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

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.

Lynn Shapiro


Lynn Shapiro was the founder and President of Lynn S. Shapiro & Associates for nearly 25 years, providing fundraising, event planning and association management services to political candidates and organizations, non profits and statewide and national membership organizations.
She is currently involved in numerous entrepreneurial ventures and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.
She is a pet owner and lover and has rescued (and been rescued by) several dogs ranging in size and breed over the past 15 or so years.

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.

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!

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.

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 and Events Coordinator

Dana Welle

Dana works at Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty as a full-time sales associate, prior to that Dana worked in the publishing industry in NYC. She began with media powerhouses Vera Wang and Seventeen Magazine as an intern, and ultimately executive administrator for top-level management at Condé Nast, home to some of the world’s premier luxury media brands.
Dana has advanced skills in organizational management and marketing; including print, digital, and social media management. Her expertise in managing high-level and time sensitive expectations, negotiations with vendors, and client successes align seamlessly with her real estate business.

She is a beach lover and dedicated to giving back to her community. She is a member of the Colts Neck Lion’s Club, Junior League of Monmouth County and as active fundraiser for Marie Frank Foundation, a foundation that promotes track and field sports for all children in the elementary grades. A New Jersey native, Dana currently lives in Red Bank with her boyfriend Jonathan and highly energetic and loving cat Hudson.

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. She lives in Granada, Spain with her husband, Dave and their two dogs Laila and Riia.