Meet The Team
While stationed in England with the Air Force, Kerry’s husband recalls one of the first questions she asked him was, “Do you like dogs?” Obviously, he got the right answer because not long after that they married in England where Kerry was a pediatric community nurse practitioner following a successful career in London as a commercial designer. Kerry, a life-long animal lover and dog owner, is a British firecracker when it comes to her passion for the welfare of dogs. Since her adoption as a Jersey Girl, Kerry has been a tireless volunteer in local animal charities and non-profits to “learn the ropes” of dog rescue, transport, fostering, and adoption. Now, as an empty nester, Kerry splits her time as an art teacher, writing honey-do lists for her husband, forcing her friends to look at rescue pups and leading an incredible group of volunteers while they do their part to "save-them-all"!
Len is a lifelong dog lover and owner, originally from New Jersey and somehow found his way back home after serving 23 years in the Air Force. Len is safely home for good and works as a government employee in defense contracting where he and his team passionately serve our brave men and women in uniform. Len's wife, who happens to be the founder of MatchDog, refers to him as the keeper of the keys... the one who shares the good news..."Yay! We got a grant!" And the bad news... "Sorry, we cannot fund that." Len makes sure we stay in the black and gets the many bills paid. He doesn't remember signing up for this... he says he's not a volunteer, rather, he's a "voluntold". Although he fancies himself as a comedian he takes his role very seriously (please don't tell him he's not funny) and knows that his efforts, like the efforts of all MatchDog volunteers, are saving the lives of so many at risk dogs. Having served in many war zones Len has seen the best and the worst in people- and dog rescue certainly tops the list in bringing out the best in people.
Geri has been involved with Matchdog since it was founded. She first was a foster but after watching how involved her 2 daughters were volunteering for MDR she decided to join them at events and transports in the Spring of 2018.
Being a dog lover, she was quickly hooked. She now also helps with payments and adoptions. Geri has 2 dogs, Ginger and Phoebe. Phoebe was a matchdog foster "win". She also has 4 rescue grand dogs who visit often. Geri loves working with her Matchdog family.
Michele, Vet Liaison
Michele started volunteering with MatchDog in April 2020. She credits MatchDog as her Covid Silver Lining, during such difficult times MatchDog gave her peace, purpose, and a wonderful community of like-minded volunteers who love dogs as much as she does.
She started as a MatchMaker and now her main role is managing vet records and working with the vets to get our foster pup’s appointments when needed. She loves the idea of a behind the scenes role that makes such an impact.
Michele and her husband Al foster and love helping at transport events. “The best Saturday of the month”. They share their home with their furkids MatchDog Kiwi and her rescue brother Ragz. She volunteers with MatchDog because she believes although she can’t save them all, she can make a difference in saving many.
One of the many highlights of her MatchDog experience was fostering three 9-week-old pups at once. “The most amazing, rewarding experience ever!”
Lisa began volunteering with MatchDog Rescue in June 2018. She started by fostering and helping at events. Lisa then assisted with several different aspects behind the scenes, including social media. She currently oversees a team who help tell the story of all the dogs MatchDog rescues on Facebook and Instagram. Lisa's favorite part of her social media work is being able to read the messages from adopters of how their MatchDogs are doing as well as seeing the photos of MatchDogs happy with their furever families. When Lisa isn't volunteering with MatchDog Rescue, she works as an elementary school teacher, enjoys the shore, and spends time with her own two MatchDogs.
Lisa, Social Media Manager
Patty, Foster Coordinator, Spay and Neuter Lead
Patty's first rescue was a giant New Zealand rabbit saved from experimentation in a lab in the 1980's. After that came various cats, reptiles, and dogs. She took a break from rescue to raise her family then came to MatchDog Rescue in November 2017. Since coming to MDR, she has fostered many, many beautiful pups. Her foster fail finally happened in March 2019 when she adopted Raven (aka Licorice). She has assumed the roles of foster coordinator and spay and neuter program coordinator.
Amy, Logistics Manager, Pregnant Fosters Coordinator
Amy has been a MatchDog Rescue volunteer since January 2018, and has volunteered in many different areas of the rescue, most currently as MDR's logistics manager and pregnant foster dog coordinator!
Amy lives with her 2 rescue pups,( Chip and her MatchDog Tony, who she just adopted in February) her 3 kids who all take part in volunteering when she bring fosters home, and husband Scott .
Marylin, Content editor, MatchDog Bio-writer
Marylin started volunteering with Matchdog in June of 2018. She started with setting up an area for food and water during transport events. She has also been a foster, a matchmaker, BioWriter, and now her main role is content editor of Petstablished and MDR's biographer. Through Matchdog she has learned to hone her skills in organization, delegating, translation, and editing among others. Working and being part of the leadership team has allowed her to learn the ropes of rescuing- which is always a learning curve! It takes dedication, passion, love and patience! If you have never volunteered she recommends volunteering with Matchdog : "if you've got skills, ideas, or want to learn new things then join us! At Matchdog we are more than volunteers we are family with one common goal- Save as many dogs as possible because Little by little, a little becomes a lot!”
GUINEVERE, Volunteer/Event Coordinator
Guinevere grew up with a dog always by her side. As a lifetime animal lover, she completely understands and cherishes the impact that they have in our lives. Seeing the love everyone has for each and every pup that’s rescued, along with the fact that MatchDog Rescue pulls from shelters with the highest euthanasia rates in the country, as well as dogs overseas, are just a few of the many reasons that initially brought her to volunteer with us in November of 2019- and we're thrilled she did. In addition to her involvement in the many behind the scene aspects in MatchDog, you can normally find Guinevere interacting with volunteers and potential adopters at the welcome table during our events.
Molly, Lead Advocate/ Fact Finder
Loving and respecting animals has always been a part of Molly's credo. Growing up, Molly always had rescue dogs as part of the family, as many as five at one point! Currently Molly has two: a puppy mill rescue (Miley) and an MDR pup (Rosie) adopted in March of 2019.
So impressed with the philosophy of MDR and the compassion and kindness of it's volunteers, Molly became a volunteer in May of 2019. She has been a biowriter, a volunteer on transport days, a member of the Add/Edit team and now is an Advocate/Fact Finder, following the process of each pup, from the day of rescue to the day of adoption.
Molly also works full-time as the mail order department for a small retail business.