Meet the Staff

Maria Benham
President/CEO
maria@dbqhumane.org

Maria joined the DRHS as President/CEO in October 2013. She is enthusiastic about pairing two of her greatest passions, nonprofit excellence and animal welfare. Maria shares her home with her two human children, two canine children, a snake and a mouse.


Dr. Debra Smith-Reed
Veterinarian
drdeb@dbqhumane.org

Dr. Deb joined our team in July of 2015. She is from Dodgeville, WI and had previously worked at the Richland Veterinarian Service. She enjoys the variety and the constant learning that veterinary medicine has to offer. She loves to learn new things. She has an elderly Golden Retriever and two kittens..


Aimee Heinrich
Director of Operations
aimee@dbqhumane.org

Aimee has been the Director of Operations since 2014 and previously had served in a variety of positions including vet technician since 2008. She has extensive knowledge of small animal care and shelter operations. She adopted four dogs and a cat from the shelter. She also enjoys caring for her four horses.

Melissa Palfrey
Director of Marketing & Development
melissa@dbqhumane.org

Melissa joined the DRHS in 2015. She has over eight years experience in the Marketing and Communications field with a Bachelor's degree in Communications, an emphasis in Imaging and a Minor in Public Relations. Melissa rescued a Pit Bull mix, Midnight, from the DRHS in 2010 and she also has an Old English Bulldog named Angus.


Mariah Licht
Human Resources & Accounting Manager
mariah@dbqhumane.org

Mariah joined our team in 2015. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Mariah is a big dog lover and has a Neapolitan Mastiff named Daisy Mae who is a rescue and an English Mastiff named Odin Thunder Struck.

Veterinary Staff

Vet Technician
Krista Wieseler

Vet Assistant
Megan Schmerbach


Outreach Coordinator
Michelle Wolfe

Animal Care Supervisor
Audra Krusz

Customer Care Supervisor
Colin Halbmaier



Customer Care Rep
Amanda Shaffer

Animal Care Technician
Lisa Brimeyer
Andrew Ehlers
Madelyne Heinrich
Zebulon Hill
Summer Kruse
Tasha Cederberg
Megan Schmerbach
Jennifer Sheldon
Holly Steil
Rachel Clemen

Maintenance
Dick Hess


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