Board of Directors

Berneice has been married for 41 years.  She has a daughter and a son ,both married, one granddaughter, & two grand dogs. She loves all animals, especially dogs. She lost her two elderly cocker spaniels a few years ago and now has 3 elderly cats at home and a mother cat with her kittens at ACS, that she  treasures.  She is a Registered Nurse on the Cardiac floor at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre,PA.   She lives in Chemung, NY in her restored Victorian home.  Her favorite past times include mowing her lawn, spending time with her granddaughter and being at SENECA LAKE on her boat.
My name is Markie Kane. I feel the Shelter is a great place to spend your extra time doing something wonderful for the dogs & cats while waiting for their forever home.

I am married to Walt “Bud” Kane and we have one grown up son living in Virginia with his wife, Wendy. They have two Dogs that complete their family.
We have a wonderful, handsome yellow lab, Gus who was a a naughty boy growing up. Also we have a delightful little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If you are not familiar with that breed, they are in the toy category and resemble a tiny cocker. Molly is quite the lap dog.
I’m retired from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. I first worked in the Lab and then moved over the the Laurels where I was the Assistant Administrator. I moved back to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital where I worked in the Administrative Department, wearing many hats. I retired after working in the Laurel Health System for 20 great years. It was a wonderful place to work.
I waited for just the right place for me to volunteer. I believe I found it at the Animal Care Sanctuary. I am impressed with how it cares for the animals, with respect & love along, with all over care. I admire ACS so much that I am now a Part of their Board of Directors.

Sara DunnI’ve been in the business of finding homes for people for 28 years, first in my own agency and then with Henry Dunn Inc., so perhaps being involved with ACS in their mission to find lifetime homes for animals was something that was bound to happen. As a child our family was always a haven for strays … animals showed up, we loved them. Later, as my career took off, awards began rolling in and work demanded more and more of my time my husband and I decided that we weren’t home enough to be pet owners. Then 8 years ago a gaunt, hungry, lonely flea-riddled kitten showed up. Refusing to go away, it made so much noise that I couldn’t ignore it. One bowl of milk later, I was still determined NOT to take on a kitten. She is how I first met the people at the Wellsboro SPCA. (You know where this is going.) Fast forward in time and now Miss Kitty is the joy of my life, I can’t wait to get home to see her. Miss Kitty has made us realize how important it is to be able to plan ahead for the ongoing care of our pets should something happen to us as owners. I am so pleased with (Executive Director) Joan Smith-Reese’s new program that addresses this need. I’m honored to be a part of this Board. The more I learn, the more deeply I understand what Joan says. It really is all about the animals. 

Richard MacIntireI am married to my wife of 47 years, Betty, and I have three children and 4 grandchildren.  I am the retired C.E.O. of Martha Lloyd Community Services, Inc., a large corporation serving developmentally disabled people from all over the United States.  The facilities are located in Bradford and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania.

Our family has always had lots of animals around; dogs, cats, and some farm animals.  I am excited to be a part of the Animal Care Sanctuary team, and to be a part of helping ACS to accomplish its mission.  I believe that we all have a responsibility to each other and to the animals that share this world with us.

I also believe that a strong Board of Directors is essential to an organization, if it is to flourish.  I hope I can contribute so that the Animal Care Sanctuary can help the animals it cares for to find loving homes.

David BurchDavid E. Burch is a Retired Program Manager, Lockheed Martin and IBM (Owego, NY) with
Forty plus years of expertise in project management, marketing and problem solving. Strong experience with not-for-profits as he has previously served as Co-Chair of WSKG’s Board of Trustees and currently serves as President of the American Football Association’s nonprofit nationwide organization.
Specialties: Root Cause Analysis, Proposal Development, Data Analysis, Program Management, Team Facilitation and Process Analysis
Education: BS Math-Physics, Johnson C. Smith University


Cindy OpekaI have two grown children and three cats.  I love all animals.  I have had two dogs, a rabbit, and up to five cats at one time.  When I retire I would like to spend my time working more hands-on with animals.  I am an Executive Assistant for the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA.  I currently reside in Endicott, NY.  My hobbies are listening to music, dancing and spending time on Keuka lake.  I am honored to serve on the ACS Board for I believe in their mission and want to help make a difference.

Jack Wheeler2Jack Wheeler, President and Chief Operating Officer of #1 Gluten Free in Athens, lives with his wife Carol in Gillette. Jack is a Certified Master Baker and has extensive sales and new product introduction internationally.


I was raised in Litchfield PA and I graduated from Athens High School in 1982. After college I began processing payroll for my fathers’ company and in 1987 I joined an accounting firm processing payrolls and tax returns.

In 1990 I started my own business accounting company and currently serve about 50 small and large companies in various capacities of business and finance management.  I offer Quick Books setup and training, new business startup/setup, payroll processing and business accounting.

I currently reside in Litchfield with my husband Joe.  We have 2 grown children, Shannon lives in Sayre and Joey lives in Philadelphia completing his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.