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.  They have since added 2 new Hope fur children to their home Hallie and Owen.
 
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, Hallie and Owen).

Katie Buck, Vice President

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.

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.

 

Beth Bacon, At-Large

Beth grew up in Mason City, Iowa, and now is a member of the Altoona community.  Her husband Jon, and her two boys Thad and Hunter are her biggest helpersr and supporters.   She has four furry babies of her own.

Beth is a homemaker, Massage Therapist, and teacher of CPR part-time.  She started volunteering in animal rescue during Massage College and continued form there.

Beth and her family started fostering for Hope in November 2018 and enjoys every minute of it seeing all the fur-babies thrive in their forever homes.

Kristin Coffman, At-Large

Kristin grew up in Altoona, Iowa, and continues to reside there with her husband and two boys and four-legged members of the family.  Kristin worked at her family's golf course (Terrace Hills Golf Course) until her parents retired.   Kristin has always loved having animals in her life and has always wanted to foster, but working long hours in the summer didn't allow her the chance.  Without working any longer, she took the opportunity in November 2019 to start fostering with the Walmart puppies (day old puppies found on the side of the road in a Walmart sack) and has never looked back
 
Kristin works many Hope events and participates in the majority of the medical transport needs and is a valuable member of the Hope team.  It makes her heart happy seeing happy endings.

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.