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The Washington Animal Rescue League is staffed by a team of compassionate professionals who are dedicated to the care, rehabilitation, and placement of forgotten, abused, and abandoned animals.
Bob came to the League from the National Aquarium, where he was Executive Director of the Washington, DC venue, the nation’s first non-commercial aquarium, and Vice President of Development at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. At the National Aquarium, he was responsible for fundraising and membership during the campaign to build and complete the $70 million Australia expansion on Pier 3, and during the current renovations. Prior to his work with the National Aquarium, Bob was Vice President of Development and Marketing at the African Wildlife Foundation, Director of Development and Marketing at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Director of Annual Programs at the University of Maryland System. Bob is active in higher education, currently serving in leadership roles at both of his alma maters. He is on The Cornell University Plantations Advisory Committee and is a Life Member of the University’s Council. He is also a member of The University of Maryland, College of Education’s Campaign Cabinet. Bob is currently a member of The Reef Environmental and Education Foundation (REEF) Board of Directors. After earning his undergraduate government and MBA degrees from Cornell University, Bob earned a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Maryland.
Mary has over 10 years experience in the animal welfare field. She is a former trainer for a service and therapy dog training organization in the DC metro area. She was also a board member of the PGSPCA where she developed their intake process and rejuvenated their adoptions program. She came to the League in 2007 as our Behavior and Training Manager leaving behind the corporate world of engineering where she had 25 years of business experience. She oversees our medical center, adoptions, shelter and intake, behavior and training, and humane education.
Trudy Scanlan is the League’s Chief Financial Officer. Trudy comes to the League with over 25 years of financial management experience working with nonprofits in the DC Area, including So Others Might Eat, The Washington Humane Society, and the national office of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Most recently, Trudy worked at Project HOPE, where she was the Finance Manager of Health Affairs, a leading peer-reviewed journal on health care policy. Trudy has an MBA with emphasis on Project Management; her undergraduate major was accounting.
Dr.Jan Rosen graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. She worked in private practice for 16 years. At the same time, she volunteered her medical services at a local shelter and surgical services in feral cat spay/neuter clinics. In 2003, she joined the League as Senior Staff Veterinarian in order to fulfill her original goal of reducing the suffering of stray animals. In 2008 she became the Medical Center Director.
Michelle Yue, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, has worked with hundreds of dogs in the Washington, DC area. At the League, she has developed and run several programs, including the Open Paw Program, the WARL Certified Dog Trainer Program, and the Reactive Dog Class series. Michelle also runs her own business, Good Dog DC, LLC, for private clients. She lives with her 6–year-old corgi/spaniel mix and a rotating stream of “visiting” foster dogs.
Debbie Duel came to the League in April 2008 to run a classroom-based education program. She has 20 years of experience in humane education—leading classroom programs, workshops, teacher trainings and conferences. She helped launch the Humane Society of the US’s First Strike™ Campaign, an animal cruelty/human violence connection awareness program. She has published several children’s books with humane themes. Debbie has a Masters degree in education.
Maureen Sosa came to the League in December 2003 as a volunteer. She moved into a full-time position in the kennels, became the adoptions manager, and then managed the medical care of shelter animals. As Shelter Director she oversees all shelter operations. She attended Maryland College of Art and Design.
Matt’s career has spanned over 25 years as a senior-level strategic communications and public relations professional. During that time, his experience includes a 22-year career with Washington Sports and Entertainment (Verizon Center, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Ticketmaster), where he served in several positions, including Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the League, Matt was the Vice President of Business Development for Maroon PR, where he was responsible for developing new business for the marketing and public relations firm. Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Emory University.
Stephanie White-Jones started with the League in April 2008, bringing with her nine years of experience in human resources from nursing facilities. She received her Masters of Science degree in Organization & Management with a specialization in Human Resources in March 2007.