The staff behind the dogs that make a difference.


Meet our Executive Director

Christina Kimerle

Christina joins with more than 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit and animal industries. As the key management leader of DFOB, Christina will be responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. She will report directly to the Board of Directors and founders.

Christina grew up in a military family. Her father served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and fought in Desert Storm. She is a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech where she studied animal sciences and business. Christina started her career working with elephants at the Norfolk Zoo and completed two behavior research projects at the St. Louis Zoo in 2006. She served as Program Coordinator and Resident Caretaker at Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary in Ste. Genevieve, MO, from 2006 to 2008 living with the tiger family and one lion. Following that she joined the St. Charles Humane Society as Executive Director. Her experience also includes serving as the Operations Manager at Baywater Animal Rescue in Cambridge, MD, and most recently as Executive Director at the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation in Iowa City, IA.

Christina is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Rotary. She was recognized as one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty in 2016, and recently received the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Spark Leadership Award. She also served as a mentor with the Women in Business and Community Leadership Academy at the University of Iowa.  She is excited to get involved in the St. Louis community.  Christina lives in St. Louis with her dog Gertrude.


Meet our Head Trainer

Paul Scimone CPDT-KA, RVT, CGC

Paul ScimonePaul is a certified canine trainer, registered veterinary technician and canine good citizen instructor from St. Louis, Missouri. He has been involved in the dog training community for over a decade. More specifically, he has been involved in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abandoned and abused pets, which fits right in with our DFOB mission.
Paul has spent years managing a team of dog trainers and a large scale animal shelter workforce. He has assisted in breaking up dog fighting rings and helped to reduce shelter euthanization rates in local shelters. He founded several programs in the community that help homeless dogs, and has rehabilitated countless pet dogs for owners that had reached the end of their rope with behavioral problems.
He has also worked in local prisons training inmates and service dogs, a tremendously important and effective effort.
Paul has been published in nationally syndicated newspapers such as the Washington Post for his expertise in canine behavior. On the scientific side, he has conducted research on the hormone oxytocin, which was nationally recognized. Paul also founded his own non-profit organization that is focused on rescuing dogs and cats from high kill shelters in St. Louis: The Green Paw Community Association.
He actively works in the veterinary field along with training service dogs, adding an element of medical knowledge to his behavioral portfolio. His latest endeavor includes opening a feline rescue cafe.
Paul personally has three dogs and two cats and lives in (ironically) Dogtown, St. Louis, Missouri. We feel privileged to have his experience, tenacity and motivation working for DFOB!

Paul is assisted by:

  • Breanna Ponder, Assistant Trainer
  • Bradley Loyd, Assistant Trainer
  • Bridgette McAuley

Are you a shelter or a rescue that may have a potential dog for our brave? If so, go to our Dog Submission Guidelines page and we will be happy to walk you through how to evaluate a dog.