HSNEI Board of Directors

Jill Kistler, Interim President, Vice President

Jill is the Vice President for the HSNEI Board. She is originally from Waukon, Iowa where she currently resides and serves as the Assistant Allamakee County Attorney. 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.

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.

Mattine Gallentine, Public Relations Chair

Mattine owns a managed service provider named MG|Computer, Inc. in Chicago.  Involved in fundraising efforts for many different organizations for almost 20 years, Mattine is very passionate about the causes she helps support.  Her work with Rotary, National Association of Women Business Owners, County Forest Preserve, and Chamber Boards has led her to HSNEI.  She is so excited to be able to help further HSNEI's mission and vision.  Mattine and her family have adopted pets from local shelters over the years.  You will see Mattine and her family at HSNEI volunteering to help with the cats and dogs frequently.  

Todd Burrichter, Budget/Finance Chair

Mr. Burrichter 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.

Todd lives in Ossian with his wife (Katie), twin children (Wyatt & Lyla), and their two adopted dogs (Buster & Asher).

Karen Bruening, Winneshiek County Representative

Karen Bruening 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.

Peggy Lane, Clayton County Representative

Peggy Lane 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. Lane 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.

Lara Schissel, At- Large Representative

Lara Schissel 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.  

Gordon Dornink, At-Large Representative

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. 

Holly Kanengieter, At-Large Representative

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