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@example.com
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 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 14 years young heeler mix. Stefan chaired the AAC Board from 2007 to 2013 and after a year absence, he could not stay away. 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.
Intern – Lily Wade is an aspiring animal hoarder. Her love for animals and lots of them came naturally, growing up in a home full of dogs and one Boss Cat that lived to be 19 years old. If she didn’t live under the domineering regime of her unreasonable mother, Lily would have far more animals at her home than the mere 5 dogs and 5 chickens that she currently has. In fact, she only has the chickens because of an elaborate ruse where she convinced her parents that she needed to build a chicken coop as a school project. Lily has volunteered at the AAC since 2014. She began by walking dogs and cleaning cages during her family vacations to Jackson, and, once they moved to Jackson full-time, Lily quickly became a regular at the shelter during the summer and on Saturdays. When Lily is not cleaning cat boxes (or otherwise saving animal lives), she attends high school at the Mountain Academy.
Adoption Counselor and Communications Coordinator – Born and raised in Jackson Hole, Jenna gained a deep appreciation for the environment and animals of all shapes and sizes at a young age. After attending Jackson Hole High School, Jenna went on to graduate from University of Hawai’i Manoa with a BA in Biology in 2014. While in grad school at University of Colorado Denver, pursuing Environmental Sciences, Jenna volunteered at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO. Since being back in Jackson for good, Jenna has been spending her free time volunteering at the AAC since 2015, enjoying the beautiful outdoors and traveling the world. Helping animals is one of Jenna’s lifelong dreams.
Contact Jenna: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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 – 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. Stephanie 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 – After receiving a BA at the University of Texas and a MA from Louisiana State University Kristie worked in Texas as a high school English teacher, eventually returning to school herself to complete a MEd from the University of Houston. On the verge of completing her PhD in psychology, the responsibilities of motherhood eventually crushed her career hopes and dreams. Seeking fulfillment in other areas, Kristie became involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, one of which led to her joining the board of directors at Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston, Texas, of which she has been a member since 2010. Prior to moving to Jackson in 2015, Kristie became involved with many local organizations and now that she lives in Jackson year-round, she has joined the Board of Directors of both the Animal Adoption Center and Teton Science School. In spite of multiple family allergies, the Wades have had a cat, and a plethora of rescue hound dogs. Kristie lives on the Westbank with her family and their pack of ill-behaved juvenile delinquent hounds. If you are walking your dog along the levee and you hear excessive barking coming from one of the nearby homes, you’re probably at Kristie’s home.
Board Member – Katrina was born and raised in Wyoming and has lived in Jackson since 1988. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT and then went on to attend University of Colorado in Boulder where she graduated with a BA in Psychology. She then moved to NYC where she lived for 5 years and worked for various fashion houses in Public Relations. She and her husband moved home to Jackson in 2006 and now have 3 kids, 3 dogs, and a hamster. They also own Aspen’s Market, Pearl Street Market, Westside Wine, Sudachi, Suda and Square One Construction. Katrina has been a long time supporter and adopter at the Animal Adoption Center and has dedicated her life to non-profit work since having kids. She has been a board member of Miss Porter’s School, Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association, The Raptor Center, R Park, Weiss Family Foundation and she currently serves on the Community Foundation, the Community Foundation Competitive Grants Committee, The Raptor Center Capitol Campaign, Board Chair of the Art Association, the Weiss Foundation and now the Animal Adoption Center. She also founded Jackson Hole Food and Wine to bring amazing chefs and vintners to Jackson for two festivals a year. Most importantly, Katrina likes animals more than people.
Adoption Counselor and Volunteer Coordinator– Virginia was born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho where she spent her childhood growing up on a small family sheep farm with all kinds of creatures. Between the sheep, donkey, llamas, horses, goats, chickens and many rescued dogs and cats, she grew up loving animals of all shapes and sizes. Virginia attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and then Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington where she graduated in 2015 with a BA in Outdoor and Community Recreation. She loves rehoming rescued animals into their forever homes and working to make the regional community better for animals and their humans. You can find Virginia out on the bike trails and the ski slopes enjoying all that Jackson has to offer!
Eva Perrigo, CTC
Dog Trainer- Eva is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Counselor. She has always been a dog lover and has worked professionally with dogs since 2010. She started her work with dogs at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter assisting the Behavior Department with Behavior Modification for “unadoptable” dogs. Eva transitioned to Pet Dog Training in 2012. She is an Honors Graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers and a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She uses scientific, evidence based training and does not employ the use of pain, fear or intimidation. Her training helps owners learn to communicate more clearly and effectively with their canine companions. This in turn enhances and develops the dog and human bond into one of love, trust and play.
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 –
Patrick Trucco first came to Wyoming in 1966 when his mother Anni Trucco Magnuson brought her seven children to Wilson and had the foresight to purchase land. Hearing that a ski area was soon to open the family built their home and spent summer and winter vacations in Wilson. In 1975 they made Wyoming their permanent home, Patrick worked on many local ranches and businesses throughout the valley for many years.
Patrick’s interest in Teton county began after graduating from college when he was a volunteer at the C-V ranch and coached in the special Olympics. While employed as a ski instructor for Pepi Steigler, until a career in the financial industry called him to Chicago. It continued upon his return to living in Teton county where he currently serves on the board of the Animal Adoption center, St John’s hospital foundation and Teton Literacy. As well as helping with other local charities including the Dick Jennings memorial run where RMB is an anchor sponsor.
Patrick’s family is still active in Teton county and throughout Wyoming, with four generations living in Wyoming Patrick is committed to preserving and developing the quality of life and opportunities for current residents and future generations. Patrick is a Vice President for RMB capital, a wealth management firm with who assists many families in achieving long term financial independence.