HSNEI Board of Directors

Peggy Lane, President

Peggy lives in Elkader, Iowa with her husband, two children, and three cats. She was born on a farm surrounded by cats that each had a name and were special to her. Peggy works for the Clayton County Auditor's Office and believes every animal deserves care and respect. She hopes serving on the HSNEI Board helps her make a difference in the lives of dogs and cats in Northeast Iowa.

Jeanne Neuzil, Vice President

Jeanne lives near Spillville, Iowa with her husband and their seven rescue dogs. Together they enjoy simple country living. She is a retired Collins Aerospace worker, a former HSNEI staff member and also a long time volunteer.  She shares HSNEI’s passion to help and care for animal and find them loving forever homes.

Kari Goodno, Secretary

Kari has lived in Northeast Iowa all of her life and works at Luther College in Decorah.  She has been on HSNEI's Board for a decade. Kari enjoys caring for pets and believes volunteering with HSNEI is a great way of helping cats and dogs in need.

Kim Powell, PR/Community Affairs and Fundraising Coordinator

Kim's motivation for working with HSNEI is her love for animals and strong belief in Gandhi's philosophy that "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it treats its animals." She served on HSNEI's Board for six years as President, and one year as Vice President. Kim designed and oversaw the capital campaign and building of the Love & Friendship Adoption Center. She is a Professor of Communication Studies at Luther College.

Karen Bruening, Community Leader

Karen grew up in Minnesota with dogs, cats, horses, turtles, fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds and frogs. For 4 years at HSNEI she has combined her animal appreciation with working for various nonprofits fundraising to help the homeless animals. She has helped raise over 50K working on HSNEI’s annual Tails and Treasures Fundraiser. She finds it a privilege to work with an amazing group of people dedicated to the care and services for homeless pets in our area.

Todd Burrichter, Community Leader

Todd earned two degrees from the University of Dubuque in Accounting and Business Administration and spent 10+ years in various Accounting positions with a large farming operation and two publicly traded companies in NE Iowa.  Todd left the Accounting field in the Fall of 2017 to pursue a calling in ministry and is currently pastoring two churches north of Decorah while attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque. He lives in Ossian with his wife (Katie), twin children (Wyatt & Lyla), and their two adopted dogs (Buster & Asher).

Gordon Dornink, Community Leader

Gordon is a lifelong dairyman who works full time at a dairy in Northeast Iowa. He runs a rescue for senior/special needs dogs, some who have come from HSNEI. Gordon works with HSNEI because they make a difference in the community, and he wants to help animals find good loving homes. 

Kim Hudecek, Community Leader

Kim has always loved and had pets since a young child growing up on a family farm. She adopted everything her father would allow, so serving HSNEI is her natural inclination. Finding a healthy and loving environment for HSNEI's cats and dogs brings her joy.

Jill Kistler, Community Leader

Jill is originally from Waukon, Iowa where she currently resides and serves as the Assistant Allamakee County Attorney. She has served as Vice President and Interim President of the HSNEI Board. She enjoys working with HSNEI as she is and always has been an animal lover, who holds a deep appreciation for the innocence and unconditional love pets bless us with.

Lara Schissel, Community Leader

Lara makes her home in Decorah with her husband, son & daughter, cat & dog. With a background in behavioral health services and research, Lara currently serves as a substitute teacher associate. Many days she can be found walking one of the town prairies, trying to keep up with her energetic Springer Spaniel. In addition to their tremendous support of animals in need, she sees HSNEI as a champion of strengthened animal/human relationships in our community.  

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