. She is passionate about our environment, wildlife and companion animals and making sure that animals are treated humanely. For the past five years, she has been working with RedRover as a consultant on our fundraising campaigns. She recently established her own consulting business, lives in Atlanta with her husband, and is a new grandparent.

Kasey Miller


Kasey is a passionate animal-welfare advocate from Chicago, Illinois. In addition to being a RedRover Responders volunteer and an On-Call Angel donor, Kasey volunteers for her local animal rescue and welfare organization. Kasey is a Licensed Social Worker and serves as the Vice President of Talent & Engagement for a national non-profit association.

Bradley Carroll


Bradley shares his home with his rescue dog, Duff, and two adopted cats, Monty and CT. Along with his wife, Anahe, Bradley is very passionate about humane treatment of animals and animal rescue. In addition to his work with RedRover, Bradley and Anahe foster kittens and dogs for the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento. Bradley is an attorney at Downey Brand LLP, the largest law firm in Sacramento.

Belton Mouras Jr.

Board Director

Belton Mouras, Jr. has been around the humane movement in various capacities his entire life. His father, Belton P. Mouras, was the co-founder of United Animal Nations (RedRover). Belton has inherited his father’s love of animals and fondly remembers decades of experiences making a worldwide and local difference to animals though the Animal Protection Institute, RedRover, SPCA and many other animal organizations. In 2017, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation chose him to be a featured donor highlighting his alternative philanthropic activities. He is a long-term Sacramento resident, residing with his wife, Dolores, and their three rescue dogs.

Jenny Coupe

Board Director

Jenny Coupe lives with her partner and their three rescue cats Mijo, Ryan and MuShu in San Jose, CA. Jenny has a strong passion for animals and is very active in several organizations. She has spent the last 25 years as a Marketing Executive in Silicon Valley and holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of the Pacific.

Antoine Junior Melay

Board Director

Antoine Junior Melay has adopted cats for the past 10 years in Boston, Massachusetts, and currently has a beautiful cat named Flash. He is the Director of Experiential Education and Lecturer of Management at Emmanuel College School of Business and Management and sits on several other boards, including the Boston Arts Academy Foundation, and is the former president of the National Association of Black Accountants, Boston. He received his MBA and BS in Corporate Finance & Accounting from Bentley University.

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