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Board of Directors

Laura Godfrey - Board Chair

Parker's Animal Rescue Laura is a retired faculty and administrator from Fort Lewis College where she spent nearly 25 years involved in international education, sociology and writing programs as well as serving as the Director of Assessment. She has extensive experience with grant evaluation and is currently a grant consultant with San Juan College, Fort Lewis College and the University of West Florida. Laura has know Lisa for over 20 years and has seen her passion for rescuing abandoned, unwanted dogs grow over the years from a random rescue from Burger King in Kayenta to a thriving organization. Laura has fostered mothers and litters several times and her dog Mia (a husky, aussie, shepard, chow and who knows what mix) is from the first litter with teen mom, Juno, and 8 puppies.

Michelle Sainio - Treasurer

sainio Michelle Sainio is the Audit Engagement Director and an owner of FredrickZink & Associates, PC. With more than eleven years of experience working on audits of nonprofit organizations, Michelle supervises, reviews and manages the work performed by others. Michelle is a graduate of Fort Lewis College and is a licensed CPA in Colorado and New Mexico. She currently is the Treasurer for Durango Food Bank, President of the Four Corners Chapter of the Colorado Society of CPAs, and is a graduate of Leadership La Plata. Michelle and her husband, Kevin, have two children: Aubrey, 5 and a half years old, and Aiden, 16 months old. In addition, we have a couple of fur babies: our twelve year old cat named Andy and Rugby (almost 3 years old) which we were fortunate enough to adopt through Lisa Parker's Puppies. Michelle and Lisa became friends after Lisa inquired of accounting work with FredrickZink & Associates, PC. Michelle quickly inquired about the cute, innocent little puppy named Rugby who was still available for adoption.

Erin Van Winkle - Secretary

Parker's Animal Rescue Erin is a 5th grade school teacher in Bayfield, Colorado. She has been a resident of Durango for 26 years and absolutely admires dogs. Erin and Lisa became friends after a Face Book post to rescue an adult male Pitt Bull. (Ziggy) Erin volunteered to foster this amazing dog and as they say the rest is history. Erin rescued her dog Eddy 14 years ago and he was introduced to another rescue from Kayenta, Keel. Keel and Eddy are no longer with us but those 2 dogs started the path of doing all she could for unwanted pups. Erin has a Parker's Animal Rescue adopted dog named Aggy that her and her partner John fostered and fell in love with. Erin continues to support Parker's Animal Rescue, helping out as needed with various activities and fostering. Erin and John enjoy their now 2 dogs (Rufus and Aggy), camping, hiking, dirt bike riding, river running and skiing. Erin also serves on the board for Animas River Days.

Cheril Comisar - Board Member

Parker's Animal Rescue Cheril has been a Registered Nurse in the fields of Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatrics for the last 38 years. She and her husband Frank moved to Durango in 2014 from Omaha, NE. They followed their dream and opened Scenic Aperture Gallery in Downtown Durango. Cheril met Lisa in the fall of 2015 and it was an instant connection. Her love and passion for animals, especially dogs and cats fit right in with Lisa’s mission. She currently has 2 Ragdoll cats named BobCat and TomCat- AKA Bobby Kitty and Little Tom. They have had several dogs and cats over the years and Cheril loves to get her “puppy fix” with Lisa’s dogs and the rescues. “Lisa’s never ending commitment and love for all of her rescues is inspiring to me. I love being able to donate my time and energy to this wonderful organization”. If Cheril is not at Scenic Aperture or at work in her nursing job, she can most likely be found at Lisa’s working on event/fundraiser planning and loving all of the fur babies.

Jennifer Jenkins - Board Member

Parker's Animal Rescue Jennifer Jenkins is the Director of New Market Development for the Solar Energy Tradeshows. She is responsible for building relationships with key influencers in the smart energy industry to provide solutions to support market growth. Ms. Jenkins has over ten years of experience in the clean energy industry including her tenure as the founding Executive Director of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA). She has a background in Government Affairs and was an integral part of the team that successfully sought passage of the Federal 30% tax credit for small wind systems in 2007 and its extension in 2018. In her current role, Ms. Jenkins works directly with industry leaders, stakeholders, and policy makers to find opportunities to grow the clean tech market. She is a leading expert is business development for distributed generation, is a consultant to the American Wind Energy Associations' on-site wind program, and is the founding Director of REpowering Schools. Ms. Jenkins earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with an emphasis on policy and public administration from Northern Arizona University and is the 2012 recipient of the Women of Wind Energy's Rising Star award. She currently resides in Colorado and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.

Gary Coraggio - Board Member

Parker's Animal Rescue A commercial pilot, Gary Coraggio has spent more than 23 years in the private aviation industry, volunteering with his pilots' union for more than a decade. Gary and his wonderful wife Allyson were introduced to Parker's Animal Rescue when they adopted their beloved chiweenie, Pinot, who has brought them an immeasurable amount of joy ever since. In his wife's words, Parker's Animal Rescue and Pinot have changed their lives forever and they never could have imagined how much love the little "hotdog" would both give and receive.

His passion to work with animals began when he was a child, but Gary has always held a special place in his heart for helping and training dogs. He can often be found working as a handler with Parker's Animal Rescue's trainers. Gary's knowledge and experience in working with dogs and his earnest desire to find every pup their loving forever home, made it an easy decision to accept the appointment to the Parker's Animal Rescue Board.

Lawanna Leslie - Board Member

Parker's Animal Rescue Lawanna (Lu) and her husband Brian are new to Durango, but not new to fostering. Lawanna spent almost 6 years at Foothills Animal Shelter walking dogs, fostering, helping with fundraisers and spent 2 years on their Volunteer Board. She has also fostered for Mountain Pet Rescue located in Winter Park. Brian and Lu, along with their 2 dogs Everest (a rescued Bernese Mountain Dog) and Ryder (Havanese) love the Durango lifestyle and are dedicated to making a difference for our four legged friends.

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