Meet Our Team

Shelter Staff


Melissa Gundlach

Executive Director,
Registered Veterinary Technician 2016-present

I love working at HSEC, and love my work family. I hold a bachelors degree in biology from Adrian College in Michigan, and an associates degree in veterinary technology.  I have worked in the animal field for my entire life in varying capacities including working with wildlife, domestic and exotic hoofstock, reptiles, cats and dogs.  I was a veterinary technician instructor at Stautzenberger College in Maumee, Ohio for three years.  

Member: 100 Women Who Care, North Coast Young Professionals, Ohio Veterinary Technician Association, Sandusky Rotary.


Deb Hargrove

Shelter Attendant 2013-present

I have been part of the HSEC team for 9 yrs. I've been married for 37 yrs. to Barry and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. After retiring I decided I want my next career to be something I loved and not just a job. Animals have always been a part of my life growing up and our own family is no different. Daisy is our 11 yr. old chi weenie and is wearing her summer festive outfit from her 2012 collection!


Marissa Collingsworth

Shelter Attendant 1 2016-present

I have worked at HSEC for since 2016, I live in Sandusky with my husband, our four kids and our fur-kids Rocky, Tuxedo and Twix! Working with the cats each day is the highlight of my job! I love seeing all the families coming in to find their forever pets! It is a labor of love and I wouldn't change a thing! 


Jacob Williams

Shelter Attendant 2020-present

Here is a picture of my two favorite little guys, Smokey and Spooky. I rescued them when they were kittens and they are now three and a half years old! I graduated in 2017 from BGSU with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. I’m a kind-hearted person who loves people and animals equally. Being a part of the staff at the Humane Society of Erie County is a dream come true and I can’t wait to work with all the wonderful animals that visit us!


Schyler Resor

Shelter Attendant 2020-present

I'm 23 years old and have worked at HSEC since November of 2020. These are my rescue babies. Achilles (left) is about 10 years old and we rescued him as a stray when he was one. Psyche (right) is about 4 or 5. We adopted her from a pound about 2 years ago. I am going to be working towards a degree in Marine Biology from BGSU. Working with animals has always been my dream, so being part of HSEC has been an amazing adventure! 


Cassandra Shuman

Shelter Attendant 2021-present

I started at HSEC in August of 2021. Animals have always been a huge part of my life and this job is hopefully my first stepping stone towards making animal care a full-time career as I'm looking towards going back to school. These are my 2 dogs, Shelby and Dakota they are huge cuddle bugs, and my driving force to what I do here every day. 


Kathy Keller

Shelter Attendant/Shift manager 2022-present

Hi. I am a huge an animal lover and advocate  I am a proud dog Mom of 3--Jake (lab), Quinn (3 legger) and Pippin (senior).

I have been involved with animals most of my life. The work I do here at the HSEC is rewarding. Who wouldn't want to be around cats and dogs all day long and assist them in finding their fur-ever homes.
I am also a certified Pet Massage therapist and have the opportunity to use my skills daily.
In my free time, I enjoy off road bicycling and hiking with my dogs. 

Kara Ring

Shelter Attendant 2022-present

My name is Kara and I've been an employee at HSEC since August 2022! I'm a mother of 2 children, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 rabbits, turtles, and a few chickens. Needless to say I love any and all animals! So having the opportunity to be a part of this awesome organization and helping shelter pets find forever homes means so much to me! I love this job and being apart of such a great team! I hope to be here for many years!


Hali Hagemeyer

Shelter attendant 2023- present

I graduated from BGSU with a bachelors degree in Biology with a minor in Nonprofit Administration. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember and I have always known that I wanted to work with them, whether that be with wildlife or domestic pets. These are my three cats Junimo, Chester, and Penny! I am new to the HSEC family and have loved every second of learning from and interacting with the amazing staff and animals here! 

Board Members


Brian Rizzo

Veterinarian, Bellevue, Sandusky Animal Hospitals, 2016-present

Attending Vet, Stautzenberger College
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

Pets: Boston Terrier, Brangus, two cats, Beanie and KitKat, bearded dragon, Liz, and turtle, Mr. Paddles


Jennifer Kinney

Veterinarian, Four County Veterinary Services & The Blue Collar Veterinary Rescue Center, 2016-present
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University
B. S. Biology, Ohio Northern University

Pets: Goldendoodle, Coconut, cat, Nemo


Brennan Otto

Treasurer, 2018

Payne Nickles & Co. CPA
B.A, Accounting, Kent State University
North Coast Young Professionals

Pets: German Shepard, lab/cattle dog, Pitbull


Chrissy Wostmann

Secretary 2020

n2y, Chief Executive Officer
Firelands Regional Medical Center, Board member 2018-present
MS Ed, BS Ed, Miami University

Pets: 4 dogs (3 rescued), Fritz, Gabby, Lucy and Oscar


Alex Hanes

Vice President
Implementation Consultant

Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX)
Bachelors in Healthcare Administration
Bowling Green State University

Pets: Luna and Artie (Cats) 


Jenine Porter

Realtor, ABR, SRS, SRES, ASP

Chairman’s Circle
Russell Real Estate Services; Huron City Board of Zoning Appeals

Pets: Three amazing cats, Chartreuse, a Maine Coon, Franklyn and Phoebe, Bengal tabbies. All three are rescues.


Michelle Renee Leathem

Veterinarian, West Park Animal Hospital, Rocky River
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

Pets: Two cats, Big and Byron


Jim Spicer

Asst. Vice President of Operations

Firelands Regional Medical Center and Firelands Physicians Group
American College of Healthcare Executives, member
Doctor of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University

Pets: Rescued German Shorthaired Pointer, Maya


Paul Decker 

Graduate of SHS 1956 
US Navy 1956-1960 
Automotive Mechanic. 1960-1968 
Co-owner Engine, Machine Shop. 1963-1973 
Chyrsler Corp. 1968-2007. Hired in as Maint. Tech
Retired as VP Sales 
Married to Shirley Decker

Lady is our pet 


Mark P. Smith 

Legal Counsel & Board 2020-Present 

Partner at Flynn, Py & Kruse Co., LPA 
Juris Doctorate, University of Toledo College of Law 
B.A. Criminal Justice, Baldwin-Wallace College 

Pets: Dogs Tango & Bentley (2009-2018)


Kristy Roeder

Certified Public Accountant with Maner Costerisan

Master’s Degree in Accounting, Michigan State University

Pets: German Shepherd named TJ



Jeff Goretzki

For over 36 years, I have owned an entertainment company and I really love my job. I have always loved animals big and small. When I was asked to join the HSEC  Board of Directors, I was honored and excited to bring my ability to plan events and my love for animals. My dogs, George and Charlie are both rescues and the best dogs ever!