Board of Directors

Hope Animal Rescue is excited to announce the new Board of Directors! We cannot wait to continue the organization’s mission rescuing dogs, supporting foster families, and engaging in public outreach to raise awareness about the importance of adopting.

During this transition, it is our first priority to care for and support our dogs, fosters, and volunteers.

Goals for 2021

In alignment with the mission of the rescue, the board has set new goals for 2021, including:

  • Continuing to attract volunteers, including those from diverse backgrounds, and expanding leadership opportunities for interested volunteers
  • Focusing even more on saving dogs who are seniors, bully breed dogs, and those with medical needs
  • Expanding fundraising partnerships and seeking new community connections
  • Increasing accessibility and transparency of Hope’s leadership group.

We thank the former board members for their years of service, and our current volunteers, fosters, and supporters for all their work and patience during this time of transition. We look forward to continuing to serve the community and to saving dogs in need.

We are always eager to have new volunteers join us! Head over to our volunteer or foster pages if you are interested in becoming involved!

Meet the Hope Board of Directors!

Kate Matthews
Kate MatthewsPresident
Kate has been fostering and volunteering with Hope since the beginning of 2017, and has fostered and adopted out 44 dogs to date – including one special girl she kept for herself. Having instantly fallen in love with the rescue’s mission, Kate was always looking for ways to help out. Kate initially got involved by becoming a foster coordinator to help other fosters manage their dogs, and then in 2020 stepped into the Medical Lead role to ensure all of Hope’s dogs were receiving the best care possible. Now, as President, Kate will continue to focus on the well-being of Hope’s dogs, to enable its volunteers to find those dogs the best possible homes, and to work with the surrounding shelters toward a future where no dogs are needlessly euthanized in North Carolina.
Jenna Girardi
Jenna GirardiVice President
Jenna has been volunteering with Hope since 2016 in multiple roles as a foster, foster coordinator, and most recently as the intake coordinator. She has also been a volunteer mask maker for the Mask for Mutts campaign that raises money for our medical needs dogs. During her time in Hope, she has been intensively focused on dogs with medical and special needs, which aligns with our vision of finding a home for all dogs. Jenna brings over a decade of experience in project and operations management, overseeing million-dollar budgets and personnel training. She has three rescue pitbulls of her own, two that came from Hope, and they have served as a pack to educate new fosters that come into her home. As Vice President, Jenna seeks to include new technology platforms and evidence-based decision making into ongoing operations, along with cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture.
Delaney Garrett
Delaney GarrettSecretary
Delaney got started with Hope when she adopted her first dog at the end of 2016, and she decided to start fostering a few months later. She has now adopted 3 Hope dogs and fostered 28, including a recent foster failure. She decided to get more involved as a foster coordinator in 2019 and then transitioned to the role of Onboarding Coordinator to help new fosters. Her main focus within Hope has been encouraging and supporting other fosters. As Secretary, Delaney is hoping to increase communication, accessibility, and collaboration between the board and other members of Hope.
Kate Weisshaar
Kate WeisshaarTreasurer
Kate started fostering and volunteering with Hope over 4 years ago, and adopted her dog Laika through Hope in 2017. Since then, she has served as a foster, a foster coordinator, and has been the Treasurer and a board member for about a year. She loves Hope’s mission – especially its dedication to rescuing dogs who might not make it out of the shelters without the group’s support. She is looking forward to continuing to work with the volunteer and foster community this year. As Treasurer, Kate will provide regular updates to our volunteers on our financial position and how we spend our money, and hopes to increase accessibility and transparency around the rescue’s finances.
Veronica Pflueger
Veronica PfluegerDevelopment Director
Roni has been a volunteer with Hope since 2015. She initially joined as a foster after she adopted her pitbull-type dog, Riot, from Hope. Since joining, she has fostered many pitbull-type dogs (many with medical needs, too) and has served in various leadership roles over the past several years. She has been a member of Hope’s Board of Directors for over 3 years. She is currently the Development Director and the Social Media Manager for Hope and enjoys planning fun and creative fundraiser events with local small businesses and promoting + bringing awareness to HAR’s adoptables on our social media platforms. Roni believes in the core mission of the rescue – to help the dogs that need it the most – and is particularly passionate about fostering, caring, and advocating for bully breed type dogs.