Board of Directors
Kathleen McKinney has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Westminster College and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri. Volunteering with animal rescues has been a part of her life since birth. Her home growing up was always filled with dogs and cats in need, fostered through an organization in her hometown of Greenwood, Arkansas. As a college student, she volunteered her time as a liaison between a local animal rescue group and her school, coordinating fundraisers and events involving her peers. After graduation, Kathleen became actively involved in animal welfare in Columbia, Missouri, where she started as an operations staff member and also volunteered as a cat foster, adoption counselor, and eventual board member for Second Chance. Kathleen shares her home with her cats, Levi and Ygritte, and dog, Snickers.
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.
Tracy joined us in October 2015 as a Board Member and became our Treasurer in January 2016. She adopted her first Chihuahua, Sassy Sue, in 2007 from Second Chance. Sassy was 11 years old and the best dog in the world! Since then, Tracy and her husband, Jeff, have adopted both Max and Minnie, both Chihuahuas, from Second Chance. After losing her beloved Sassy Sue in January 2012, Tracy was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2012. Determined to take her mind off her treatments, Tracy saw a plea for fostering for 3 Chihuahua puppies and became a foster to Ellen, Ace, and Yadi. Jeff and Tracy have fostered over 20 Chihuahua mixes since. Tracy also helps with application checking and processing and spear headed the first ever “Canine Carnival” for the 2015 Paws In The Park. In her professional life, Tracy graduated from Columbia College in 1995 with a Business degree and has been the Controller of Little Dixie Construction for 19 years.
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.
Laurie started volunteering with Second Chance in the spring of 2017, caring for cats in our kitty condos and fostering. In her first year, she fostered three cats and four dogs and has no intention of slowing down. She joined the board in November 2017, offering support to the Treasurer and taking on the role of Historian, documenting Board of Directors meeting minutes as well as publishing to our Volunteer FaceBook page. Laurie has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Missouri. She has had a life-long love of animals and has rescued countless dogs over the years. Laurie shares her home with her three children, dogs Simon & Sammy and cats Simba & Diesel. All are rescue animals with Diesel being a Second Chance alum and what we affectionately call a foster fail.
Honorary Board Member
Snickers is a professional Good Dog, providing her petting services to Second Chance as needed. She loves to foster bottle baby kittens, teaching them that dogs are not scary. She sometimes fosters other dogs but finds it to be much more exhausting work. Snickers shares her home with her mom, Kathleen, and her two cats, Levi and Ygritte.