BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Allyn Meireis

Working with animals has always been in Allyn's life plan. She began volunteering with a local animal shelter at the age of 11 years and jokes that she hasn't left since. Allyn worked with two local veterinary offices while obtaining her Veterinary Technician degree; then moved on to join Great Plains SPCA and later worked as an Animal Control Officer for a local municipality before landing with KC Pet Project. After three years in a management role she currently works on their Training and Behavior Team for dogs. Allyn and her husband Jake keep their house full with two "itty bitty pitties" (Macy & Kora), two kitties (Maverick & Solo), and a constant stream of foster animals!

Tory Whitaker

Tory has always had a passion for animals. She began volunteering at the local animal shelter in her hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas when she was a teenager.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduation, she worked at a chimpanzee sanctuary for over three years helping care for over 200 chimpanzees that were retired from government owned labs. In 2016, Tory made the move to Kansas City, Missouri to work with chimpanzees at the Kansas City Zoo. In 2018, she joined the elephant team at the zoo. Tory has two cats, Bailey and Murphy.

Dawn Hatterman

Dawn has always been fond of dogs and cats. Her sister was a Veterinary Technician and often brought home new pets to the family farm in Nebraska. In addition to farm dogs Sparky and Frannie, Smokey the Vizsla was her brother’s prized hunting companion. He now raises and trains French hunting dogs, Braque du Bourbonnais.  After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Communications, Dawn moved out of state and found that her work schedule and apartment life was not a good combination for having a dog or cat. She married Phil in 1996 and moved into a house without a fenced in yard. Phil will tell you that Dawn was the one who always wanted a dog. Phil always wanted one too, he just didn’t know it. Now that yard has a fence. Dawn has worked in higher education for 28 years and completed a Master of Arts Liberal Studies from University of Missouri- Kansas City. She recently retired from Metropolitan Community College- Maple Woods after 25 years in Student Services and Administration. While there, she served on the Veterinary Technology Program Advisory Board for 12 years. Her love of animals was always obvious to her colleagues. So much so, that one of her annual evaluations included “get a dog” as an area for improvement. Dawn volunteers at KC Pet Project and is a Branch Programming and Community Engagement Associate at Woodneath Library.

Phil Hatterman

Phil grew up on a farm in Nebraska with working dogs, usually a Border Collie or a Border Collie mix. While he loved those dogs and continued to have a soft spot for dogs as an adult, he could never see himself as a dog owner in the city. Dogs needed to run free outdoors. Keeping a working dog in the house or confining them to a little yard seemed unfair to the dog. To get his “dog fix” he would spend time with friends’ dogs. Eventually, he and Dawn volunteered at KC Pet Project. He realized that most of these dogs were not going to find homes on a farm. Many of them were going to be city dogs and they needed forever families that were going to make this the best environment for the dog. Dawn had wanted a dog for a long time. Her prodding along with the experience of fostering Rosie made Phil a dog owner once again. He and Dawn now share their home and their lives with Peaches Delight Hatterman. Phil is the president of Corkscrew Agency, LLC, a creativity consulting firm and is a certified yoga instructor focusing on yin and Yoga For Golfers®.  

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