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Our Team

Our people are extremely dedicated to what we do here at All Breed Rescue & Training. Meet our team and board who make everything we do possible! 

Lauren Fox, CPDT-KA: Executive Director

Lauren has been the Executive Director of All Breed Rescue & Training in Colorado Springs since 1998. On the training side of the organization, she teaches group classes, and provides private consultations, evaluations, and counseling. On the other end, Lauren rescues and rehomes more than 100 dogs a year, and has personally fostered over 100 dogs. She presents training demonstrations and seminars at animal shelters, schools, libraries, and veterinary practices. She has taught both high school and college level courses in animal behavior, and has clicker-trained and rehabilitated hundreds of animals, including many breeds of dogs, wolves, wolf-crosses, cats, parrots, donkeys, and horses. Lauren currently shares her home with four dogs, a cat, an umbrella cockatoo, three donkeys, a Shetland pony, a Thoroughbred, two 15-year-old human children, and one amazing spouse!

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Sara Simon: Community Relations Director

Sara has been with All Breed Rescue & Training since 2010. She has 20+ years of background in management and marketing. She has extensive volunteer experience in a variety of nonprofits. She has an Associate’s degree in Communication and is nearing completion of her Bachelor’s in Communication. 

Sara has four dogs of her own: Obe a Pit-Dane, Finley a Chihuahua-Yorkie, Phina a Chihuahua, and Pixel a terrier/velociraptor mix. She is a proud mother of boys and married to Miguel.

Jenni Case: Office Manager

Jenni has extensive experience working in nonprofits, including her work at the Pikes Peak YMCA. As a dog-owner herself, she has unlimited dedication to all dog breeds. She is thrilled to be part of the All Breed Rescue & Training team!

Heather Balle-Mason: Technical Director, Web-Dog, and CGC Evaluator

Heather started at ABRT in May of 2011 with her dog Ripley. She started as a student but quickly became family, assisting classes, then joining the student program before moving into the front office. At this point in her time at ABRT, she has done a little bit of everything and now handles most of the inhouse technical needs of the organization.

When not at ABRT working, she is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at UCCS, where she also teaches freshmen how to survive in college. Ripley is a working Service Dog, who moonlights as a therapy dog on campus, and is learning how to herd sheep. He has his Canine Good Citizen and his Rally-Obedience Novice title. Together, they also assist the Behavior Counseling team when needed. Retro is the new kid, an Aussie who started as a foster and stayed. The remaining member of Heather's pack is her boyfriend, Nick, who handles the more mundane of dog chores around the house.

Nichola Kossitch: Business Giving Coordinator


Nichola began volunteering in mid 2017 when a friend's dog needed rescuing. She was quickly hooked by the rescue bug and threw herself into volunteering with different events. She quickly became a valued member of the team and was hired in February 2018.  She loves the dogs and does everything she can to make their lives better through her work.


She is married to John and has two children, Madelyn and JJ.  She has 3 dogs: Bailey, Dora, and Rocky. She also has a cat, a snake, and chickens.

Holly Redinger: Office Assistant

Holly started working in ABRT’s front office in February 2017. She started by fostering in the summer of 2016, then volunteered for several months before joining ABRT staff.  When not cuddling with office dogs, she is studying for her Biology degree at UCCS. She is very excited to be a part of the ABRT team and is looking forward to fostering more pups in the future. 

TRAINING & BEHAVIORAL STAFF

Jenna Haines: Adoption & Foster Director, Behavior Counselor

Jenna began with All Breed Rescue & Training to follow her passion to help dogs and owners blossom. She is, currently, the Adoption/Foster Director and a Behavior Counselor to further this passion. When not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, being outdoors, listening to live music, and hula hooping. Her home pack is made up of Tennessee Jed and Cassidy (her first foster whom she adopted), and two crazy cats, Yoda and, new kitten, Gandalf. Her heart still belongs to her soul dog, Sexy Sadie.She has also, proudly, fostered many puppies and continues to do so.

Miguel Gonzalez, CPDT-KA: Director of Training

Miguel has been with All Breed Rescue & Training since 2000. He started out as a client and is now the Lead Trainer. He acts as a mentor for student trainers and teaches Neo-Dog, Canine Connection, and Canine Good Citizen, as well as off-shoot classes like Walk With Me and Skills. Miguel is always working on new and innovative ways to educate dog owners. He is the proud father of boys and married to Sara.

Julie Harbican: PR101 and K9 Nosework Trainer

Julie has been involved with All Breed Rescue & Training since 2001 when she started as a client. Julie currently teaches: Puppy Raising 101 (Socialization) and Canine Nosework (Scent Detection). She is currently an Adoption Champion (her current five dogs are all adopted from All Breed and she holds the All Breed record for her number of "foster failures") but is working hard to become a Foster Champion instead. She has currently given seven other dogs a place to stay until they find their forever home.

Currently Julie shares her home with her personal dogs, two foster dogs, a patient cat, and an even more patient sister, Karen. In her spare time (lots of laughing), Julie likes to cook, read, bead, crochet, and waste time on Facebook and Pinterest. She also competes in Canine Nosework with her dogs Lucy and Bugsy.

Karen Hancock: Trainer

Karen has been with All Breed Rescue & Training since 2008 when she won a free Foundation Course class at a dog show and brought her pug to the class. Karen enjoyed her class so much that she decided to join the student program. She now teaches Puppy Raising 101 along with helping us keep all the pennies in the right place. She fell in love with her first foster dog, Pharaoh. She learned that the dogs rescued by All Breed are wonderful dogs who just had bad beginnings. Karen lives with her "pack:" Minya (Pug), Pharaoh (Chi Mix), and Moi (Pug mix). She also has two parrots and eight ducks who keep all the dogs in “their places and on their toes.”

Anneliese DeAragon: Trainer

Likes Dogs. Doesn't like writing. First came to All Breed for puppy class. Never left. Now a dog trainer with an awesome pitbull, Prim, plus Ponder, a pit mix, Keico, a GSD and Wink, a pit.

SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS

Judy Katz: Barn Hunt

Judy started as a client at All Breed Rescue & Training in 2006 when training her dog Zoey. She soon began volunteering and coordinating Wash-a-thons and other fundraising events. She began fostering in 2010 with Beau, whom she eventually adopted, and has continued to foster other dogs. Her household now includes Beau, El (her former foster dog), and three horses. In her spare time, she enjoys antique car shows and her real job. Judy is beginning a Barn Hunt training...coming SOON.

Melanie Gantt: Foster Dog Medical Coordinator

Melanie started with All Breed Rescue and Training in 08/2015 as a volunteer dog walker and shortly after signed up as a student trainer and later became the medical coordinator as well.  Before Melanie entered the world of dogs, she was a (human) medical assistant for 14 years specializing in Orthopedics, Trauma, and Pediatrics.  She lives with her long-time fiancé and has one teenage son, James, who also volunteers at All Breed Rescue.  When Melanie is not at All Breed Rescue, she enjoys training and playing with her four dogs, plus hiking with her dogs and fiancé, Jeremy.  Melanie has 3 rescue dogs, two of which were foster dogs she adopted from All Breed Rescue and enjoys learning all different ways to help them succeed in life.  Her four dogs are Sadie (Border Collie), Radar (Cattle dog/German Shepherd), Jackson (Boxer/Plott Hound), and Piper (Dutch Shepherd/Husky).

Chris Spinato: Event Coordinator and Volunteer

Chris has been a client at All Breed Rescue & Training since 2005. Her family includes her husband, Jeff, and at present, four crazy dogs. She has a 15-year-old Belgian-Tervuren Mix named Max, two Chihuahuas (both adopted from ABRT) a 9 yr old fawn colored girl named Peanut and an 8 year old girl named Biscuit.  Churro, a brindle chihuahua terrier mix, was added to the family during the Black Forest Fire.  They all love to go camping, hiking, boating and out to any restaurant that lets dogs on their patios.  Chris was on the All Breed Board of Directors for several years. She has worked on many committees and volunteered for many events, but is most known for chairing the Whine & Cheese event for most of its 12 year span and our Doggie Dash 5k.  Jeff is a great help to her during the crunch times before the events and soliciting many donations.  She loves finding ways to raise money for All Breed while making sure we all have some fun too.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Karen Dayberry: President of the Board

I came to ABRT in 2011 as a client with my heart dog Tobi.  Until then, nobody could help us;   no one understood her or the anxiety I felt, and the best solution offered for her behavior was “manage it.”   It’s hard to manage broken without some understanding, and hard to manage a reactive dog without the tools.

When I met with Lauren Fox for the first time and discussed these issues, I felt like someone who had crossed the desert without water who was finally getting a drink.  I wasn’t alone anymore.  She and the staff did not judge me or the dog but rather offered us an out-stretched hand offering to help.  

When asked, I was honored to become part of an organization so absolutely devoted to the dog and the human-dog relationship.  And I continue to be humbled by the knowledge, empathy and devotion I see in every volunteer and staff member.

Today, I share my heart and my home with three AKC Greyhounds, including Tobi, who are trained in performance sports and conformation.  The people at ABRT have embraced each one as part of the family, as they do with all who come through the door.


All Breed Rescue and Training © 2017
410 1/2 E Fillmore St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 264-6460
info@haveanicedog.org