Meet the Staff
Interim Executive Director
Sarah Witherell joined the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Weld County in August of 2017. She works in the human resources field and most recently served as Senior Human Resources Business Partner at PDC Energy, and previously served as the Human Resources Director at Poudre Valley REA. In addition to board service, Sarah is a foster, clinic assistant and animal care volunteer at the shelter. Sarah also serves on the Parks & Recreation Board for the City of Greeley. She is passionate about animal equality and welfare, staying abreast of best in practice trends in the community sheltering field and serving our community animals and their families.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University, and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. She has lived in Colorado since 2004.
Director of Operations
Born and raised in New Orleans, Brooke grew up surrounded by animals as her parents instilled caring and protecting animals throughout her childhood. She worked part time at local veterinary clinics while in college and adopted her first rescue dog from a clinic after her owners abandoned her there.
Brooke’s original path was in the legal field as she spent several years working for Parish Attorney’s office in Jefferson Parish as well as for District Attorney assisting in Felony Investigations and prosecution.
Her passion remained with animals and she spent much of her down time volunteering and fostering for her local animal shelter when an opportunity presented itself to manage the high intake, high euthanasia facility for which she volunteered/fostered for.
Brooke spent 10 years transforming the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, implementing standard operating procedures, building a foster and volunteer program, and changing the community’s perception, especially with bully breeds. She built relationships with rescue groups, did countless out of state transfers, and managed the shelter during several natural disasters. Brooke received her emergency management training certification through FEMA and is an alumna of the University of New Orleans and the Humane Society of the United States Animal Shelter Management curriculum. Her decade long tenure in animal welfare in Louisiana resulted in life saving programs such as TNR (trap, neuter, release) in which every feral cat was vetted and placed back into the community in safe haven colonies, the live release rate skyrocketed from an abysmal 40% to 90%, and she was instrumental in designing a state of the art, 30,000 square foot facility that provided a drastically improved environment for the 18,000 cared for by the shelter annually.
Brooke is eager to make positive changes to animal welfare in Weld County and feels that the community is one of the most supportive aspects of her new position. Since her arrival, the positions of Community Engagement Coordinator and Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator have been created and filled as quality of life for the animals is at the forefront of her mission at the HSWC in addition to decreased length of stay for shelter animals.
She is excited to develop programs which benefit the community and the animals and feels that the Humane Society of Weld County is off to a promising start with a bright future.
Brooke relocated to Greeley in September from New Orleans with her fiancé and her 5 rescue dogs and is absolutely thrilled to be a resident of Colorado and embark on her new journey as Director of Operations.
Dr. Talia Agone, DVM
Bio Coming Soon!
Jenn Barday joined the Humane Society of Weld County in November of 2016 as the Event Coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing and planning all fundraising events for the shelter.
Jenn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 2014. She has also earned two Associate of Arts degrees from Johnson & Wales University in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts.
Jenn was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and lives in Greeley, CO with her husband, two dogs, and cat.
Hailey Kohl is a Chicago native who started her journey in animal welfare at a high volume animal hospital and boarding facility ten years ago. After graduating college in Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, she relocated to Colorado and took on the role as Animal Care Supervisor with Larimer Humane Society. This job eventually led her to be signed on as a Professional Responder with the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response division. Here Hailey filled the role of Shelter Lead for three years, overseeing and supporting operations at the ASPCA’s temporary emergency shelters across the nation where they housed animals rescued from large scale cruelty or disaster cases. Through FEMA, she is certified in National Incident Management Systems and working with animals in disasters through the Emergency Management Institute. She is also a Fear Free Shelters graduate with the intention to improve the emotional experiences of animals in this shelter.
Hailey started with the Humane Society of Weld County in January and is excited to help improve the shelter practices. She spent the last three years traveling extensively between ASPCA deployments and for pleasure and is happy to nest in Northern Colorado for a while.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Bria has worked in animal welfare for several years, starting as an animal care technician eight years ago. She is extremely dedicated to animal welfare and serving the homeless animals in our community. Two years ago she moved to Colorado from Delaware, continuing her passion to serve the animals most in need.
Bria graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware. She promotes environmental safety and animal adoptions through one of her other passions, wildlife and pet photography. She currently resides in Evans, CO with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and two parrots, all of whom are rescues.
Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator
Jordan began his professional animal handling career when he decided to join the Marine Corps. Jordan was selected to become a Military Working Dog Handler in 2008 and attended Handler’s Course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He deployed to Afghanistan 2 times with his canine companion as a bomb detection team. Jordan later received orders to Okinawa, Japan where he would go on to become the Chief Trainer for all working dogs on the island. Throughout his time in the military, Jordan has trained and certified countless canine teams.
When Jordan got out of the military he moved back to his hometown in Louisiana where he began working at the local animal shelter. He became an Animal Control Officer and specialized in rehabilitating abused and neglected animals. After 3 years of doing animal control, he and his fiancé moved here to Greeley, Colorado where he now holds the title of Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator.