Lori Heeren joined Nevada SPCA in September 2019 from a 30-year career in radio sales and management that included spearheading numerous animal rescue events including “Pet-a-Palooza” in Las Vegas. Lori originally moved to Las Vegas in 1985 and was most recently the General Manager of Alpha Media Silicon Valley’s radio stations in San Jose, California and previously was the General Manager of Reno Media Group in Reno, Nevada and Director of Sales for CBS Radio in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is originally a farm girl from South Dakota where her parents still raise numerous animals including a camel and a zebra. She is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Animal Shelter Management program and is the proud mother of 2 human sons, a dachshund named Eva Longoria and 2 tabby cats, Oliver and Sofia.
About Ebone Kiper
Ebone Kiper joined Nevada SPCA in October 2018 after serving as an Accounting Office Manager for three local businesses. Her love of animals started at a young age with her first job at 15 as a petting zoo attendant at the Detroit Zoo. At 17, Ebone moved to Philadelphia and became the Vice President of an event planning company whose clients included the Philadelphia Eagles, Ursinus College, Drexel University and the Philadelphia 76ers. She has been a pet parent to a wide variety of animals like fish, iguanas, dwarf frogs, cats and currently her two rescue dogs, Love and Thor. Ebone is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Animal Shelter Management program and has a wealth of knowledge in payroll, human resources, accounting, event planning and fundraising.
About Amy Lee
Amy Lee is a long-time resident of Southern Nevada, a UNLV graduate with a B.A. in English and a member of the prestigious Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. She attended University of Reading in England on a scholarship as well. Amy’s career in advertising and marketing included local advertising agencies and Assistant Director of Partnership Marketing at The Venetian and The Palazzo where she worked with global brands. In 2016, she ran a small, education-based non-profit organization where she was recognized by Vegas Inc. magazine as one of the city’s “Women to Watch”. Since childhood, Amy has maintained a passion for animals and in 2012, after adopting an unwanted dog from a rescue, she started advocating for shelter pet adoptions. She is the proud mom of 3 rescue dogs Stuart, Heidi and Jasper.
About Rachel Swygert
Rachel is originally from Brooklyn, New York and moved to Las Vegas in 1997. After graduating from high school in 2001, she moved back to New York City for college and entered the field of animal welfare as a volunteer for the New York Aquarium in 2008. Her first experience in animal sheltering was as a foster of two miniature pinschers with the local New York City animal shelter. Rachel returned to Las Vegas in 2009 and graduated from the College of Southern Nevada’s Veterinary Technology program. She has worked as a licensed veterinary technician with various hospitals and specialty centers, was the Public Relations Manager/Licensed Veterinary Technician with Animal Care Clinic, Inc. (ACCI) in Henderson, NV and joined Nevada SPCA from Mid-West Veterinary Supply in September 2019. She is the proud parent of Buddy the cat.
About Cheyane Frankenberg
Cheyane was born in Apple Valley, California and started working in the animal field early at age 15 at a small animal veterinary practice in Barstow, California. She moved to Las Vegas four years ago and worked at Doggie District as a canine evaluator and manager. She joined Nevada SPCA in November 2019 from Rescued Treasures Cat Café in Las Vegas. Cheyane co-founded Lofty Hopes bird rescue last year with her mother and was instrumental in rescuing the “pigeons in cowboy hats” that made Las Vegas headlines. She is the proud mother of 2 beautiful daughters, Scarlette and Violette and still is a seasonal weekend ghost tour guide at Calico Ghost Town. Her personal animals include a mastiff Porter, Edgar the pigeon, Demi the chicken and her small blind dog Lamb Chop.
About Megan Waldron
As a young teen, Megan started Teens for Animal Protection and ran the Environmental Club in high school in Indiana. She majored in biology at Indiana State University before moving to Las Vegas. Her career with animals is long and varied: she worked at Petsmart for 13 years as a manager where she worked with all species including exotics, is a certified professional pet stylist and has been an overnight veterinary assistant at a clinic. Megan has fostered special case dogs, delivered puppies in her home and spends her life with 2 dogs, geckos, salamanders and a backyard urban garden. She is also the founder and president of Vegas Axolotls of Las Vegas.
About Monique Hanson
Monique grew in The Netherlands and always loved animals. She moved to the United States as a young adult. Monique worked for the Beagle Freedom Project in California and worked personally to save pigs and several other animals from the overseas meat trade research facilities and laboratories including her personal beagle Timmy. Monique joined Nevada SPCA in September 2019 from The Animal Foundation where she was in transport and foster and was the coordinator with the owner surrender prevention department. She continues to volunteer with several local animal rescue groups and is on the board of a farm animal sanctuary. She is the current parent of 2 chihuahuas Patsy and Toby, 3 rats and has been a devoted Vegan since 2011.
About Steve Kohon
Steve moved to Las Vegas in 2016 with his wife Carol from a small town outside of Chicago, Illinois to be closer to his grandchildren. He has worked in the maintenance/construction industry since 1978, primarily in the healthcare field, and has degrees in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Steve joined Nevada SPCA in September 2019 as his first job in the animal rescue, although he’s been rescuing dogs his entire life and currently has five shelter dogs (and they all sleep with him!). Steve enjoys spending time with his family, working out, cooking, hiking, camping, and fishing. He is referred to as “MacGyver” in the shelter for his amazing talent at fixing anything.
About Thomas E. Moran, Esq.
Thomas Moran is President of the Nevada SPCA. He has a long history of service as a director and officer with animal welfare organizations in five U.S. states and in Ireland. He is Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel of Southwest Gas Corporation. Mr. Moran has extensive experience in organizational governance and a variety of legal and business matters. He is originally from New York, and now lives in Las Vegas with his wife Margo and rescue cat, Kerry.
About Cynthia Mason
Cynthia Mason is a life-long animal welfare advocate and shelter animal supporter. She currently works in the IT space as a Customer Success Manager supporting enterprise customers in their IT security needs. Previously, she has worked as a Veterinary Technician and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Cynthia has volunteered for several local organizations since moving to Las Vegas in 2013, including fostering almost 100 animals for the Nevada SPCA over the last 4 years. She lives in Henderson with her husband and their menagerie – currently consisting of 3 dogs, one foster-fail cat, and any number of foster kittens.
About Mary Jennifer Huffman
Mary Jennifer Huffman (MJ) is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who has been part of the Tompkins & Peters CPAs team since 2007. Becoming the Tax Department Manager in 2013 and admitted as a Stockholder in 2017, MJ has over 12 years of experience in public accounting with expertise in tax planning, tax preparation and business consulting. MJ also has specialized experience in non-profit and governmental accounting, understanding the unique and complex auditing and regulatory framework in these areas. When she isn’t working, MJ spends time with her cat, Tenshi.
About Craig Murrin
About Annoula Wylderich
Annoula has a background in neighborhood revitalization, having worked with governmental/private agencies to restore blighted neighborhoods in Cleveland.
She transitioned her skills into real estate, rehabilitating distressed residential properties.
Currently, she collaborates with animal welfare organizations worldwide to raise awareness about animal exploitation, promote humane education, work on animal protection legislation; and is spearheading grass roots efforts in Greece to establish resources for animals in rural areas.
Annoula was recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and PETA for her advocacy; and is a Senior District Leader Volunteer for HSUS, as well as Nevada State Director for Animal Wellness Action.