Our History as a For-All Shelter

SPCA Tampa Bay is the only non-profit, animal welfare agency that runs an open-admission for-all animal shelter and veterinary center in Pinellas County. Our shelter in Largo cares for more than 9,500 animals annually that have been surrendered by their owners, along with injured wildlife.

SPCA Tampa Bay cares for dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotic animals, and livestock like goats and pigs. Animals receive immunizations, medical care, behavior training, enrichment and loving care while they live at our shelter. Our adoptions team and volunteers work to match families with animals that are a good fit with the family’s home, lifestyle and personalities. There is no time limit for an animal’s stay at our shelter, and every animal receives compassionate care, regardless of its breed or size.

Our Vision:
Create a community where every animal matters.

Our Mission:
Through passionate collaboration with our community, we transform the lives of animals.

SPCA Tampa Bay is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit locally governed by a volunteer board of directors. Like most U.S. animal shelters, we rely entirely on our program revenue and fundraising to sustain our operations, provide care for animals and serve the community. Despite a similar name, we are not affiliated with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or Humane Society of the U.S.

A team of 90 staff members and 250 dedicated volunteers help us fulfill our mission.

Management Team

Martha Boden CEO SPCA Tampa Bay

Martha Boden

CEO
Carolyn Wisniewski Chief Philanthropy Officer

Carolyn Wisniewski

Chief Development Officer
Judy Thompson CFO SPCA Tampa Bay

Judy Thompson

Chief Finance Officer
Emily Barber Photo

Emily Barber

Chief Human Resources Officer
Eric Keaton CMO SPCA Tampa Bay

Eric Keaton

Chief Marketing Officer
Tara Yurkshat Photo

Tara Yurkshat

Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Rizal Lopez Photo

Rizal Lopez

DVM (Chief Veterinary Officer)
  • Dr. Sharon Pindar - DVM General Practice (Largo campus)
  • Angela Durden - Sr. Animal & Client Welfare Manager
  • Nick Rivard - Sr. Facility Manager
  • Paige White - Behavior Department Manager
  • Mitchy Chavez - Intake & Investigations Manager
  • Kristi Koehler - Donor Relations Manager
  • Colleen Cherry - Volunteer Program Manager
  • Stacy Mettinger - Veterinary Center Hospital Manager
  • Jennifer Perkins - Veterinary Services Department Manager
  • Lisa Richardson - Director of Development Operations
  • Jennifer Gross - Director of Philanthropy

For media information or to book an interview with one of our staff contact: Eric Keaton, Chief Marketing Officer: 813-400-0745

Note: all board members are independent, voting members

To reach the SPCA Tampa Bay Board of Directors with compliments, suggestions or concerns, please contact us. Please direct any inquiries through that page rather than attempting to contact board members at their home or place of employment. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address along with your inquiry. Correspondence sent to board members anonymously and at any addresses other than the one provided here will not receive a response.

2021 Board of Directors

Officers

  • Carrie O’Brion - President
  • Cynthia Bastos - Secretary
  • Ken Ronecker - Treasurer, Finance Chair
  • Donna Hostnick - Vice President, Development & Marketing Chair
  • Andy Gaunce - Vice President, Governance Chair
  • Kelly Hayden - Vice President, Facilities Chair

Members

Rick Flowers
John Lee
Mark Martukovich
Catherine Mitchell
Stacy Nethercoat
Tina Thomas
Brian Van Slyke
Mike Winter