Board of Trustees

Sally Williams

Founder and Director

Sally Williams is a Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of The Contented Cat.

A lifelong animal lover Sally is a member of The Pet Professional Guild, the IAABC and a longtime volunteer at the Monmouth County SPCA and more recently Siamese Cat Rescue. Sally is also a certified Animal Reiki Practitioner and member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association..

Most importantly Sally is Brodie’s mom and he is the inspiration behind The Brodie Fund.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France

Jillian Gergely MS, OTR

Treasurer

Jillian Gergely graduated from Duquesne University with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.  She has been an occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics for almost 14 years. Over the 14 years, she has worked in a variety of settings and with a wide range of diagnoses.  She is also a mom of a five year old and a one year old.  However, her first baby was her fur baby, Edy.  She was a beautiful white dog with black spots, a Pointer mix. Two months shy of Edy’s 5th birthday in June of 2014, she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  In order to extend her life, she needed to have her leg that had the cancer in it amputated. Edy quickly adapted and continued doing her favorites things but just as a tripod.  Her favorites things were running, hiking, swimming, playing and cuddling on the couch with her parents. She was the happiest tripod and life was still wonderful for her. After 8 chemo treatments and 19 months of fighting off the cancer Edy passed. The love and joy Edy gave to Jillian and her family continues to this day. Jillian is a proud member of the Brodie Fund to honor Edy’s life and spirit and to give hope to others.

Heather Wallace, ESMT, CCMT

Secretary

Heather Wallace is a certified equine and canine sports massage therapist and co-owner of Bridle & Bone Wellness LLC. After working for 12 years in the publishing industry, she changed careers to fulfill her dream of working with animals. In addition to her small business, Heather is the writer and editor for the equestrian and canine blog, Bridle & Bone, where she addresses important topics such as natural health and wellness.

She is a proud wife, mother, guardian of two rescue dogs, and amateur equestrian. Heather is excited to be a member of Team Brodie to help animals receive the funding they need for cancer treatment and to improve their quality of life.

Riina Rumvolt Van Rixoort, MBA

Trustee

Riina Rumvolt Van Rixoort is a small business marketing coach and consultant, and the owner of Van Rixoort Marketing LLC. She is a consultant and instructor for the Monmouth Ocean Small Business Development Center, and an instructor in Continuing & Professional Education at Ocean County College. Riina is also a volunteer on the Aberdeen-Matawan Community Emergency Response Team.

 

Riina’s marketing experience spans over 30 years. She is a versatile, results oriented marketing professional, with a strong customer focus, communication and project management skills. She successfully developed marketing strategies and content marketing for small businesses, financial services firms and academic institutions. She holds a MBA in Marketing from New York University. She considers making a real difference in the lives of pets and their humans a joy.

Dustin Lewis, DVM, DACVR (RO)

Trustee

Dr. Lewis grew up in Northeast Indiana, and went to Purdue University for both his undergraduate studies and veterinary school.  In 2010 he graduated from veterinary school and began a small animal rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York, NY.  In July 2011, he began a residency in Radiation Oncology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.  Due to several unfortunate events, his program was transferred to Colorado State University, where he finished his radiation oncology training in July 2013.  Upon completion of his residency, he accepted the position as radiation oncologist at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ.

Advisory Board Members

Dr. Scott Kilcullen

Dr. Scott Kilcullen graduated from Western Illinois University in 1993, he went south to Ross University Veterinary School, where he met his wife Stacey and graduated in 1999.  He then completed internships at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana and St. Joseph University, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Dr. Scott worked at VCA in Staten Island from 2000-2002 and at Route 516 Animal Hospital in Old Bridge from 2002-2005. When Monmouth Animal Hospital closed suddenly in 2005, Dr. Kilcullen bought their practice with Dr. Yacowitz and came here to Little Silver Animal Hospital as a partner in the business. In 2007 Scott became certified as a veterinary acupuncturist through the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida.
Dr. Scott and Dr. Stacey live in Ocean Township, NJ with their two children Mackenzie and Liam , their dog Sasha, and cats Patrick and Payton. Anyone who knows Dr. Scott knows that he’s a big Chicago sports fan – he loves “Da Bears” and the Cubs – he says they’re loveable losers and so be it!

Lisa Wolak, MBA

Lisa received her MBA from Monmouth University, but after leaving the financial industry has dedicated her time to making the lives of animals better through volunteering. Lisa volunteers for the Monmouth County SPCA, Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue, Siamese Cat Rescue Center and New Hanover Humane Society. Lisa is a trained Animal Reiki Practitioner and has saved the lives of countless animals through socialization, fostering and transports.

Karen Widero

Karen is currently the Director Of Referral Relations at Compassion-First Pet Hospitals.   Before joining Compassion-First Karen was the Director of Doctor Services for Red Bank Veterinary Hospital for 15 years as well as a board member for Save U.S. Pets.

Committee Chairs

Matty Giuliano

While working as an Animal Cruelty Officer for the Monmouth County SPCA for 10 years and having handled approximately 2,000 animals cruelty complaints, Matty was “called” into a different line of work and received his interfaith ordination in August, 2014.  He became the Chaplain of the Law Enforcement Division in October of that year as well as the Chaplain for PBA Local # 394.  In March 2015, Matty retired from the Law Enforcement Division to focus solely on his position as Chaplain and since that time has been named the Chaplain for the entire Monmouth County SPCA.
In addition to being an Ordained Minister, Matty holds two distinct Animal Bereavement Certifications and continued to further his education through his current enrollment in the Animal Chaplain Program at Emerson Theological Institute, receiving his second Ordination from Emerson in June, 2016.  His services, which are always free of charge, include pet blessings, pet funerals and memorials, bereavement counseling, and spiritual and emotional support.

Jeff Blazewicz

Jeff Blazewicz grew up in Whitehouse, NJ on 10 acres of land with 4 horses, numerous dogs and a goat. In 1981 he received a BA in Broadcast Communication from Seton Hall University and for 34 years has been employed by Allstate Insurance Company. He is married to Brodie Fund Board Member Peggy Blazewicz, living in Matawan NJ with their 4 cats and 5 Koi fish. Jeff volunteers for the Monmouth County SPCA, All Fur Love Animal Rescue and Aberdeen/Matawan CERT. (Community Emergency Response Team).
Interests:  Animal welfare, sports, reading, biking, writing.