Jillian is CAA’s new Executive Director, starting April 2019. Previously, Jillian was CAA’s Outreach Manager overseeing the Communications, Adoptions, Foster, Rescue and Volunteer departments. Her work depended on coordination with our veterinary, intake and kennel teams. During her time away, she was Manager of the Steamboat Springs, CO public shelter, including all aspects of shelter operations. Prior to working in animal welfare, Jillian’s background included nonprofit program management.
Most importantly, Jillian’s family of six! The four family pets are cared for with husband, Joseph Sergio: Lizzy (8 year old border collie mix), Poppy (2 year old border collie/pit mix adopted from CAA), Gary (10 year old Siamese mix) and Sebastian (4 year old domestic shorthair adopted from CAAWS).
Sarah hicks, dvm
Dr. Sarah has served as Veterinarian for Companion Animal Alliance since 2013. Dr. Sarah earned a B.S. in Animal Science at LSU and then went on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She is an active member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Baton Rouge Chapter of the AVMA, and the AVMA. She finds the most rewarding aspects of her job to be providing medical care for sick and injured patients and teaching students from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine medical and surgical considerations in a shelter setting.
Amanda joined CAA in 2017 as Operations Director. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the 7,000+ animals CAA impacts each year and brings with her an extensive history of animal welfare experience. Previously Amanda worked for the Louisiana SPCA for 8 years. She started as an Animal Control Officer and worker her way up to managing the entire Humane Law Enforcement department. Amanda has 2 dogs, both of which were adopted from municipal shelters, including CAA.
Emily joined the CAA team as Development Director in June 2018. She has worked in nonprofits since 2015 with a passion for philanthropy and building strong communities. She is married to Kyle Jackson, together they adopted CAA Alum, Moose (pictured), in 2012 and Scout, in 2019. You can find her walking her pups in the Garden District, cheering on the Catholic High tennis team and playing sand volleyball.
Mark began with CAA in May, 2014 and served as an Adoptions Counselor for four years. During that time, he helped adopt more than 11,000 animals and returned more than 2,500 animals to their owners! He’s now the Building Facilities Manager, responsible for the care of our new 33,000+ square feet animal shelter on the LSU Campus. In 2018 Mark helped coordinate three long distance air transports that sent more than 300 of our dogs and cats to other shelters in New Jersey and the state of Washington. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from LSU and is in the process of writing a book about his shelter work.
After volunteering with local rescues and shelters, Elizabeth volunteered for CAA in 2015 and was immediately hooked. Elizabeth worked as an Adoption Counselor, oversaw CAA's foster base as Foster and Rescue Coordinator, and maintained connections with other non-profit rescues across the southern states as ways to get animals out of the high-capacity shelter and into homes. Elizabeth also worked at the West Baton Rouge Parish Shelter and Animal Control facility overseeing intake data and record keeping, managing medical care for the animals, and maintaining relationships with fosters, volunteers, and rescues. Elizabeth now manages the Intake Department for CAA. She believes the most important part of her job is making each animal feel as comfortable as possible as they are transitioning into the shelter environment.
Lauren has always had a love for animals and wanting to be around them. In her early college years, she started volunteering on weekends and holidays. After a couple years of volunteering, she became an Adoption Counselor. She wanted to be more involved in helping create a better life for the animals she encountered in volunteering. As the Placement and Adoptions Manager, Lauren gets to be a larger part of helping the animals find a happy ending. She started volunteering to help and become a part of a shelter animal’s story. Years later, these animals have become a part of her story.
J. T. joined the team in June 2019 as Programs Director. Earlier in her career, J. T. and her husband, Michael, owned and operated a pet boarding and daycare facility for 13 years. JT also managed an animal health clinic for 2 years. J.T.’s responsibilities at CAA include organizing and coordinating the many volunteers that help at the shelter, running the retail store, and developing and managing other programs. She especially loves getting to know the volunteers! Besides caring for her own children at home, Ford (age 8) and Estelle (age 4), J.T. is a pet parent to two rescue dogs and one rescue cat.