Breona Baines: CEO & FOUNDER
Breona founded Kitticcino Charities in 2020 after working in veterinary settings for eleven years. Breona has mainly worked with non-profit groups, with her most notable position being on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Field Investigations and Response Team. Breona served (and still deploys from time to time!) as a Medical Field Specialist, mainly aiding in the forensic processes and medical treatments of canines seized from federal dogfighting cases. Breona lives alone with her two rescue dogs, Menzi and Tezi, and her cat, Milo. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with local rescue organizations and fostering medically compromised rescue animals.
Betsy Schlembach: Director of Outreach
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Dr. Aminata "Mina" Kalley, DVM
Dr. Aminata Kalley, DVM graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with her Bachelor's of Science in 2014. She went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 2018. Sortly after graduation, she went on to become the Attenting Veterinary for the Department of Homeland Security at the Plum Island Disease Center in New York. Dr. Kalley recently moved to Columbus to pursue her Master of Public Health at the Ohio State University.
Ashley O'Rourke: Adoption coordinator
From Ashley: "I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. My husband and I met when we were 16 and 17 years old. We have 2 sons, 2 cats and 1 dog. I have always loved animals. I started volunteering for animal rescue because I wanted to do something positive with my free time. I wanted to teach my children that doing things for others in need is important. My children have a love for animals just like myself. We love doing rescue work as a family."
Elizabeth Keay: Foster Coordinator
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Dr. Darrell Gitz, DVM, PhD
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Jian Mae jaime Mah: Clinic Assistant
Jaime Mah graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a Bachelor's of Science in Neuroscience as well as with a minor in Theatre and animal behavioral research experience. She is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and has been involved with dogs since a young age, achieving a Good Canine Citizen Award by the American Kennel Association with her Jack Russell Terrier when she was 10. During her undergrad, she was involved in fungus-growing ant field research in Gamboa, Panama in the summer of 2018 as a member of the Adams Lab under the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Jaime has also interned at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, caring for Asian thrushes and pheasants amongst other animals, and is actively dog walking and pet sitting, with veterinary medicine a pursuit in the very near horizon. Jaime lives with her partner, her rescue dog Jenkins, and two black cats named Deimos and Phobos. She enjoys reading and volunteering with local as well as virtual racial justice organizations, and is involved in multiple Asian advocacy groups from Malaysia to Taiwan to New York City, all with the goal of condemning racism and xenophobia.
Dr. Emy Varughese, BVSc, ms
Dr. Emy Varughese has been a doctor of veterinary medicine since 2012. She received her Master of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in Ludhiana, India, as well as her Master of Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Dr. Emy has authored over half a dozen research publications and her works have received ample praise online.
Dr. Amanda Graber, DVM
Dr. Graber graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, after moving here from Texas to attend veterinary school. Before vet school, she worked as a veterinary assistant for four years while earning her Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Dr. Graber knew from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. The best part of Dr. Graber's day is when she gets to welcome new puppies and kittens and help their family set their pets up for life-long health and wellness. Dr. Graber lives in Pickerington with her husband, three children, and two cats. Outside of work she enjots reading fiction and leading her daughters' Girl Scout troop.