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We love animals.The SPCA of Southwest Michigan employs experienced, professional and compassionate staff.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The SPCA of Soutwest Michigan is governed by a Board of Directors that volunteer their time to support SPCA SWMI mission and improve the lives of animals in our region.
ERIC KAUSRUD President
ALEXANDRA HAASE Treasurer
SARAH GIBBS Secretary
PETE VANVRANKEN, DVM
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Katie Timber dedicates her life to animals in the communities that the SPCA of SWMI serves. She began her career with the SPCA in 2006 and was promoted to her position of Executive Director in 2013. Katie works tirelessly to transform the SPCA of SWMI into one of the most recognized, awarded and impactful animal welfare organizations in the Great Lakes region. Email: Katie@spcaswmich.org
Dr. Pete is a 1974 graduate of MSU, and the founder of Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic. He and his wife , Sharon, have 2 children along with 3 dogs and 3 cats. Dr. Pete enjoys playing basketball, MSU sports and old cars.
Philip VanVranken DVM
Dr. Marcath earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2011 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, both from Michigan State University. She has a passion for emergency medicine and surgery, but mostly enjoys helping animals and the humans who love them get through their worst days. Originally from Almont, Michigan, she currently resides in Olivet with her fiance, Adam, her dog, Maisy, and cats, Monstro and Figaro. In her free time she enjoys distance running, road trips, and helping shelter animals.
Katie Marcath DVM
Dr. Ryder grew up in Howell, MI. He attended Michigan State University where he graduated in 2003 and completed his clinicals at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. He currently resides in Texas Corners with his wife, Alisha and their three kids, Zayden (human), Mac (canine) and Megatron (feline). He spends his free time playing hockey, camping, golfing and being disappointed weekly by the Lions. However, “this” is the year!
Gary Ryder DVM
Sara received her Associates Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2005. She has volunteered in many roles with the SPCA since 2006. She has 2 grown daughters and soon to be 6 grandchildren. She lives with 3 cats, Bailey, Sweet Pea and Spirit (a feral whom she has not touched since she came to live with her in 2009) and a Minipin named Bruce and a flock of 10 chickens. The best part of her day is when a shelter resident gets its new family.
Caleb Foster was recently appointed to the position of office administrator at the SPCA. Caleb graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Organizational Communication and General Psychology in December of 2017. During his last semester, Caleb volunteered as an animal trainer at the SPCA of SWMI as well as the county animal control. He has two cats, Louis and Clark, who both love being outside and going on walks and a guinea pig named Roxy. The best part of his day is being able to work with so many community members in the Southwest Michigan region and helping find animals that are good fits for each individual.
Robin has been with the SPCA of Southwest Michigan since March 2013 where she began as regular kennel staff and moved her way up to Kennel Manager in 2014. She has a big, beautiful Pit Bull named Roxy, Nugget the Rat Terrier and a gorgeous cat named Kittles. She has a passion for working with animals, and seeing how happy they are when they find their forever homes. She can’t imagine doing anything else!
Emily has been at the SPCA collectively for 6 years now. She owns 2 SPCA alumni dogs, Angie and Fancy, 3 birds and a Bearded Dragon, named Charlie. She loves to watch the animals grow and thrive in the shelter and is a passionate advocate about the importance of spaying/neutering pets and promoting adoption first.
Tabitha has been with the SPCA since June 2014 and promoted to Lead Cat Staff in 2017. She has two cats of her own and her favorite part of her job is socialize with the shy cats and helping them come out of their shells and shine.
The SPCA of Southwest Michigan is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit animal welfare organization and does not receive funding from any government agency or national organization. We rely solely on individual contributions.
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