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Meet the AAGS Advisory Committee

Marcia T.

My name is Trouper and without question, I’m AAGS’ top model…witness the highly sought-after cap.  (5-star rating!)

My mom Marcia retired from teaching and soon after, she adopted me from the SPCA.  Then she joined AAGS as a board member.  In my opinion, her volunteering at the shelter and with local rescues was getting ridiculous—she kept bringing home dogs!  Some were fosters, but (too) many stayed. We think she’s a serial adopter.

In May of 2015 mom created AAGS’ Leg Up Program, which she ran for its first two years and for two more years after, she handled Leg Up’s Facebook presence. 

What drew mom to AAGS in the first place was a shared commitment to promoting pet wellness and ending animal cruelty.  Low-cost spay and neuter is a huge part of that.  So, in November, 2018, mom joined a handful of friends in founding a new nonprofit, Fixing to Help; she's president.  Fixing to Help assists low-income households by covering the cost of spaying and neutering their pets.

Personally, I’ve retired from modeling, but I’m super proud that AAGS keeps growing and going strong. 


Mary-Ann D., Events Coordinator

Mary-Ann joined the AAGS’ Board of Directors in early 2020 after volunteering the year before.  Her merchandising skills from her retail management days found a new purpose in the fundraising activities of this non profit organization. 

Mary-Ann has a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport and grew up on Oneida Lake in Bridgeport, N.Y.

Today, Mary-Ann is in the corporate world of investment banking at BNY Mellon. She calls Syracuse her home where you will find her enjoying her large backyard with her husband Tim and fur baby, Abby.   Being a rescue from New Mexico, Abby joins the ranks of many rescue dogs that have incredible stories of how they found their way into her family and her heart. She also has two sons who are now grown and on their own, living out their dreams. 

Carol Money

I was born in Corning NY. I attended Corning Community College and Tompkins Cortland Community College. I am married and have three children and six grandchildren. My family's pets have always been homeless cats or kittens or a dog from a rescue organization.


In 2007 I moved to Cicero and became involved with cat and kitten rescue with the Central New York Cat Coalition and I am a board member.

In 2010 I became involved with a group of women who were going to court in support of a cat rescuer being sued by a neighbor because cats were going in the neighbor's yard. The women wanted to form an organization to advocate for animals' rights and to raise money for a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. In 2011 we became the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse. 

DeeDee Dillingham

Info about DeeDee

Jan Markerian

Info about Jan

Judith Nowakowski

Info about Judith

Linda Young, Founding Member

Info about Linda

Robin Yager

Info about Robin

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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