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Our People

Board of Directors

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

Advisory Board Director
Victoria Stilwell


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!

Rebecca Sarsfield
Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Sarsfield has been RedRover's Chief Financial Officer for 11 years. She manages administration, accounting/finance, government compliance and facilities and strives to achieve RedRover's values of accuracy and precision in everything she does. Ms. Sarsfield earned her Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University with an emphasis in Arts and Nonprofit Administration.

Rebecca shares her home with five humans and six animals: rescued cats Sagira, Tumaini, Azizi and Prince, rescued German shepherd Raina and fish Claire.

Leili Khalessi
Director of Communications, Marketing and Development

Leili Khalessi is RedRover’s Director of Communications, Marketing and Development. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State University and supports RedRover through her experience in project management, communications and design.

Leili is an avid yoga practitioner and has served on the board of directors for The Yoga Seed Collective, a nonprofit yoga studio in Sacramento. She has a 17-year-old cat named Ms. Kitty and recently adopted a German shepherd named Jack.

Beth Gammie
Emergency Services Manager

Beth Gammie is RedRover's Emergency Services Manager. 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 Australian Shepherd mix named William Wallace, and is staff to her five cats.

Karly Noel
Manager of Education and Outreach

Karly Noel is RedRover’s Manager of Education and Outreach. She brings her enthusiasm for learning, teaching and training to the RedRover Readers program and professional development training. She is the co-chair of 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).

Susie Robert
Manager of Crisis Response

Susie Robert is the Manager of Crisis Response. 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 Coordinator

As the Membership and Development Coordinator 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.

Danielle Gates
Communications Coordinator

Danielle Gates is the Communications Coordinator for the Marketing and Communications department at RedRover. She supports the team through social media, copywriting and design, and embodies RedRover’s values of being ever-vigilant and ready to spring into action.

Danielle earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of California, Davis, and has previously worked as the Foster/Rescue Liaison for Sacramento-area shelters. She shares her home with a Brazilian mastiff named Huckleberry and a Persian cat named Garfunkel.

Rachel Hughes
Program Coordinator II

Rachel is the Program Coordinator 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.

Casey Slagerman
Accounting and Administrative Coordinator

Casey Slagerman is RedRover’s Administrative Coordinator and steadfast assistant to the CFO. 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.

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.

Laurel Meleski
Program Coordinator

Laurel Meleski is a Program Assistant with the RedRover Relief program. She helps pet guardians find treatment and assistance for their furry family members who are ill or injured.

Laurel is a Reiki master teacher and acupressurist who believes in a holistic approach to healing for both people and animals. She has two rescue dogs, Bob and Ellie Mae, who bring joy and goofiness into her home.

Alicia Patrice
Data Entry Assistant

Alicia is the Data Entry Assistant for RedRover. She supports RedRover's generous members with various aspects of donation related activities. When not at RedRover, she teaches yoga, is a librarian and herds three large cats.

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