Meet the Staff

Melissa Palfrey
Director of Marketing & Events

Melissa joined the DRHS in 2015. She has over ten 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, a boxer/husky mix named Charlie in 2017 and she also has an Old English Bulldog named Angus.

Angie Herting
Development Officer

Angie joined the DRHS team as our Development Officer in November 2016. She has over 17 years of experience in the Sales and Business Development and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish from Loras College. Angie loves animals and rescued her Boxer, Jaxon, in 2014.

Amanda Shaffer
Shelter Lead

Amanda joined the DRHS team in 2015. She studied Animal Science at Iowa State University and has over 7 years of experience in animal welfare. She has worked in a variety of positions at the DRHS and has the ability to assist and help where is needed. She has been an animal advocate since she was a young girl and has a soft spot for elderly and animals with special needs.

Laura Klavitter
Volunteer Coordinator

Laura has joined the DRHS as Volunteer Coordinator in October 2017. Her formal education is in Horticulture with years of experience working with volunteers in many capacities. Laura has been a lifelong animal lover caring for everything from tarantulas, parrots and snakes to dogs, cats, and fish. When not managing a garden full of volunteers at her community garden in Dubuque, she enjoys the company of her adopted Pitbull, Zoey, her American Bully, Casanova, and her Calico cat Meisha.

Kindra Frank
Humane Education Coordinator

Kindra joined the DRHS as our Humane Educator Coordinator in November 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness and a Master of Science in Health Education. She has over 7 years of experience working with and teaching children. In addition to their two children, Kindra and her husband also have four very spoiled “fur babies”, who they adopted from DRHS.


Veterinary Staff

Myra Momot, DVM
Eric Streif, DVM

Vet Technician
Briana Eickhoff
Kelly Bode
Breanne French
Shelter Staff Customer Care

Carla Holloway
Gretchen Mattoon

Accounting Specialist
Julie Shade

Animal Care Technicials
Lisa Brimeyer
Zebulon Hill
Jennifer Sheldon
Holly Steil
Molly Lingel

Rachel Sell
Laura Fink
Kelsey Schmidt
Keri Moy
Tyrone Jones

Program/Event Intern
Brooke Welp

Dick Hess