Meet our team
Executive Director – Originally from Cincinnati, Carrie grew up in a house full of rescue dogs and cats. After graduating from Colorado State University, she moved to Jackson with her first rescue dog, Keto. Carrie worked at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole from 2002-2006, where she was Director of Special Projects and Events. Her primary focus was organizing Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities. In 2006, Carrie became Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club. In her nine years there, Carrie increased enrollment in Ski Club by 40%, increased annual scholarship awards by more than ten-fold, and led numerous capital and program expansion campaigns. Over the years, Carrie has adopted two AAC graduates; her dog Cobia and Jake Kitty. Carrie is excited to combine her passion for non-profit work with her deep belief in animal rescue, adoption, education, and spay/neuter.
Contact Carrie at: [email protected]
Adoption Counselor – Amanda was born in Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to Texas and attended Texas A&M University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. During the summer of 2014 she worked as an intern for South Sound Critter Care, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Kent, Washington. Amanda moved to Driggs, Idaho in May of 2015. She fills her free time with climbing, hiking, skiing, biking, and snuggling with her lovable cat Pumpkin. Amanda has grown up around animals and is very excited to be with the AAC!
Board Chair – Stefan has his own law practice in Jackson where he focuses on transactional work, namely real estate/land use planning and corporate work. On the AAC Board, Stefan concentrates his efforts on financial reporting, corporate governance and operations. Stefan is also the Chairman of the Teton County Planning Commission and Board Chair of a local OHV group working to increase access to public lands. Stefan first came to the AAC when he adopted The Dingo, a now 10 years young heeler mix. Stefan chaired the AAC Board from 2007 to 2013 and after a year absence, he could not stay away. He and his wife Tessa also have another AAC graduate named Dexter, a Labrador. Stefan and Tessa’s most recent addition is Hunter, a retired sled dog who was rescued from the Krabloonik sled dog operation in Aspen, Colorado. Stefan is fond of quoting his grandmother who says “a house without a dog is like a day without sunshine”. Without the AAC, The Dingo would have been destroyed and for the AAC’s efforts in animal rescue, Stefan is eternally grateful.
Board Member – Tom is one of the co-founders of the Animal Adoption Center, and serves as its president. A 20-year valley resident, Tom has spent much of that time running several different non-profit organizations focused on conservation, environmental protection, and animal welfare. He has also been a ski instructor and river guide. Tom and his wife share their home with dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and their young son. Tom’s friends say they want to come back in the next life as one of his dogs.
General Manager – Anna was born in Athens, Greece. Anna grew up in Lititz, Pennsylvania and after graduating from Warwick High School, Anna took a few years off and headed west to Jackson Hole, where she fell in love with the mountains. She then returned to Pennsylvania to attend classes at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, which awarded her a Veterinary Assistant certificate in 2008. Anna and her husband Dustin adopted their first rescue, Rio after moving back to Jackson in 2012. Dustin and Anna adopted two other dogs from the AAC. Anna’s hobbies include attempting to snowboard in the winter and hiking all year round. Anna is very excited to be with the AAC and looks forward to sharing and educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering and adopting rescue animals!
Contact Anna at: [email protected]
Dr. Heather Carleton
Spay/Neuter Wyoming Program Director – Dr. Heather Carleton first moved to Jackson, Wyoming in 1989 to work at a guest ranch and soon fell in love with the area. In 2001, Dr. Carleton graduated from Colorado State University’s veterinary school; she then continued on with a medical and surgical internship in Bend, Oregon that was completed the following year. In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Carleton volunteered in Asia to help Soi Dog, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the street dogs of Thailand. In 2010, the Humane Society International sponsored Dr. Carleton to travel to Bhutan to assist with their countrywide spay/neuter effort – an effort in which over 50,000 surgeries were performed in a 3-year period. In 2009, Dr. Carleton started up the Spay/Neuter Wyoming program for low-income families in need of assistance. Heather is the proud parent of Mah Di, a three-legged Thai dog who traveled back from Thailand with her after her first visit there.
Board Member – Since 1997, Jackson is the place Stephanie has called home. Her passion for the AAC and the JH community runs deep; she is a real estate agent with Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty by trade and an animal lover by heart. Together with her husband, Jarad they have adopted two furry friends from the AAC. Many years ago, Burton, stole her heart which brought Stephanie into the AAC family where soon she would adopt Leo and spend the next 5 years working and managing the AAC. She is enthusiastic about the AAC mission and the devoted staff who thoughtfully help match homeless animals into forever loving homes.
Board Member – Lindsay started volunteering in Chicago animal shelters when she was 10 years old. She took her first job at the Anti-Cruelty society in downtown Chicago where she was an adoption counselor. She furthered her interest in animal behavior with marine mammal enrichment at the Shedd Aquarium under trainer Ken Ramirez. After years of dog training in Chicago, she moved to Jackson, Wyoming to manage and direct the Animal Adoption Center (2008-2012). She currently works as a dog trainer/behaviorist and runs The Inner Pup Non-Profit Organization which she co-founded with her mom. This non profit focuses on targeted youth education, low-cost vet care and outreach, and national marketing tactics to stop abuse, neglect, and overpopulation of dogs. Her vision for a better tomorrow for animals in our country inspires Lindsay to stay involved at the AAC.
Adoption Counselor – Jess started at the AAC in November of 2015, and she’s been having a blast working with all the animals, foster families, and volunteers. When she was growing up, Jess spent a lot of time helping out with the animals on her grandparents’ farm. Not long after playing Division I tennis and getting a BA in business administration and marketing at Longwood University, Jess moved to Jackson. She’s been here for about 9 years and has held a variety of cool jobs, including marketing at the Chamber of Commerce; serving as a tennis pro and pro shop manager at the Teton Pines Tennis Center; catering with Fine Dining Group; and on top of everything else, she works as a seasonal ramp agent for SkyWest Airline, which has allowed her to travel extensively through five of the seven continents. Jess is crazy about cats and dogs and the people who love them, and her favorite part of working as an adoption counselor at the AAC is making that special match between an animal and their forever family.
“The Dogfather” – Delford Hill, aka The Dogfather, began working at the Animal Adoption Center when it was first established in 2004. Delford is a CES employee and enjoys snowshoeing, playing soccer, dancing to Elvis and watching old movies in his free time.
Board Member – Jeff and his family have been involved in animal rescue, fostering, and adoption for the past 20 years. They have 4 horses; Capone, Earnest Money, Corona and Trouble; 6 cats who ignored repeated requests to provide their names for this bio; a Blue Tick Hound named Sammy and a heeler mix named Margarita. Kegger the pig is the most recent addition to the family – yes, he is housetrained. Jeff is a 4-H leader, volunteers as a member of the Fair Board, and is a member of the Jackson Police Department’s Citizens Mounted Unit. He is dedicated to the AAC’s mission of finding forever homes for our furry friends while reducing pet overpopulation through spay/neuter. He loves being part of the no-kill movement.
Board Member – Sophie has adopted several AAC graduates, and is especially grateful to the Animal Adoption Center for bringing Sparky, her beloved border collie mix, into her life. During her 20 years in Jackson Hole, Sophie has served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the Jackson Hole Community School, and Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free. She is a lifelong advocate for homeless animals, and holds a PhD from Colorado State University for her work on the human-animal bond. Sophie is dedicated to animal welfare and is a champion for all animals, but confesses a bias toward Goldens. She lives in Kelly with her husband, two children, and a house full of adopted animals.