Dr. Apryl Steele

President and CEO

Dr. Apryl Steele is the President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League in Denver, CO. After practicing veterinary medicine for 18 years, she had the honor of joining the League to advocate for animals who are vulnerable due to homelessness, mistreatment, or their owner’s financial situation.
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Bud Jeffress

Vice President of Finance and Administration

As a well-respected nonprofit organization known for its transparency and integrity, the Dumb Friends League strives every day to be a good steward of the resources it receives from the public to make a difference in homeless animals’ lives. Critical to that effort is Bud Jeffress.
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Laurie Peterson

Vice President of Development, Marketing, Communications and Education

Vice President of Development Laurie Peterson has 15 years of corporate experience. With a passion for animal welfare, Laurie transitioned to the non-profit sector 11 years ago, and her most recent position was at the Morris Animal Foundation.
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Jodi Lytle Buckman

Vice President of Veterinary Services

As a college student, Jodi Buckman planned to attend veterinary school, but she was offered a job leading a shelter in Maine shortly after graduating, and she never looked back. The Dumb Friends League is excited that Jodi joined our team as Vice President of Veterinary Services in March 2020. Jodi earned a bachelor’s degree in …
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Rebecca Holmes

Vice President of People and Strategic Initiatives

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

Vice President of Operations

Katie Parker, the Dumb Friends League’s Vice President of Operations, spent the past 14 years in animal welfare. “I have lived within one mile of the League for most of my life, and it was my first exposure to the world of homeless pets,” said Katie. “I had the opportunity to reset my career when …
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