BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Brianna Oleson, President/Director

Brianna grew up in Iowa and enjoys all Iowa has to offer including being a part of Hope Animal Rescue.  Brianna and her fiancee 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.   In her free time she is either hanging out with her fiancee Rob and their furkids.
 

Sienna and Romey  (not pictured Goliath).

Cheri Keuck, Vice President

Cheri is a native of Iowa, currently residing in Urbandale with her husband Bill. They are the proud parents of 4 canine fur kids (Gunner, Brownie, Jude, and Cuddles) and 3 adult children. She has been involved in numerous local and national volunteer groups for rescue, transport, hosting, and fostering since January 2016. The servant opportunities are becoming a family affair with her husband, son, and two nieces being actively involved in rescue missions. Cheri first became interested in Hope after attending a signature event and committed to becoming more involved once she completed grad school. Fast forward to May 2018, she completed a Masters in Health Care Administration Degree from the University of St. Francis. Since that time, she has become actively involved with Hope and looks forward to continuing to be a part of the dedicated leadership team.
 
As Vice President, she continues to volunteer in the areas of events, fostering, recruitment, networking, and marketing to further advance the mission.  Cheri is a registered nurse and has worked in health care since 1993, she currently leads a dedicated team as Director of Medical Management. 

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 works for CDS Global, Inc. as a senior account analyst.

 

Katie Buck, At-Large Member

Katie was born and raised in the Des Moines area. Growing up she always had pets of some sorts. Currently she resides in Des Moines with husband Shane and their furbaby Thelma. Katie works full-time as a Certified Medical Assistant and loves to help people and furry ones (except spiders as they are on their own). She loves to help those in need and has immensely enjoys volunteering with Hope Animal Rescue. When free time allows she enjoys her time with her 12 nieces and nephews.

While we may never know the pain or struggles of a rescue dog....the love they show us is unlike any other.

Samantha Hocker, At-Large Member

Sam was born and raised in Des Moines area and has always been a huge fan of animals.   She is a self-proclaimed crazy dog mom.  Sam has two pups named Theodore and Charles who are her pride and joy.

 

Sam started fostering for Hope in July'18 and has continued to become more involved ever since.   She is thrilled to be on the board and learn more about the rescue "biz".

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 three fur babies - Mini Moo, Theo and June Bug. She continues to foster dogs and truly enjoys finding furever homes for dogs in need.

 

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

Toni Osier, At-Large Member

Toni has been living in the Des Moines area for more than 30 years, with 21 of those years being in the Van Meter community. She has four children and one grandson that she adores. She worked in banking for 12 1/2 years previous to her current position at Van Meter Community School as a secondary Special Education Associate Teacher.

 

Toni has volunteered for rescues for many years and has adopted many cats and dogs through that volunteerism. Her passion for dogs and cats led her to begin volunteering with Hope at events and with the cattery in October of 2018. She began fostering dogs in November 2018 and continues to foster.  Toni volunteers at numerous Hope events and has assisted in transports from Oklahoma.

Heather Stolp, At-Large Member

Heather grew up in Waterford, MI.  She moved to Iowa in July'18 for her job as District Sales Manager for General Motors on the Buick and GMC team.  Shortly after her move to Iowa, she adopted the love of her life Griffin (pictured). 

 

In her spare time, Heather enjoys taking Griffin to the park and working on completing training certifications with him.  She also enjoys traveling around the world and spending time with her family in Michigan and across the globe.  Heather bean volunteering with HOPE in November'18 and got her first foster that December.  Since then she has enjoyed every moment in helping the animals in need and spreading HOPE's name in the community.