Kim founded and ran Rural Dog Rescue as a one man band in June of 2011. It all started with saving one border collie and it grew from there. Already heavily connected in the pet industry she thought it would be a crime to not use the contacts she had to save animals. Kim currently serves as the Executive Director of Rural Dog Rescue which entaiils overseeing all board members and chief coordinators. She is also the liason between the shelters, transport, veterinarians and trainers. Her greatest joy in rescue comes from seeing our underdogs live the happy lives they deserve.
When not at Rural Dog Rescue, you can find Kim at her day job as Owner of Howl To The Chief a DC based upscale pet food store.
Sabrina Porta, Marketing Coordinator
Sabrina joined the Rural Dog Rescue team to make a difference and get free dog cuddles. Sabrina is a Detroit transplant and relocated to DC in 2012 for a career-move. She manages RDR's marketing and social media efforts with a team of volunteers, with the main goal being adoptions! Outside of volunteering with RDR, Sabrina enjoys trying new restaurants, yoga, dog parks and watching Soccer and lives in Shirlington with her husband Michael, Trina the Pitbull, and Lola the Tortie Cat.
Ali Legros, Vice President
Ali began volunteering with Rural Dog Rescue when she moved to D.C. in 2013. She thought this would be a great way to meet new people in a new city and get her dog fix all at once! Ali has been a lifelong animal lover having had guinea pigs, cats, turtles, and of course dogs all her life. Currently, Ali manages our website, social media, veterinarian relations, adoption applications, operations and any other tasks that need completing. Ali also is a RDR rescue mom, adopting Crimmy in 2014 with her now fiancé, Sean.
When not doing Rural Dog activities, Ali can be found atthe Ambulatory Surgery Center Association working with state legislatures on improving healthcare in their states or chasing after Crimmy, who keeps escaping her apartment to hang out with the maintenance men in 70 Capitol Yards.
Melissa Yeo, Volunteer Coordinator
Melissa started volunteering with Rural Dog Rescue in 2013 as a way to get some much-loved dog time and serve a great cause. She currently serves as Chief Volunteer Coordinator, helping to manage our weekly adoption events and all the wonderful volunteers that keep the rescue running! Her favorite parts of volunteering are seeing prospective applicants fall in love with their dog-to-be and saying hello to RDR alumni when they come back to visit.
When she's not at Rural Dog Rescue, Melissa can be found practicing on her yoga mat, watching college basketball (go Duke!) or working as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits in health and education.
Kristin Pospeschil, Treasurer
Kristin is a native Wisconsinite and University of Wisconsin alumni who moved to D.C. in pursuit of making an impact personally and professionally in the nonprofit field. Kristin began volunteering with Rural Dog Rescue in order to get some much needed face time with cute pups, to meet fellow D.C. animal lovers, but most importantly to help find forever homes for as many rescues as possible.
Professionally, Kristin is a Financial Analyst at Arabella Advisors where she provides accounting and financial reporting quality control for projects housed within Arabella's managed charitable organizations. As Board Treasurer, Kristin manages the rescue's finances on a monthly basis, monitors the annual budget, and prepares the Form 990 tax return filing, among other duties.
Laura Pratt, Adoption Coordinator
Laura started volunteering with RDR soon after she moved to D.C. in 2015. She originally got her weekly dog fix by handling dogs at the weekend adoption events. Now, Laura also processes and coordinates adoptions, including managing phone interviews and interacting with applicants. Her favorite part of volunteering is handing off the leashes to adopters and watching our pups head off to their forever homes. When she’s not volunteering with RDR, Laura works at a think tank, and enjoys walking around the tidal basin and watching soccer and college football.
Elissa Staley, Board Chair
Elissa, a native Washingtonian who grew up in Maryland and now lives in Washington, DC, she and her boyfriend rescued Cadbury, an adorable beagle dachshund mix, from Rural Dog Rescue in May 2014. When not helping Rural Dog Rescue, Elissa works on arts and cultural festivals/events and her passion for dogs and nonprofit management. A graduate of Grinnell College with a B.A. in Music and concentration in Latin American Studies and M.A. in Arts Management from American University, Elissa's educational experiences have instilled a deep commitment to community, creativity and accountability that she brings to RDR.