Let us introduce ourselves!
Laura has worked and volunteered in the Pittsburgh nonprofit community for most of her adult life. She has previously worked as a professional fundraiser at Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, Family Services of Western PA, focusing on annual giving and event fundraising, and Development & Communications Manager at The Kingsley Association. She is currently associate director of annual giving at Carnegie Mellon University. Laura has a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Duquesne University.
As a volunteer Laura has served local women's shelters and mentoring programs for youth. Laura has volunteered with Humane Animal Rescue as a team lead, committee member, mentor, cat cuddler, and foster parent for more than seven years. She has previously been the Volunteer Manager and a foster parent for Biggies Bullies, a non-profit organization devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing pit bull and bully breed-type dogs in Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding areas, as well as educating the public on responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
Laura lives with her two rescued pit bulls, Millie and Dino. Laura also rescued two cats, Fizz and Indy. Contact Laura
Jennifer has more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit and animal rescue community. She has served Humane Animal Rescue as foster and human resources coordinator. At Family House, she dedicated her time to management, development, administration, and events. She also served UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside as volunteer coordinator before transitioning to proposal coordinator at Bombardier Transportation. At the Covestro Center for Community Engagement, she now focuses her efforts on creating community partnerships as the program specialist. Jennifer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in English writing and maintains a public and professional writing certificate that focuses on nonprofit work.
In a volunteer capacity, Jennifer has represented Hello Bully pit bull rescue as a volunteer, grants committee chair, and board member. She volunteered for Family House in many capacities. At WYEP radio station, she was a membership campaign captain and event volunteer. She then volunteered for Humane Animal Rescue as a team lead, mentor, and committee member. She represented the Humane Society of the United States as a national disaster animal response team volunteer. As a member of the Steel City Road Runners Club, she volunteered as a running coach and Dog Jog program liaison to the Animal Rescue League. At Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, she is a lector and young adult ministry steering committee member. She also served the office of Mayor-elect Bill Peduto as a transition committee member, a Strong Women Strong Girls professional mentor, and an advisory board member of the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center's Animal Care and Assistance Fund. Most recently she was named to the North Boroughs YMCA advisory board as program committee member and annual campaign chair.
Her furry family consists of four rescued shelter cats (elder cats Mufasa Lee and Amelia Jane, Autumn Nicole, and Mister Bojangles) and a quirky pup named Coraline.
She and her husband Michael live in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh PA with their rambunctious, curious, and kind toddler Gabriel. Contact Jen
Cassie began her volunteer career more than a decade ago, cleaning kennels, cat cages, and walking dogs at the Clarion County Humane Society, and has dedicated her life to the service of others.
Cassie’s passion for helping those in need has unfolded as she’s reached out to various nonprofit organizations. Using social media and Amazon wish lists, she is able to purchase gifts, home goods and grocery gift cards for local families in need. As a spin instructor, she has organized "spin-a-thons" to raise donations for those families and the animals at Humane Animal Rescue.
Cassie also volunteered at Humane Animal Rescue in other capacities, serving as a foster and dog jog mentor. Cassie was one of the Facebook managers for Paws Over Pittsburgh, the official Humane Animal Rescue and Wildlife Center's marathon charity group.
The mother of four, Cassie’s commitment to improving the lives of shelter animals is nurtured in her children, who assist Cassie with caring for foster cats and dogs, as well as raising money for animal-related causes. In 2012 and 2013, her daughter, Claire, through Cassie’s social media connections, raised nearly $10,000 in donations and goods.