Board of Directors
Sharon comes to us with over 20 years of rescue experience and over 20 years of experience in not-for-profit management! Her most recent position is as the President and COO of Valley United Way in Connecticut.
In joining us, Sharon has decided to make the leap of combining her passion for animal rescue with her years of NFP leadership experience. She has 6 of her own small dogs and at the time of her interviews was fostering for a New York based rescue. She has also rescued cats and has a significant history in equine rescue! Sharon at one time owned and operated a coffee shop (which, of course, caught my eye), and one of her current entrepreneurial adventures is jewelry making!
Volunteer and Foster Coordinator
Giulia was born in Palermo, Sicily and immediately exhibited a strong passion for helping animals. Moving to Chicago, IL in 1997 she spent much of her early life volunteering with various animal related organizations and finally beginning work in a boarding kennel. Her passion continued as she made her way to Columbia, Missouri to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Giulia started fostering medically difficult cases for Second Chance in 2015 and was ultimately hired as the Volunteer and Foster Coordinator in July 2016, also taking on the medical coordination for SC. Giulia shares her home with her husband and many SC alumni dog and cats.
After finding yet another dog running on the side of the road, bringing it into her home, and reaching out to Second Chance to help her rescue the homeless animal, Lori fell in love with the organization in 2013. Since that time she has served on the Dog Committee as a Foster Liaison and volunteered for many other Second Chance activities. This included chairing the group dedicated to bringing the community Paws in the Park in 2014 and the committee responsible for the medical care of our foster animals. Lori works as an Occupational Therapist specializing in neuro-rehabilitation and has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from MIzzou. In addition to her fiancé, and her own six dogs and cats, Lori has fostered over 35 dogs in the three years she has been with Second chance and hopes to be involved in the rescue of many more.
Megan grew up in Columbia and was introduced to the idea of rescued animals at a young age with regular trips to the Central MO Humane Society. She dreamed of working with animals growing up and that dream took many shapes, including working at an animal shelter in college and fostering animals. Megan is currently a doctoral student in nursing, works full time as a nurse, and assists area shelters with transferring dogs to Second Chance. She shares her home with several dogs, two cats, and at least one foster dog, having fostered several hundred dogs and cats since beginning her hobby career in animal rescue years ago. Megan greatly enjoys both the human and animal aspects of rescue, taking care to assist humans in need while also helping their pets. Megan began her term as board president January 2017.
Second Chance is such an amazing, vibrant organization with dedicated and energetic volunteers. I hope my background in non-profit accounting and my love for animals can contribute in moving forward with our goals focused on saving lives of dogs and cats.
Briana Conkle, native of Jacksonville, FL, joined the Second Chance community in the fall of 2017 when she wanted to become more active in the animal rescue community, beginning with cat chores once a week. Soon after, Briana and her soon-to-be husband adopted a puppy from Second Chance which triggered the desire to become even more involved with Second Chance’s rescue efforts. Briana’s fiancé, also an animal lover, suggested fostering dogs which has led to nine fosters over the past year. The Jacksonville transplant earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Health, both from the University of Missouri, and has made Columbia, MO her home. Anyone who knows Briana can vouch for her love of animals. Briana shares her home with her husband Branden, dog Fenway, and cats Tilly and Bruce.
Kane is an SC alumni who enjoys being a wonderful representative of both his breed and Second Chance! Keep a lookout for him at upcoming tabling events.