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 
Naomi is the full time on-site Veterinarian for the DRHS.  Naomi was the Kennel Manager prior to attending Iowa State University's Veterinary School so she understands "herd health" and how things are different in the shelter world than in private practice.  She works with full-time certified Veterinary Technicians Aimee 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

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 Director
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 communications degree. 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
Lisa Brimeyer
Tina Keck
Ben Kircher
Audra Krusz
Conner Hirt
Ellen Jackson
Laishla Jerris
Joe Rennison
Megan Schmurbach
Shawn Sokolik

 
Tina Keck
Foster Coordinator

Dick Hess
Maintenance


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