Meet the Staff

Jeff Struchtemeyer | Chief Executive Officer

512-260-3602 ext. 111

Jeff spent 12 years working in the financial and banking sector as a registered broker before moving into the nonprofit arena. He has spent the last 18 years working for a variety of nonprofits such as Switchboard of Miami and the National Domestic Violence Hotline located in Austin.

  • He moved to Austin in December, 2015
  • Has one dog named Niobe

Laura Acton | Chief Operating Officer

512-260-3602 ext. 106

In 2015, Laura left her career in restaurant operations to pursue her passion of working with animals. She started at Texas Humane Heroes in 2016 and is excited to grow with this organization.

  • From Buena Park, California
  • Loves to cook and travel
  • Has one dog named Braxton

Teryl McFerrin | Director of Development

512-260-3602 ext. 101

Teryl joined Texas Humane Heroes in 2019 to build philanthropic support and community investment. Prior to joining the team, Teryl led fundraising efforts for a local nonprofit and worked in Development at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • From Buda, Texas
  • Lives in Austin with her husband and two young children
  • Has one dog named Case

Daysi Yeates | Marketing and Events Manager

512-260-3602 ext. 102

Daysi joined Texas Humane Heroes in 2019 to help grow the Texas Humane Heroes brand, marketing, and events. She is excited and passionate about working with a great organization. Previously, Daysi was a Marketing Producer at a local Austin news station.

  • From Comfort, Texas
  • Has one dog named Ailee
  • Loves playing the dog sport, flyball, with Ailee

Monica Gonzalez | Foster & Surgery Supervisor

512-260-3602 ext. 122

  • From Austin, Texas
  • Is a certified EMT
  • Has two dogs named Nymeria and Bella

Victoria Hale | Shelter Vet Tech Supervisor

  • From Mertzon, Texas
  • Loves camping, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her large family
  • Has one dog named Ruby, and two cats named Commodus and Lucilla

Brie Brehm | Senior Adoption Center Manager-Leander Location

512-260-3602 ext. 107

  • From San Diego, California
  • Is also a registered yoga teacher, stand up paddle board yoga teacher,
    and clinical nutritional counselor
  • Has a dog named Girta and two cats named Oscar and Cleo

Connie Flores | Clinic and Adoption Center Manager- Killeen Location

512-260-3602 ext. 502

  • From Temple, Texas
  • Is a new mom and loves spending time with her daughter
  • Has two dogs, Ranger and Bubbles

Jessica McCoy | Clinic Supervisor

512-260-3602 ext. 104

  • From Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • Crazy about smooshy face dogs and paints in her free time
  • Has four dogs, Lex, Hanzel, Scarlett, and Sky, one cat named Astro,
    and a horse named Leif

Caitlin Cravey | Intake Manager

512-260-3602 ext. 113

  • From Abilene, Texas
  • She runs an all ladies Dungeons and Dragons group
  • Has three dogs, Jessie, Bitsy, and Amelia, a cat named Samwise, and eight snakes

Michael Love | Volunteer Coordinator

512-260-3602 ext. 110

  • From Austin, Texas
  • Has seen TV show The Office thirteen times
  • Has three cats named Daisy, Monty, and Chloe

Meet the Board

2019 Board of Directors

  • Jessica Scanlon, President
  • Chris Tinnell, Vice President
  • H.R. Strickland, Treasurer
  • Mary Ward, Secretary
  • John Gallagher
  • George Grammas
  • Don Grenier
  • Rob Klepner
  • Mickey DiPietro
  • Shannon Haas
  • Stu Scally

Duties of the Board
1. Govern the Organization
  • Learn and provide governance to organization through Carver Model ® principles
  • Attend monthly board meetings (scheduled on set evening weekday schedule)
  • Help guide strategic policy and direction of the organization
  • Review Executive policies, by-laws, and related strategic documents in partnership with entire Board
  • Attend semi-annual Board retreats

2. Serve as an Advocate for the Organization

  • Represent Texas Humane Heroes at community organizations and networking events
  • Support Texas Humane Heroes special events through active participation and sponsorship recruitment

3. Promote the Organization and Fundraising Efforts

  • Commit to personal annual giving commitment in line with Board Advocacy Fund
  • Recruit and solicit new potential Donors
  • Recruit and solicit new potential Board Members or Committee Members
  • Support Executive Director as needed with shelter initiatives and programs as needed