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Thanks to Maddie’s Fund (#ThankstoMaddies), CalAnimals was given the opportunity to create a program that is designed to be an all-encompassing road map for an animal welfare junior executive to build a strong foundation. The CalAnimals Emerging Leaders Program (CAELP) was designed with the next generation of animal welfare leaders in mind. By providing tools, teaching techniques to lead with compassion and providing a collaborative environment for networking, participants of CAELP will leave with a strong foundation to support their personal and professional development.


The participants will gain a foundation for their journey in Animal Welfare Executive Leadership with a focus on 6 topic areas: Lessons from a Leader, Collaborative Connections and Financial Management, Emerging Leaders: Developing Others and Professional Development, Navigating Challenges, Exceptional Executives and Cultural Humility, and Vision for the future. The program aims to support and unleash the leadership potential of each participant.

Meet Our Participants

Ariana Luchsinger
Ashley Milo
Brittany Pasquale
Camrin Christensen
Christina Avila
Connie Hooker
Courtney Stone
Donell Randolph
Emma Perez-Singh
Erika Anderson
Erika Gamez
Erin Ellis
Jenn Smith
Jessica Helgesen
Jessica Weibe
Julianna Tetlow
Karrie Stewart
Katie Christie
Laura Mullen, CAWA
Lauren Hamlett
Lisa Hammock
Meagan Dallas
Michael Hildebrant
Rachelle Saelor
Raul Rodriguez
Sam Blankenship
Shannon Quinn
Shari O'Neill
Sheila McLalin
Stephanie Amato
Tanessa Higgs
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Program Leaders

Bobby Mann
Dr. Kevin P. Peters, RODC
Jerrica Owen, CAWA
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Mailing Address

PO Box 249 | Penn Valley, CA 95946

510.525.2744 |

CalAnimals is a 501c3. nonprofit organization.

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California's animal care and control agencies, SPCAs, and humane societies are not directly affiliated with any of the national animal welfare organizations, such as Humane Society of the United States and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  Read more here.