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 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.


Veterinary Staff

Dr. Momot

Vet Technician
Briana Eickhoff
Kelly Bode
Shelter Leadership Shelter Lead
Amanda Shaffer
Customer Care Specialist
Animal Care Technicians Lisa Brimeyer
Madelyne Heinrich
Zebulon Hill
Alexa Peters
Nichole Wollmuth
Jennifer Sheldon
Holly Steil
Rachel Sell
Molly Lingel
Adam Feltes
Rachel Stohs

Program/Event Intern
Brooke Welp

Dick Hess