Meet our Board of Directors

Meet our dedicated Board of Directors that make everything possible at Pets Alive Niagara.

Dr. Brad Davis

President
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    Dr. Davis is a professor of marketing at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has over 20 years of experience researching, advising and consulting with organizations across the full spectrum of the economy including dozens of non-profit organizations. Dr. Davis became the founding Chair of the only university program in Brand Communication and Management in Canada after spearheading a successful $2 million fundraising campaign to develop the program.

Ashley Briggs-Jude

Vice-President / Interim Secretary
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    Ashley Briggs-Jude has been a Corporate Travel Advisor with a national travel agency for the last twelve years and this has allowed her to go to different animal welfare agencies to volunteer in Canada, U.S. and Mexico, including spay and neuter clinics. 

    Ashley started fostering five years ago and loves every minute of it. Ashley was a "foster fail" with her one foster, Kira that she had fostered for six months. Kira came into Pets Alive Niagara scared of everything , made an amazing transformation and is now an amazing foster sister to new fosters.  Ashley enjoys fundraising and planning events for Pets Alive Niagara, as well as, assists with the dog operations part.

Allen Tait

Treasurer
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    Allen Tait currently provides fraud prevention training and consulting to non-profits, charities and university classes following his retirement as Director of the Forensic Investigation Team for the Province of Ontario.  Sharing his experience investigating fraud to help organizations protect hard earned revenue is one way to assist the non-profit community.  Working directly with Pets Alive is rewarding by enabling direct participation with overall charity operations.  As a long-time cat owner, Allen notes it is interesting to watch how cats are able to turn on their charm to get what they want.

Tina Lanzillotta

Director
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    Currently serving as a creative director for a multi-media company, Tina’s extreme passion for all things media-related has enabled her to enjoy a multi-faceted career that encompasses but isn’t limited to journalism, graphic design, public relations and marketing. Tina has found volunteering for Pets Alive Animal Rescue Niagara Inc. to be a great outlet to help keep her high levels of animal love in check.

Megan Pasche

Director
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    Megan Pasche is the co-owner of a Niagara based creative agency. In addition to several years of experience writing for various types of media, she has also been involved in animal rescue and welfare for over ten years now. She loves animals, especially her own two rescue cats, Murphy and Evan. She is very excited about being involved in Pets Alive Animal Rescue Niagara Inc., and can’t wait to see how it continues to grow.

Chelsey Sneath

Director
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    Chelsey Sneath is an Interactive Project Manager at a GTA based design agency. A former longtime foster parent herself (with many foster fails turned adoptions) she now runs the Pets Alive Animal Rescue Niagara Inc. cat foster program. She and her husband are proud rescue parents to 6 kitties and feed all of their neighbourhood strays. Chelsey is very excited about being involved with Pets Alive Animal Rescue Niagara Inc. and looking forward to future growth and continuing to help rescue more cats and kittens in St. Catharines.

Patti Welch

Director
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    Patti Gaye Welch M.S.W. R.S.W. is a counsellor for students at Niagara College, a Program Leader at Wellspring Niagara, and has her own private counselling business for people and their companion animals. Her experience includes 35 years of work in animal welfare and she is a founding member of Niagara Action for Animals and a member of The Animal Assistance Society and C.A.A.N. Her home ( and couch) is shared with 6 rescued cats. She brings her passion and expertise in all things feline to Pets Alive Animal Rescue Niagara Inc. and hopes to assist all kitty friends in finding and keeping a forever home.

Michelle Murray

Director
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    Since joining Pets Alive Niagara in August 2016, Michelle has fostered many dogs and continues to do so. Her dog, Marty, welcomes her foster siblings with love and lots of play! In addition to being our Volunteer Coordinator as well as our Foster Coordinator, Michelle is involved in events and fundraising. Being a part of the Pets Alive Niagara team has given Michelle a new passion to pursue: helping dogs find their forever home. Even if it means shedding a few tears now and then as they leave her home, Michelle takes pure joy out of being a part of the process and adding a new furry friend to a happy home.