R.E.D. is staffed by many caring, dedicated volunteers who provide transportation, medical care, home foster care, and training for the animals R.E.D. assists. R.E.D. volunteers also provide education and community support on such topics as the benefits of spay/neuter, re-homing advice and assistance, and prevention of animal abuse and neglect.
Rescue Every Dog's
Officers, Directors and the Board of Directors
Meet Tiami Coleburg
Tiami is one of the founders and current Executive Director and a Board of Directors Member of Rescue Every Dog. Her previous professional work back ground was in facilities planning and design, management and marketing. She showed, trained and handled many canine breeds in competition for many years. She also has owned, trained and ridden equines for the majority of her life. She was the Adoption Director at the former Bremerton Animal Control. She brought that facility from an approximate 10% adoption rate to a 95% placement rate on adoptable animals. Though, she has been involved in animal rescue work the majority of her life. It was during this time she became keenly aware of the heartbreak for shelter workers and felt the need to offer them another solution to help the animals they bond with but are unable to save in their own shelter. Tiami's desire to work with others, her broad experience with animals, combined with her energetic, consistent commitment and passion for R.E.D.'s mission has allowed R.E.D. to support the hearts and minds of shelter workers and save thousands of companion animal lives. Her favorite breed is the highly intelligent Rottweiler. She is pictured above with Little Nicholas of our most amazing R.E.D. rescues. You can see his story on RED Legends. The below picture is of Tiami with RED rescue horse Tonka.
Meet Lynette Thorngren Elliot
Lynette Thorngren Elliot is the current President of the Board of Directors of R.E.D. She became a dedicated volunteer with R.E.D. after a R.E.D. Alert in March of 2002 reached her via email. This R.E.D Alert spurred her into action with R.E.D. and our mission to save shelter animals lives and the hearts of the shelter worker. She has since volunteered her efforts to serving as a R.E.D. shelter liaison, case working, fostering, transport and administration support to help R.E.D. save the lives of many homeless animals. In addition to her husband, Lynette is proud to have as her family members her rescued dogs Molly, a Chow Chow mix, Bugsy, a Lab/Chow mix, and several freshwater tropical fish (Goliath, Ray, Mr. Magoo, Mac, Burt, Buddy, and the Little Guys). Her favorite breed is the very independent Chow, with all other breeds running a close second. Lynette's professional work back ground is in administrative systems and customer relations. These skills combined with her dedicated volunteerism and ability to work enthusiastically and cohesively with a team atmosphere make her a strong leader for the R.E.D. Corporation and our non profit life saving mission.
Meet Hazel Bellinger
Hazel Bellinger is the current Vice President of the Board of Directors of R.E.D. She became a volunteer with R.E.D. after a Bremerton Animal Control officer asked if she would be interested in fostering a mother dog with a litter of pups in the spring of 2001. In October she took on three one week old kittens from Shelton Animal Control and has since devoted most of her time to recruiting other foster families and serving as the caseworker for a large number of the R.E.D. cats and kittens as well as providing transports and fostering a number of special needs adult dogs. Hazel's animal family consists of the Cohen brothers; Albert & Schuyler, a nefarious feline duo who get into mischief on a regular schedule, Michael, a Rottweiler/Akita mix who does everything but talk and Glynnis, the horse-loving Samoyed. Hazel's professional work back ground is in emergency services communication. These skills combined with her dedicated volunteerism and ability to work tirelessly and cohesively within a team atmosphere make her an asset to the R.E.D. Corporation and our non profit life saving mission. Hazel is pictured below with the R.E.D. dogs Mary and Laura.
Meet Deana Daniels
Deana Daniels is a current R.E.D. board member and volunteer. She began volunteering with R.E.D. when she saw a R.E.D. Alert for a sweet GSD-BC cross named Tanna in the summer of 2002. Deana decided to foster Tanna with R.E.D. and soon Tanna won a permanent home in the Daniel's household. She was renamed Cassie. Deana and husband Barry, share their home with Cassie, Roxy, a GSD, Zeppo, a mini long-haired dachshund, Max, a GSC-lab cross who is also another R.E.D. foster who came to be a family member. They also share their home with one feline, Oliver, a former blood donor cat from a veterinary hospital in Tacoma. For over twenty years Deana specialized in Welsh Corgi rescues but in 2000 she moved from Seattle to Bremerton where she had more room to adopt bigger dogs. Her favorite breed is the GSD German Shepherd Dog, but she still has a soft spot for the Corgi breed and all dogs. Deana's professional background includes over twenty five years of Certified Public Accounting experience in the USA and internationally and she currently does the accounting for R.E.D. as part of her volunteer commitment to the organization. Deana's dedicated volunteerism and guidance is truly an asset in the daily administrative requirements and needs of R.E.D and our lifesaving mission.
Meet Jennifer Hickey
Jennifer Hickey is currently serving as a R.E.D. Board of Directors Member. She has been a R.E.D. Volunteer since it's founding days. She and her husband Patrick have been very involved with and dedicated to R.E.D.'s mission and success. In addition to being a Board of Directors Member, Jennifer's serves as a R.E.D. foster home, administrative office support, transport team and is a senior caseworker. Jennifer's gentle and happy nature has enabled her to fostered many dogs that need that extra love and she specializes in puppy raising. She shares her life with her own beloved dogs, whom are all rescued dogs, and a handsome orange tabby cat. Jennifer's professional career is Engraving Projects Specialist. This detailed oriented occupational experience combine with her dedicated volunteerism, team spirit and giving nature brings the skills abilities needed to help steer R.E.D. in it's misson of saving lives.
Meet Linda Johannessen
Linda Johannessen is the current Secretary Treasurer of R.E.D. as well as a long time volunteer and adoption caseworker. She became involved with R.E.D. when she adopted a R.E.D. dog named Yuri years ago. Linda got more and more involved in rescue, starting out doing transports and home visits. She then began volunteering in the R.E.D. office along with serving as a caseworker and foster mom. Her office duties not only include assisting with the mountain of paperwork that is generated by a nonprofit but also includes such benefits as frequent puppy kisses. Unfortunately, Linda lost Yuri in 2005 but has another rescue dog at home named Kady, whose ancestry is a mystery but who welcomes everyone with a friendly wag of the tail. Linda particularly loves boxers and boxer mixes but has also shared her home with an Alaskan Malamute and a standard poodle, so she is an equal opportunity dog lover. Linda's professional background includes 5 years of military service as a human relations officer and 26 years of federal service as a civil rights investigator. She retired at the beginning of 2005 and has been able to devote much more time to R.E.D.'s life saving mission.
Meet Some of Our Dedicated Staff and Volunteers
Meet Melissa Byrd
Melissa is R.E.D.'s Outreach and Adoption Manager. She has many years of experience in the animal care, rescue and shelter work. She began her life saving animal work in 1995. She joined the R.E.D. rescue team in 2007. She has a gift with animals and is companionate and focused on the well being of each animal that needs our help and care. Melissa also manages our R.E.D. AT program. That program give animals loving seniors and disabled persons who are unable to have pets a fun and interactive way to still have animal companionship in their lives. Melissa shares her home with two dogs and cat and her wonderful family.
Meet Patty Govoni
Patty is R.E.D.'s Poodle and Rottweiler caseworker. She is a dedicated volunteer with a great understanding of these breeds. She values their intelligence and breed qualities. She has been with R.E.D. since 1999 and has been there for the program whenever needed. Patty shares her life with husband Greg and her two poodles and her Rottweiler Colter. Patty is in the below picture with R.E.D. dog, Miles.
Meet Jennifer Herchel
Jennifer is a R.E.D. King County Caseworker who serves our Seattle area with rescue and placement efforts. She is a dedicated volunteer with superb people and animal skills. She has been with R.E.D. since 2004. She has also served as a foster parent to many R.E.D. cats and dogs. Jennifer is by profession a Human Resources Manager. She shares her home life with husband John, her son and her cat and dog. Jennifer is pictured with R.E.D. dog Cricket.
Meet Alison O'Sullivan
Alison is R.E.D.'s Dalmatian and Coonhound Caseworker. She also works with other breeds when needed. Alison has been one of R.E.D.'s long standing Volunteers since 2000. She is a hardworking animal savvy volunteer. She has a passion of all animals domestic and wild and brings much knowledge and experience to R.E.D. She serves animals in her dedicated volunteer work with R.E.D. and in her job professionally as a Biologist. She spends her off time with her husband Vilas and her beloved dogs. She also has rescued birds and farm animals she shares her life with. She has a heart as kind as they come when an animal is in need. Alison is pictured with one of her rescues. This little baby was surprise when she born from a sheep Alison had just saved. It was a two for one rescue!
Meet Jordan Andersen
Jordan has been a R.E.D. volunteer since 2003. He is R.E.D.'s Website and Technical Support Manager. He is always ready to develop or trouble shoot when a need arises. His skills and technical talents are crucial to R.E.D.'s life saving mission. He is a R.E.D. team player and loves a challenge. He has shared his life with animals and has a natural way with them. He is known for having every cat he meets love him. In his off time Jordan loves the outdoors and this leads him to his hobbies of camping, mountain biking and hiking. Jordan's vital volunteer work makes it possible for R.E.D. to reach a wider audience which has and will continue to save lives in need.
Meet Patrick Hickey
Patrick has been with R.E.D. since it began and is part of the R.E.D. transport team. He is a highly valued volunteer. He has driven more life saving transport miles than anyone else in the history of R.E.D. He is always ready to roll when a life is in peril. He and his wonderful wife Jennifer also have given the life saving gift of foster care to many, many animals in need. Many lives would have been lost with out his dedication to R.E.D.'s life saving mission. He shares his home with his adoptive rescue dogs and his wife Jenn.