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.


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 am 28 years old and live in Sandusky with my husband, our four kids and our rescues Rocky & Ed. I've worked at the HSEC for a year & a half and it is the perfect job for me!! I love animals, bonfires, barbecues and any and all musicals. Christmas is my FAVORITE time of year!


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 20 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 2020-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. 


Gabrielle Hart

Shelter Attendant 2021-present

I started at HSEC in October of 2021. I rescued Ezra, my cat from HSEC in early 2020.  He was a wonderful companion through the pandemic, and I am excited to have the opportunity each day to match up families with animals that fit their needs as much as Ezra fits my needs.  My favorite part of each day is taking care of the cats in the shelter waiting for their forever homes.  I also enjoy enrichment and training with our shelter dogs. This is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had, and I look forward to where the future might take me. 

Clay Laser

Shelter Attendant 2022-present

I joined HSEC because I've always loved animals and decided that I want to help more than just my own.  I have two golden retrievers, Jip & Rosie, and three cats, Jasper, Whiskey & Charlie.  In my free time, I enjoy watching sports and live music.

Board Members


Brian Rizzo

President, 2020

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

Vice President, 2020

Veterinarian, Four County Veterinary Services, 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

Supply Chain Analyst

Firelands Regional Medical Center
Bachelors in Healthcare Administration
Bowling Green State University

Pets: Luna and Artie (Cats) Spot and Yello (Lizards)


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)


Jan Bucholz


Stein Hospice, Chief Executive Officer

Pets: Golden Retriever, many cats