HSNEI Board of Directors

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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.

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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.

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Hayley Jackson

Community Leader

Hayley lives in Decorah, Iowa with her cat, adopted from HSNEI in 2017. She works at Luther College and has been volunteering with HSNEI since 2015. As a lifelong animal lover, she looks forward to supporting HSNEI's mission of caring for cats and dogs needing homes and snuggles in Northeast Iowa.

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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.

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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).

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Mariah Busta

PR/Community Affairs
Coordinator

Mariah Busta lives in Fort Atkinson with her husband and is the Iowa’s Dairy Center Coordinator at the Northeast Iowa Dairy & Agriculture Foundation. Mariah enjoys daily walks with her family’s black lab, Libby, who was adopted from HSNEI in 2015. She is excited to support HSNEI and bring people the joy of pets.

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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.

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Bruce Arendt

Building and Grounds Committee

Bruce lives in Decorah with his wife and two children. In 2017 they adopted a cat from HSNEI and he has been a loving addition to the family. Bruce is a Financial Coach at Summit Financial Coaching and also teaches online as an English as a Second Language instructor. He enjoys the opportunity to support HSNEI's continued financial stability and assist in maintaining its exceptional facilities and staff.  

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Jalyssa Houdek

Fundraising Coordinator

Jalyssa Houdek lives in Decorah, IA with her corgi and cat. She currently works at Collin's Aerospace, but before that was a small animal veterinary technician for 2 1/2 years. Jalyssa loves all the outdoor activities Decorah has to offer, and also likes spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to being a part of the collaborative HSNEI effort to help animals that are in need of love and support.