Hi, everyone! My name is Andrea and I'm a Dog-a-holic.
I've been actively involved in animal rescue in this community for over 14 years now. And by "actively involved" I mean that I eat, sleep, and breathe animal rescue and rehoming. It's never been just a hobby or a job for me. It's a way of life and who I am down to my very core.
I have 6 amazing children between the ages of 6 months and 13 years old who also love animals and animal rescue. Fostering, transporting, behavioral evaluation, training, and adoption events are all family activities...and I hope the family-friendly, family-focused atmosphere becomes what Faithful Friends is known for.
We here at Faithful Friends cherish the human-animal bond and the connections we make with other animal-loving people through volunteerism. I consider my pets and my friends a part of my family and I cannot be more thankful for the animals and the people I've been privileged to share my life with over the years.
I'm pretty well known for my love of greyhounds and mama dogs. And I can often be found bottle feeding and cuddling puppies.
I have many years of experience as a veterinary technician and I was the previous Executive Director of Helping Hands Pet Rescue, where I helped place over 15,000 pets into their forever homes.
I couldn't be more excited for what the future holds for Faithful Friends Pet Rescue and Rehoming!
Hi everyone! I am Ashley Roehner and I am the Operations Manager for Faithful Friends Pet Rescue and Rehoming. I am very excited to join this energetic, animal loving and rescuing group of awesome Faithful Friends!
I have always loved animals and spent many summers in my younger days volunteering at my local veterinary clinic where I learned so much! I have been involved in the rescue community in Gainesville for a handful of years. Rescue is my passion- I eat, sleep and breathe it.
I am often tagged in all things Boxer because I love them so much, but you probably couldn’t tell at all. I currently have a houseful of rescued dogs and cats. Three of my dogs continue to give back by being canine blood donors at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (want more info on that, please ask!).
I love taking photographs of pets and especially love watching the transformations from their first intake pictures to their happily-ever-after’s.
I am responsible the social media for Faithful Friends Pet Rescue and Rehoming and really hope to connect with fans, friends and followers to help FFPRR grow and do the most good! I am also the person that manages the online adoptions for our adoption events!
Hello everyone! My name is Lindsey and I'm a certified crazy cat lady.
I first started my journey in the rescue field as a volunteer and kitten foster momma in 2007 and quickly fell in love. Since then I have served many roles in various rescues, with my most recent position being the Cat Coordinator for Helping Hands Pet Rescue. I took over the volunteer position in early 2013 and am proud to say that I played a part in making it the most successful cat adoption program in Alachua County, with well over 500 cats and kittens placed in 2017.
My love for rescue led me to apply to vet school and I will be graduating with my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of this year from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. During my 4 years there, I have focused my studies on Shelter Medicine and will be receiving the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Certificate. While my post graduation plans are still up in the air, I plan on taking my education and experiences here in Alachua County's rich rescue community to areas that aren't as lucky as we are.
I am owned by 6 cats and 1 dog, all foster failures. My most recent addition is Java, who will be one of the first adoptions for Faithful Friends. She came into the program emaciated, covered in lice and missing both eyes, but has grown into a loving, playful ball of energy! I am honored and excited to add one of the first FFPRR alums to my rescue family!
I have chosen to take on this position with FFPRR, not only because of my love for rescue, but also because of the amazing group of people that make it up. I know that FFPRR will become not only a pillar in the life saving community due to pets we save, but also because of the inclusiveness and collaboration that is fostered among the animal loving people that are it's heart. They are the most passionate, loving, caring and supportive people that I have met and I'm proud to call them my Faithful Friends.
Hi! My name is Catherine Coe and I am excited to be volunteering in rescue and serving on the board of Faithful Friends Pet Rescue and Rehoming. I have over a decade of experience in companion pet rescue in and around the Gainesville community and I am thrilled to be working with such dedicated volunteers as part of a transparent organization. Over the years I have volunteered in many capacities with many other nonprofit organizations in Gainesville and I’m very happy to be back involved with animal rescue. In the last decade I’ve fostered over 100 animals, and of course failed to part with my fair share. I currently have 4 dogs, bully mixes of many varieties, all from local rescues or shelters, and 6 cats, 3 from the streets, and 3 from rescue.
I moved to Gainesville as a freshman in college nearly 20 years ago, and here I am still. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration- Economics, a Masters of Arts in Economics, a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration -Student Personnel, and I’m finishing up my dissertation to complete my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Education with a focus in Education Technology, and Research Methodologies. I’ve also worked fulltime at the university for over 10 years.
My personal interest in rescue is the community connections, helping people find their faithful friends, and helping those in our community obtain the resources they need to keep their faithful friends forever. The pet-human bond is amazing and life changing, I’m fortunate to get to witness those connections as an adoption counselor, and through community outreach promoting the life time commitment of pet ownership through inclusion, education and resources, without judgement and prejudice. I’m looking forward to helping FFPRR grow in this animal loving community.
Hi Everyone! My name is Jamie Homen and I serve as Treasurer for Faithful Friends. Essentially, I get to deal with budgets and work on our website.
A little about myself… I am originally from Massachusetts but moved to the Gainesville area in 2015 for a new career opportunity. Before relocating I considered myself a professional student. My educational background is relatively diverse but lends value to this position.
In 2005, I completed my Bachelors Degree in IO psychology at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft Myers, FL. I then went on to complete a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and my Masters in Business Administration at Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA.
After finishing school it was time to get a hobby to occupy some of the time I had dedicated to school. I have a passion for animals and what a better way to contribute than to work with rescues! Most recently I was volunteering with Helping Hands as an adoption counselor. I have four dogs of my own that I adore, two of which I adopted through Helping Hands.
I currently live in Nashua, NH and I am excited to be able to continue in my role from the North!
There is no greater feeling than watching an animal find their forever home. I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with an organization full of passionate people
and ensure we continue our mission of finding all animals their forever family!
Hi there! My name is Lillian Richards. I started volunteering with Faithful Friends in 2018 after moving to Gainesville for college. After fostering a few dogs, I wanted to become more involved. I began volunteering at adoption events as a dog walker and eventually an adoption counselor. Now,
I am incredibly excited to be serving as the Secretary of Faithful Friends! You will often find me running around adoption events and taking photos of our adoptable dogs- maybe I’ll even process your adoption one day!
I am currently studying Political Sciences and Psychology at the University of Florida. Once I finish up my Bachelor’s degree, I plan on going to law school to study healthcare law. One day I hope to use my career as an attorney to help with animal welfare cases and animal cruelty laws. Aside from animal rescue, my other passions include: reading, writing, outdoor activities with my dogs, and horseback riding.
While I love all dogs, I have a special place in my heart for black labs. One of my favorite aspects of Faithful Friends is the sense of community and family we have fostered (pun intended). I love watching the Faithful Friends family grow, and as a board member I hope to expand our little family to include more volunteers, foster parents, and forever homes.
I am Melinda Sczepanski and I am very excited to be working with Faithful Friends Pet Rescue and Rehoming as a board member. I have had a love for animals since I was a young child. Two years ago my family and I started fostering through Helping Hands. During our time with Helping Hands we were fortunate enough to be able to foster 60+ dogs. We often helped out at adoption events and enjoy meeting the families of our fosters.
I am born and raised in a small town in Western New York (WNY). I moved to Florida 12 years ago and obtained a degree in Human Services. I am now an Assistant Director for one of the local Case Management Agencies working with at risk families and children in the foster care system.
My family and I enjoy spending our free time outside, enjoying nature and providing a safe and stable home to animals. We currently have 3 dogs (Sassy, Foxy and Rusty). Sassy is a rescue from the clean up after Hurricane Katrina and Foxy was found on the side of the road in Levy County. Our little man Rusty was our first foster through Helping Hands which we proudly failed at and adopted as soon as we could. We also have "saved" 8 chickens and enjoy watching them being happy little chickens, free to forage as they like while providing a safe space for them at night.
I am very excited to be a part of FFPRR from the beginning and cannot wait to be a part of the successes ahead.
Natalie Isaza is a veterinarian who graduated from UF in 1994. In 2003, after eight years in academia and in private small animal practice, she was hired at UF to start the Merial Shelter Medicine Program. Now called the Veterinary Community Outreach Program, the program provided a venue for training hundreds of veterinary students in spay/neuter, physical exams, and providing veterinary care in under resourced environments. She left UF in 2019 to devote more time to the St. Francis Pet Care clinic, a non-profit she co-founded that serves the pets of low income and homeless in our community.
Natalie shares her home with her husband and son, along with two dogs and four cats, not to mention a few chickens and cows (outside).
My name is Connie Nicklin. I moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, and I’ve been in the area ever since. I studied Animal Science, eventually earning my Master of Science degree. I worked at the University for over 20 years in various positions across campus from animal and laboratory positions in Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine to more administrative positions in other units. I ended my UF career as the Associate Director for Administration at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology and now work from home as a freelance contractor and consultant.
I have always been interested in animal rescue, but while most of the pets in my life were either adopted or rescued, I was never formally involved in an animal rescue organization. In 2018, I became involved in a group of people who rescued and cared for a herd of feral horses recovered from a hoarding situation. It was there that I met Andrea and learned about Faithful Friends. Later that year, I started fostering dogs and then volunteering at the adoption events, and now I’m excited to get more involved by serving on the board of directors.
I currently share my home with my husband and one cat, plus the various foster dogs who visit. Outside we have two horses and a barn/neighborhood cat who graces us with his presence when he feels we are worthy.
My name is Ping Neo and I am excited to be part of the Faithful Friends family. I started volunteering with Faithful Friends and loved the mission and people.
I moved to Gainesville in 2011 to work at the University of Florida College of Engineering. I started as a lecturer in the Nuclear Engineering Program but found my passion in higher education administration.
Today, I am the Director of the International Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering. I love helping students go abroad in a study, intern, research, or service position. It is very rewarding to see the journey that students go through and their change when they return from abroad. I feel the same joy when I see my foster dogs learn to trust and love again and go on to their forever homes.
I have 2 rescued dogs of my own - Teddy and Trixie, and a Siamese cat, Toby who thinks that he is a dog.
I'm Kelly Hilderbrand, wife to the best husband, and mom to two amazing boys. I have been lucky enough to be a stay at home mom for the last 8 years. Together we've lived in NY, NH, IN, FL, and soon to be NY again.
I've always loved animals and dogs in particular, they have always been a constant in my life. Currently, I only have one dog (shocking, I know!!). I started fostering a couple years ago after losing one of my four legged best friends. Fostering was exactly what I needed in my life and I'm so thankful for being introduced to world of rescue.
I stumbled into Faithful Friends the end of 2018 after moving to Gainesville and was quickly able to feel the passion and dedication of all the people involved. I'm very grateful to be able to help any way I can.