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

Dr. Lara Kemerling | Medical Director


Dr. K has been working with Texas Humane Heroes for over two years. As Medical Director, Dr. K will manage our vaccination clinics, perform heartworm treatments, treat sick animals, and perform other lifesaving surgeries for TXHH animals.

  • From Dayton, Ohio
  • Has 5 dogs, 3 cats, 4 goats, 5 chickens and a bunch of fish
  • Enjoys gardening, hiking, traveling and baking

Laura Acton Furiani | 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 kayak and hike with her husband
  • Has a three-legged dog named Braxton

Teryl McFerrin | Director of Development

512-260-3602 ext. 100

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 Burnet with her husband and two young children
  • Has one dog named Case and a TXHH dog named Elwood

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

Brie Brehm | Leander Adoption Center Manager

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

Victoria Hale | Manager of Animal Wellness

  • 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

Connie Flores | Manager of Clinic Operations


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

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

Madeleine Edwards | Volunteer Coordinator

512-260-3602 ext. 110

  • From Corvallis, Oregon
  • She taught English in Argentina in 2019 and then moved to Austin a year ago. She loves spending her weekends exploring the area with her fiance.
  • No pets yet but she’s looking forward to bringing one home from Texas Humane Heroes soon!

2020 Board of Directors

Mickey DiPietro, President

Mary Ward, Vice President

Rob Klepner, Treasurer

Stu Scally, Secretary

Amy Noack, Governance Officer

John Gallagher

Don Grenier

George Grammas

Jessica Scanlon

H.R. Strickland

Chris Tinnell

Vickie Menchhofer