Cleveland, OH


About Our Chapter

Meet the Team

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Joan Tiefel - Chapter Director

Joan has had dogs her entire life with one being certified as a therapy dog and another involved in agility training. Each of her dogs has been, and are, “companion” dogs, which have taught Joan first hand, the comfort and joy they bring into our lives.

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Growing up, and to this day, Joan and her brother Howard, who served as a medic on the front lines in Viet Nam, have remained very close. Throughout the years Howard has shared with her many of his experiences overseas as well as the difficulty of coming home to a country which was unappreciative of the many services and lives which were given by our U.S. Military while serving in Viet Nam. Life was forever changed for Howard upon his return. Upon discovering Pets for Vets, Joan is now able to combine her passion for Veterans along with her passion for dogs, by starting the Cleveland Chapter of Pets for Vets, which is dedicated to her brother Howard.

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Kristy Hull – Vice President Executive Bd. /Co-Chair of Marketing and Social Media

Kristy has her degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania where she majored in Marketing and Management. She is currently the Managing Director at the commercial real estate brokerage company, Newmark Knight Frank, where she has worked for the past 11 years.

Kristy sits on the board of Growth Capital Corporation, the largest SBA lender in the state of Ohio, and is a member of Cleveland Leadership, an organization which engages leaders of all ages to drive positive change within the community. Additionally, she has volunteered with Cleveland Kids Book Bank, and has participated in a local community outreach program.

Kristy has three little boys aged 7, 5, 4. In her spare time she likes to read and play tennis!


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Brigid Woodland – Foster Coordinator / Co-Chair of Marketing and Social Media

Brigid has a B.A. in Marketing Communications from Creighton University in Omaha, and is now the Marketing Director at the Cleveland Better Business Bureau.

Brigid has enjoyed volunteering with many organizations, including the Nebraska Humane Society, Clallam County Humane Society and Rescue Village in Cleveland. Additionally, she works with a local rescue, Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups, whose purpose is to take in pregnant moms or new moms and their pups until they are healthy and strong enough to be sent to foster homes in order to be socialized and prepared for adoption. When not busy with work and her kids, Brigid spends her time with her 10 year old rescue dog, and 2 Golden Retrievers, including a TDI trained therapy dog. Other than continuously hosting foster puppies, Brigid also breeds her Golden Retrievers and is the unofficial matchmaker for friends looking to adopt a puppy or dog!


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Sue Overholt – Secretary/Treasurer Executive Board

Sue has lived in the Cleveland area for the past 20 years.

She coaches the boys and girls tennis teams at Chagrin Falls High School, and is an active member of Parkside Church, where she works on the homeless and meal ministries.

Dogs have always been an important part of Sue's life, and her current dog Bear, a yellow lab, has shown her the value of the support and comfort a dog provides.

Susan has a BS in Finance from Florida State. In her free time she enjoys tennis, running and spending time with her two children and family.



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Lynn Wolf-Meldon - Volunteer Coordinator

Lynn has always loved animals, from the “smallest”, hamsters and a rabbit when she was a child, to the 80 lb Bouvier des Flandres she had when she was older. She has a nursing degree, but nowadays spends much of her time volunteering for four different organizations, one of which is the local Cleveland Animal Protective League. Lynn and her husband currently own three cats, one that found them and the other two, which are siblings, they adopted from the APL.

She enjoys helping people, especially the elderly and veterans. Her dad was a Marine and fought in World War II. He rarely talked about the war, but before he died, he mentioned he still had survivor’s guilt. Since he rarely talked of his experience in the war, Lynn hopes to help others as they deal with the aftermath of military service.

 

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Donna Bernsdorf - Event Coordinator

Donna is a Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch in Hudson, Ohio. She is also a professional musician, who had regional success with her all girl band "Lipstick ". You can often find her on the weekends playing keyboards for "That 80s Band"! Donna describes herself primarily as an advisor, entrepreneur, musician, friend and Christian.

She is no stranger to charities. She regularly supports the Cleveland Animal Protective League and The Cleveland Pregnancy center. She is really excited to be a part of Pets for Vets® as her love of country and animals make it a perfect fit for her.

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