Connecting Pets, People, and
Community While Saving Lives

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.

Bill Bradley

Second Chance Humane Society Leadership Team

Annie Guoin

Interim Executive Director

Annie has spent her professional life in the non-profit arena. She started with environmental education at Connecticut Audubon and moved to Animal Welfare in 2008, working 14 years at the Windham County Humane Society in Brattleboro, VT.

Annie and her partner Chuck took a year off to travel in their small camper with 13-pound chihuahua rescue, Arfur. After 6 months back home in Vermont, Annie accepted the offer to fill the Interim Executive Director position at Second Chance, with the goal of filling Kelly Goodin’s shoes until a new Executive Director is hired. Annie and Chuck are looking forward to hot springs and cold skiing, while Arfur looks forward to making new friends, two and four-legged. Back home in VT, Kody the cat is spending the winter with a dear friend.

Annie and Chuck are already enjoying exploring the area and have felt very welcomed by the community.

We are searching for our next Executive Director.

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Dr. Shari Depauw

Staff Veterinarian

Dr. DePauw leads Second Chance Humane Society’s Veterinary Services.

Originating from upstate New York, Dr. DePauw attended Cornell University for her undergraduate and veterinary degree, which she completed in 2003. After performing an internship in Atlanta, she moved to NYC where she treated the pets of the rich and famous. She then volunteered at a spay/neuter clinic in India, where she developed a passion for shelter medicine and serving the under-served.

When she returned to the United States, she worked at a humane society in Washington D.C. before the mountains drew her to Colorado. She worked at a humane society and low-cost clinic on the Front Range for 7 years before recently moving to the San Juans. She loves being able to provide care for those animals who otherwise may not get it, and during her free time, she enjoys exploring the mountains on foot, by bicycle, on skis, or with rope and harness.

Tara Cleveland

Shelter Manager

Tara Cleveland comes to us from Kansas City, where she worked at the city’s largest non-profit animal shelter. We are certain her ideas and experience will make Second Chance even better.

Tara has worked with animals in various capacities since she was a teenager. When asked about her goals for Second Chance, Tara said, “Using my experience and education, I hope to be a forward-thinking, strategic, and mission-driven leader for Second Chance. My priority is to positively impact as many lives as possible. I am so excited to join this incredible community, and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can.”

Tara loves to be outside, doing any activity she can do with her 14-year-old dog. She especially enjoys hiking, kayaking, and biking.

Lynda Burns

Ridgway Thrift Shop Manager

Lynda came to Second Chance after a long career in health care. She has bachelor’s degrees in nursing and sociology, a minor in business, and worked toward a master’s degree in healthcare management. She worked as an RN for many years in a variety of settings ending her career as a hospice nurse educator. Her interest in improving the lives of dying patients eventually led her to animal rescue and the care and fostering of homeless pets. Lynda’s hospice background drew her to the special needs of senior and dying dogs who are often abandoned at a time when they need a family the most. She has been a long-time volunteer for English Springer Rescue fostering and caring for many dogs in her home over the years.

Lynda has spent her life around animals, growing up with rabbits (5,000 of them!) chickens, goats and guinea pigs as well as dogs and cats and horses. Currently she lives on a ranch with her husband Robert, 4 rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats.

Lynda began volunteering at the Thrift Shop in 2004 as a way to support Second Chance Humane Society’s mission. Shortly after becoming a volunteer, she accepted a staff position at the Thrift Shop. Her interest in antiques and collectables made the thrift shop a perfect fit for her as she comments “The amazing variety of generous community donations makes working at the Thrift Shop a daily adventure and opportunity for learning”. Lynda has been the Thrift Store Manager since 2006.

Laura DePalma

Telluride Thrift Shop Manager

Laura has a rich background in shelter medicine and management which brought her to Second Chance to also follow her passion on educating the public on humanely decreasing pet overpopulation.

In 2001 Laura moved to Telluride to work at the local animal clinic inspiring her to complete a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies in 2007. After her clinical year in Australia she did her internship at a shelter in Bali, Indonesia. Over the next 20 years she worked in a variety of hospitals and shelters in positions ranging from TNR (Trap Neuter Release) Coordinator to Executive Director.

Another area Laura is passionate about is fostering kittens and special needs cats and she remains active with that. Laura also had a history, before joining the staff of Second Chance, of volunteering for various Second Chance outreach and fundraising events where her energy and enthusiasm were always so welcome.

Additionally Laura shared, “I have supported Second Chance’s Telluride Thrift Store since it opened knowing the money saves homeless animals and now I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing organization!” In her spare time Laura can be found skiing, mountain biking, riding horses, teaching fitness classes and lecturing on plant-based nutrition, in other words she doesn’t sit still for long…

Lu Anne Tyrrell

Development Associate

Colorado native Lu Anne Tyrrell brings passion and professional expertise as she joins the leadership team of Second Chance as Philanthropy Officer. “I am delighted to become a member of the skilled and energetic leadership team of a committed animal welfare organization like Second Chance”.

Lu Anne’s passion for animals and their welfare has been life-long, comprised of years as a volunteer with a variety of animal welfare organizations, and work on a number of animal-related causes. Lu Anne also values the time she has spent fostering rescued animals.

Over the years Lu Anne’s professional experience has included public and private sector stakeholder relationships, sponsorship and donor procurement for Montrose’s first Main Street program, marketing and public relations. She has integrated her creative talent in design and photography with numerous commercial clients. Lu Anne attended Northern Arizona University where her emphasis was on commercial art and advertising.

Long active in the community, Lu Anne serves as a board member of the Friends of the Ute Indian Museum, and, until recently, served as a committee member of the Montrose Animal Protection Association.

In addition, she contributes her time and talent to various local non- profit organizations. A talented free-lance artist and photographer, she enjoys traveling and snowshoeing in Colorado’s scenic backcountry seeking to share the natural beauty of Colorado in her art.

Ivy Holgate Fife

Marketing Manager

Ivy is originally from the Roaring Fork Valley, She grew up in a ranching family, spending summers at their mountain cabin. She has always loved animals of all kinds.

Ivy is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she studied graphic design and creative writing. She started her career in creative product development at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. At Hallmark, she worked primarily in the International division, creating product for European markets. She and her family came back to Colorado in 2004. Her most recent experience was as Marketing Manager at Colorado Yurt Company.

Ivy is an artist and writer, with a passion for telling stories.

She lives in Montrose with her husband. Ivy has three grown daughters and twin grandsons. She enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and traveling.