Board of Directors

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

Karen Widero

Board Chair

Karen Widero has a long career in working with the veterinary industry and animal welfare. Most recently Karen was Director of Client Experience at Compassion-First Pet Hospitals.   Prior to joining Compassion-First, Karen served as Director of Doctor Services for Red Bank Veterinary Hospital for fifteen years.


Karen learned about volunteerism as a young student and has since devoted countless hours in support of various causes and eleemosynary institutions.  She served as president of a local Muscular Dystrophy Association chapter, led holiday drives to bring cheer to those in need, lent support for educational and scholarship programs, and served on the board of directors for Save US Pets.  Her love of animals and understanding of the challenges pet-owners face in caring for their four-legged loved ones brings Karen to The Brodie Fund.

Riina Rumvolt Van Rixoort, MBA


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.


Katie Weigers


Katie Wiegers is an auditor with a public accounting firm and is the co-founder of a hyper-local lifestyles website, Red Bank Pulse. Katie’s love of animals started at a very early age with her childhood miniature dachshund, Molly and cat, Cinnamon. While at Rutgers, Katie was introduced to The Seeing Eye’s Puppy Raiser program, in which you can volunteer to help raise a future seeing-eye dog. Cue Tamela, Katie’s first seeing-eye puppy in training, that she raised. Unfortunately, Tamela was not deemed healthy enough to go on to be a seeing-eye dog due to her early kidney disease, but Katie and family opted to adopt her back! Katie and Tamela went on to become a certified therapy dog team. Fighting pet cancer is near and dear to Katie’s heart as Tamela was diagnosed with and shortly thereafter passed away from cancer.


Katie’s love of animals and personal fight with pet cancer brought her to The Brodie Fund to help other pets and their families receive the gift of time.


Katie currently resides in Red Bank, NJ with her fiance, John, and their two rescue kitties Andy and Vader. Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rutgers Business School.

Bridget Whelan

Bridget Whelan is the owner of Couture on Tour, LLC, a touring vintage up-cycled fashion boutique. She married her high school sweetheart after 20 years and together they live with her daughter Krystal, six cats, and one dog. After the devastating loss of one of her cats, she met Sally through a chance encounter. They found they have a lot in common, even more so now that another of her cats has been diagnosed with cancer.  Bridget enjoys all animals, the beach, and spending time with family and friends. During the warmer months, she volunteers with A Walk On Water, an organization that provides Surf Therapy to children with special needs or disability.

Lisa Fardella

Lisa’s life consists of dogs and dinosaurs. During the day, Lisa is a Park Manager for Field Station: Dinosaurs and the rest of the day is spent spoiling her own dog and being a voice for the voiceless, by volunteering her time with German Shepherd rescue and various other non- profit organizations.  After losing two consecutive pets to cancer, Lisa is involved with The Brodie Fund to make a difference in the lives of pets and owners dealing with pet cancer. Lisa is also a volunteer with the Pet Cancer Fund.


Lisa is a co-founder and served as Secretary and President for the German Shepherd Rescue of New Jersey and is an active volunteer with Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary. She has served on the Board of 180 Turning Lives Around, Garden State German Shepherd Rescue, and the Cultural Access Network of NJ.  Lisa attended Montclair State University and Berkeley School of Business
in Woodbridge, NJ.

River Giberson

River Giberson is the co-owner of CENTURY 21 Thomson & Co., a real estate firm located in Red Bank. He has been in the real estate industry since 2012 and assists home sellers and buyers throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.


River is married to his husband, Joe, and they have three animals (with hopefully more to come) Hudson – their little Puerto Rican Sato rescue, Bates – their docile yet sassy Persian, and Oscar – their Tuxedo boy! River has a huge love for all kinds of animals and became interested in volunteering originally after the process of adopting Hudson and wanting to help animals in any way he could. That brought him to The Brodie Fund and the rest is history!

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!

Dr. Kendra Pope

Dr. Pope received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2011, and certifications in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, food therapy and Tui-na at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine from 2009-2011. She went on to complete a rotating internship and residency in medical oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained board certification in 2015. Dr. Pope is currently pursuing certification in Western herbal medicine through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and is active in clinical trials, publications, lectures and research. Following her residency, Dr. Pope worked at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital from 2015-2017 and went on to open her own Integrative Oncology & Veterinary Wellness practice in Red Bank, NJ in 2017.

In her free time, Dr. Pope loves traveling to new places, yoga, great food and drinks, meeting new people and snuggling on her Pomeranian, Fritz.

DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP

Dr. Stacey Burdick

Stacy attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute for undergrad, University of Illinois for Veterinary School (graduated with honors (phi zeta). Stacy then interned at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk CT and then onto her residency for Internal Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. She stayed at the AMC for a year long fellowship in Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy. Stacy finally joined Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in 2014 to start the IR/IE program and became Chief of Staff in 2016.
Stacy lives in Fair Haven, NJ with her husband, two dogs ( Norman the black lab and Arlo the Newfie) and two cats ( Gobbler and Cameron).
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Veterinarian, Medical Director, Chief of Staff (RBVH Tinton Falls): Internal Medicine, Interventional Radiology & Endoscopy.

Volunteer Coordinator

Kristin Cheney

Kristin grew up in Fair Haven, NJ, and got her first fish at Frogtown Frolics, then came the gerbils, parakeets, love birds, cats, dogs, and her favorite, a ferret named Elan.
Since moving back to Red Bank, Kristin has become an avid cat sitter and dog walker.


After being asked by another original volunteer Kristin quickly jumped in to help with Brodie Fund events and the rest is history.
As volunteer coordinator Kristin is an integral part of all event planning and execution along with being the volunteer team leader.


Giving the gift of time is her mantra and is the main reason why Kristin gives her time to The Brodie Fund.

Brodie’s Phoenix Fund Committee

JT Savor

Committee Chair

JT Savor is a US Army Purple Heart and Army Commendation with Valor award recipient as well as a drug and alcohol addiction specialist. He is the founder of Tactical Recovery Group, a nonprofit for veterans seeking help to overcome substance abuse and mental health disorders. He is a SMART Recovery Certified Facilitator and routinely uses animals as therapeutic assistance resources with his clients. The biggest role JT is most proud of though is having been able to be Phoenix’s father. Striving every day to emulate the loyalty, affection, compassion and relentless determination that Phoenix showed him.

Ambassador and Guest Blogger

Jen Sotolongo

Jen Sotolongo is the writer and owner of Long Haul Trekkers, a blog about adventure and outdoor travel with dogs. Her greatest dog-centric adventure to date was a two-year cycle tour across Europe and South America with her husband and their dog, Sora, a Brodie Fund recipient. Other favorite dog-friendly activities include running long distances on trail, camping under the stars, and discovering new places to venture together around the world.