The staff behind the dogs that make a difference.
Meet our Executive Director
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 is assisted by:
- Breanna Ponder, Assistant Trainer
- Bradley Loyd, Assistant Trainer
- Bridgette McAuley