Our Team

We Couldn't Save Lives Without Them

Board Of Directors

Paul Reis, Board Chairman

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.

Karen Kennelly, Treasurer

Since 2009, as owner and president of k-squared, Karen has provided financial guidance and oversight as well as various consulting services to multiple not-for-profit organizations in need of her unique experience, which includes over 30 years consulting with, working for and volunteering with various not-for-profit organizations.  Karen’s two rescue kitties, Gertrude and Izzy, currently run her household in Carmel.

Katy Stowers, Secretary

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.

John Baker, Board Member

John is the COO and a Director of National Wine & Spirits, and Manager of its investment arm, NWS Holdings.  He holds a degree in Economics & International Business from Miami University and a MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. John and his wife, DeAnn, have a rescued lab/pit bull mix named Chloe and two human children as well.

Megan Custodio, Board Member

Megan is a Vice President and Partner at Dittoe Public Relations. She has over 14 years experience in the public relations and communications industry. She’s worked with organizations from startups to multibillion-dollar buisnesses, both B2B and B2C. Megan’s led strategic PR and communications planning for clients in industries including large-scale sporting events, tech, retail, collegiate athletics, nonprofits and more.

Megan is a mom to two little boys and is also on the board of directors for TCC Gives.

Melissa Dicke, Board Member

Melissa Dicke is a Physical Therapist and has been working in the Healthcare field for the past 10 years. In 2016 she started Elite Home Rehab and Healthcare Corp, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency servicing Central Indiana. She currently serves as the Agency’s CEO and President of the Board of Directors.
Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida.

Laura Jarred, Board Member

Laura Jarred earned her BS in Sports Marketing and Management from Indiana University. She previously worked in the Pharmaceutical Sales industry for Forest Laboratories in St. Petersburg, FL. She is the creator of Parents for Safer Schools in Carmel and she has a passion for animals, having volunteered with various animal shelters through the years.
She is married to Scott Jarred, and stays at home with their three children, Sydney, Chase, and Allie and their Alaskan Malamute mix, Renny.

Benjamin Jefferis, Board Member

Benjamin is the Vice President of Business Banking at Centier. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute of Indiana, an organization dedicated to leadership in the real estate industry, and a City of Fishers Town Hall Building Corp. member appointed by the Mayor. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Business Administration.

Benjamin is married to Jessica. Their family includes daughter Zoe and 13-year-old Labradoodle Milan.

Joe Martin, Board Member

Joe is the Senior Manager of Legal Operations for the legal department at MISO located in Carmel. He has had careers in both information technology and legal operations over the last 35 years. Joe has served on other animal welfare boards in the past and is passionate about improving the well-being of animals in his community. Joe earned an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joe proudly serves with distinction as designated staff for his rescue cat, Connor.

Ann-Marie Rohe, Board Member

After working in marketing and media for ten years, Ann-Marie launched a lifestyle blog and social media freelance business. She also has a 19-year career in the direct sales industry, holds a B.A. from Purdue and an M.B.A. with a focus in Marketing from Butler.

Ann-Marie lives in Fishers with her husband, three children and rescue Bichon mix, Molly.

Barb Skinner, Board Member

Barb Skinner is a career counselor, licensed by the National Board for Certified Counselors, and holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Butler University. As a career consultant, she works with students of all ages, as well as adults in career transition. Barb also helps organizations with their professional development needs. She has over 25 years combined experience in business, professional development, career counseling and athletics coaching and administration. She is a Hall of Fame Inductee at both Butler University and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The Fortville native loves athletics, animals and nature and her favorite sport is Pickleball!


Melissa Stoner Johnson, Board Member

Melissa has been a part of the Indianapolis media community in sales and management for over 29 years with notable outlets such as WFBQ (Q95), WFMS and Pandora Radio.
Melissa, her husband Brian and son Riley are animal lovers and currently have 4 of their own dogs and have volunteered in multiple rescues with transporting and fostering dogs over the last 17 years.

Ann O’Hara, Board Member

Ann M. O’Hara is the principal shareholder of Ann M. O’Hara, P.C., a law firm located in Fishers, Indiana. Ann has assisted small to mid-size businesses in their general business, real estate and federal and state tax matters.  In addition to her general business experience, Ann has represented individuals and municipalities in municipal law, estate planning and probate and trust administration matters.  Ann is a frequent speaker on complex estate planning topics such as IRA Trusts, business succession and charitable planning.

While completing her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ann was a Tax Analyst for the Indiana Inheritance Tax Division of the Indiana Department of Revenue.  Ann also served as Director of the Corporations Division of the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office.

Ann received her Bachelor of Science in Finance with honors from Saint Joseph’s College. Ann is admitted to the bar in Indiana and is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Indiana, and the Southern District of Indiana.

Ann is currently a member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Community Foundation. Ann also volunteers and is a member of the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County, OneZone Chamber of Commerce, and the Humane Society of Hamilton County. 


Kim Ebert, Board Member

Ebert is an attorney and shareholder with Ogletree Deakins and serves as lead counsel for the Humane Society for Hamilton County.  A graduate of Wabash College and Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, Ebert has defended the interests of employers in the full range of labor and employment matters for over forty years. From 2010 through 2016, Ebert was the Managing Shareholder of the Ogletree Deakins international law firm with over 50 offices and 800 attorneys.

Kim and his wife Rebecca currently are under the complete control of a rescue cat, Chairman Meow, and a rescue flat-coated retriever, Sally. 

Kelly Faehr, Ex-Officio

Kelly is a Director with Crowe LLP specializing in audit, financial advisory and consulting services for retail dealers.  She holds a B.S. from Purdue.  Kelly lives in Fishers with her rescued cats Pepper and Bandit.

Mark Heirbrandt, Ex-Officio/Advisory Board

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.

Advisory Board

Meet Our Advisory Board Members

Debora A. Bennett
Managing Director, Oxford Fidelity Group

Mike Bush
Owner, Bushbeagle Design LLC

Shawn Curran
President, Curran Architecture

Scott Fadness
Mayor, City of Fishers

Whit Grayson
Grayson & Associates

Sam Mishelow
Chief Strategy Officer, Meyer Najem

Pete Peterson
Fishers City Council

Brad and Carey Riley
Owners, Recreation Unlimited

Dr. Mark R. Roth
Clinical Psychologist

Cindy Simon Skjodt
Samerian Foundation

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

Brandon Weddle
Meyer Najem

Ronda Shrewsbury


Meet Our
President & CEO

Stevens is an Indiana native who was born and raised on the east side of Indianapolis.  After spending 14 years in corporate America,  Stevens left her career in the corporate sector in May 2005 to join the Humane Society for Hamilton County as its Executive Director.  She believes animal welfare is her true “calling” and credits an American Bulldog named Maggie as the inspiration behind her move to HSHC.  (Maggie’s Story.)

Stevens has 27 years of business development and marketing experience in the specialized areas of strategic planning, fundraising, public relations, management, and building brands through the “story of telling.”  Before joining the Humane Society for Hamilton County,  Stevens served as Director of Marketing and Inside Sales for Carmel-based eGIX Inc., a national telecommunications provider.  (Visit Stevens’ Linkedin Profile for more information.)

Stevens holds her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University and was valedictorian of Arlington High School in Indianapolis. Stevens currently lives in Fishers where she has resided for 21 years.

She is pictured here with her Pit Bull Nikita.

Meet Our Management Team

Meet Our Lead Volunteers

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.