Advocating for Animals
The leadership staff of Heidi’s Village brings over 100 years of collective experience in animal welfare to serve our most vulnerable population.
Virginia (Ginny) Jontes has always believed in providing a helping hand to those in need. Her philanthropic interests include animal welfare, domestic violence, homelessness, adoption programs, and medical intervention for humans and companion animals. She created the Virginia B. Jontes Foundation whose mission is to strengthen communities by supporting social services for at-risk human and companion animal populations. She envisions a world where nonprofit organizations are empowered to end homelessness, prevent domestic violence, provide affordable medical intervention in human and companion animal populations. There is no better example of Ginny’s generosity than her support of Heidi’s Village.
Chief Executive Officer
Ellen Clark has over 30 years’ experience in nonprofit management. Twenty of those years were dedicated to animal welfare. While at the Wisconsin Humane Society, she spearheaded a capital fundraising campaign to raise funds for and build a 22,000 square foot animal shelter in Grafton, WI. After moving to Phoenix, Arizona, she led the team at Altered Tails, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs. She was responsible for expanding an existing spay/neuter clinic from providing 7,000 surgeries per year to becoming Arizona’s largest nonprofit spay/neuter clinic by providing over 23,000 surgeries per year. Her leadership has been integral to major successes for the animal welfare community.
Dr. Tess House, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer
Dr. Tess House grew up showing dogs in various obedience, agility, and showmanship events through her local 4-H club. She pursued her love of dogs into college, obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Minnesota. She has experience in small animal private practice, high volume spay/neuter, and teaching. Dr. House has volunteered on First Nations lands in the Midwest and served on five trips to Central and South America to provide vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries. She is also a certified Human Animal Bond practitioner and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.
Lisa Evans Johnson, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
With more than 20 years in the non-profit development profession, Lisa is passionate about aligning individual and corporate advocates with the causes that are important to them in order to impact the advancement of our community. An animal lover who has taken in numerous rescues, Lisa currently attends to every whim of a 14-year-old chihuahua, “Jimmy”.
Director Of Operations
Kaitlyn comes to Heidi’s Village with an education background that she uses to lead growth in every position she tackles. She previously worked for Altered Tails, Arizona’s largest non-profit spay and neuter clinic and enjoys volunteering with various animal welfare groups around the valley.
Karen has an extensive background in animal welfare dating back to 2002 when, through an employee volunteer program, she began volunteering at several animal welfare organizations. Since then has volunteered at MCACC, Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Animal Welfare League, Animal Defense League of Arizona, and through the FixAdoptSave initiative. She has volunteered in all facets of animal welfare. The bond between humans and animals and being able to provide much-needed services to both continues to drive her passion in this field.
Environmental Services Manager
Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Heidi’s Village with over 28 years in facilities management. Dan’s team ensures that Heidi’s Village campus is in tip-top shape and operating efficiently and effectively. Dan is cat dad to a cat named Stormie, a recent rescue from Arizona Humane Society!
Come and see for yourself how we care for our pets and the thought behind our new facilities
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