SNAP is run by animal-loving volunteers who donate a lot of their time and money towards our mission: to help reduce the unwanted pet population through spaying and neutering.

We’re always looking for passionate people who would like to help us in our mission, so send us an email if you’d like to know more about how you can help.

Donna Gehlmann,
Director

Donna started SNAP with her husband in 2012 after seeing so many stray cats in South Clintonville—Columbus, Ohio. She is passionate about spaying/neutering, adoption over buying pets, and fostering shelter/rescue pets to give them a second chance. She spent 20 years living in Columbus (which she misses very much), and has lived in Scarsdale, New York for the last 5 years. Her family currently has 3 cats and one dog—all rescues. they lost 2 dogs and one cat over the last year and miss them every day. PLEASE spay and neuter your pets.

Christy Haynes,
Director

Christy became friends with Donna Gehlmann shortly after SNAP was formed and has been involved ever since. She lives in Clintonville with her husband and son and they have two cats and two dogs, all rescues. They have a passion for adopting senior dogs and giving them a safe, loving home until the end of their days.

Dr. Symone Niesz-Ent, DVM,
Board Member

Symone is a feline only veterinarian, in a residency program for feline specialty practice and she spends time at a local emergency clinic as well. She has a strong interest in helping everyone achieve affordable vet care for their pets (cats or dogs!), and she thinks spay/neuter programs help prevent a lot of medical issues. At home, she cares for a feral cat colony in her neighborhood, in addition to caring for her three spoiled felines, and two more spoiled horses! In her spare time she loves reading a good book, visiting craft breweries, and showing the above mentioned spoiled horses.

Leslie Acton Poole,
Executive Director @PetFBI

Leslie is the executive director of Pet FBI, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families. The failure to spay or neuter is a contributing factor to pets running away and becoming lost. Being a part of SNAP is an additional way to support the shared mission of reducing shelter intakes and keeping pets safe and healthy. Leslie lives in Hilliard with her husband, three cats, and a dog.

Elizabeth Randall, Events Coordinator

Kelley Holous, Volunteer Coordinator

Kelley is a life long animal lover with many years of rescue, fostering, and placement assistance.  She is truly passionate about the importance of spaying and neutering to help end the overpopulation of unwanted pets.  Kelley is really excited to be a part of SNAP and is enjoying getting to know all of the great volunteers.

Jan Jordan, Administrative Assistant

Jannita “Jan” loves volunteering and loves pets. She’s allergic to cats so she prefers dogs but she doesn’t currently have one because she works and volunteers a lot. When she starts feeling a little down, her favorite thing to do is pet therapy: taking a pet for a walk and playing with them lifts her spirits. She has an adult son, Derrick, who brings her a lot of joy. She is also a veteran of the US Air Force and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for the city of Columbus.

Beth Davis, Community Sponsor Coordinator

Aaron Friend, Grant Writer

Lauren Gaston, Administrative Assistant

Lauren is an animal lover who lives with two cats Butters and Puff, and her husband, Jordan.

She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife photography and swimming. When she was a child, she wanted to be a Veterinarian or a Zookeeper. Now that she’s grown, she volunteers with both wildlife and domestic animals and it’s been the most fulfilling experience knowing she can make a difference in the lives of these awesome creatures.

Sarah Hancock, TBD

Sarah began in animal rescue and welfare in 2015 and quickly fell in love with Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR). She is passionate about providing spay/neuter education and accessibility to pet owners in her community. Sarah resides just outside of Columbus on a small farm that consists of all rescues: 1 dog, 1 pig, 6 horses, and 5 cats. When she’s not trying to spay and neuter every last cat in Columbus (and Newark) she enjoys cooking for family and friends, horseback riding, and gardening.

Kristin Hayes, Events Coordinator

Kristin is passionate about reducing the amount of animals needing homes and that’s when she found SNAP. She knows educating people on why spaying and neutering is important and providing resources is a step towards the goal of reducing the unwanted pet population.

She fosters dogs through different rescues and serves on the board for ADOPT Pet Rescue. Kristin currently lives with her dog Oreo, who is 8 and came from Franklin County Dog Shelter.

Shania Scott, Social Media Specialist

Shania is a pharmaceutical technician and a student at Columbus State Community College. She is working towards a degree in Psychology. She has a huge love for animals of all kinds. She has a cat named Luka and he’s changed her life for the better! She is grateful to be a part of the SNAP community and to help these animals get the happy lives they deserve!

Sydney Stapleton, Grant Writer

Sydney has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. Over the last few years, she has volunteered with various animals shelters and is excited to volunteer with SNAP to reduce the number of homeless animals. Along with her love of rescue pets, she has a passion for museums, zoos, and aquariums. Sydney lives in the Victorian Village neighborhood of Columbus with her cat Theo and dog Honey, both rescues.

Chris Tumeo, Fundraising

Donna Williams, Administration and Education Specialist

Growing up, Donna’s family pets were fish, a parakeet, a collie and later on a Shetland sheepdog. Her career involved a lot of business travel so she adopted a cat and she’s now a cat lover! Donna had one cat that lived to 23 years old!

Now she has Peaches (white long hair) who showed up at her house as a feral 4 month old and she had to slowly gain his trust by feeding him roasted chicken. And Bella (black short hair) who she adopted from the Fairfield Animal shelter. Sadly she was just recently diagnosed with a brain tumor so Donna is giving her love and palliative care in her last weeks & months.