Meet the Staff

Maria 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 & Development

Melissa joined the DRHS in 2015. She has over nine 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.

Mariah Licht
Human Resources & Accounting Manager

Mariah joined our team in 2015. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Mariah is a big dog lover and has a Neapolitan Mastiff named Daisy Mae who is a rescue and an English Mastiff named Odin Thunder Struck.

Angie Herting
Development Officer

Angie joined the DRHS team as our Development Officer in 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.

Veterinary Staff

Dr. Momot

Vet Technician
Briana Eickhoff

Shelter Lead
Amanda Shaffer

Customer Care Specialist
Colin Halbmaier

Animal Care Lead
Robert Avenarius

Community Outreach
Abby Palmer

Program/Event Intern
Brooke Welp

Animal Care Technician
Lisa Brimeyer
Madelyne Heinrich
Zebulon Hill
Alicia Mabeus
Beth Pieper
Jennifer Sheldon
Holly Steil
Rachel Sell
Molly Lingel
Adam Feltes
Rachel Stohs

Dick Hess