SUE BREDEL, DVM
Area of Expertise: Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Clinic Management
Dr. Sue was in private practice for 25 years, 16 of which were spent at Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital in Pittsburgh, owned by her and her husband Pat. Drs. Sue and Pat and their 4-legged adopted family moved to the Deep Creek area permanently in 2002. Although nominally retired, Dr. Sue continues to stay in practice by doing some local relief work. With her in-depth knowledge of veterinary medicine, animal behavior, and business operation, Dr. Sue is a valuable resource to HART as it creates the operational plans for the Animal Adoption Center.
Area of Expertise: Tourism / Marketing Specialist, Dog and Horse Trainer
A native of Garrett County, Deb has worked in the Tourism/Recreation Industry for 34 years in various capacities, including as successful grant-writer for Garrett County which secured funding for various tourism and recreational projects. As a dedicated animal volunteer, she has worked closely with all the County's animal groups, providing her expertise in horse and dog training as well as her time to assist in animal rescue and fostering. Deb's dedication to animals has resulted in pets ranging from raccoons and squirrels to ducks and horses.
Area of Expertise: Finance, Business Management, Investment
As an adoptee himself, Chris understands the importance of every creature big and small finding a family to call their own. Currently a Senior Financial Analyst for a Fortune 500 firm, Chris brings his financial acumen to HART along with his lifelong love for animals. In addition, as Smith School MBA, he brings a network of business-minded connections to the Board. Chris and his wife share their lives with an adopted dog and cats.
Area of Expertise: Animal Rescue, Cats, Science
Linda is a full time professor of chemistry and physics at Garrett College. She is also a full time Mom to her two daughters and their ten rescued cats and two crazy large dogs. She has a love of all animals and is especially interested in helping feral cats. Linda is a strong supporter of HART’s rescue and transport program and is a frequent transporter of animals to regional rescue groups.
SHERRY GRUDI, RVT
Area of Expertise: Veterinary Technology, Horses, Veterinary Technician Education
Sherry is Vice President of the West Virginia Association for Veterinary Technicians, Student Chapter Advisor for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, Instructor/Lab Manager for the Veterinary Technology Program at Pierpont Community and Technical College. She is an avid horse person and former trainer of Standard-bred racing horses. As a teacher, she enjoys the opportunity of educating a group of young people that share her love and compassion for animals.
Area of Expertise: Corporate Law, Business Operation, Management
Michael is currently Senior Counsel at the Corporate Governance and Securities group at AOL LLC. Before joining AOL, Michael was VP of Operations at M2 Enterprises, where he worked daily on the challenges of team-building and operational flow. Michael brings to the Advisory Board both legal and business experience. The animal world has two representatives in the Howson household: dachshunds Ben and Jerry.
Area of Expertise: Marketing, Non-Profit Branding, Design and Art Direction
As a talented designer and creator, Heather has been professionally involved in every aspect of marketing, including print and online marketing campaigns, development of strategic marketing goals, corporate communication & messaging, brand identity design, art direction, project management, and vendor relationship management. She has been the creator and guiding hand of the HART web page, marketing materials, and brand development. In the two years since HART began its capital campaign, Heather has been the Pro Bono advisor at every stage. As an adopter of a rescue dog, she brings a unique perspective to the cause.
Area of Expertise: Shelter Management, Local Government
As Shelter Manager at the Garrett County Animal Shelter for nine years, Bonnie is closer than most to the problem and consequences of animal overpopulation. She brings to the Advisory Board her experience as a business owner, as well as 27 years as coordinator and transportation director for Garrett County Community Action. For the past five years, Bonnie has been working closely with HART to help eliminate needless euthanasia of adoptable pets. Her own pets are a Sheltie and a cat.