Eliza Severson, Executive Director. Born in Korea, adopted, and raised in Massachusetts, Eliza earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies in 1995 from Mills College in Oakland, California. She since has pursued work in the nonprofit sector. Eliza’s love for animals has been a constant in her life while also contributing to community arts, social justice and racial equity, leadership, and child welfare. She brings over 20 years of mission-driven fundraising to Carver Scott Humane Society (CSHS). For 10 years, Eliza has volunteered alongside community members to help care for a cat colony in South Minneapolis that continues to benefit greatly from a Trap-Neuter-Return philosophy. Her husband and two children share her love for animals, always eager to create space on the couch for their two cats, Dilly Bar and Butterscotch and two dogs, Brownie and Tuffy. Email: eliza.severson@carverscotths.org

Leslie Johnson, HR/Volunteer Manager. A Twin City native, Leslie lives in Chanhassen with her husband, Bob, and their senior rescue cat Roxanne.  She has loved animals all of her life and had aspired to be a veterinarian but found she didn’t quite have the stomach for the clinical side of it!  Leslie’s undergraduate degree was in English & Business from the U of M and received her Masters of Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas.  After many years as the Human Resources Manager at an automotive group, she decided to take some time off, began volunteering with CSHS in 2016, and has never left! Email: leslie.johnson@carverscotths.org

Megan Greene, Operations Manager. Megan has lived in the Twin Cities for over 5 years and is a Minnesota native. She and her fiance, Eli, share their home with one domestic long haired tortie cat named Rizzo, a terrier mix named Grizzly, and a Heins '57 dog named Willa . Megan has worked in mental health, community outreach, and social services for over 12 years. She has presented at the Humane Society of the United States’ International Animal Care Expo, and has attended Maddie's Fund Apprenticeships representing the Carver Scott Humane Society. Email: megan.greene@carverscotths.org

Kelly Simer, Animal Wellness Manager. A former school teacher, Zumba instructor, and training developer, Kelly has lived in Minnesota since 2004. She and her husband, Josh, have three kids and live in Chaska. Kelly earned a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1999 and an MEd in Educational Technology with an emphasis in Instructional Design from Texas A&M University in 2002. She also studied at the University of Minnesota as a Ph.D. student in the Learning Technologies program from 2004-2009. Prior to CSHS, Kelly worked developing online courses, training materials, and assessments for the Texas Engineering Extension Service, Department of Homeland Security, Texas A&M University, and University of Minnesota. She also worked for the City of Chaska's Parks & Rec department from 2011-2017. She has served on the school board for the World Learning School in Chaska, patient advisory council for Ridgeview Medical Center, and presented at the HSUS Animal Care Expo in 2018. She serves on the board for the Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW). Email: kelly.simer@carverscotths.org

Sara Anderson, Intake & In-House Vetting Supervisor. Sara grew up in Virginia Beach, VA but she has been in the Minneapolis area for 15 years. Sara’s family includes her husband, Steve, her two daughters (2 and 17 - quite the age gap!) and her two rescue dogs, Mollie and Diesel. Sara has been in the MN rescue world for over eight years and has worked in many positions since she started her rescue journey. Her job with CSHS includes bringing animals into rescue as well as handling onsite vetting to keep our animals healthy. Her position has combined her favorite parts of rescue and is so fulfilling to her! Sara loves research and is always looking into new things in the shelter-med vetting world. Email: sara.anderson@carverscotths.org


Adoption Advocates: Jill Finney, Sue Osterberg, Tanya Peterson, Leigh Nicklow, Tom Tremmel, Sara Tiejen, Natalie Eiden

Tanya Peterson, Cat Care Coordinator

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Volunteer Office Coordinator, Cheryl Fiore

Volunteer Inventory Coordinator, Laura Geib

Volunteer Inventory Support, Bernie Stock

Volunteer Office & Event Support, Joyce Provo

Volunteer Inventory & Event Support, Patrice Filkins

Volunteer Inventory & Event Support, Kaleb Smith


Volunteer Social Media Strategist & Storyteller, Leigh Nicklow

Volunteer Website Coordinator, Whitney Mason

OPEN, Business Development Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

OPEN, Community Event Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

OPEN, Fundraising Coordinator Volunteer Opportunity

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OPEN, School/Organization Event Planner Volunteer Opportunity

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Carver-Scott Humane Society (CSHS) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The Executive Director reports to the Board. Board members are elected by the Board of Directors on an annual basis and serve two-year terms, with a three-term limit.

Mandy Malecek, President. Mandy is a long-time volunteer in the animal rescue community with a soft spot for animals with special needs. She’s worked with several local rescue organizations, in a number of leadership and board positions. Recently, she finished the Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration program at Metropolitan State University. Together with her husband and daughter, Mandy has 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 5 chickens – all rescues. Their dogs are: Roxy, a Doberman; Guthrie, a Border Collie/Whippet mix; Stewie, a Maltese; and Etta, a pitbull. Their cats are Duchess, a Ragdoll, and Gilroy, a DSH. Mandy works full-time as a Patient Representative for United Hospital and part-time as an obedience trainer for AllBreed Obedience.

Jeni Super, Vice President. Jeni Super is a resident of Chanhassen where she lives with her husband and daughter. All pet lovers, they are the happy owners of two 6 year old German Shepherds, Jax and Anna and two kitties, 14 year old Merlin and 11 year old Cali. They also foster dogs and puppies. Jeni has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s in Human Resources from St. Mary’s. Jeni works at Hennepin County as an HR Manager.

Teale Meyer. Secretary, Teale has worked in the social services industry in Human Resources for the majority of her civilian career. She has her B.A and MBA from Concordia university in Human Resources Management. Teale has been an animal lover since her childhood and grew up with many pets including chinchillas and pythons. She currently resides in Scott county with her golden retriever, Oaklyn and her cat, Basil.

Vikki Anderson. Vikki has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is currently a Business Development Executive with The Scoular Company.  She has served as a volunteer with The League of Women Voters of Eastern Carver County as well as being the past Environmental Lobbyist for The League of Women Voters MN working on wetlands protection legislation and BWCA protections. Vikki is a resident of Chaska where she lives with her two boys and rescue dog Wilbur. Vikki joined the board in 2017.

Brian Christiansen. Brian is an attorney with Hellmuth & Johnson, where he specializes in businesses, franchises, and commercial entities. He joined the board in 2017 and has been an active and engaged contributor and currently serves as a member of the Policy Committee, which consists of both staff and board members working collaboratively to update and develop organizational policies and processes.

Matt Crumpton. Matt is the Vice President, National Accounts for EFS – a WEX company, specializing in payment processing solutions for transportation related organizations. Matt’s responsibilities include general management, national account sales, and key account management with focus and leadership in new business sales and growth. He has been employed with EFS and WEX since February 2000. Matt’s previous employment includes working with J.B. Hunt Transport, based in Lowell, AR., Matt’s 25-year career has been in transportation with focus in fuel, transaction, and payment processing management.  Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Transportation and Logistics from the University of Arkansas.  He is actively involved in Boy Scouts of America, cycling, various community programs, and cheering on his Razorbacks!  Matt, his wife Tracy, and three boys, along with their beautiful Golden Retreiver Lola, reside in Chaska.  Matt joined the board in May 2018.

Kristin Kunz. Kristin has a JD from Hamline University School of Law and works for US Bank in Dodd Frank compliance. She has always loved animals and became passionate about animal rescue after adopting her dog, Sherman. Kristin lives in Edina with her husband, Alex, and Sherman. Kristin joined the board in 2018. She also supports CSHS through Rover, by donating her proceeds for dog sitting and walking.

Stacy McDonald. Stacy has spent her entire career in the nonprofit world; currently at Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, but for over 20 years at Animal Humane Society in the Twin Cities. Stacy left AHS wanting to devote more of her time and energy to her many other passions, such as education, but 9 months was enough of a break. Stacy has a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and two certificates from the University of St. Thomas in Fundraising and in UST’s Mini-MBA in Nonprofit Management. She names all of her pets after cities and her current household consists of two cats, Raleigh, a medium hair lilac point Siamese mix, and Eugene, a short hair black smoke tabby goblin mix (but the cute and funny kind of evil goblins… like in the Labyrinth). Stacy is excited and proud to be part of CSHS’s Board, especially during a time of growth and progression.

Jan Rajaratnam. Janahan (Jan) is a tech guy, turned finance guy, turned back to tech guy.  He did a stint working in institutional asset management for Securian Asset Management before taking the leap into full-time entrepreneurship.  Jan does app and web development for startups through his company Valari Solutions. He lives with his wife and two Alaskan Malamutes in Bloomington.  He is also a member of the Minnesota Alaskan Malamute Club.  Jan joined the board in 2018.