BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Dan McCabe (Director)
Dan McCabe is the rescue President and is a rescue jack of all trades master of a few. He is dedicated to moving the organization forward along with the scores of other dedicated dog loving volunteers with the goal of saving as many homeless dogs as possible. In his other full time job Dan is an Insurance Compliance Director. Dan makes his home with Ellen 2 dogs and an occasional guest on its way to their forever home.
Ellen McCabe (Director)
Ellen McCabe is the Intake Coordinator of Dog Star Rescue. Ellen is a 5th grade teacher and lives in Avon, CT with her husband Dan, dogs Duke and Redd and many times a foster dog. She and her husband helped start DSR after being involved in rescue work for several years. She has a lot of fun working along side great volunteers and feels the best part of rescue is seeing a dog meet their forever family for the first time.
Wendy Dobrindt (Director)
Wendy Dobrindt is the Fundraising Leader for DSR. She started her work with DSR in March, 2016 and volunteers at most events. She works as a Finance Director in the Insurance Industry. She has two very spoiled cocker spaniels, Maddie and Roddy; who was intended to be a short term foster, but decided he never wanted to leave her home and became a forever family member on 12/29/16.
Ali Wasley (Director)
Treasurer and Vice President
Ali Wasley is the Dog Star Rescue Treasurer and Vice President, overseeing the finance department. She’s also very active in fostering (closing in on #100!) and leads Dog Star’s Strategic Planning Committee. Ali volunteers at most events and enjoys getting to know each DSR pup. Ali lives in West Hartford with her three dogs and is a CPA and Accounting Manager in her professional life. She has been a passionate Dog Star member since May of 2016.
Karen Potterton (Director)
Karen is our Foster Coordinator who also volunteers at almost all DSR Events and works with our Behavior/Training Team. She started volunteering with DSR in 2014 when she retired after spending almost 40 years in the Insurance Industry in various Management and Consulting roles. Karen currently has 3 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat that are a part of her family. Karen’s greatest dream is to find a home for all the dogs we take in!
Hudson Atkinson (Director)
Hudson Atkinson is Dog Star Rescue’s IT Coordinator. He oversees IT operations and is passionate about implementing technology into rescue organizations. He has been supporting DSR since early 2016 and later became a volunteer in May 2018. He volunteers at most events and enjoys handling dogs as they seek their future families. Outside of Dog Star, Hudson works in Technology Delivery for UnitedHealth Group. Hudson currently has one dog, DSR alum Bruno.
Hayley Haspeslagh (Director)
Hayley started volunteering in August 2015 with her husband, Kyle. They began their rescue journey as fosters and Hayley found her passion shortly after by joining the screening team. During the day, Hayley works in Product Marketing and Management for a global technology company. When she’s not answering emails or participating in events, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 Dog Star Alum – Sam, Maverick (fka Bouncer), and Tremont. You might find them on hiking trails off the beaten path around Connecticut!
Margret Frenette (Director)
Margret became a Dog Star volunteer in 2015 when she moved to Avon. She started by dog walking and handling dogs at events. She is now the Transport Lead, welcoming new Dog Stars as they arrive. Margret grew up and raised a family here in Connecticut. After a 30-year career in the insurance industry, she now enjoys helping people as a Realtor. She has rescued and fostered many dogs over the years including her German Shepherd, Blake, who she trained as a Therapy Dog. Together, Margret and Blake visited the kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center until Blake retired due to arthritis. When she’s not volunteering with Dog Star, Margret spends her summers in the garden, and knitting and quilting during the winter. She walks all year long, in all kinds of weather. For the fourth consecutive year she has a goal to walk the number of miles in the year – 2,020 miles in 2020!
Colleen Atkinson (Director)
James began rescuing dogs in 2000 from overcrowded Southern California public shelters. After moving to CT, he joined DSR as a volunteer in 2017. Prior to becoming the Behavior Team Coordinator, James has been an adopter, foster, adoption screener, and Kennel Coordinator. He is now retired and happily living in Avon with his four wonderful dogs.
Sue started volunteering with Dog Star Rescue in 2015 as a foster. Amazingly, Sue has now fostered over 90th dogs and counting!. Prior to her role as the Medical Coordinator, Sue has been on the marketing team, screening team, and foster team. Sue is a registered nurse at St Francis Hospital and her hobbies include horseback riding, running, and golf.
Michelle began volunteering for Dog Star Rescue in 2019 and helps coordinate marketing and advertising efforts, including managing our social media presence. She can also be found at adoption events as a dog handler and helping out where needed. When not playing with dogs or talking about dogs, Michelle heads up marketing and sales for a digital agency. Michelle lives in West Hartford with her husband, two kids and two very spoiled rescue dogs, Lucy and Izzy. She is also often seen cheering on her kids at swim meets and supporting Villanova Wildcats swimming where her son competes.
JoAnn began at Dog Star in 2019 helping transport, handling dogs at events, and is now the Transport Coordinator. Welcoming each pup to New England and then off to a Foster or Furever Family is her favorite part of the rescue process. Her enthusiasm to guide each pup to a forever home, often finds a DSR pup fostering at her home in Enfield where her husband, Dave, and fur baby, Sadie, assist in the transition days to unite each special dog with a welcoming family. When not volunteering, she works with The Enfield
Department of Building and Grounds, enjoys time with her two adult children, gardens, sews, and enjoys the sunshine with Sadie (and Dave)!
Jennifer started volunteering with Dog Star Rescue in January 2019 during her search to add a second dog to her home. After weeks of searching online and attending adoption events throughout the state, Jennifer came across Dog Star Rescue. She was impressed with their mission and commitment to finding the right home for their dogs, so made the decision to sign up to volunteer. Jennifer’s first volunteer assignments were to help with transport and handling of dogs at events. Since then, she’s volunteered to help any way possible, including events, assisting with weekly vetting and screening potential homes for dogs. She currently volunteers as a Pre-approval Coordinator to help ensure pre-approved applicants have the best opportunity to be matched with the right dog for their family. Jennifer and her husband live with two dogs, Odie and Penny (former Dog Star Ada). They enjoy spending time outdoors, including hiking and camping.
Ashlee started volunteering for Dog Star Rescue in early 2020 and has played many roles. She has helped make a video for the rescue, supported our telethon, supported the events team, fundraising team and supported social media efforts as well. Ashlee has a 4 year old rescue Jack Russell terrier, Brynlee, and in her free time loves being in the kitchen and baking. She loves being crafty and spending time with friends and family.
Rachel started volunteering with Dog Star Rescue in the beginning of 2020 after realizing she wanted to help dogs in any way she could. She currently is the Headquarters Kennel coordinator and also is a screener on the screening team. Rachel started off handling dogs at Events and helping dogs off transport. When not doing things at Dog Star Rachel works as a Program Director for a youth group home. She lives with her two huskies, and her fiancé who also volunteers with DSR.
Sharon first got involved with DSR when she attended a Christmas Event-Santa Pictures in 2018. She started fostering dogs in May 2019 and became a Foster Coordinator in March 2020. She lives in Bloomfield with her husband Rick (who is also a DSR Volunteer) and her 2 dogs, Thor and DSR alum Tess! When not working they also volunteer at various events and help with various projects at DSR Headquarters.
Susan is a Foster Coordinator with Dog Star Rescue. She joined Dog Star as a volunteer in April 2014 after fostering for a few other rescue groups. She enjoys working any role at adoption events where dogs have their best chance at a forever home. Susan volunteers at most adoption events and any other event where she is needed. Susan’s family (Angelo – husband, Katy – Step Daughter, and Megan – Step Daughter) are also DSR volunteers resulting in a family gathering at many events. The Casagrandes have 5 rescue dogs of their own, including Grace (the blonde) and Riley (Great Dane), who are Dog Star alumni. The family often has a foster around too. Outside of Dog Star, Susan works for The Hartford in the latent bodily injury claim group.
Christina started volunteering with DSR in February 2019. She began by fostering dogs and then joined the foster coordinating team. Along with her 3 dogs (2 of which are foster failures), she has 1 cat, 2 geckos, some fish, and 7 chickens. Her husband and two sons help out with fostering and love all the dogs they’ve met along the way. When not volunteering with DSR, she volunteers either with Scouts as advancement chair, or at Donate Life CT. When not volunteering you will find he reading a book or stocking her Little Free Library with books I just finished.
Patti started volunteering with Dog Star Rescue in August 2016. She started off with dog handling at events. After learning more about the rescue and the other opportunities that were available, she got involved with fostering, transport, social media pictures, and bio writing. When not volunteering with Dog Star, she enjoys spending free time with her husband and their rescue dogs – a 7 year old Rottweiler mix named Ruckus and 1.5 year old Maltese/poodle mix named Moxie. Her other hobbies include hand painting wine glasses, reading, going to wineries and going out to dinner.
Jamie first heard about Dog Star Rescue when they held a Corporate Event at CIGNA. She started fostering and attending adoption events for Dog Star in July 2019 and became a Foster Coordinator in April 2020. When not volunteering or working with Dog Star, she works as a program manager for Tapfin in the Insurance industry. Jamie lives with her husband David, rescue dog Tyson, and many times a foster dog. The entire family can be seen watching the Premier League Champs: Liverpool on the weekends.
Krzysztof started volunteering with DSR in July 2019 at various events, transporting dogs both from the South and those that are in Kennels in CT. In November of 2019 he started to foster dogs on the weekends. He joined the Foster Leadership Team in March 2020 as the Foster Operations Coordinator. As part of my Coordinator Role, in addition to working with the Foster Team making sure they have all the supplies that they need, he gets to work with our Event, Transport and Medical Teams. He also recently joined the DSR Alumni team when he adopted his first DSR dog. In his spare time he enjoys working on various projects at DSR Headquarters. Dexter (his 6 year old dog) really enjoys it when they go to DSR HQ too.
After teaching for 41 years, Terri wanted to pursue her love of dogs. She heard about Dog Star from a former volunteer and joined in 2016 as a handler at events. Since then she joined the event team and volunteers at most events at main table. Terri also serves on the fundraising and advertising teams
and fosters as well. She adopted Kelly in 2017 after her meet and greet did not work out. Terri’s dream is to buy a huge piece of land and have a dog sanctuary.
Event Coordinator and Accounting Coordinator
Zoe started volunteering with DSR in March 2019. She is now an Event Coordinator, and more recently, Assistant Treasurer. Zoe started volunteering at a rough time in her life, and a friend suggested trying to volunteer for something she believe in, for a cause that is close to her heart – of course she thought of dog rescue! She began volunteering as a dog transporter and handler, and quickly fell in love with volunteering for DSR! Not only did she find an indescribable passion for dog rescue, but also found out that in rescuing dogs, they rescue her in a very real way too. Zoe has three beautiful pups of her own, adding her first rescue pup to her pack in 2019. Her dogs are her whole life, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.