BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Brianna Oleson, President/Director

Brianna grew up in Iowa and enjoys all Iowa has to offer including being a part of Hope Animal Rescue.  Brianna and her fiancee Rob rescued their first muffin Goliath and knew they were meant to be fur parents.  They decided to get Goliath a sister and knew adopting was the best decision. Angelina became a part of their family in spring of 2016.  Angelina was diagnosed with lymphoma in November of 2016, and lost her battle the day before Thanksgiving.   Knowing they were a two dog household, they found their next daughter with Hope and became a foster fail December 2016.  Fast forward to September 2017 and they added one of Sienna’s pups Romey into their home to complete their family.  
 
Brianna enjoys coming up with new and exciting ideas to help spread the word about Hope’s mission and saving the furbabies.   In her free time she is either hanging out with her fiancee Rob and their furkids.
 

Sienna and Romey  (not pictured Goliath).

Katie Buck, Vice President

Katie was born and raised in the Des Moines area. Growing up she always had pets of some sorts. Currently she resides in Des Moines with husband Shane and their furbaby Thelma. Katie works full-time as a Certified Medical Assistant and loves to help people and furry ones (except spiders as they are on their own). She loves to help those in need and has immensely enjoys volunteering with Hope Animal Rescue. When free time allows she enjoys her time with her 12 nieces and nephews.

While we may never know the pain or struggles of a rescue dog....the love they show us is unlike any other.

Ann Peterson, Secretary

Ann grew up in the Des Moines Area before attending Kansas State University and earning her bachelor's degree in Animal Science and Industry.  She has never had more than three year span without a dog in her life.  The family dogs today are Maizie, adopted from a rescue in Minnesota, and Luna who introduced her to Hope Animal Rescue.  Ann and her family started fostering with Hope in 2018 to help her children learn community and serving others.
 

Outside of Hope, Ann is busy raising three girls, coaching their sports teams, and trying to find ways to sneak more animals into their house without her husband noticing.

Tracy Struble, Treasurer

Tracy is a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, and now lives in Des Moines with her two dogs Kager and Jacob which are both Hope foster failures and her two rescue cats from ARL Tigger and Pooh and most recently, another foster fail kitty Gideon.  She joined the Hope team in February 2015 as a foster about six months after losing her beloved black lab Malibu after 11 years which was also a rescue dog.   Tracy was responsible for the addition of the Malibu Friendship Pet Fountain at Riley Park in her neighborhood.

 

Tracy works for CDS Global, Inc. as a senior account analyst.

 

Toni Osier, At-Large Member

Toni has been living in the Des Moines area for more than 30 years, with 21 of those years being in the Van Meter community. She has four children and one grandson that she adores. She worked in banking for 12 1/2 years previous to her current position at Van Meter Community School as a secondary Special Education Associate Teacher.

 

Toni has volunteered for rescues for many years and has adopted many cats and dogs through that volunteerism. Her passion for dogs and cats led her to begin volunteering with Hope at events and with the cattery in October of 2018. She began fostering dogs in November 2018 and continues to foster.  Toni volunteers at numerous Hope events and has assisted in transports from Oklahoma.