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andeeAndee Bingham
Editorial Development Manager and Grant Writer
andee@bwar.org

I moved to Asheville in the spring of 2015 from New England with my two cats, Nora and Ida. Asheville lets me experience the mountains and beauty of my home state of Vermont… but with more reasonable weather.

I’ve been a writer, animal advocate, and caretaker for most of my life and spent several years as a professional Cat Writer before coming to Brother Wolf. I have a special passion for nurturing orphaned kittens through our bottle-baby program.

I’m thrilled to have a job that allows me to tell stories of the work we do to rescue animals and the people and programs that make rescues possible.


angelaAngela Henson
Foster Team Coordinator and Data Supervisor
angela@bwar.org

I was born abroad and grew up as an Army brat. We settled in northern Virginia when I was a kid and that’s where I lived until 2014 when I moved to North Carolina to be with family. I love living in the mountains of western North Carolina.

I started as a volunteer with Brother Wolf in June 2015 after deciding I wanted to do more to help animals. I wanted to make sure I worked with a No-Kill rescue and research led me here. I have had a heart for animals since I was very young. I actually wanted to be a veterinarian until I realized I had an extremely queasy stomach.

As the Foster Team Coordinator and Data Supervisor I’ve found my niche! I still volunteer quite a bit for Brother Wolf, but in different capacities. You could say I’m a “Jack of all trades” here as I’ve done a lot of different things within the organization. If you see me at the adoption center, feel free to ask me questions! Chances are good that I’ll know the answer or be able to steer you in the right direction. In my free time, I love spending time with my four dogs (one of which is a puppy I adopted from Brother Wolf) and two cats (one is a foster fail).


Anna-GachechiladzeAnna Gachechiladze
Adoption Counselor

I was born and raised in Chapel Hill, but fell in love with the mountains when I moved here in 2012. I have been passionate about animals since I came into this world, and currently I am living with the love of my life, Oryx (pictured). We enjoy watching the Office and doing photography.

I began my work with Brother Wolf as a volunteer, doing my UNCA senior research project on the formation of community around animals. I found myself completely enmeshed in that community, and began my job here as an adoption counselor in 2016! There’s no feeling quite like finding the perfect match!


Audrey -LodatoAudrey Lodato
Director of Animal Care
audrey@bwar.org

I relocated to Asheville from New York, where I most recently served as Executive Director at Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary. My work with rescued animals began when I was just 12 years old, as a volunteer at a farm rescue called The Red Barn. My husband and I love to adopt special needs animals. Our current family includes 3 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. I enjoy hiking, jewelry making, and meditation in my free time.

The best part of working in animal welfare is knowing that I’m making a sustainable impact. It’s much easier to be on the inside of a problem working to solve it than to be on the outside feeling helpless. I’m so grateful for this path I’ve chosen and the lives I get to change every day.


barb-norman-smallBarb Norman
Data Entry

I volunteered with Brother Wolf for several years before being hired to do data entry in 2016. Data entry is fun for me and I love being able to keep the records straight for the thousands of animals who come through our doors every year. Keeping everything in good order is essential with the volume of animals we rescue.

Outside of work, I love volunteering with the Outward Hounds Hiking Club. The weekly hikes give dogs a chance to get out of the shelter and into nature. I’ve seen some of their personalities completely change (for the better!) when they get out on the trail. The ones who are shut down or anxious are especially happy to get out for a while. It helps them socialize and relax, and it gives the volunteers a good opportunity to exercise.


brianBrian McDermott
Animal Care Supervisor
brian@bwar.org

I’ve worked at Brother Wolf since 2012. I love being able to help animals in need, especially the more challenging dogs we get here. I’ve lived with animals my whole life and currently have one dog and fosters.

When I’m not working, I spend most of my time at home with them or hiking..

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brooke2Brooke Fornea
Director of Sales
brooke@bwar.org

I fell in love with nonprofits when I was only an adolescent. Inspired by a lifelong love for all animals, I quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve stuck with me through college, leading me to my BA in advertising.

After moving to Asheville with my husband, I started the search to adopt an animal. That’s when I found Brother Wolf. My admiration only grew after adopting a plott hound mix named Tuba, followed by a Greyhound mix named Bones. I was lucky enough to land my dream job in 2013, and now oversee the Retail and Thrift store locations for Brother Wolf.


Crystal-BrockCrystal Brock
Second Chances Thrift and Adoption Center, Dickenson County

My husband and I have been fostering and volunteering for Brother Wolf for 3 years. I have been working part time at Second Chances Thrift Store and Adoption Center since 2016. I have 5 fur children of my own and foster up to 3 at a time. I love my job and being a part of saving lives.

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deniseDenise Bitz
Founder and President
denise@bwar.org

I moved to Asheville in 2007 because I was drawn to the beautiful mountains and all that they had to offer an outdoor enthusiast. My intentions were to only stay for a few years, and then move onto my next adventure as I had been traveling all over the country as a Traveling RN- specializing in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. But I could not leave. I became involved in the local animal rescue scene very quickly and realized that there was not enough being done in the community to help animals. I also realized that there was no real sense of urgency to help save animals — even though, at that time, they were dying by the thousands every year. I created Brother Wolf because our community was yearning for a No-Kill organization that was grass roots and very much a voice of the community. We first started rescuing dogs only, but as my understanding, love, and respect for other animals grew, so did our rescue work. We have evolved to be an organization whose core ethic of Uncompromised Compassion extends to all animals — human and non-human alike. I am blessed to be living at the Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary right now with my fiance, 6 dogs, 2 cats, 16 pigs, and 7 cows.


nugget-and-ericEric Phelps
Field Operations & Community Cat Manager
eric@bwar.org

I have worked in animal welfare (as a volunteer or employee) for almost 30 years in a bunch of different capacities. I’ve been involved in direct animal rescue for 12 years, mostly working with community cats. I already had so much compassion for cats, so when I started learning about the plight of community cats, working with and for them was a natural fit for me.

I love helping people and animals — whether it’s helping a cat get spayed or neutered through the Community Cat program, or building a fence to help someone keep their dog in their home through the NeighborCorps program.

 


eva-cruz-shultzEva Cruz-Schultz
Henderson County Outreach Coordinator
eva@bwar.org

I began working for Brother Wolf in 2016. I love working with the animals, caring for them, and helping each one find the perfect family.

My husband and I have a 9-year old daughter, two dogs (one adopted from Brother Wolf), and two cats. We love hosting exchange students!

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hannah-edgarHannah Edgar
Kennel Supervisor

I’ve been working at Brother Wolf since 2015 and I absolutely love my job. I’m lucky that I get to come to work and play with dogs and puppies all day. I grew up with animals and have three rescued dogs at home.

The newest addition is Dottie, who just turned a year old. I met Dottie last summer when I went to Louisiana with Brother Wolf to do search and rescue during the floods. I fell in love with her right away. Without Brother Wolf’s help, she may not have made it through that disaster..

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holly-amannHolly Amann
Foster Program Manager
holly@bwar.org

I moved to Asheville in 2012 with my husband and our cat, Aeolus, and we immediately fell in love with the generous community and beautiful landscape we found here. I taught in the area for a few years before coming to BWAR as the Foster Program Manager in 2017.

I have always loved animals and grew up caring for countless dogs and cats, an experience that I know is familiar among volunteers and staff at Brother Wolf. I am proud to be joining such an amazing community of animal lovers, caregivers, and animal welfare activists.


Jackie
Jackie Teeple
Marketing and Art Director
jackie@bwar.org

Originally from northeast Pennsylvania, I have lived in the Asheville area for over a decade. I brought a background in illustration, graphic design, and marketing to Brother Wolf, along with a strong desire to fight for animals in need and to assist the people who help them.

I joined the Brother Wolf team in 2009 as a cat foster parent and never looked back. I share my West Asheville home with six cats and a dog, along with a running cast of foster cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and “just once” an overambitiously rooting pig.


jamie-stillwachsJamie Stillwachs
McDowell County Chapter Manager
jamie.stillwachs@bwar.org

I began working with Brother Wolf in 2016. I love being able to save a lot of animals, educate the community about animal care, and help create the resources we need to make McDowell a No- Kill county. We’re already very close!

Outside of work, I love spending time with my young daughter, our 3 cats, and many foster animals.

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Kal’el Greene
Animal Care Technician

I started working in the kennel in the summer of 2016 after completing an animal care internship. I love the tangible compassion I feel in the mood and actions of my co-workers every day. I also love seeing the change in dogs as they grow and become more and more interactive with humans if they have come to us scared.

In my free time I enjoy reading and doing anything active — like hiking, taking long walks, and climbing trees.


karen-parkerKaren Parker
Rutherford County Chapter Manager
karen.parker@bwar.org

I am a lifelong resident of Rutherford County NC. I’m a mother of three and love spending time with my human, canine, and feline family. I also foster for Brother Wolf.

A few years ago, I became actively involved in animal rescue after visiting the local shelter to adopt and realizing just how many adoptable pets were being euthanized. I began finding ways to encourage other rescues to pull from the small, rural county shelter. I began fostering animals, helping with transportation, and enhancing animal profiles to give potential adopters a better idea of personalities.

Brother Wolf and the animals of Rutherford County have my heart and dedication. It is an honor and dream come true to continue to represent such an admirable organization as the Rutherford County Chapter Manager.


Kelley Brewer-Posey
Administrative Assistant
Kelley@bwar.org

I have worked at Brother Wolf since 2015 and I feel privileged to be part of such an amazing community of compassionate and dedicated people. I love animals and currently have five cats (one is a BWAR rescue) and three dogs – two rescued from Brother Wolf – one of which is a Forever Friend –who is learning to overcome some behavioral issues. A guinea fowl – we call Mr. Heckle is also part of our family.

I started working in the kennels where I got to help in providing the care and rehabilitation for the dogs – watching a terrified shut down animal transform into a functional happy one – that is loved member of a forever family – is both beautiful and inspiring. I am thankful to be a part of this life saving work.

When I am not working – I enjoy time with family and friends, hiking, and being out in nature.


Kelly Brown
Transport Coordinator
kelly@bwar.org

I was born and raised in Asheville and have been with Brother Wolf since 2011, volunteering for several years before becoming staff. I have 4 dogs — Lucy, a Greyhound, Coco, a Beagle/Jack Russell mix, Darla, a Terrier mix, and Elvis, a Plott Hound. Darla and Elvis were adopted from Brother Wolf.

In my free time, I love joining the Outward Hounds Hiking Club, where I’ve made many new friends of both the 2-legged and 4-legged variety. During the summer months, my husband and I enjoy camping and hiking with our dogs.


kelly-mullinsKelly McPeek-Mullins
Dickenson County Chapter Manager
kelly.mullins@bwar.org

I am a lifelong resident of Dickenson County and have been involved in animal rescue since I was 7 years old. I fostered and volunteered with Brother Wolf for 4 years before becoming the chapter manager in 2016.

I have 3 dogs and 2 cats of my own. All are rescues, including one Brother Wolf “foster fail”. I am a proud wife and mother of 2 beautiful girls, who are just as compassionate about rescue as I am.

I feel very privileged to be a part of such a wonderful, compassionate organization, and I’m proud to serve as Dickenson County’s Chapter Manager.


Oona Ross
Behavior and Enrichment Specialist

I started working at Brother Wolf in October, 2016 shortly after coming back home to Asheville from Statesville, where I completed dog training school. I work in the kennels where I’ve gotten to know and send home some truly great dogs. Two of my childhood dogs, Caspian and Ramses, where adopted from Brother Wolf, so I am always happy to see people come into the shelter knowing we can send them home with the perfect fit for their family. I also own a dog training and detection business that keeps me busy in my off hours. I live with two amazing dogs, Vera Lynn, a Plott Hound and Porter, a Doberman mix, who I’ve trained in mold detection.

 


RandalynRandalyn Crain
Second Chances Thrift Assistant

I am an Asheville native and I have been an animal lover for my entire life. At home, I have six animals — four dogs, a cat, and a bird.

In my free time I love to craft, refurbish furniture, spend time with family and friends, and go camping.

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rebeccaRebecca Roberts
Medical Manager
rebecca@bwar.org

I’m originally from Timmonsville, SC. I moved to Asheville in 2012 to live in a more animal friendly community and to work in a field that save the lives of animals. I started working at Brother Wolf in 2013 and I am currently working on my RVT degree.

While I originally dreamed of working in a veterinary hospital, I have found that shelter medicine is just as challenging and possibly even more rewarding. The animals that I get to see, help, and treat at Brother Wolf are often so thankful that someone is taking the time to care for them the way they deserved to be cared for. I get to meet them when they first come into the adoption center and watch them go home with their forever families. There is nothing that compares to that feeling.


Sarah-WindleSarah Windle
Farmed Animal Manager

I have worked in animal rescue and activism for 10 years now. I have gained experience with different animal rights organizations across the country — from mucking stalls at Farm Sanctuary in California to touring the country’s college campuses with a video showing the cruelty of animal agriculture.

The thing I love about being part of Brother Wolf is that our compassion extends beyond the animals we traditionally share our homes with. With our work at the Sanctuary, we are demonstrating to the community just how wonderful these animals are that typically end up on dinner plates.

When I am not working at the adoption center, I am probably at my off-the-grid farm in Clyde, NC spending time with my pigs and chickens. I also enjoy being involved in the local animal activist group Asheville Voice for Animals to push for better laws and ordinances for animals in our area!


willWill Hickerson
Intake Manager, Front Desk Supervisor
will@bwar.org

I began working at Brother Wolf in 2012 after a few years of fostering. I held several positions during my time here, including Animal Care Technician, Adoption Counselor, Re-Tail clerk, and Critter Camp director, before becoming the Intake Manager and Front Desk Supervisor. I come to work every day excited for what I do. It’s the most meaningful work I’ve ever found.

At home I have 3 dogs (Oliver, Ruby May, and Luke) and 2 cats (Theodore and Wynn), all from Brother Wolf. In my free time, I enjoy playing disc golf, playing soccer, traveling, and checking out different breweries.