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Meet the Board of Directors

Introductions are important. 


Jacqueline F., President, Board Member

A passion for animals goes back to Jacqui's early years.  In fact, she was told that she had a late start in speaking and the doctor had recommended getting a dog or cat to help. She's been told she hasn't stopped speaking since.  😂

Today Jacqui and her husband Tim have 2 Old English Sheepdogs (OES) that were adopted through OES rescue groups as well as 2 adopted cats.  Grown and living on their own are 2 sons and a daughter.  The most recent excitement in their lives is that they have just become grandparents for the first time.

Jacqui grew up and lived in the Valley area of Syracuse and is a graduate of Corcoran High School.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.  Having taken an early retirement from her position in the computer software industry, She volunteered with a number of local shelters before finally settling in at AAGS.  It wasn't long before she was named the Chairperson for the LEGUP Program as well as the Volunteer Committee Coordinator.  2018-2020, Jacqui also served as the Vice President of AAGS.   


Donna C., Treasurer, Board Member and Founding Member

Donna became the second President of AAGS in 2012, acting in that capacity for 8 years. She has also been the Treasurer of the organization since its inception.

Prior to her AAGS involvement, Donna and her husband Pat both served on the board of directors of the Central New York Cat Coalition. They have since retired from active rescue to care for their unadoptable kitties.

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Sarah A., Secretary, Board Member

Sarah joined the AAGS Board of Directors during the summer of 2021. She's had a love of animals ever since she was 5 years old and  became inconsolable watching an episode of "Lassie" when a group of piglets became trapped in a burning barn (rest easy - they were rescued!) Previously, she has worked for Stack Veterinary Hospital on Onondaga Hill and the Veterinary Medical Center, both as Client Care Representatives. 


After flip-flopping between having an arts career or pursuing veterinary medicine as a LVT, the arts won out. She received her Masters of Arts Administration from Le Moyne College in 2017 with a focus on Fundraising and Development. Even though she no longer is part of the veterinary field, her passion for animal advocacy, shelter adoption, and helping injured and homeless animals never diminished.  She is currently the Grant Writer for the Everson Museum of Art. Besides working with AAGS, she is also the Lighting Designer at CNY Playhouse and the Production Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for Thanasis Theater Company. At home, she is always greeted by her loving husband Gregg and two cats Annie and Mully. 


Karen A., Board Member and Founding Member

Karen is a founding member of the Animal Alliance and also a founding member of the CNY Cat Coalition.  She is foster mom to numerous cats, dogs, etc.

In addition to being a participant in the Court Observer program, Karen is a representative to the CNY Animal Cruelty Task Force.


Joan A., Board Member and Founding Member

Joan, a founding member of Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse, has been actively involved in the rescue of animals alongside her daughter, Karen.


Along with her contributions as our founding secretary, Joan also takes the time to write letters of thanks and articles for our newsletters.

Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse Financial Reports

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Please feel welcome to contact the board with any questions, comments or concerns.

Board members may be reached by emailing us at

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