Executive Staff

Christine Robinson – Chief Executive Officer

Chris Robinson, CEO of The Animal Foundation

Christine Robinson started her tenure at The Animal Foundation in 2007 after serving as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County. Christine joined the organization at a critical time for the shelter after The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) had declared a state of emergency.

Equipped with a wealth of knowledge in the areas of organizational management and business administration, a robust community network and an undeniable passion for animal welfare, Christine set out to rebuild The Animal Foundation by instituting best practices in animal sheltering, and driving transformative change at what is the highest volume single-site animal shelter in the country. Ensuring quality animal care in concert with best practices in shelter medicine; hiring and retaining qualified staff; and renegotiating municipal animal control contracts to provide adequate care to each animal, became Christine’s highest priorities.

With the subsequent introduction of a variety of life-saving and life-changing programs, including surrender intervention and managed intake programs; the creation of a dedicated fund to provide enhanced medical care; community-wide programs to keep cats from entering the shelter; and the expansion and acceleration of existing lifesaving programs like foster care; adoptions; and low-cost vaccine and spay/neuter services, Christine fostered a dramatic turnaround of The Animal Foundation.  The organization is closer than ever to its goal of saving every healthy and treatable animal in its care by the year 2020 as part of its current ‘Mission: Possible 2020’ strategic plan.

Under Christine’s guidance, the number of animals coming into the shelter has decreased by 31.8 percent in the past five years. Euthanasia has decreased by 63.5 percent and, in 2016, nearly 21,000 animals were saved by being adopted, transferred to animal welfare partners, returned home, or appropriately kept out of the shelter in the first place, through a commitment to finding better alternatives.

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Carly Scholten – Chief Operating Officer


With a degree in Animal Sciences and extensive experience in animal care, humane education, shelter medicine and development and management, Chief Operating Officer Carly Scholten is a passionate animal welfare professional who has dedicated her career to saving and improving the lives of animals.

She has implemented numerous programs during her tenure at The Animal Foundation, and each program has proven successful in enhancing the shelter’s ability to operate more effectively to maximize lifesaving.

Prior to joining The Animal Foundation team, Carly worked to develop and streamline shelter operations by identifying and implementing supporting technology, procedures and manpower at organizations including PAWS Chicago and Champaign County Humane Society.

Under Carly’s leadership, The Animal Foundation has experienced tremendous improvements in lifesaving. The number of animals saved through positive placement programs has increased substantially and the number of animals humanely euthanized has decreased at a staggering rate.

Carly takes pride in creating memorable guest experiences and building successful community partnerships to better serve and save animals. She is leading the charge to accomplish Mission: Possible 2020 through implementation of new programs, growth of existing programs, and campus infrastructure updates and additions.

Her dogged approach to saving lives and improving animal welfare is why Carly is certain The Animal Foundation will reach its lofty goal of saving all healthy and treatable animals that enter its care by the end of the year 2020. Carly knows her team and this community will make this mission possible!

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Daniel Neel – Chief Development & Finance Officer


Daniel Neel brings to The Animal Foundation more than 30 years of professional fundraising and financial services experience. Since joining The Animal Foundation, Daniel has not only implemented initiatives to substantially grow operating revenue, but also led the successful effort to complete the Mission: Possible 2020 All of Us for All of Them $35M comprehensive campaign for a new adoptions and education center, renovations of the existing shelter, and lifesaving program support. At the same time, he directed the acquisition of $14M in tax-free bonds to launch the construction project.

In addition to directing the finance and fundraising areas, Daniel also serves as a member of the Executive Team, leading the charge to set the strategic direction and achieve the mission of the organization. His ability to dive deeply into the data has led to new insights and strategic direction to help effectively grow existing programs and add new ones. Daniel has spearheaded strategic initiatives to remove barriers for pet adoptions, create new lifesaving programs, and acquire the resources necessary to accomplish Mission: Possible 2020.

Prior to joining The Animal Foundation, Daniel provided a depth of strategic counsel to nonprofit organizations (including other animal welfare organizations) across the country that has yielded some of the most successful and comprehensive multilevel, regional, and national fundraising programs and campaigns, raising over a billion dollars for capital and operational needs. Daniel is recognized for his ability to listen, assess an organization’s needs, and provide highly effective strategic operational, fundraising, and financial solutions. He is also a nationally recognized thought leader in fundraising as demonstrated through his teaching, speaking engagements, published writings, and webinars.

In addition to Daniel’s years in successfully leading his own fundraising firms and as Executive Vice President with one of the largest national fundraising organizations in the US, Daniel has served as President, Managing Director, and Chief Financial Officer for international investment banking and investment management organizations. He began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant.

Daniel graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA degree in accounting. Daniel and his wife, Lee, also stay busy with their world-champion Frisbee dogs, Jessie and Xena.

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Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Andrew Vaughan, DVM, DACVIM – Chairperson
Matthew Frazier – Vice Chairperson
Robin E. Perkins – Secretary
Rikki Tanenbaum – Treasurer
Michael Accardi – Member at Large

Board Members
Lisa M. Gann, CPA
Trinka Kuftedjian
Linda Marvin
Kevin Murakami
Brette Sadler
Matthew Silverman
Paul Snow       

Emeritus Board Members
Doug Crosby
Jane Greenspun Gale
Tom Kaplan
Marilyn Larson
Vivica Marshall
Dianne Merkey
Chris Stacey
Michael Wilkins
Dale Wynn