Meet the Staff

Maria Benham

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.


Naomi Sprank, DVM
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.

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®

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. 

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.

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.

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

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