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Our People

Board of Directors

Joshua Darrin, Chair
Jeannine Farrelly, Vice Chair
Donald Garlit, Treasurer
Sharron Bradley, Secretary
Diana Ballew-Raihle

Advisory Board Director Victoria Stilwell

Staff

 

Nicole Forsyth
President and CEO

As President and CEO, Nicole Forsyth leads the RedRover team and loves thinking strategically, innovating, imagining and keeping RedRover constantly 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.

She has two dogs, Gertie and Jasper, one cat, Milo, and is excited to be adding chickens to the family soon!

Beth Gammie
Director of Field Services

Beth Gammie is RedRover's Director of Field Services. In this position, 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.

Prior to this position, Beth volunteered with RedRover and other animal welfare groups in Florida and Arizona. Beth shares her home with (and is staff to) her five cats.

Karly Noel
Director of Education and Outreach

Karly Noel is RedRover’s Director of Education and Outreach. She brings her enthusiasm for learning, teaching and training to the RedRover Readers program and professional development training. She is on RedRover’s Caring Committee and is committed to fostering a caring and uplifting office culture (just ask her dog, Louie, who accompanies her most days to the office).

Karly 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).

Douglas Newton
Director of Development

Douglas Newton is RedRover's Director of Development. He and his wife adopted a rescue dog where they were living in Taiwan, got Reirei the medical attention she needed and provided her a loving home. A year later, they rescued two kittens and nursed them back to health. Newton brings an eclectic background into his work for people and animals in crisis, including a long communications and development tenure in nonprofit and for-profit management work.

Douglas holds a BA in English from UCLA and is currently finishing up a master's degree in Psychology. When not working, Doug writes and performs music, plays soccer and jumps on the trampoline with his daughters.

Susie Robert
Director of Programs

Susie Robert is the Director of Programs. Susie supports RedRover through managing the RedRover Relief and RedRover Responders programs and overseeing the coordination of RedRover's volunteer response to emergency situations.

Susie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh, and her Master’s in Animal Biology/Welfare from the University of California, Davis. She previously spent four years working for Santa Barbara County Animal Services. She has the privilege of sharing her home with her three cats, Mungo, Geoffrey and Pippa.

Erin Bialecki
Membership and Development Manager

As the Membership and Development Manager at RedRover, Erin Bialecki manages the transactional aspects of the donor experience and supports the team in raising funds that grow RedRover’s programs and operations through grant writing, direct mail and donor cultivation.

She has volunteered for Coalition 4 Community Cats managing a feral cat colony and helping care for cats at the weekly spay/neuter clinics, and is currently a cat and kitten foster parent through the Sacramento County Animal Shelter. Erin shares her home with four formerly-feral cats.

Casey Slagerman
Accounting and Administrative Manager

Casey Slagerman is RedRover’s Accounting and Administrative Manager. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis. Her love for accounting comes from a long history of working with numbers and is just as strong as her affinity for languages and animals!  

Casey enjoys attending concerts, exercising and traveling with her 10-year-old cat named Odie, who’s been hitting the road with her since he was 5 weeks old. Their favorite place visit is Lake Tahoe, where Casey can ski and Odie can nap by the fire.

Rachel Hughes
Program Manager

Rachel is the Program Manager for RedRover. She 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. She has volunteered for local animal shelters, and recently adopted a yellow Labrador retriever named Charlie.

Keleigh Friedrich
Communications Coordinator II

As RedRover's Communications Coordinator II, Keleigh marries her love of storytelling and design with her lifelong compassion for animals. 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.

Keleigh has served for the last decade on the volunteer team with the Awareness Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on self-awareness. When she's not road-tripping in search of trail runs and hot springs, Keleigh can be found at home baking vegan treats, practicing yoga, pet-sitting other people's animals and tending to her brood of chickens.

Laurel Meleski
Program Coordinator II

Laurel Meleski is the Program Coordinator II working with RedRover Relief grant programs: Urgent Care, Safe Escape and Safe Housing. She has worked with animal-focused non-profit organizations for the last 11 years, nine of which have been with RedRover. 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. The love and devotion that pet guardians show their pets are driving forces in her work toward helping animals heal and making sure that no one has to choose between safety and family.

Laurel has two rescue dogs, Bob and Ellie Mae, who bring joy and goofiness into her home. She enjoys spending her free time enjoying nature, reading and making art.

Katie Campbell
Outreach Coordinator

Katie Campbell is the Outreach Coordinator for RedRover. This position brings together her enthusiasm for community work with her love of animals. Katie is excited to be a part of RedRover and to support an organization that is dedicated to supporting the bond between animal and human.

When not at work, Katie enjoys anything outdoors and attempts to stay young by playing ultimate Frisbee, hiking and running. She also enjoys reading, gardening and staying in for movies, game nights and family dinners with the human and the four-legged members of the family!

Claire Macugay
Education Coordinator

Claire Macugay is RedRover's Education Coordinator. Claire earned her Bachelor's degree in Educational Studies from Arizona State University. She supports the RedRover Readers program with her love for education, animals and serving others.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys yoga, calligraphy and snuggling her cat, St. Gertrude of Nivelles.

Mari Cespedes
Executive Assistant

Mari Cespedes is RedRover’s Executive Assistant to the CEO and happily supports executive and management staff. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Davis, and is Certified in Whole Foods Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University.

Mari and her rescued puppy, Mylie, spend most of their time in their neighbors’ backyard BBQing vegan food and playing with Mylie’s best doggy friend, Iggy.

Jessica Hintz
Program Assistant

Jessica is a Program Assistant for RedRover. She is a case manager on the RedRover Relief team and assists with the RedRover Responders program by organizing information and materials for our wonderful volunteers.

Jessica is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management, which she hopes will further her love and understanding for all animals! She has volunteered with the Folsom City Zoo and Sanctuary and is a supporter of the Sierra Club and the Humane Society of the United States. Jessica’s animal family consists of two large cats (King Louie and Bootsie) and her dog, Boady. When she isn’t working or going to school, she enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling.

Erin Huff
Accounting and Administrative Assistant

Erin is an Accounting and Administrative Assistant for RedRover. She holds an Associate's degree in English and is pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Erin loves the company of her family and friends' dogs and horses (and occasionally bunnies). She also enjoys time spent on a yoga mat and volunteers at Front Street Animal Shelter.

Minhhan Lam
Data Entry Program Assistant

Minhhan is RedRover's Data Entry Program Assistant. She is continuously nurturing a long-term love for animals, having come from the Sacramento S.P.C.A., William R. Pritchard's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and currently dividing her time between Wag Hotels - West Sacramento and RedRover, all the while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science/Human Development. When she's not working or in school, you can find her at the California Raptor Center helping care for injured and orphaned birds of prey.

Minhhan's fur family consists of (but are not limited to) her dog, Shizu, and cat, Spock. When outside she enjoys: exploring new terrain, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, geocaching and film photography. When inside: yoga, baking, writing and cuddling with the pets over a movie.

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