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 past 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 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.
Jill Cabot
Jill is the vice president of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association and past vice chair of the Evanston Animal Welfare Board. She has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter for more than ten years where she is the communications director and a shift supervisor. Jill has more than 30 years of corporate communication experience working with Fortune 100 companies.
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. Bill has more than ten years as a senior financial analyst for Fortune 500 companies and is currently affiliated with Northwestern University.
Shannon Daggett
Shannon is the director of fundraising and community engagement for the Evanston Animal Shelter Association. 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.
Jenny Grist
Jenny is a founding member of the Evanston Animal Shelter Association board and is currently the interim secretary. She has been a volunteer at the Evanston Animal Shelter for more than nine years where she is a member of the communications team and is a shift supervisor. Jenny has also served as an adoption counselor and volunteer trainer.
Emma Garl Smith
Emma has been a shelter volunteer for more than five 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 Warren
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. Leslie is currently Associate Compliance Officer with The University of Chicago.