Our Shelter Staff
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Our Board Members
Lover of Animals
Janet A. Smith
Lover of Animals
Elise carries on the tradition of her family business printing at C.L. Downey Co. by day, and by night becomes one of Hannibal, MO’s biggest community-builders. Elise has been involved with Northeast Missouri Humane Society (NEMOHS) for almost 20 years, 17 of which spent serving on the board in a myriad of functions. As current President of the NEMOHS board, Elise’s vision, passion for the organization and commitment to the mission has provided a solid foundation for growth and expansion in programs in 2018. When not safeguarding animal welfare, Elise volunteers on the board of the Hannibal Arts Council and always innovates diverse ways to creatively connect the two causes.
Being raised on a farm, Chris’s passion for animals led to accumulating a wide variety of pets which included cattle,
swine, ducks, geese, rabbits, cats and dogs. From bottle feeding pigs as a child to hog and hay farming as an adult, nurturing and caring for animals has become a way of life. As NEMOHS board Vice President, Chris has been on the board for three years and continues to give a powerful voice to animals at the shelter, helping them find their “furever” home.
A native Hannibalian, Angela’s passion for community runs Mississippi River-flood-stage-deep. As resourceful and creative party planner, photographer, and baker she has combined her passion for life with compassion for animals in innovative ways. In 2016, Angela and her best friend blended all that love and creativity into a bowl, added oats and locally sourced peanut butter and founded 2 Besties Biscuits. Designed to pay forward 20% of profits to the NEMOHS shelter, Angela’s commitment to animals has made a profound impact in our community and on the NEMOHS Board. Angela’s hope and heart for the shelter and the Hannibal community extends and expands the capacity for creative shelter education programs and fundraising events, bringing about a bright future for every displaced animal that comes into NEMOHS care.
Janet always had dogs and cats growing up acquiring some because her family lived on a country road where people dumped those they did not want. Now with four dogs, one cat, and some rabbits, Janet volunteers with the shelter honoring the mission of spay/neuter programs towards prevention of ‘country-dumping’ practices. Janet started volunteering at the Northeast Missouri Humane Society when her husband Kurt became Executive Director in 2005. Janet is a Senior Human Resources Specialist at the Missouri Department of Transportation and has been there 19 years. Having a Master's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in human resources, Janet is an asset to the NEMOHS board in helping guide and refine shelter operations as Secretary.
Ron has been active in the Hannibal community serving on the board of NEMOHS for over ten years. A family man with six grandchildren to keep him busy, Ron still finds time to volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. As owner of Ten Pin Alleys, Ron has led by example in the Hannibal business community for several decades and honors the shelter with his time and giving heart. “All around fine human being, just sayin’.”
Michael moved to Hannibal in 1993 after serving in the military, retiring after 21 years from both the US Air Force and US Army. Michael has been in law enforcement for the past 23 years and is proud to serve his community as a member of the Hannibal Police Department. Michael’s contribution both to the shelter as board member and to the Hannibal community serves and protects both pets and their people and is essential to continuing healing and rehabilitative programs like Puppies for Parolees. He has always had an affinity for animals and the joy they bring to people's lives (but doesn’t entirely trust cats).
Raised on a large hobby farm, Carrie’s love for animals descended from being responsible for tending to and caring for diverse creatures. Her background studying animal sciences, managing a pet store, working for small Veterinary clinic, and interning at NEMOHS in her youth motivated her to advocate for quality animal care by being a voice for animal welfare rejoining NEMOHS board for the second time as a member in 2017. This passion for creating a space for advocacy and dialogue for those that can’t speak for themselves led Carrie to pursue nursing, serving community now as the Director of Nursing for a home health agency. Carrie applies her standards for quality care as illustrated by her commitment to being of better service to her community through volunteering her expertise, helping hands, and heart for the greater good of the shelter.
Kallie St. Clair
Becoming a board member in 2018, Kallie is the newest addition. No stranger to community-building as IL Director at Northeast Independent Living Services, Kallie embodies a joy of life in breath and action as a board member for Down Country, RSVP; committee member for Project Community Connect Marion & Ralls, chairperson for C.H.A.R.T.; speaker-coordinator & member of Early Bird Kiwanis, and Hometown Hitters volleyball coach and she sometimes sleeps. Kallie wouldn’t be able to keep going without the love of her pug.
April joined forces with NEMOHS as a new board member in January 2018. Corn-fed and country grown in a small town in Illinois, April is no stranger to rural areas and is honored to call the community of Hannibal home. April desires to see Hannibal thrive and takes an active role in community by serving as a member of Hannibal Evening Kiwanis, on the board of Harvest Outreach Ministries, and as member and Trustee for Arch United Methodist Church. She has worked with Farmers & Merchants Bank for over 28 years and currently serves as the Chief Lending Officer, eager to lend her heart, time and expertise to collaborate and guide the shelter towards growth. And in the animal shelter world, growth means saving companion animal lives. She has a deep compassion for all animals (except for maybe snakes) and reserves love especially for her favorite companions: cats.