MEET THE TEAM!
Whether they are working the front lines or behind the scenes, here are some of the faces that help keep OAHS running smoothly. Feel free to check back often as we will be continuing to add new profiles to the site over the next several months. Anyone interested in joining this amazing team and serving on the Board of Directors is encouraged to fill out the BOD application and send it to the shelter.
I am originally from the Oconto Area and I began working at OAHS back in 2011 while I was attending college. I always knew that I would have a career working with animals and I am blessed to work at such a wonderful shelter. My wife and I are pet parents to four dogs, five cats, and a flock of chickens. As Director I oversee the day-day operations at the shelter, develop new ways to move the shelter forward, and represent the shelter out in the public. When I am not working at the shelter I enjoy reading, hiking with my dogs, and anything involving nature.
lexi woodworth shelter director
chris marquardt president of the board of directors
I have always had respect for those who live their lives to help those who are in need. Our pets are no different. They are a direct extension of our families. My family has always had pets of some sort. From dogs to hamsters to birds to rabbits, we have opened our home to many different varieties of animals. I have a passion to help those that are in need of it. Even though I can look intimidating, I have a soft spot for the poor rabbit that was released to the puppy that had parvo and we refused to give up on. Until recently, I wasn’t able to foster animals due to living situations. Now that we are able to, I can honestly say that it gives you a sense of pride when you see that animal’s personality grow and the happy reactions the pet has when they are in their furever home and happy. Being on the board gives me a better chance to help pets more than what I could on a personal level. Please adopt, don’t shop.
Tracey Johnson Vice president of the board of directors
I believe I was born into a lifelong organization called Animal Lovers. I grew up with a dog, cat, rabbit and fish. As I matured and got exposed to horses, I found another passion. As life progressed and obstacles came up, I can honestly say that the animals in my life have been a crucial part of my being able to face these challenges. I currently live on a hobby farm with my human family as well as my animal family. My animal family has representation from the horse, dog, cat, goat, rabbit, chicken and duck variety. Being on the board allows me to take an extra step further and help give back to the community and to the animals themselves.
For my 3rd birthday, my grandfather gave me a puppy. Since then I have been a huge animal lover and always wanted to help in caring for their well-being. Being on the Board of Directors helps me do just that. My day job is in management in Corporate America, but my super hero job is helping the shelter - especially when it comes to fostering those in need for their forever homes. At the end of 2019 - I had fostered my 87th animal (and only had a few “foster fails” along the way) and will hopefully send my 100th animal off by the end of 2020! Being new to the Oconto area, the employees and volunteers at OAHS have really made this place feel like home in the past few years!
Angie Porter Treasurer of the board of directors
jenni hanna SEcretary of the board of directors
I currently live in the City of Oconto with my two daughters, three cats and two dogs (all adopted from OAHS). I have been employed by the Leon H. & Clymene M. Bond Foundation since 1999 and currently serve as the executive director. I have always enjoyed working in the non-profit sector and believe strongly in giving back and helping others. I have served as deacon of my church, assistant girl scout troop leader, and served on various non-profit boards throughout the years. I am very excited to join the OAHS board and help promote its mission within our community.
I was born and raised in Oconto Falls and am now living in Little Suamico. My wife Dorothy and I have been pet owners our entire lives, and currently have a Red Healer mix named Samantha (Sam). I view my role as Board President is to serve as a liaison to the community to increase support and awareness to the Shelter, as well as assisting in the resolution of concerns.
Bruce gillis member of the board
jenna rousseau member of the board
The Oconto Area Humane Society (OAHS) holds a special place in my heart. We adopted our chocolate lab, Warrant, from OAHS in June of 2014. He is such an amazing dog, and we are very lucky to have him in our lives! We heard that he was surrendered to the shelter (perhaps because the previous owner could not afford to keep him). I am grateful that OAHS exists to not only help animals, but to also help people. Serving on the Board of Directors is a great opportunity to give back to OAHS and the community. My husband and I live in southern Oconto County, and I am an attorney/shareholder with the law firm of Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, s.c.
lucinda schersing member of the board
I have loved animals since childhood. I can't imagine a world without them, nor do I want to. We are a former military family with a grown son. We have made Oconto our home for the past 20+ years. We had shelties for many, many years. I love obedience. One of our shelties was my Canadian and American Companion Dog. I have taught obedience classes and have belonged to several dog clubs over the years and have had several dogs over the years that we have loved dearly. They bring so much joy and love to us. A house seems so empty and quiet without a fur baby in it. Every animal deserves a loving forever home. I do not believe there are any bad dogs...just dogs that have had unknowing and untaught owners. I am so honored to be a part of the Oconto Humane Shelter to help promote its mission. We recently adopted a lovely girl from OAHS. Right now she is 'an only' but who knows?
carrie marquardt animal caretaker
I have always had a love for animals and have worked with them throughout my life. It is a feel good moment for me when I get a tail wag or a purr. I currently have two wonderful cats and two sweet dogs, one which I recently adopted here from OAHS. I also have two beautiful daughters, Caitrin and Chloe. I grew up in and still reside in Oconto Falls. My favorite part of being a part of the OAHS team is when we find a forever home for an animal. I hope to continue being a part of the OAHS team for the rest of my career.
heather white animal caretaker
Animals have always been a passion of mine. Growing up with all sorts of animals, I have come to be very experienced. Especially with dogs and horses, which have my heart. Working with and saving animals is a dream come true. Helping animals find a loving forever home, like my pets have found with me. Currently own two precious Shelties, and two wonderful horses. I am thankful to be working at a place that helps animals, with people whom share the same passion.
Sam O'Connor animal caretaker
I am a 1st grade teacher who also has a tremendous love for animals, so being able to work at OAHS has been a dream of mine. I have always had a passion for working with animals and I've never know life without owning a dog or cat. I currently live in Oconto with my husband, our golden retriever Bentley, german shepherd Ruger (who we adopted from OAHS!), and our cat Mollie. Being able to work with animals fills my heart with so much joy and I love knowing that I can help make a small difference in finding an animal their forever home.
chanel white animal caretaker
midnight retired shelter cat
After entering the shelter in 2017, Midnight became OAHS's permanent office cat. She spends her days sunbathing and getting into all sorts of mischief. Midnight is happy to roam the shelter and she greets the staff every morning for a full day of work.
board of director members
President Chris Marquardt
Vice President Tracey Johnson
Treasurer Angie Porter
Secretary Jenni Hanna
Patti Van Patten Member of the board
Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a Veterinarian. While I tried it during my first year of College, I quickly realized that I love animals, just not operating on them. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have animals around me. Currently I am a pet parent to three dogs and two cats. I know I drive my husband bananas because I constantly want to have more. Since I couldn’t be a Vet, I went into the family business of accounting, and currently own my own business working exclusively for non-profits. I enjoy working with an organization that’s sole purpose is to give back.