Board of Directors and Staff

Heather Owen

Board President, Special Events Director

Heather Owen is an Illinois litigation attorney who represents injured bicyclists by day. By night, weekend and lunch break, she serves as Board President and Special Events Director for OTAT. Her love for dogs began when her father brought home Shaggy, an Old English Sheepdog when she was just 2 years old. Since then she has had a penchant for extra large, extra fluffy dogs. She shares her home with Rude Dog, a trash hungry Old English Sheepdog mix.


Anna Friedman

Board Vice-President

Anna Friedman has worked as a Humane Educator in local shelters for the past five years. Her favorite part of being the Rescue Manager for OTAT is watching the transformation in the dogs that come from horrific conditions and end up in loving adoptive homes. When she’s not saving dogs, Anna prefers to be in Door County with her husband and three dogs.



Marketing Coordinator

Crystal is the Adult Education Facilitator at Connections for the Homeless in Evanston. She shares a home with her hubby and their 13-year-old rescue mutt Shostakovich. In her free time, she enjoys reading the New Yorker and making up songs about her dog.



Volunteer Coordinator

Caitlin Gath has been obsessed with dogs for as long as she can remember. While she works in digital marketing for a commercial real estate firm, really the best job she’s ever had has been a dog walker. In her free time, Caitlin spends most of her time with her two OTAT alums, Chicklet and Millie, aka “The Ladies,” two tiny chihuahuas.


Kelly Belovesick Kleinberg

Marathon Mutts Coordinator

Kelly Belovesick Kleinberg works as a reference editor for a boutique market research firm based in Evanston, IL. A recreational runner and marathon finisher, she is the organizer for our Marathon Mutts fundraising team. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog Mac the Puggle for walks along the Chicago lakefront and watching baseball with her husband.


Megan Davey

Associate Board Presdient

Megan Davey is the VP of Finance at Pitchfork Media. She shares her home with two rescue dogs, Munch and Bea, and a rescue cat, Rudy.




Adrienne Sheely

Rescue Manager




Kelly Michael

Assistant Rescue Manager



David Blakeman
Megan Davey
Jeremy Lawson
Deanna Lesht
Jenny Nahrwold
Kerry Panzone
Julia Rohan
Magda Szczepanska
Jared Honn
Elizabeth Hermann Smith
Melissa Fisher
Kati Llewellyn