Susan SkinnerPosition: President
When board president Susan Skinner first joined the BAHS board her husband, Greg, would try to talk sense into wife.
“C’mon. Do you really think adopting another dog is a good idea?” he’d ask. “We have so many already.”
Twelve years, five dogs and three cats later, Greg has seen the light.
“He has changed through the years and now he tries to talk me into keeping fosters,” Susan said and laughed. “He’ll say, ‘You can’t take him back. He’s such a good dog and he fits right in.’ He’s the most patient man in the world to live with me and all my pets.”
An animal lover since childhood, Susan joined the board in 2004 at the request of her neighbor, former BAHS board president Carol Lesko. When Carol left the board, Susan assumed the role of president. She been our fearless leader ever since.
She and Greg, a Belleville attorney, are the proud parents of two human children, Brendan and Madelyn. Canine kids include Bella, Sheba, Josey, Bentley and Benji and feline kids are Hannah, Mario and Fluffy.
And then there are parrots Derby and Petey.
"There is never a dull moment,” Susan said.
David PadgettPosition: Vice President
Board Vice President David Padgett combined his two passions – ice hockey and dog rescue – when naming his athletically-gifted pooches. Lab mix Backes is named for former Blues Captain David Backes. And Lab mix, Gordon, is the namesake of Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe.
“I know firsthand the joy that companion animals bring into people’s lives,” David said, “and I want to help give other people this gift.”
Just as he played ice hockey competitively in high school and college, David plays hardball when it comes to saving animals’ lives. As part owner of Padgett Building and Remodeling Inc., he is instrumental in overseeing building maintenance at the shelter, when he’s not sharing his expertise on financial and membership drive committees. So deep is his dedication, he even encouraged his sister-in-law, Kristina Boron, and stepbrother, Steve Seibert, to join the board.
David’s wife Kim, an RN at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, loves animals and ice hockey as much he does. The couple’s other shared passion -- their new daughter Stella Lucille --is sure to follow in her parents’ footsteps!
Shelly KorvesPosition: Secretary
As a child, board Secretary Shelly Korves brought home every injured rodent she could find. As an adult, the vivacious owner of Tribout Carnival Supply in Belleville is still saving homeless animals through her strong commitment to fostering and fundraising.
“I have a huge soft spot for the ‘silver muzzles,’” admits Shelly, a tireless animal welfare advocate, who has fostered countless dogs since joining the BAHS board in 2008. “I just love the senior dogs. I tell everyone what amazing pets they make.”
The shelter’s resident carnie, Shelly can throw a party like nobody’s business. Race for the Rescues, Glo Bingo, the Howl’oween pet parade, the Doggy Easter Egg Hunt and the Doggy Ice Cream Social each bear her signature touch.
Married to BAHS volunteer Jack Korves, she is the proud mother of three two-legged children – Kayla, Brett and Todd; six four-legged children – Diesel, Jose, Gus, Pebbles, Penny and Molly; and one spoiled rotten three-legged baby – Nemo, an adorable Dachshund mix who gets around just fine.
All of Shelly’s pets are rescues and if it were up to her, yours would be too!
Noelle MilesPosition: Board Member
As a little girl, Noelle Miles dreamed of being a veterinarian. Her dreams came true – and so did ours – when this talented and compassionate professional began volunteering with BAHS.
“BAHS is an important part of my life because I am a companion animal veterinarian and took an oath to relieve animal suffering,” explained Dr. Miles, who works for Mueller Veterinary Services in Columbia, IL. “Many of the animals we take in have been neglected and are suffering both physically and emotionally.”
Since joining our board a dozen years ago, Dr. Miles has treated hundreds of homeless animals pro bono. The mother of BAHS alum Fenway, a border collie, and HSMO rescue Charlie, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, she visits the shelter on her days off to perform spays and neuters. An avid runner, Dr. Miles also assists with our annual Race for Rescues.
We cannot thank her enough!
Kathy SimmonsPosition: Board Member
A lifelong animal lover, Kathy Simmons is the proud mother of three rescue dogs – Phoebe, the princess, Jessie, the cuddler and Bunny, the party girl. Casa Simmons also serves as a bed-and-breakfast for several pampered kitties, including June Bug, who never met a stranger and Coco who takes a while to warm up to you – but when she does watch out!
A former Allsup corporate account manager, Kathy resides in Belleville with her husband Greg, a fellow rescue enthusiast who moonlights as an orthopedic surgeon. She joined the board in 2010 and has become a fundraiser extraordinaire. She is the heart and soul behind “Wine for Whiskers,” BAHS’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and recently rolled up her sleeves to launch our newest fundraiser, “Bags for Wags.”
A tireless spreadsheet charter and organizer, Kathy begins prepping for events months before they occur. Is it any wonder her dining room table has earned the nickname “Wine for Whiskers Central?”
“Over the last 20 years, my husband and I have adopted seven animals from BAHS,” Kathy said proudly. “Helping homeless animals find their forever families day after day brings great joy and gratitude.”
Tricia TialdoPosition: Board Member
Known as the board’s resident cheerleader, Tricia’s optimism is contagious. From donning a giant bunny costume at our annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt to skillfully manning silent auction checkouts, Tricia is up for anything and everything.
“My love of animals and great experiences with fellow volunteers has kept me enthusiastic about the Humane Society,” explained the real estate broker, who works for her family’s business, Tialdo Realty in Belleville.
Tricia joined the board in 2011 after seeing the slogan “Until they all have homes” on the BAHS website. After years of helping people find their forever homes, she felt compelled to help animals do the same.
A member of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI), Tricia was named the organization's 2005 realtor of the year, as well as its 2013 community award recipient. She also served as the association's 2014 president.
Her four-legged son, a black Lab named Trapper, couldn’t be more proud of her efforts.
Mickie MahoneyPosition: Board Member
Mickie Mahoney has the heart of foster. Staying up all night to bottle feed a sickly newborn kitten just comes with the calling, she said.
“You wind up doing a little bit of everything as a foster,” noted Mickie, who joined the board in 2012 after retiring from teaching. “I’d known (BAHS board member) Shelly Korves forever. Six years ago, I went to her and said, ‘I think I’d like to volunteer at the shelter.’ She said, ‘What about fostering?’”
With Shelly’s encouragement, Mickie took home a pregnant dachshund named Laney, who delivered nine pups in her home. The rest is history.
“I recently counted and I’ve had 236 fosters – both dogs and cats,” said Mickie, whose human family includes her husband, Kevin, a military contractor, adult children Jennifer, Ryan and Darcy, as well as three cats and five dogs, most of whom are rescues.
A former junior high science teacher, Mickie has assisted in the delivery of five cat litters and five litters of dogs since she began fostering.
"When I stopped teaching there was a hole in my heart and the animals helped to fill it."
She is one of the many heroes at BAHS.
Michelle Meehan-SchraderPosition: Board Member
Journalist Michelle Meehan Schrader often writes about the antics of her colorful rescues in a bi-weekly column for the Belleville News-Democrat. BAHS’s longest-sitting (and sometimes standing) board member, she became a director in 2002 after seeing a pregnant dog running along the highway in rush hour traffic.
“Cars were whizzing by at 70 miles an hour,” she remembered. “I tried but there was no way I could get to her. This haunted me for weeks until I realized I couldn’t go back in time and rescue that dog -- but there were other dogs I could help.”
Editor of the shelter’s newsletter and contributing feature writer for the BAHS website, Michelle can often be seen walking in BAHS parades, hawking our T-shirts and assisting with adoption and fundraising efforts. A lifelong animal lover, she lives in Smithton with her husband Mark, an Belleville attorney, and their two-legged son Sam.
Her four-legged children include a former farm cat named Malcolm and three BAHS alum: Lenny, a neurotic spaniel mix; Lola, a bossy Chihuahua with a penchant for frilly pink tutus and Captain Jack, a one-eyed Shih Tzu (whose story you can find on our website!)
Steve SeibertPosition: Board Member
After eight years of owning and operating Big Daddy’s in Edwardsville, Steve Seibert finally could relax long enough to catch his breath.
“When I had the time, I wanted to have a cause to support, one I really cared about,” said Steve, who joined the board in 2016 at the prompting of his stepbrother, board Vice President David Padgett. “I’ve always had dogs and I wanted to help the homeless animals out there.”
His present pup is a brilliant and energetic Golden Retriever rescue named Tripp. The two take long runs together in an effort to wear each other out.
Soon after joining the board, Steve launched BAHS’s newest fundraiser, Dog’s Day of Summer. “It was a happy hour on the patio at Silver Creek in Belleville,” Steve explained. “People brought their pets out and enjoyed food and drinks.”
The day was hot and the drinks were cold. We plan to do it again next year!
Kristina BoronPosition: Board Member
A newcomer to BAHS, Kristina came “on board” at the encouragement of her brother-in-law, board Vice President David Padgett. Because her adorable 6-year-old beagle mix, Captain, is a BAHS alum, she knows firsthand the joy adoption can bring.
“I knew that when I was ready to adopt in 2010, it would be from BAHS," she said proudly. "I recognized the organization from all the fundraising efforts they held throughout the year. I joined the board in 2016 to help make a difference in the lives of shelter animals.”
A Risk Compliance Audit Consultant Officer for a bank that monitors the importance of treating customers properly, Kristina says her company encourages employees to volunteer within their community.
“I strongly believe that owning a shelter dog brings joy and entertainment,” she said. “They display an appreciation and loyalty that makes them a valuable asset to any family.”