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Round table discussions and breakfast

Join us on Wednesday, May 16, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for breakfast and a chance to sit with a small group of peers and a host, to dive deep into conversation on topics from the field of animal sheltering and rescue. We will have two (2) 40-minute sessions in which you can choose from the topics and table hosts below. Seats at the tables are first come first served. Look for the color-coded sign on each table.

Adoptions (Red – tables 1-7)

Adult dog foster care
Table 1
Kelly Duer, Foster Program Consultant

Open adoptions
Table 2
Margaret Barnard, Volunteer Coordinator, Tree House Humane Society

Open adoptions
Table 3
Alexandre Ellis, DVM, UW-Madison

Recruiting and retaining a foster community
Table 4
Brooke Nguyen, Feline Foster Care Coordinator, Kansas City Pet Project

Using technology to increase adoptions
Table 5
Gerald Owens, Founder,

Using technology to improve adoption rates and outcomes
Table 6
Bill Rebozo, Founder, BabelBark

Working with pet stores to offer shelter dogs 
Table 7
John Moyer, Corporate Outreach Manager, The Humane Society of the United States


Community Outreach/Marketing (Light green – tables 8-20)

Adoption marketing: eye-catching photos and bios
Table 8
Caitlin Quinn, Director of Operations, HeARTs Speak

Building meaningful relationships in your community with positive marketing messaging
Table 9 
Jason Schipkowski, Mentorship and Training Manager, The Humane Society of the United States

Housing issues for families with large dogs
Table 10 
Shannon Glenn, Executive Director, My Pit Bull is Family

How to work with the media to get your stories told
Table 11
Arin Greenwood, Animal Writer

Inexpensive marketing strategies to promote your cause online
Table 12
Brittany Muscato, Digital Marketing Specialist, Humane Society of Broward County

Pets for Life: Working with underserved communities
Table 13
Deb Yannessa, DVM, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Intern, University of Wisconsin/Dane County Humane Society

Pitching the media on the stories you want them to tell
Table 14
M. Carrie Allan, Senior Editorial Director; James Hettinger, Assistant Editorial Director; Kelly Williams, Senior Editor, The Humane Society of the United States

Safety net programs: Helping owners keep or place pets outside of the shelter system
Table 15
Sara Pizano, Animal Welfare Strategist and Veterinarian, Team Shelter USA, LLC

The future of humane education
Table 16
Bernard Unti, Senior Policy Advisor, The Humane Society of the United States

The role of emotional support animals for veterans with mental health disorders
Table 17
Jamie Davis, Health System Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs

Trigger words? Language matters in messaging
Table 18
Amanda Arrington, Director, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States

Using social media to amplify your voice
Table 19
Sarah Barnett, Public Affairs Advisor and Special Assistant to the COO, The Humane Society of the United States; Chelsea Lindsay, Communications Specialist, Animal Welfare League of Arlington

Veterans, the VA and mental health mobility dogs
Table 20
Heather Luper, Social Work Program Coordinator, Department of Veterans Affairs



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Field Services (Purple – tables 21-33)

A supportive approach in animal control
Table 21
Ashley Mutch, Mentorship and Training Manager, The Humane Society of the United States

Addressing conflicts with wildlife in your community more effectively
Table 22
John Griffin, Director Urban Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States

Removing barriers to TNR* and RTF*
Table 28
Cameron Moore, Program Manager, Million Cat Challenge

Cats: Knowing when and when not to rescue
Table 23
Peter Wolf, Research/Policy Analyst, Best Friends Animal Society

Engaging your community in TNR*
Table 24
Rachel Thompson, Mentorship and Training Manager, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States

Evaluating community options for feral pigs, ducks and chicken conflicts
Table 25
Dave Pauli, Senior Advisor Wildlife Response & Policy, The Humane Society of the United States

Large scale animal cruelty investigations 
Table 26
Mindy Gilbert, Alabama State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

Measuring the impact of TNR*
Table 27
Danielle Bays, Community Cats Program Manager, The Humane Society of the United States

Removing barriers to TNR* and RTF*
Table 28
Cameron Moore, Program Manager, Million Cat Challenge

Rescue and shelter outreach on American Indian Reservations
Table 29
Darci Adams, South Dakota State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

Return-to-field programs
Table 30
Bryan Kortis, National Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

TNR* research today and tomorrow
Table 31
Daniel Spehar, Independent Researcher, Together Initiative for Ohio's Community Cats

TNR*: Successes, challenges and obstacles
Table 32
Daniel Lopez Brena, Outreach and National Cat Help Desk Specialist, Alley Cat Allies

Working cat programs
Table 33
Monica Frenden, Director of Feline Lifesaving, Austin Pets Alive!


*TNR (trap-neuter-return) *RTF (return-to-field)

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Fundraising (Dark orange – tables 34-42)

Build a community of monthly givers
Table 34
Victor Juliana, Senior Account Executive, Summit Marketing

Crowdfunding: Getting started and how to be successful
Table 35
Ollie Davidson, Consultant, Old Dog Consulting

Fundraising using a donor management software
Table 36
Cindy Gittleman, Business Development, Eleo Online Donor Management Software

Fundraising with social media
Table 37
Tori Fugate, Director of Marketing and Communications, KC Pet Project

Grants: Your questions answered!
Table 38
Susan Cosby, Director of Lifesaving Partnerships and Programs, Petco Foundation

Strategic grant making
Table 39
Jenny Aho, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities

Tips for writing a winning grant application
Table 40
Susan Rosenberg, Director International Animal Programs,

What makes a compelling grant
Table 41
Sima Thakkar, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities

What makes a competitive grant
Table 42
Kelly Balthazor, Regional Relationship Manager, Central Region, PetSmart Charities



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Management and Leadership (Blue – tables 43-55)

Collecting and using community data
Table 43
Andrew Rowan, Chief Scientific Officer, The Humane Society of the United States

Leadership insights: Sharing strategies and perspectives for the challenges we face
Table 44
Laura Maloney, Leadership Insights Roundtable, Adisa

Organic, humanely raised, cage-free?: Food labels and certifications
Table 45
Martha Armstrong, Outreach Coordinator, Humane Farm Animal Care

Shelter mentoring and transport
Table 46
Kim Alboum, Director of Shelter Outreach and Policy Engagement, The Humane Society of the United States

Shift your approach to rescue and save money
Table 47
Mandi Wyman, Executive Director, Carver Scott Humane Society

Strategies to reduce length of stay
Table 48
Emi Griess, Volunteer Coordinator/Web & Social Media Manager; Deb Watkins, Executive Director/Director of Veterinary Services, Helping Hands Humane Society

Difficult conversations with donors
Table 49
Kimberlee Dinn, Vice President, Philanthropy, The Humane Society of the United States

Running an animal sanctuary 
Table 50
Melissa Rubin, Senior Vice President, The Humane Society of the United States

The need for ethical decision-making tools
Table 51
Valerie Benka, Director of Programs, The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs

Using data to analyze programs
Table 52
Nikki Kelley, Manager of Network Strategy, Best Friends Animal Society

Using shelter data
Table 53
Sara Kent, CEO, Shelter Animals Count

Using technology to match people and pets
Table 54
Jodi Andersen, Co-Founder, How I Met My Dog

Why a more inclusive movement helps more animals Table 55
James Evans, Creative Director, Illume Communications

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Policy and Legislation (Light orange – tables 56-59)

Animal welfare legislation and advocacy
Table 56
Anton Aguilar, Executive Director, Humane Society International - Mexico

Overturning breed specific legislation
Table 57
Midge Grinstead, Kansas Senior State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

Puppy mill campaigns across the United States
Table 58
John Goodwin, Senior Director, Stop Puppy Mills Campaign, The Humane Society of the United States; Rory Kress, author of Doggie in the Window

The impact of policies and laws in your community
Table 59
Katie Lisnik, Director, Companion Animal Public Policy, The Humane Society of the United States

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Shelter Design (Dark green – tables 60-66)

Air disinfection to prevent respiratory infection
Table 60
Annette Uda, CEO and Founder, PetAirapy, LLC

Animal architecture: Shelter improvement & design
Table 61
Rick Bacon, FAIA, President and Principal Architect, Bacon Group Architecture

Easy ways to improve animal housing at your shelter
Table 62
Heather Lewis, Principal, Animal Arts

Integrating kennels and floors
Table 63
Greg Taylor, CEO, The Mason Company, LLC; Jeff Adney, President, PermaTek Coatings

Shelter design: cost effective strategies
Table 64
Shannon Fowler, Associate Principal; Lea Rogers, Associate Principal, Jackson & Ryan Architects

Shelter design: planning and fundraising
Table 65
Michael Barnard, President, Shelter Planners of America

Stress free housing: Our view, but more important, "your view" Table 66
John Walczuk, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Shor-line



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Shelter Operations (Pink – tables 67- 81)

All microchips are not created equal
Table 67
Liz Blackman, President and Founder, Help4Pets, Inc.

Behavior in shelter settings
Table 68
Brenda Dines, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident, University of Wisconsin

Common shelter operation mistakes and how to fix them
Table 69
Tim Crum, CEO, Animal Shelter Services

Increasing return-to-owner percentage for cats in shelters
Table 70
Alice Burton, Associate Director Animal Shelter & Animal Control Engagement, Alley Cat Allies

Introducing dogs: An interactive round table
Table 71
Lynne Swanson, DVM & Behavior Consultant, Safe Harbor Farm K9 Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

Managed animal intake
Table 72
Melissa Resnick, Veterinarian, ACCT Philly

Microchipping 101: Decoding the ever evolving world of microchipping
Table 73
Debby Collings; Gabby Evans; CherylAnn Fernandes, Animal Welfare Representatives, PetLink

Effective cleaning
Table 74
Meg Gordon, Veterinarian, Flathead County Animal Shelter

Embracing technology: electronic kennel cards
Table 75
Nathan Williams, Principal, PetBridge/Baseline Creative, Inc.

How to reduce owner surrenders without denying intake
Table 76
Mandy Evans, Executive Director, Home to Home/Panhandle Animal Shelter

Rabbit housing and care
Table 77
Anthea Smith, Head Shelter Veterinarian, Edmonton Humane Society

Reducing length of stay
Table 78
Greg Lucas, Founder, Shelterluv

Return-to-owner: redemption policies
Table 79
Danny Burke, Senior Program Manager, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States

Surrender prevention programs
Table 80
Megan Greene, Animal Programs Manager, Carver Scott Humane Society

Web-based solutions that shelters can use to save lives now!
Table 81
Angela Marcus, Founder,





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Staff and Volunteers (Yellow – tables 82-89)

Best practices for volunteer engagement
Table 82
Hilary Hager, Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement, The Humane Society of the United States

Building a healthy culture within your organization
Table 83
Michelle Rivera, Founder and CEO; Amanda Gatten, Chief Operating Officer, Spay and Neuter Kansas City

Compassion fatigue and increasing resilience
Table 84
Jessica Dolce, Compassion Fatigue Educator, Jessica Dolce | Humane Education + Communications

Process improvement in volunteer management
Table 85
Alex Ropes, Volunteer Manager, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County

Reducing stressful situations: Addressing burnout and fatigue
Table 86
Cynthia Karsten, Outreach Veterinarian, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Staff/volunteer relationship training
Table 87
Tara Pregnolato, Volunteer Program Manager, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Volunteer programs: Staff and volunteer buy-in
Table 88
Emily Shelton, Volunteer Coordinator, Pensacola Humane Society

Volunteers with special needs and/or disabilities
Table 89
Whitney Steele, Directors of Volunteers & Events, Arizona Animal Welfare League

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Veterinary and Health (Teal – tables 90-98)

Canine distemper virus
Table 90
Aleisha Swartz, Outreach Veterinarian, University of Wisconsin- Madison Shelter Medicine Program

Disease tracking
Table 91
Elizabeth Roberts, Director of Shelter Medicine, San Francisco SPCA

Feline URI
Table 91
Olivia Swailes, DVM, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Intern, University of Wisconsin/Dane County Humane Society

Felv/FIV testing and disease
Table 93
Gail Schroder, Director of Shelter Medicine, Greenhill Humane Society

Intake procedures and preventative medicine in shelters
Table 94
Lena DeTar, DVM, DACVPM, DABVP-SMP, Cornell University

Table 95
Becky Stuntebeck, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident, UW Shelter Medicine Program

Save money on veterinary & pet health products/services
Table 96
Laura Long, Veterinary Medicine Program Manager, Intalere

Spay/neuter programs outside of the United States
Table 97
Nancy Janes, Founder & President, Romania Animal Rescue, Inc.

Target spay/neuter
Table 98 
Karen Hill Sheppard, Director, Huntsville Animal Services




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