Board of Directors

  • Meredith Vaught

    Meredith Vaught

    President

    Meredith began her career with Animal House in the trenches. She was enjoying her role as a dog walker and canine coach when she met Dora, an abandoned Border Collie. As a renowned dog trainer says, you do not get the dog you want, you get the dog you need. The needs of Dora catapulted her interest in all things rescue dogs, includingjoining the Board of Directors.

    A Denver native, Meredith attended the University of Colorado and received a degree in Psychology. She returned to graduate school at Pace University in New York where she earned her Masters of Nursing. She practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner for 20 years. Thinking real estate would give her more spare time (not), she has worked for The Group Inc. for the last 12 years.

    Meredith helped coordinate the Rescues for Retirees program consisting of Animal Housealum dogs and their owners. This dedicated group of dogs and their owners went through a 6-week training class to prepare them to pass Pet Partner exam. This testing allowed them to be clearedto visit venues requesting dogs to help cheer up, teach, and support others whose lives are enhanced by the love and attention of a dog. This program continues so please contact her if you are interested!

  • Jenna Riedi

    Jenna Riedi

    Interim Vice President

    Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jenna graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in History, Religious Studies, and Classical Studies and from UW-Milwaukee with an MS in Nonprofit Management. Jenna works for the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County as the Director of Development & Marketing. She also enjoys work as a QuizMaster for Geeks Who Drink, volunteers with Fort Collins Cat Rescue, is a member of the Larimer Chorale, a member of Kiwanis in Fort Collins and a graduate of Leadership Fort Collins (class of 2015-2016).

    She has an amazing border collie, Monty, who takes her hiking each weekend, and a goofy cat, Calliope, who is the best snuggler. She loves to read, travel, is a vegetarian, crossfitter, and her favorite thing to do is visit her adorable nieceĀ and nephew, Sommer and Ericson, in Minneapolis.

  • Audrea Kappert

    Audrea Kappert

    Secretary

    Audrea was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and obtained her Juris Doctrine (law degree) from Creighton University in Omaha. After litigating for 5 years, she transitioned her career from law to banking, where she continues to work for First National bank as a private banker. Audrea has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins since 2009, was elected Treasurer and a Board member for the 2011 and 2012 term. She has been the Committee Chair of the Community Grants program since 2011.She is also a graduate of the 2010 Leadership Fort Collins program.

    She moved to Colorado in June of 2008 and brought along her kids, a 16-year-old cat named Beemer and 11-year-olds Lulu and Tulip.After being a board member for 3 years, she decided to add to her family and adopted Maverick from Animal House. She has a deep love for all animals and wants to give back what she can to the homeless animal community and help them find forever homes.

  • Wendy Woods

    Wendy Woods

    Treasurer

    Wendy grew up in small town in Illinois. Never allowed to have a family dog, Wendy “adopted” all of the stray dogs in her hometown (much to the dismay of her mother). It wasn’t until she moved to Colorado that she became a proud dog owner of her first four-legged love, Lexi. She said it was not love at first sight because she was mourning the loss of anotherdog (through the end of a relationship) when a friend took her to a local animal shelter. She came home with a 10-week-old puppy and you could not separate them if you tried!Wendy started volunteering at Animal House in 2011. Wanting to do more, she became a Board member in November 2015. Wendy hopes to bring to Animal House her varied experience in sales and finance. She currently works as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. She wants everyone to have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love that only a dog provides, and a rescue dog makes it all that more special!

  • Greg Belcher

    Greg Belcher

    Member

    A Colorado native born near Steamboat Springs, the love of nature and all her animals has always been a passion for Greg. With a degree in history and economics from Colorado State University, Greg spent a long tenure as a serial entrepreneur starting businesses in office design and furniture, software development, pizza and ice cream retail outlets, manufacturing custom kitchen and commercial casework and a Victorian bed and breakfast, conference center and cooking school.

    Outside of business, Greg enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, tennis, golf, traveling, and most importantly, his furry and feathery friends which to date includes 3 dogs, 3 rescue cats, 3 domestic geese, 1 wild turkey and counting! Greg has been a longtime Animal House donor and is honored to join the Board of Directors. He plans on focusing his expertise and energy on continuing our mission, hard work and life-saving achievements.

  • Melinda Brown

    Melinda Brown

    Member

    Melinda is a very proud alum of Sweet Briar College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and later obtained her Masters of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. After working in higher education for thirteen years, primarily in Virginia, she was ready for a change of pace and seasonal scenery. Melinda now uses her event planning and fundraising skill set as the Regional Development Officer for Alzheimer Association.

    After packing up her belongings in Virginia during the Summer of 2011, she enjoyed a three-month travel adventure with her two canine furbabies, Cole and Spencer. After a happenstance drive into Fort Collins, she knew this was the dog-loving and service-oriented community she was seeking out. She has a deep commitment and love for dogs, and devotes her time and creative energy to helping homeless animals in every way possible. When not enjoying time with her boys, Melinda also loves the arts and is an avid attendee of local theater productions as well as volunteering with other local organizations such as Junior League of Fort Collins and Leadership Fort Collins.

  • Dilara Kiran

    Dilara Kiran

    Member

    Dilara Kiran received her B.S. in Biology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and moved to Fort Collins in July of 2014 to begin the combined degree DVM/Ph.D. program at Colorado State University (CSU). In August of that year, she came across the Animal House booth at New West Fest where she immediately signed up to become a volunteer. Little did she know that she would adopt one of Animal Houses long-term residents, Tanner, two months later! It was through Dilaras adoption of Tanner that she saw the dedication of Animal Houses staff and volunteers. She quickly progressed from walking dogs to leading outreach events and mentoring new volunteers.

    In 2017, when the opportunity arose to apply for the Board of Directors, Dilara jumped at the chance to continue to use her passion, drive, and commitment to further Animal Houses mission. Dilara is active in her graduate school and veterinary school communities, serving on a variety of conference organizing committees, task forces, and search committees. She currently holds leadership positions within the Graduate Women in Science Northern Colorado Chapter, CSU Student American Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board, Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology Graduate Student Organization, and is an active ambassador, peer tutor, and orientation leader for the DVM program. In her free time, Dilara enjoys playing the French horn in community ensembles and attends weekly Fort Collins board game meet-ups. Dilara is extremely excited to bring her skills to the Board and help Animal House grow in its new home!

  • Kirk Reimann

    Kirk Reimann

    Member

    Kirk was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and received a BA in Environmental Engineering and is a graduate of the Global Social Sustainable Enterprise (GSSE) MBA program from Colorado State University. Kirk was project manager for Engineer’s Without Borders for a program in rural El Salvador for two years working with Rotary International and various government agencies to bring water treatment, capacity, and distribution to a village of over 500 people and is still an active member.
    Kirk’s passion for Animal House Rescue began several years ago with the adoption of Karma, formerly Beverly, and he has always looked for an opportunity to give back. When not backpacking with Karma, or traveling, Kirk can be found working for a small manufacturing company with a focus on growth and management. He plans to utilize his skills to help Animal House achieve its mission while strategically planning for the future.
  • Joellen Sarmast

    Joellen Sarmast

    Member

    Joellen’s inspiration to become part of the board for Animal House began with the adoption of Tony, a rescue Lhasa Apso. Since then, she has firmly believed that every dog deserves the chance to find a forever home and experience unconditional love. As a marketing professional, Joellen has extensive experience with campaign development, branding, copywriting, and messaging strategy. She uses these skills to help Animal House increase community awareness so they can give more dogs like Tony a second chance at a lifetime of love.

    Having grown up in Georgia, Joellen fell in love with Colorado as a student studying marketing at Colorado State University. It was in Fort Collins that she met her husband, Sean, and ever since the couple has been happily soaking up the high-altitude sunshine, cycling, skiing, and golfing in their free time. She has had a life-long love for dogs, and currently two complete their family: Tony and America, also a Lhasa Apso.

  • Frank Vaught

    Frank Vaught

    Member

    Frank is a founding Principal of VFLA (Vaught, Frye, Larson Architects) in Fort Collins, Colorado and a project architect with over 30 years of experience. Recognized by the development community for his expertise in planning and project design, he has extensive experience and a broad base of working knowledge in urban design, land planning, and municipal approvals. Frank has served on the Board of Directors at Animal House for several years providing valuable insight and community connections.