DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: May 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Amanda has done a great job securing fun and enjoyable event locations across DFW so our adoptables can get exposure to our community. She has done a wonderful job ensuring that our calendar is always full of events for our fosters. Thank you Amanda for being organized and connecting us with companies that support adoption!” -Leslie Sans, DPA’s Executive Director What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I plan and set up the events for our adoptable dogs to attend in hopes they find their furever family! What is your professional background? I am a real estate/architectural photographer for a architectural photography company. How long have you been involved with the organization? Wow, I’ve never thought about the actual number of years I’ve been involved with DPA! I’d say going on 5 years now. I started out as a foster and I still foster. What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? I love dogs and cats. I want people to understand that they are missing out on some amazing animals that have unfortunately found themselves in the shelter system. All they need is time to decompress and they are a totally lovable amazing dog! On average, how many hours per week do you volunteer? A lot! The amount is not something I really focus on. If I had to guess I’d say it’s a 30 hour a week full time job, on top of my full time job. Always answering emails. Tell us a fun fact about yourself. When I do have spare time I enjoy rock climbing and I...
DPA’s Pawsome People: April 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: April 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Kevin has dedicated his Sunday’s to DPA for years! As our Rescue Assistant Director Kevin helps lead the Rescue Team by example and goes to Dallas Animal Services almost every single Sunday to evaluate new dogs for our program, perform dog tests, train new Rescue Team volunteers, and basically terrify shy dogs with his giant height. We always joke we can tell which photos Kevin took during evals based on how high up from the dogs they’re taken. Kevin provides ample information, adorable photos and videos, and recommendations around dogs he meets to ensure DPA sticks to our mission of focusing on pulling the animals most in need into our foster program. We couldn’t be more thankful for his dedication week after week as he keeps going back for more puppy kisses so we can save more lives!” -Jessica W. DPA’s Vice President of Animal Operations What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I am the Rescue Assistant Director and an evaluator for Dallas Animal Services. As an evaluator I go to the shelter to identify animals in need and do initial evaluations of the dogs temperament and behavior so that we can then market to potential fosters. I also help train new rescue volunteers, place “tags” on animals, and help with communication between the shelter and DPA. What is your professional background? I am a Directional Drilling Well Planner for a local Oil & Gas company How long have you been involved with the organization? I have been with DPA for about 4.5 years now–which is crazy! What drives you to...
DPA’s Pawsome People: March 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: March 2019 Leadership Spotlight

This month’s Leadership Spotlight is the one and only Jessica Weinstein. Jessica is DPA’s Vice President of Animal Operations AKA the “do-er” of all, the backbone of DPA!’s Animal Operations, and an inspiration to all of us who work with her. Jessica’s spotlight this month is best highlighted from those who directly work with her. We can all learn something from Jessica–whether it is how to be the light in rescue work, how to go all in and not look back, and ultimately how to never give up. Thank you Jessica for all you do!! “Jessica is the foundation of Animal Operations. She is the mastermind behind many of the innovative programs we have, and is the ultimate “do-er”; she takes a dream or a small idea and has the motivation and organization to turn it into reality. She has worked her tail off for years, dedicating thousands upon thousands of hours to the animals, the fosters, and volunteers of Dallas Pets Alive. She pours her heart and soul into this organization and truly is the glue that holds us all together. Navigating this crazy world of rescue can be so emotionally challenging, and I know I’m not alone when I say I would be lost without her support, guidance, and friendship!” -Allison B., DPA’s Medical Director “Jessica has a heart big enough to save animals and a mouth smart enough to deal with all the BS that comes with it. She is the glue that holds DPA together. We are so thankful for her and her hard work.” -Camden R., DPA’s Transport AD “Jessica is the heart and...
DPA’s Pawsome People: February 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: February 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Stacey has been volunteering with DPA for almost 5 years now and I cannot stress enough the impact she has been able to make for our animals and our adopters. She has dedicated her spare time to ensuring our adoption policies and processes are in line with industry standards while providing excellent customer service to our adopters and placing animals in their best fitting FURever homes. She’s helped us grow as an organization from adopting out under 100 dogs a year to now adopting out hundreds of animals, including cats, pigs, chickens, and even a couple horses. We’re so lucky to have such a compassionate and driven leader!” -Jessica Weinstein, DPA!’s Vice President of Animal Operations What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I am the DPA! Adoptions Director. I oversee the entire Adoption Team, I supervise 16 volunteers that help save animals’ and peoples’ lives everyday. What is your professional background? I am a hairstylist. How long have you been involved with the organization? I have been volunteering with DPA! for 5 years. What drives you to dedicate your time to DPA? I absolutely love saving animals lives. The adoption team volunteers’ passion and dedication keep me proud and dedicated myself. I have met some amazing people through DPA. I also have adopted both my sweet boys, Murphy and Brody, from Dallas Pets Alive! On average, how many hours per week do you volunteer? On average I volunteer several hour, I would say anywhere from 20 to 25 hours a week. Tell us a fun fact about yourself. My husband and...
DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: January 2019 Leadership Spotlight

“Mourad is constantly thinking of new and innovative ways to improve the Volunteer Team, including opportunities for his team to bond as a unit and brainstorm solutions together. This is all that much more impressive considering he lives halfway around the world and has never met any of us in person!” -Alyssa Gross DPA!’s Administration Vice President That’s just the start why Mourad Blokpoel is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about him below: What does your role within DPA involve? What do you oversee within the organization? I’m currently the Assistant Director of Onboarding, so I track the onboarding of the incoming volunteers that join DPA and work with the Volunteer Coordinators to bring in the people to help DPA with achieving our mission of making Dallas no-kill. I have calls, and give trainings over the phone and via virtual meeting rooms. The fun part is that you get to talk with people that share the same interests which includes to improve the animal welfare in Dallas. What is your professional background? I am currently studying for my Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. Next to that, for about a year and a half now, I have worked for an employment agency as an Assistant Recruiter. I make a lot of phone calls, fill shifts and so on. I am also a Translator and Community Moderator for an avatar-based social media platform, which means that I translate their apps and web pages from English to Dutch. I host online contests and events to increase the community engagement and of course post translated announcements and answer and...
DPA’s Pawsome People: December 2018 Leadership Spotlight

DPA’s Pawsome People: December 2018 Leadership Spotlight

“Allison is always at the ready to step up and share DPA’s story in creative and innovative ways. Although she does not live in Texas her love of DPA and our mission cannot be missed even all the way from the East Coast. Allison is key when it comes to streamlining and organization our marketing plan and voice. I am so grateful to have her on our team, she plays a pivotal role in ensuring our rescue animals are able to be heard and seen!” – Leslie Sans DPA!’s Executive Director That’s why Allison Treloar is a DPA Pawsome Person! Learn more about her below: What does your role within Dallas Pets Alive! involve? What do you oversee within the organization? As Marketing Director, I’m responsible for promoting Dallas Pets Alive! and our adoptable pets through our various communication channels. This includes working with a talented team of volunteers to keep our website updated with new content; strategizing ways to showcase our adoptable animals on social media and through adoption promotions; creating fundraisers and appeals for our pets’ emergency medical needs; educating potential fosters, volunteers, and donors about the amazing work DPA does; and so much more! What is your professional background? I’ve worked in different areas of marketing throughout my entire professional career, in a diverse group of organizations and industries. It’s a privilege to be able to use my experience and skills to support Dallas Pets Alive’s mission and help find loving, forever homes for Dallas’ shelter pets. How long have you been involved with the organization? I’m coming up on my one-year anniversary with DPA! I am...