Board of Directors

Vicky Pasenko
Vicky is the co-founder and co-president of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association and is a member of the Evanston Animal Welfare Board. Vicky’s more than 24 years as an operations director at a multi-billion dollar technology company provide the business acumen and interpersonal skills to manage a young, not-for-profit organization, as well as the daily demands of the Evanston Animal 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 policy director of Reform for Illinois, a nonprofit organization that advocates for good government policies.

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.

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 is currently managing 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.

Cathy Gaffney
Cathy has been an active volunteer at animal shelters for more than ten years. During the past three years she had devoted almost every day to the Evanston Animal Shelter. Before shifting her focus to shelter activities, Cathy was a healthcare IT executive.

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.

Brittany Kirk
Brittany has been a member of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association board since its inception. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and worked as a commercial litigator for more than ten years. During a hiatus from practicing law she had been volunteering at the Evanston Animal Shelter on a daily basis. Brittany is currently Of Counsel for a Chicago law firm.

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.