Amy-Jo began her shelter career in 2004 as the office supervisor, promoted to deputy director in 2011, and then in 2016 was named director. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master Degree in Public Affairs from IPFW. Amy-Jo earned her CAWA (Certification for Animal Welfare Administrators) to continue advancing her knowledge of animal welfare. Amy-Jo has testified before lawmakers on behalf of several proposed bills to strengthen cruelty and neglect and exotic animal laws for Indiana. Her hope for the shelter is to be a resource for the community for all their animal needs as well as to continue to be advocates for those animals in neglectful situations. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family which include two Great Dane’s, Carley and Titan and their cat Chase. In her free time, Amy-Jo loves to be outdoors, is an avid runner, exercise enthusiast, and volunteers as a co-leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop.
Lisa began her shelter career in 2011 as the office supervisor and then promoted to deputy director in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from IPFW. Lisa earned her CAWA (Certification for Animal Welfare Administrators) in 2014 to continue advancing her knowledge in animal welfare. Lisa has volunteered her time with the National ASPCA to work on a couple large scale cockfighting rings. She continues to assist other area jurisdictions with large scale impounds and investigations of State level animal cruelty charges. Her hope is that FWACC continues to educate our community on the services and resources FWACC has available. Lisa loves to read, garden and be outside with her family whether it is playing in the backyard, relaxing at the lake or hanging at the ballfield. Her family includes her Boxer Maggie, Schnoodle Oscar and cat Stickers.
Laura joined the team in 2003. Prior to coming to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, she worked at Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA). In 2019, she achieved a graduate certificate in Veterinary Forensic to further her knowledge and assist with our animal cruelty cases. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, assisting in agility classes, and traveling.
An employee since 2017, Jeff began his shelter career as a dispatcher and was promoted to office supervisor in 2019. He participated in a mentorship with Best Friends Animal Society in 2019 which cemented his love for animal welfare and also played an instrumental part in launching the shelter’s managed intake and pet retention programs. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in law & society from Purdue University. During his free time he enjoys motorsports, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and being near water. Like most others in the field, animals hold a special place in his heart.
Lindsay is a self- proclaimed "behavior nerd". Before joining the team at FWACC as the adoption supervisor in 2013 Lindsay was the director of a smaller local shelter. She has a degree in psychology which helped set her up for a deeper understanding of animal behavior. She is constantly learning to better understand the needs of the animals in our shelter and the larger community. She is a Fear Free Certified trainer and passionate about using positive training methods to help dogs and their people have a better relationship. She is a certified, knowledge assessed trainer through the Council of Professional Dog Trainers and worked to earn a Behavior Consultant Certification, one of only two in our area. She genuinely enjoys helping to build a stronger bond between pets and owners in our area and giving a voice to those most misunderstood. Outside of dog behavior, she enjoys gardening, nature and crafting. She has two adorable dogs of her own that she loves to cuddle with and take hiking.
From an early age Emilee has had a passion for animals and was interested in learning everything she could about them. This curiosity lead to jobs in pet supply retail, dog grooming, dog training and of course living alongside of them in her home. Emilee graduated IPFW with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She took a step away from working with animals for a couple of years to pursue a career in social work. During that time, she realized the importance of helping both people and animals in our community and pursued a career in the animal welfare field in 2010. Emilee joined FWACC’s team as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2014 and was overseeing both the volunteer and foster departments. Over the years Emilee grew both programs to incredible heights which lead to the programs being split. Emilee transitioned to the newly created positions of Foster Coordinator in January 2021. She shares her home with her husband, two children, three dogs, a cat, goldfish and a gecko. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, painting and training with her dogs in agility.
Holly started working at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control in 2017. Holly brings years of experience as an award winning journalist to the team. At the shelter, Holly maintains relationships with the local media to promote the shelter's lifesaving mission. She creates videos spotlighting important pet safety tips, animal ordinances and other highlights from the shelter. In 2021 she was awarded a Philo Award for "Best Documentary" for her coverage of the work Animal Control Officers do in our community. She also oversees all Humane Education programming, reaching thousands of children each year. Since taking on this role Holly has created summer camps, a reading program and has grown the Animal Care Teens program. The education department also provides Kind News Magazine subscriptions to more than 200 classrooms in and around Allen County. With coffee in hand, Holly enjoys going on adventures with her growing family! She loves to travel, read, try new foods and bake with her son. She has a very handsome black lab named Kevin and two chubby cats named Bruce and Chauncey.
Chuck has worked in the animal field for essentially his entire professional life. He began his employment at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control in 2013 as an Animal Care Specialist and was then promoted in 2021 as the Volunteer Coordinator. The mission and vision of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is what originally attracted him into working there. Chuck appreciates team cohesion in the workplace and a diverse work environment that utilizes everyone’s talents. For his entire life, Chuck has been an advocate for companion animals, wildlife, and nature. When not at work Chuck enjoys gardening in his native wildflower gardens and exploring nature and area parks with his two children, wife, and dogs.