Board of Directors

Vicky Pasenko
Vicky is the executive director of the Evanston Animal Shelter and is co-founder of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association. She is also a member of the Evanston Animal Welfare Board. Vicky's childhood spent on a farm combined with her 24 years at a multi-billion dollar technology company give her both the business acumen and the compassion for animals required to meet the daily demands of managing the shelter.
Alisa Kaplan
Alisa is the co-founder and co-president of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association. Alisa started volunteering at the Evanston Animal Shelter in 2011. When she's not cuddling with her rescue dogs, Alisa is the executive director of Reform for Illinois, a nonprofit organization that advocates for good government policies.
Brittany Kirk
Brittany is the co-president of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association and a founding member of the board. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and has been working as a commercial litigator for more than ten years. Brittany is currently Of Counsel for a Chicago law firm. While pursuing her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Brittany served as Captain of Berkeley's Division I women's soccer team.
Shannon Daggett
Shannon is the director of fundraising and community engagement for the Evanston Animal Shelter Association. She has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter for six years where she is a shift supervisor. Shannon's more than eight years experience as a director in the event industry has given her the skill set and know-how to successfully plan and execute vital fundraising events while continuing to expand community outreach activities.
Bill Patti
Bill is the treasurer of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association. He has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter for more than eight years as an advanced canine handler. After ten years as a senior financial analyst for Fortune 500 companies, Bill left the corporate world to become a baker.
Nancy Maize
Nancy is the secretary of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association. She has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter for four years where she is the feline director and an adoption counselor. Nancy recently retired after a 30-year career in employee benefits administration allowing her to devote more time to activities and events supporting the shelter.
Brenda Irwin
Brenda's corporate background in information technology has given her the experience and expertise to serve as IT director for the Evanston Animal Shelter Association. Brenda has been a volunteer at the shelter for more than two years where she serves as a kennel captain and daily member of the canine team as an advanced canine handler. Brenda also represents the shelter at many community events.
Kameron Bratt
Kameron has been with the Evanston Animal Shelter since 2014, having previously volunteered at several large open-intake shelters in Chicago and Austin, TX. She serves as a shift supervisor, helps with the canine foster program, and conducts orientation for new volunteers. Kameron has been in foodservice sales for more than 20 years and currently manages several hundred customers in the downtown Chicago area.
Jill Cabot
Jill is the past vice chair of the Evanston Animal Welfare Board and has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter for nine years where she is a volunteer trainer and shift supervisor. Jill has more than 30 years of corporate communication experience working with Fortune 100 companies.
Jenny Grist
Jenny is a founding member of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association board and has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter for more than eight years. She is a shift supervisor, adoption counselor and volunteer trainer. Jenny works for Northwestern University in the Northwestern University/Evanston Township High School Partnership Office.
Emma Garl Smith
Emma has been a shelter volunteer for four years, during which time she has served as kennel captain and adoption counselor. Emma is currently a legal aid attorney in the Safety and Family Practice Group at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services where she specializes in housing and elder financial exploitation.
Leslie O'Brad
Leslie has been an active volunteer for more than 20 years at various cat rescue organizations throughout the Chicago area. Most recently Leslie has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter and is also the director of the feline foster program.