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.

Jacqueline Greulich, LPN is originally from Franklin Lakes, NJ and  transferred down to Toms River NJ while working for Citizens First National Bank  to become assistant branch manager in Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island.

At 61, I wanted to go to nursing school after caring for my mother and other family members, and by the grace of God, obtained my practical nursing license in NJ and PA.  I now work as an LPN at The Haven at Silverwoods in Toms River, NJ.

Ron Sheehan and I have known each other since 1961.  He became involved with Animal Care when he moved down to Toms River in 1981.  When I moved down to Toms River in 1987, I had the privilege of meeting Leslie Sinclair after Ron had helped her moved up to East Smithfield, PA.  I always admired Ron’s dedication to Lesley’s Animal Care and the furries and was always aware of the many changes taking place after her death. When Ron passed in October of 2010, I was honored when the Board of Directors asked me to fill Ron’s seat.

Animals have always been a part of my life, from saving critters to raising English Springer Spaniel puppies.  We have had guinea pigs, hamsters, dogs, cats and horses.  Love them all.  I am now sharing our cabin in Pa with a small snake and few mice.  They are God’s creatures after all.  I share my home in NJ with my dog Toby.

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

Eileen WestbrookI am a retired Realtor, mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of five. Since being retired, I wanted to keep busy and give back to the community. My good friend Terry Browning, told me about Animal Care Sanctuary and her experience fostering her dog Birch. It seemed like a natural fit.

Over the years I had plenty of experience helping the girls with their 4-H animals and caring for the various dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, chickens, and even salamaders that seemed to find their way to our home.

I went through the volunteer orientation and learned more about ACS and the role volunteers play. Soon I was walking dogs. It didn’t take long to feel a bond with them. They come out the kennel doors excited to have someone to have one on one time with. Some walking, petting and a few treats is all it took to put a little extra wag in their tail.

Slowly I learned names and faces of the people at ACS. I could not be more impressed with the compassion everyone had for the well-being of each and every one of the animals. I’m glad to be a part of ACS and its mission for a safe and caring refuge while the animals wait for their forever home.

Jeff RussellJeff and his wife Jane live in Athens, PA with their three dogs Charlie, Izzy and Lucy and a crazy calico cat, Kallie Sue (who was adopted from ACS in December 2013). Together Jeff and Jane have four grown children and four delightful granddaughters.

He is a native of Bradford County and grew up working on the family dairy and maple farm.

For many years he worked in the local newspaper publishing industry in the graphic design and production areas. Jeff is now the Director of Marketing for Memorial Hospital in Towanda, PA where he has been working for more than 15 years. He enjoys running, gardening, reading and spoiling his wife, children, grandchildren and pets.

A Favorite Quote:
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

Elaine Pierson