Rachel Rader

Rachel Rader joined the Board of One Tail at a Time in 2018, bringing her experience solving complex business and operational issues to advance the organization’s mission. She discovered One Tail in 2014 when she “failed” with her first foster dog, Lulu, who quickly became her best friend. Rachel is driven by One Tail at a Time’s commitment to creating a compassionate, non-judgmental environment for all animals and their caregivers, while consistently striving for progress and growth. When she isn’t working or supporting OTAT, Rachel loves playing board games, being in nature, and spending time with Lu Bear.
Heather Owen One Tail at a Time Executive Director

Heather Owen

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Heather Owen co-founded One Tail at a Time in 2008 while attending law school. She helped run the organization while practicing litigation in Cook County until 2015. That year she left her career to help One Tail open the Adoption Center and begin to reach its potential. Since then she has served as the Executive Director where she has been passionate about implementing progressive programming to address the problem of needless euthanasia. Heather is passionate about social justice, good books, and finding the best veggie tacos in the city. She is almost always accompanied by her One Tail alum and adventure buddy Trout.

Taylor Robertson


Bio coming soon!

Katie Freeman


Katie joined the Board in 2021 to support One Tail in operations as the organization continues to grow. Katie has more than a decade of experience in management consulting and business operations and is currently a senior leader in a disaster and emergency management consulting firm. Her education is in political science and public policy, and the focus of her career has been in public sector and non-profit performance management and improvement. She is driven by One Tail at a Time’s vision to serve all of Chicago’s communities and pets by expanding resources to support shelter diversion. In her free time, Katie enjoys a good book, a challenging crossword puzzle, and working with her OTAT alum Special Agent Dale Cooper as they learn new tricks.

Brandi Morris


Brandi joined the Board in 2020 to focus on development and also serves as the President of the Associate Board. Brandi’s involvement with One Tail at a Time started in 2015 when she and her husband Bob adopted their dog Ada. She is drawn to One Tail at a Time’s vision and relentless dedication to make Chicago a no-kill city. Brandi has a degree in environmental sciences and manages a number of volunteer boards for a large environmental non-profit organization. She loves traveling the world with her husband, live music, and photography.

Beth Naccarato


Brandi joined the Board in 2020 lending her expertise in governance and fundraising to the team. Brandi’s involvement with One Tail at a Time started in 2015 when she and her husband Bob adopted their dog Ada. Shortly after, she began volunteering, assisting with events, and managed the organization’s Associate Board. She is inspired and driven by One Tail at a Time for their commitment to community and priority to focusing on the most vulnerable pets in need. Throughout her career, Brandi has worked in operations, fundraising, human resources, and has 15 years of experience managing a number of volunteer boards for a large environmental non-profit organization. She loves traveling the world with her husband, live music, and spoiling her pup, Ada.

Fran Federman


Fran joined the Board in 2018 to focus on strategy, finance, development and fundraising. She was drawn to OTAT by its dedication to mission, programming and community outreach, and helping animals find their families. A lifelong animal lover, Fran grew up with rescued dogs and cats and became more involved in the community after she and her husband, Mike, rescued their first dog. Fran has an MBA from Harvard Business School and leads investments for a technology real estate company. When she’s not at work or helping out with OTAT, Fran can be found hiking with her two rescue dogs, Louise and Rufus.

Jackie Sciarrino


Jackie joined the Board in early 2023, shortly before attending her first Houndstooth Ball. She came to know OTAT while being a native Chicagoan and animal lover, and adopted her pup Cooper (formerly known as Hodgins!) in 2022. Jackie brings over 10 years of Human Resources expertise to the Board of Directors after spending her career supporting teams in food service, tech, and gaming industries. She is passionate about people and culture and looks forward to supporting strategic and people-focused initiatives at OTAT for years to come.

Zach Hrabak


Zach joined the Board in 2023 to help the organization’s fundraising development and growth strategy. From his early years being involved with wildlife rehabilitation, Zach developed a deep commitment to helping provide vulnerable animals a second chance, and found a direct connection to OTAT’s mission and programming. Zach has an MBA from Northwestern University and currently advises leading private equity firms and corporations on growth strategy, commercial due diligence, and M&A strategy. In his personal life, Zach loves to cook and travel with his wife, and to spoil their pup, a OTAT alum, Benji.

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Board

The DEIB Board develops and promotes strategies and best practices within the realms of racial, social, sexual, and gender diversity.

The DEIB Board meets monthly and works on special projects to help OTAT progress.

Board Co-Chairs: Carla Garcia, Eunice Ntiamoah, Isabel Kadar

Board Members: Beth Nacarrato, Bob Martinez, Carolina Hernandez, Eliza Cesar, Maggie Hudson, Melanie Villanueva Rodriguez

Associate Board Members

Abby Loebbaka, Allyson Spacht, Anna Crane, Ashleigh McIvor, Ashley Gordon, Ashly Marquez, Britain Young, Candice Burgess, Casey Thele, Cat Hof, Christine Ward, Darcy Young, David Blakeman, Elizabeth Smith, Emily Sanders, Ewelina Mikocewicz, Frances Guerrero, Grace Matson, Grace Singel, Izzy Shandlin, Jenni Pstrong, Jennifer Root, Jillian Grachan, Jillian Rice, Jon Davis, Kaitlyn Ziemer, Kathleen Dowling, Katya Shcherbakova, Kelsey Petersen, Kiersten Smith, Kristin DeCorrevont, Kyle Hopwood, Lauren Kirlin, Lauren Smith Domhoff, Lynne Styles, Maggie Bafia, Maggie Rose, Marissa Oberlander, Mary Gignilliat, Matt Stroh, Meagan McKinnon, Molly Zisook, Nathan Moore, Nereide Crisologo, Quinn Wright, Rebecca Zak, Sam Karp, Sharon Cohen, Talia Canter, Thea Andrus, Tony Smith

Thank You to our Volunteer-Based Program Managers!

Jennifer Gardy, Twitter Manager
Laura Slivka, Team One Tail Manager
Shannon Friziellie, Webmaster