Our Team

Amy Heinz – Founder and Executive Director 

Hi! Thank you for wanting to know us! Dogs have been my passion since I was a child. My goal in life is to work with rescue dogs full-time. I am a certified dog trainer which aids me in helping rescue dogs become more adoptable. The only thing currently stopping me from fully reaching my goals is my mortgage. Therefore, by weekday, I am a paralegal at a bank. By night and weekend, I am the proud human companion to 5 dogs and 5 cats that share my home. We live on a small acreage in Adel, Iowa, where we host many overnight fur guests and foster dogs. Please join me in my mission to save furry lives by helping in one of the following ways: 1) become a foster family 2) become a transport volunteer; or 3) donate time, funds or supplies to our cause.

Board Members

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Amy Heinz
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Vice President
Deb Elings
Linda Smith
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Jeni Sansgaard
Board Member At Large
Mark O’Leary
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Rick Smith
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Beth Stuck
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Volunteer Coordinator – Becky Parezo

Becky Parezo is in charge of communicating and coordinating all the volunteers within our organization.

Adoptions Director – Jenni Sansgaard

Adoption Coordinators

Kathy Mathiesen, Heidi Hyde, Karen Brookhart, Mindy Heverly, Jill Gonder, Melodie Smith, Kim Dewey and Erin Bird.

Foster Director –  Amy Heinz
Co-Director – Tami Depenning
Foster Coordinators – Kim Applegate and Julie Villines

These volunteers  are tasked with finding foster homes for new intakes and helping guide and direct our current foster families.

PitStop Operations Managers – Mandy Knowles, Chelsey Lynn, Misty O’Leary, Becky Parezo

These ladies are the contacts for all Pit Stop volunteers. They are in charge of all the Pit Stop resident dogs and the day to day operations at the Pit Stop.

Facilities Manager –  Mark O’Leary

Mark is responsible for all maintenance and repair issues at the Pit Stop keeping our dogs and volunteers safe, warm and dry.

Transport Director – Rick Smith

Rick is in charge of cleaning, prepping and maintenance of our transport vehicles and helps facilitate the scheduling of our drivers. He makes sure all dogs and volunteers arrive safely!

Event Coordinator- Becky Parezo

In addition to her many other duties Deb is also in charge of scheduling and managing events.