Our volunteers have a strong commitment to serving the many clients served by our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take advantage of our programs and services.

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.

Board Member Bios

Mary Douglas, President of the Lincoln Animal Ambassadors board and founding member, as well as the coordinator of the temporary assistance pet food bank. She has been involved with animal and rescue organizations for many years. She volunteers regularly at a large no-kill animal shelter in Nebraska, as well as performing home visits and transporting animals.

Mary lives in Lincoln with her husband of 30 years and two fur kids, Molly, a 10 year old English Springer Spaniel and Sadie Mae Bell, an 8 year old special needs Basset Hound.

Pauline Balta, Founding member and coordinator for the low cost spay/neuter program.

When not issuing spay/neuter vouchers for LAA's clients and not fulfilling other board member duties, Pauline does pre-adoption home visits for several animal rescue groups. A couple Saturdays per month are spent volunteering at a large no-kill shelter in Southeastern Nebraska.

The furry nuggets, all rescued, allowing Pauline to live with them include: Jasper, a 14-year-old calico kitty; Marmalade, a two-year-old orange female kitty; Lucy, a eleven-year-old Cairn terrier puppy-mill rescue; Vincent, a ten-year-old Min Pin/terrier blend; and Tico, a ten-year-old Chihuahua blend. Leandro, a 14-year-old Chihuahua puppy-mill rescue, is currently being cared for by Pauline on a permanent foster basis. Visits from granddogs Charlie, Martin, Scrappy and Ralphie--all rescued--make the phrase "the-more-the-merrier" come true.

Kathy Moore serves as Treasurer. Kathy was born in Lincoln but raised in Colorado. She came back to Lincoln in 1973. Kathy currently as two dogs, a poodle/yorkie mix named Zoe and a bichon/shih tsu mix named Maggie who are her best friends and daily companions. She also has two grand dogs – Gracie and Gus, who are basset hounds. They come to visit quite frequently and love their grandma!

Kathy retired from the Nebraska Supreme Court as Financial Officer in 2011 after working for the State for over 36 years. She has been involved with rescue groups and LAA for quite some time and planned on spending her retirement being more active in the animal advocacy community.Kathy says “I have loved animals all of my life and can’t think of a better way to spend my retirement than helping animals in need.” Kathy also volunteers every Thursday night at LAA’s Pet Food Bank and has been active in the application process for the PFB. She also makes spay and neuter calls when needed.

Donna Kavanagh serves as the Volunteer Coordinator on our board. She also volunteers as one of our call takers and helps with the Pet Food Bank.

Donna’s household includes some four-legged friends--dog Spike and granddog Bristol as well as Angel, her 14-year-old cat. Donna enjoys baking, cooking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Blake Gilmore serves as the Marketing & Communications Chairperson. Blake is responsible for developing the quarterly newsletter, our social media presence and leading the marketing committee. When he isn't updating our Facebook page, Blake is busy taking care of 3 dogs: Onyx (Princess) a very vocal Siberian Husky, a Lab/Beagle mix named Hamilton and a Pomeranian/Dachshund mix named Scrappy. 

Brady Rivers serves as the Grant Committee Chairperson, developing relationships with funders whose support keeps LAA's assistance programs running. Brady is a lifelong Lincolnite and lover of animals since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. When she isn't caring for pets at her workplace she's being bossed around at home by her dog and cat.

Ruthann Rivers serves as Event Coordinator. In addition to her work in planning and collaborating fundraising events, Ruthann is heavily involved in LAA's Pet Food Bank, fielding calls for assistance and keeping order at the distribution center on Thursday evenings.
Ruthann also serves on the board of directors for Domesti-PUPS, a non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs for people with disabilities. She serves as an occasional foster for Domesti-PUPS and Second Chance-PUPS, an inmate training program at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. Ruthann and her husband, Larry (who, along with his truck, is often roped into helping at LAA's events) have been married for 50 years and have four children and two grandchildren. They have a 12-year-old lab mix, Ernie, and a 13-year-old miniature schnauzer, Rufus, and often play host to their multitude of granddogs.