BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Jen Douma, President and Director

Jen is an Orange City, Iowa, native who now lives in Altoona, Iowa.   She has three sons.  She also has two furbabies, including George, a Hope foster failure.  Jen coordinates all the fosters, animal intakes and adoptions as well as does most of the animal transports for our animals.  

 

Jen has worked with various rescue organizations in Iowa and surrounding states and has many connections to meet the needs of all animals including those with special needs.  Jen's dedication to the rescue of animals cannot be understated with the hundreds of hours volunteered each month transporting and coordinating foster homes for Hope as well as all the home visits and adoptions.  Her organizational skills are amazing to maximize every hour of the day to these rescue animals. 

 

Jen works for the Pleasantville Community School District.

 

Carol Leverich, Vice President and Director

Carol is a native of Des Moines and resides in Clive. She has twin boys and a daughter, as well as numerous fur babies including Bessie, Ember and Black Jack, all Hope foster failures. She has been rescuing animals for over 25 years, both on her own and with other rescues. She started as a foster for Hope Animal Rescue in August 2014. Since then, Carol volunteers at most events, helps with fundraisers, and fosters dogs, cats and the occasional bunny. Carol's sons also volunteer at events and help take care of the fosters. Carol oversees the cattery at the SE 14th PETSMART.

 
Carol works full-time as a K-3 Special Education teacher for the Southeast Polk Community School District.
 

Tracy Struble, Secretary/Treasurer

Tracy is a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, and now lives in Des Moines with her two dogs Kager and Jacob which are both Hope foster failures and her two rescue cats from ARL Tigger and Pooh and most recently, another foster fail kitty Gideon.  She joined the Hope team in February 2015 as a foster about six months after losing her beloved black lab Malibu after 11 years which was also a rescue dog.   Tracy was responsible for the addition of the Malibu Friendship Pet Fountain at Riley Park in her neighborhood.

 

Tracy was instrumental in the redesign of Hope's website which launched December 31, 2015, and will be keeping it updated.  Tracy works for CDS Global, Inc. as a senior account analyst.

 

Sydney Moore, At-Large Member

Sydney is from Slater, Iowa. She’s an Iowa State alum and lives in the Des Moines area while attending graduate school at Drake University. Sydney has one fur baby of her own, Lulu Marie. She continues to foster dogs and truly enjoys finding furever homes for dogs in need.

 

Sydney is also Hope's Fundraising/Marketing Co-Chair.

Brianna Oleson, At-Large Member

Brianna grew up in Iowa and enjoys all Iowa has to offer including being a part of Hope Animal Rescue.  Brianna and her boyfriend Rob rescued their first muffin Goliath and knew they were meant to be fur parents.  They decided to get Goliath a sister and knew adopting was the best decision. Angelina became a part of their family in spring of 2016.  Angelina was diagnosed with lymphoma in November of 2016, and lost her battle the day before Thanksgiving.   Knowing they were a two dog household, they found their next daughter with Hope and became a foster fail December 2016.  Fast forward to September 2017 and they added one of Sienna’s pups Romey into their home to complete their family.  
 
Brianna enjoys coming up with new and exciting ideas to help spread the word about Hope’s mission and saving the furbabies as Hope's Fundraising/Marketing Co-Chair.   In her free time she is either hanging out with her boyfriend Rob and their furkids, or spending time coming up with the next fun idea for Hope!
 

Sienna and Romey  (not pictured Goliath).

Lacey Battani, At-Large Member

Lacey was born and raised in Woodward, Iowa, where she still lives.  Lacey is an owner of a salon in Grimes.   She has one foster failure, Bug.   She began fostering for Hope in June 2014 and as of the end of 2015 has fostered over 30 animals.