Our Team

We Couldn't Save Lives Without Them

Board Of Directors

Tonya Miller, President


Tonya is an Enterprise Market Manager at Lightower Fiber Network and has proven herself as an accomplished sales and management leader with over 25 years in the industry.

She graduated in 1991 from Indiana University, Bloomington with a BA in Psychology and is the proud owner of a rescued American Staffordshire Terrier, Paris, and two rescued cats, Dash and Onyx.


Gloria White, VP of Development

Capital Group

Gloria White is Vice President and Director of Operations for Capital Bank and Trust, part of the Capital Group Companies.   Gloria joined Capital Group in 1986 and is currently responsible for managing Capital Bank and Trust Retirement Division in Carmel, IN and Irvine, CA.  Gloria is a member of the National Investment Company Service Association (NICSA) Retirement Committee, which she has previously served as Co-chair.

Mark Van Horn, VP of Operations

Duke Realty

Mark has served on the HSHC board for over five years and is the proud owner of Cozmo, a miniature schnauzer rescue. He is a 26-year employee and vice-president at Duke Realty Corporation.

Kelly Faehr, Treasurer

Crowe Horwath

Faehr is CPA and Director with Crowe Horwath, LLP., specializing in audit, financial advisory, and consulting services for retail dealers.

Elizabeth Russell, Secretary

Elizabeth is an attorney licensed in the State of Indiana and Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 2014, she retired as a partner of the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault, LLP, after having worked for 26 years in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law.

Elizabeth has a BA from DePauw University and a JD from Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis.

Katy Stowers, Board Member

With 25 years in law practice and two decades in the health and welfare benefits field, Katy is a powerhouse in advising employers in welfare benefits and compliance strategy.

Katy graduated from DePauw University and the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and is currently Managing Director at FirstPerson.

Kim Ebert, Board Member

Ogletree Deakins

Ebert is an attorney and shareholder with Ogletree Deakins and serves as lead counsel for the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

For over thirty years, Ebert has defended the interests of employers in the full range of labor and employment matters.  He has played a significant role in working with clients to develop a national strategy for labor and employment, and also regularly has assisted in due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures.

As a labor lawyer, Ebert has negotiated over 100 collective bargaining agreements, including agreements related to facility closings and work transfers.  He has played a key role in strike planning and related state court injunction litigation.  Mr. Ebert has also handled more than 200 arbitrations. He has successfully helped employers develop positive employment practices and resist union organizing by all of the major labor organizations in the United States.

Mark Heirbrandt, Board Member

Over the past 17 years, Heirbrandt has worked in the water and energy-efficiency business and travels the state working with elected officials in the local government to improve the operations of their facilities with energy savings improvements. Mark served on the City of Westfield Public Board of Works for six years where he was involved in the negotiation and sale of the water utility to Citizen’s Energy Group for $91 million dollars and began serving as Hamilton County Commissioner in 2013.

Mark graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a double major in Chemistry and Biology.

Lynne Coverdale, Board Member

Coverdale is a Senior Mortgage Consultant with Salin Bank.  She brings more than 20 years of award-winning experience in mortgage lending. Previously she worked as the senior mortgage advisor at Stonegate Mortgage Corporation, in Indianapolis. Her other experience includes being president of Coverdale Mortgage Corp., Westfield and was a senior mortgage loan officer at W. R. Clouse & Associates Mortgage Co, Indianapolis.

Linda Coyne, Board Member

Linda works for Hamilton Southeastern Schools and resides in Noblesville with her husband. She received a BS from Purdue University and an MA from Butler University. Linda is dedicated to finding forever homes for senior pets or dogs with special needs.

Melissa Shrout, Board Member

Dr. Melissa Shrout opened the Shrout Family Chiropractic PC in Carmel in 2006 where she serves patients of all ages. Melissa received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Missouri and graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in February 2006.

As a mother of four, Melissa feels chiropractic care is an essential part of raising a healthy family, and she is a both a proud supporter of animal rescue and a pit bull mama for over a decade.

Steve Orusa, Board Member

A 31-year public safety veteran, Steven is the Fire Chief for the Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services. He earned his bachelor of science in Law Enforcement Administration, and his graduate work is in Human Resource Management.

He is a published author and is a frequently invited speaker on public safety leadership and development techniques.

Luci Snyder, Board Member

Snyder was a principal in the Acorn Group and has been in the real estate business for 23 years–first as a residential broker (20 years) and then a commercial broker specializing in the suburban market.  She now has a small consulting firm specializing in governmental approvals.

For five years, Snyder served on the boards of the Carmel Clay Chamber of Commerce, the Carmel Plan Commission andwas elected to 5 terms on the Carmel City Council–serving 9 years as Finance Chair.

Rebecca Ebert, Board Member

Rebecca is a Speech Language Pathologist who has worked with communication impaired adults, children and preschoolers for 17 years.  After retiring from the Lawrence Township Schools, she began volunteering for the HSHC in 2006 and volunteers in a full-time capacity creating profiles to help market our adoptable animals.

Rebecca has a BS in Speech and Hearing Science, and a Masters in Speech Language Pathology, both from IU Bloomington.

Paul Reis, Board Member

Paul Reis is an attorney and partner with Krieg Devault, LLP. He serves as Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.  In practice for over 30 years, he has focused his career working with large and small businesses and municipalities in commercial and industrial real estate transactions and development, land use and zoning, urban redevelopment projects, contract negotiation and corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Krieg DeVault, Mr. Reis was a Partner with local Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP where his practice was concentrated in land use planning and zoning, commercial real estate transactions, and urban redevelopment.

Advisory Board

Meet Our Advisory Board Members

Shawn Curran
President, Curran Architecture

Scott Fadness
Mayor City of Fishers

Sam Mishelow
Chief Strategy Officer, Meyer Najem

Pete Peterson
Fishers City Council

Brad and Carey Riley
Owners, Recreation Unlimited

Cindy Simon Skjodt
Samerian Foundation

Dr. Mike Thomas, DVM
Owner, Noah’s Animal Hospitals

Meet Our

Indiana native Rebecca Stevens has served as HSHC Executive Director since 2005. With more than 23 years of management and marketing experience — and a tireless commitment to homeless pets — Stevens believes animal welfare is her true “calling.”

Stevens has 23 years of management experience in the specialized areas of marketing, sales, public relations and business operations. Before joining the Humane Society for Hamilton County as Executive Director in May 2005, Stevens served as Director of Marketing and Inside Sales for Carmel-based eGIX Inc., a national telecommunications provider.

Stevens holds her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University and was valedictorian of Arlington High School in Indianapolis. Stevens was born and raised in Indianapolis and now lives in Fishers.

She is pictured here with her Pit Bull Nikita. Nikita serves as the official ambassador of the Pit Bull Angel Program and is a shining example of the breed’s wonderful qualities.

Meet Our Management Team

Employee of the Month

Meet Aly Pete!

Aly has grown tremendously in her role as a leader with HSHC. Can always be counted on to go above and beyond what is expected of her.

  • “Aly can always be counted on to go above and beyond what is expected of her.”

    Congrats Aly!

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.