about us

Ohio Pet Charities, Inc. has a group of dedicated and caring members  who are passionate about the welfare of animals.

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MEET OUR TEAM

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Elizabeth McClain | President, Board Member

Elizabeth has a desire to make a change in her community and that began when she adopted her first rescue dog and continues through the rescue of four more dogs. Making a meaningful change in her community and in the lives of animals and the people that benefit from their unconditional love is key to her work as the president of Ohio Pet Charities.

Elizabeth specializes in project management and business resiliency and has successfully managed projects for private, public and non-profit companies. Her expertise in relationship building and networking supports the goals of the charity to increase animal education and wellness activities in the Central Ohio area.

Elizabeth is a Columbus native and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Western Governors University. She is active in her community through her work on the Dublin Community Services Advisory Commission and volunteering with other rescue organizations. She enjoys spending time with her husband and sons and genealogical research.

Matt McClain | Board Member

Growing up I was never without a pet, mostly dogs, but always understood the enrichment to life a pet brings to the household.  Around 13 years ago we started rescuing dogs over purchasing from pet stores or breeders.  This started our journey advocating for rescue animals, which has expanded into a passion leading to our involvement with Ohio Pet Charities.

Matt an Information Technologies Professional has been an associate at Honda companies for over 30 years, and currently is a manager of the Honda North America Database Team.

Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, three boys, and five rescue dogs.  He does sometimes lose the blanket battle with their youngest rescue Nutmeg.

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Todd Mannix | Treasurer, Board Member

Todd has always believed in creating a culture of giving back and has a passion to improve the community in which he resides.  This has been demonstrated through his involvement with Alpha Phi Omega, a nationally recognized service fraternity, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and most recently with Ohio Pet Charities. 

He brings over 15 years of experience in financial planning & analysis from two Fortune 100 companies.  His financial management background will align well with his responsibility as Treasurer, he will oversee all aspects of the charities finances, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting to the Board.

He holds a B.S., in Finance and Marketing from The University of Dayton and an M.B.A. from Ohio Dominican University.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and following UD basketball.

Sharon Daehler | Secretary, Board Member

Sharon has always felt good about helping others and has donated her time, effort, and support to many charitable causes around Central Ohio. When she discovered Ohio Pet Charities, she realized she could help both two-legged and four-legged others at the same time and was happy to bring her love of event planning and fundraising for nonprofit groups to the organization.

Sharon holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Franklin University, and as a Compliance Analyst she is well-aware of the importance of detailed record keeping and adherence to rules and laws. These qualities will help her fulfill her duties as the Secretary for Ohio Pet Charities.

Sharon was born in Cleveland, but has called the Columbus area home for 90% of her life. She has loved dogs, cats and soft, furry animals for as long as she can remember. She currently is the human parent to two rescue dogs and one feline survivor of hurricane Katrina. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking, reading and watching OSU football.

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Colleen Connor | Board Member

Colleen Connor is an At Large Ohio Pet Charities Board Member. She is a Senior IT Project Manager with over 15 years managing complex projects for several Fortune 500 companies. Her strengths include gathering relevant information, assessing impacts, and making decisions quickly. She enjoys working collaboratively and believes a group working together will come up with the best solutions.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein University and her Master of Business Administration from Franklin University. She is also a certified Project Manager (PMP) and Fellow Life Institute (FLMI).

Dr. Michael Henricks, DVM | Medical Advisor

Growing up in Southern Ohio, Dr. Henricks learned very early in life the enjoyment and fulfillment that comes from the relationships we have with our pets.  Since graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, Dr. Henricks has built his professional career on providing high quality medicine to pets, connecting with his clients, and community involvement.  Dr. Henricks and his wife Ashlie live in the area with their two children, Madeline and Mason, and their dog, cat, and rabbit.  Outside the office, Dr. Henricks enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and exploring the outdoors.

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Katie Russell | Legal Counsel

Katie has been an attorney for Honda since 2005 specializing in contracts, corporate governance and regulatory law.  Prior to that, she was an associate at Roetzel & Andress and Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and has her law degree from The Ohio State University. 

 

Katie currently owns a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix named Maddie who she adopted from the Champaign County Animal Welfare Organization. Katie enjoys running, hiking, traveling, live music and spending time with her dog and two children.