Meet the Staff

Maria Morris Benham

Maria joined the DRHS as President/CEO in October 2013. She is enthusiastic about pairing two of her greatest passions, nonprofit excellence and animal welfare. Maria shares her home with her two human children, two canine children, a snake and a mouse.

Aimee Heinrich
Director of Operations

Aimee has been the Director of Operations since 2014 and previously had served in a variety of positions including vet technician since 2008. She has extensive knowledge of small animal care and shelter operations. She adopted four dogs and a cat from the shelter. She also enjoys caring for her four horses.

Melissa Palfrey
Director of Marketing & Events

Melissa joined the DRHS in 2015. She has over ten years experience in the Marketing and Communications field with a Bachelor's degree in Communications, an emphasis in Imaging and a Minor in Public Relations. Melissa rescued a Pit Bull mix, Midnight, from the DRHS in 2010 and she also has an Old English Bulldog named Angus.

Angie Herting
Development Officer

Angie joined the DRHS team as our Development Officer in November 2016. She has over 17 years of experience in the Sales and Business Development and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish from Loras College. Angie loves animals and rescued her Boxer, Jaxon, in 2014.

Amanda Shaffer
Shelter Lead

Amanda joined the DRHS team in 2015. She studied Animal Science at Iowa State University and has over 7 years of experience in animal welfare. She has worked in a variety of positions at the DRHS and has the ability to assist and help where is needed. She has been an animal advocate since she was a young girl and has a soft spot for elderly and animals with special needs.

Laura Klavitter
Volunteer Coordinator

Laura has joined the DRHS as Volunteer Coordinator in October 2017. Her formal education is in Horticulture with years of experience working with volunteers in many capacities. Laura has been a lifelong animal lover caring for everything from tarantulas, parrots and snakes to dogs, cats, and fish. When not managing a garden full of volunteers at her community garden in Dubuque, she enjoys the company of her adopted Pitbull, Zoey, her American Bully, Casanova, and her Calico cat Meisha.


Veterinary Staff

Myra Momot, DVM
Eric Streif, DVM

Vet Technician
Briana Eickhoff
Kelly Bode
Breanne French
Shelter Staff Customer Care

Carla Holloway
Gretchen Mattoon

Accounting Specialist
Julie Shade

Animal Care Technicials
Lisa Brimeyer
Zebulon Hill
Jennifer Sheldon
Holly Steil
Molly Lingel
Rachel Sell
Laura Fink
Kelsey Schmidt
Keri Moy
Tyrone Jones

Program/Event Intern
Brooke Welp

Dick Hess