Dr. Apryl Steele

President and CEO

With nearly two decades of experience in veterinary private practice, Dr. Apryl Steele has approached her tenure as President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League with knowledge, transparency, and a deep compassion for people and animals.

Katie Parker

Chief Operating Officer  

Katie Parker, CAWA, is the Chief Operating Officer for the Dumb Friends League, an organization that provided early inspiration for her nearly 20-year career in animal welfare. In 2006, Katie joined the League as our Customer Care Manager, a position she held for three years.

Rebecca Holmes

Vice President of People

With a passion for creating exceptional employment experiences for employees, Rebecca Holmes joins the Dumb Friends League team as Director of Human Resources.

John Butler

Vice President of Finance and Administration

John Butler joined the Dumb Friends League as Vice President of Finance and Administration in November 2023.

Mary Sarah Fairweather

Vice President of Sheltering

Mary Sarah Fairweather is thrilled to bring more than 28 years of non-profit experience to the Dumb Friends League. She started her career in the performing arts, first in development at Carnegie Hall and later in leadership at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.




Janice Kercheville

Vice Chair

Emily Williams

Immediate Past Chair

Amanda Phillips-DeSaverio


Ann Hinkins


Kristi Arellano


  • Carla Beal
  • Cindy Brabander
  • Dr. Vicki Eppard
  • Heidi Elliott
  • Councilperson Chris Hinds
  • Sarah Keys
  • Mashenka Lundberg
  • Rob Morrill
  • Kate Paul
  • David D. Powell, Jr.
  • Katie Philpott Schoelzel
  • Taylor Tellez
  • Margaux Trammell