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Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

The People That Make it Happen

We are blessed with an incredibly talented, experienced, and dedicated staff. They have boundless passion for the work they do rehabilitating the homeless pets that pass through our shelter.

Collectively, they cover two daily shifts seven days a week. They care for the dogs and cats. They feed, bathe, and medicate. They provide lots and lots of love. We’re proud to introduce them to you.

Lisa Chapman

Lisa Chapman

Staff Member Since 2016

Four is Lisa’s number. She has been with ARP four years, having been hired in 2016. She is the mother of four, Tony, 20, Kaitlyn, 17, and Jayden and Makayla, 13. She has four pets so far, Buck, Lil Bit, Big Daddy, and Mischief.

“I tend to bond more with the problem ‘children’ at our shelter,” she says, “who need a little more time and effort to see their full potential emerge. I like the ones who are jerks—most of the time.”

Amberly Fredericks

Amberly Fredericks

Staff Member Since 2019

Amberly is married to John Fredericks and has three beautiful children, JP, Maddie, and Jaxson. Her family also includes two dogs, Bear and Princess, and nine chickens.

“What I love about my job,” she said, “is that I believe every single animal deserves a second chance, whether they are perfect or not. I love watching them learn how to trust people again, learning that most people are good and kind. I love showing them love and caring for them and being able to help find them forever homes.”

Jamie Garrison

Jamie Garrison

Staff Member Since 2020

Jamie joined the ARP team in February of 2020. She is companion to two dogs, Porter and Stout.

“I love being able to take care of the animals,” she tells us. “The most rewarding part of the job is seeing them to go their fur-ever homes and getting updates on them.”

Bethany Mayuiers

Bethany Mayuiers

Staff Member Since 2011

Bethany is our office manager and volunteer/foster coordinator. She lives in Paw Paw with her family, Lori and Steve; Bob, her fiancé; and her daughter Kallie. Bethany has four dogs, Remington, Chimborazo, Gemma, and Melvin. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, and K-Wings hockey when she is not at work. She has been employed with ARP since April 2011, making her our employee with the greatest tenure.

Haley McNett

Haley McNett

Staff Member Since 2012

Haley is our animal care supervisor. She’s been with ARP since 2012. She has two children, Noah, 10, and Laikyn, 3. She has three dogs, Hanna, Shay, and Lil. Her family also includes two cats, Ghost and Spooky. “I love rescuing,” she said, “and seeing the transition of the dogs and cats once they get here and receive the love and care we give them.”

Richelle Stonerock

Richelle Stonerock

Staff Member Since 2019

Richelle joined ARP in the Spring of 2019. She shares her life with two dogs, Harlie and Thumper, and a cat called Pebbles. “I love being able to bring sunshine and happiness into the lives of the animals at ARP,” she said. “Learning their personalities and different needs is so important.”

Kaitlyn Vail

Kaitlyn Vail

Staff Member Since 2019

Kaitlyn joined ARP in the Spring of 2019. She has a dog named Lil Bit and a gecko named No’me. She tells us, “I love helping all the animals learn to trust humans again and seeing them slowly open up to us. It’s great to see their personalities when they first come in compared to their personalities when they finally get their forever home.”

Mary Weeks

Mary Weeks

Staff Member Since 2018

Mary has been with ARP since September 2018. She has two dogs, Wylie and Tank; three cats, Meeko, Skittles, and Dallas. Mary tells us, “My favorite thing is when I’m able to bring my own ARP alumnus Tank in to help some dogs learn how to be a good dog or help them burn off some extra energy. It’s extremely rewarding to see animals come in from bad situations and be able to rehabilitate them so they can find their forever home.”

Kara Vanderkamp

Kara Vanderkamp

Staff Member Since 2016

Kara initially joined our staff in 2016 and worked on our animal care team, then took time away to do other things. She returned to us in March of 2020 and is back caring for our homeless pets.

“I have two dogs who were both adopted from ARP, Macy and Pinky, and a guinea pig named Greta,” Kara said. “In addition to working at the shelter, I’ve also fostered dogs for the rescue. What I really like about working here is seeing the transformation in the dogs during their time with us. I also love having co-workers who are just as passionate about saving animals as I am.”

Mallory Cook

Mallory Cook

Staff Member Since 2020

Mallory is one of the newest members of the animal care team, and she has hit the ground running! She joined us in December 2020.

She told us, “In my short time with ARP, I have adopted two beautiful dogs, Nellie and Stormy. They have lit up my entire life with their unconditional love and unlimited snuggles! My goal is to provide every animal in the shelter with endless love and treats while also giving them a very sanitary environment to live in. I used to think I was saving animals, but if we’re being honest here, the animals have helped save me.”

Summer Painter

Summer Painter

Staff Member Since 2020

Summer joined ARP in September of 2020. She recently adopted from ARP and now has two dogs, Lady and Maximus; three cats, Jango, Kylo, and Chloe; and four rats, Hank, Dwight, Crumbles, and Emile. “This is honestly the best job I’ve ever had—and the most rewarding! Bonding with the dogs and then helping them go to their forever family is just so bittersweet.”

Animal Rescue Project

Animal Rescue Project focuses on saving at-risk pets in pound facilities. We save homeless pets, one at a time, give them medical care and a safe temporary home, and provide responsible adoption services to those seeking pets.

Animal Rescue Project
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Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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