Meet the Staff


Maria Benham
President/CEO
Maria joined the DRHS as President/CEO in October 2013. She has an extensive non-profit background with more than 15 years professional experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising and service excellence. maria@dbqhumane.org

 

Naomi Sprank, DVM
Veterinarian 
Dr. Naomi Sprank, on right, is the full-time on-site veterinarian for the DRHS.  Dr. Sprank was the Kennel Manager prior to attending Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.  Previous experience enables her to understand "herd health" and how things are different in a shelter environment than in private practice.  She works with full-time Veterinary Technicians, Aimee (pictured on the left) and Alyssa.
Vet@dbqhumane.org

Pete Murphy
Director of Operations
Pete oversees animal care here at the shelter, and is also our Cruelty Investigator and Certified Dog Trainer. He has two dogs, Ishmal and Jeb. He also has a DRHS adopted cat. Pete is a graduate of the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers, Columbus, Ohio
. His demonstration dog, Jeb, is AKC Canine Good Citizen® certifiedpete@dbqhumane.org

Ann Lorenz
Development & Marketing Director

Ann returned to the DRHS in May of 2014 as Development & Marketing Director.  She had previously worked at the DRHS for 7 1/2 years.  She brings 15 years experience in special event planning, publication design, promotions, annual fund development, and media relations. She has a shelter adoptee named Cubby and a Tibetan Spaniel named Wrigley.  ann@dbqhumane.org


Tara Miller
Assistant Director of Operations
Tara handles the many requests we receive from the community to bring out our PAWmobile and conduct mobile adoptions. She has adopted Jada, a sweet little beagle-pomeranian mix and Kelso, an Australian shepherd/border collie.tara@dbqhumane.org 


Courtney Neenan
Community Outreach Coordinator
Courtney is in charge of our volunteer program and coordinates humane education programs, classroom presentations, shelter tours, pet therapy, and other outreach initiatives.
She graduated from
 the University of Dubuque with a degree in communication. courtney@dbqhumane.org
 

Joyce Parsons
Human Resources & Administrative Manager

Joyce provides HR support for the DRHS. She helps establish protocol and procedures, manages general office operations and handles accounts payable. Joyce has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She is also a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management and remains active in the student chapter at UW-Platteville. joyce@dbqhumane.org

 
Veterinarian Staff
Naomi Sprank, DVM
Shelter Veterinarian
 
Aimee Heinrich
Veterinary Technician
 
Alyssa Reuter
Certified Veterinary Technician
 

Animal Care Technicians
Cassie Atkinson
Lisa Brimeyer
Kassidy Hanson
Conner Hirt
Ellen Jackson
Ben Kircher
Audra Krusz
Lauren Rauch (Summer)
Joe Rennison
Megan Schmerbach
Shawn Sokolik
 
Customer Care Representatives
Dianne Love
Brenda Struve
 
Maintenance
Dick Hess



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