leadership & Management
Board of Directors
Steve Macht, Chairman
Ellen D’Arcangelo, Vice-Chair Legal Counsel
Richard Rose, Treasurer
Linda Gore, Secretary
Members at Large
Shirley Martinez de Villa
Jason made his career as a seasoned entertainment executive and digital media innovator for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Jason was instrumental in the team that catapulted Miley Cyrus and the Disney Channel Original Series, Hannah Montana to international fame. He helped shape Hannah Montana into one of the most high profile and valuable brands, resulting in coveted industry awards, including The Webby Awards, Popstar and Davey Awards, among others.
Jason is a thought leader in animal welfare and his vision, dedication and love for animals have put Furry Friends on the map. As one of the state’s leading shelter executives, Jason serves as an advisor and mentor to the animal welfare community and is the only leader in south Florida on the Steering Committee for Florida Leaders In Lifesaving, a coalition of shelters throughout the state focused on decreasing the euthanasia of dogs and cats in shelters.
Chief Operating Officer
Mary’s career in animal welfare spans three decades. She has served as director of some of the largest animal care and control organizations in the country, including New York City and Maricopa County (Phoenix), and led Santa Fe Humane Society through a major expansion.
Most recently, Mary was Executive Director of Sanctuary at Best Friends Animal Society, one of the largest national humane organizations. Her successes in the field are many and far-reaching, and her policies are responsible for saving millions of animal lives.
Dr. Victoria Koehler
Director of Shelter Medicine
Dr. Koehler eceived her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Tufts University in Boston. Dr. Koehler then went on to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY for her veterinary degree. After vet school, Dr. Koehler moved down to South Florida where she has worked in general practice, community/shelter medicine, and HVHQSN surgery. She is also certified in canine physical therapy and rehab through the University of Tennessee’s CCRP program.
Dr. Koehler’s professional interests include shelter medicine, surgery, wound care, and increasing access to vet care.
Director of Behavior and Training
Kirsten was previously the Director of Operations for Dogs Playing For Life, one of the world’s preeminent canine behavioral rehabilitation programs. She now serves as Director of Behavior and Training at Furry Friends and leads the implementation of playgroups and enrichment, as well as individual training for all of our for behaviorally challenged shelter dogs.
Humane Education & Outreach Coordinator
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