The Humane Society of Pinellas employs experienced, professional and compassionate staff.

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kelli chickos, ma, cplp, chief executive officer

Born and raised in Newark, Ohio, Kelli relocated to Florida after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1992. After earning a Master's degree in Human Resource Development from The University of South Florida, Kelli spent the past 25 years in business with a focus on Leadership Development. Kelli has been a life-long animal advocate and rescuer, serving on two national animal disaster rescue teams, aiding victims of hurricanes, puppy mills and animal hoarding. She has volunteered with various shelters and rescue groups for the past two decades in many capacities including fostering, fundraising, and public speaking on behalf of animals.  

Kelli founded The Dog House of Safety Harbor, a local pet boutique aimed at raising money and awareness for animal shelters and rescue groups. She and her husband, Steve, have adopted more than twenty animals and fostered as many. Their current furry and feathered family includes three dogs (Jaxson, Nikki, and Hope), two cats (Ally and Genny), one bird (Jim) and a squirrel (Julia).  When not covered in fur, whiskers, and wagging tails, Kelli enjoys hitting the pavement running (albeit slowly), having finished 22 half-marathons and one full, or being buried in a book (her favorite is A Dog's Purpose, naturally).


Originally from West Hartford, CT, Amanda moved to Florida in October of 2014 to begin working for the Humane Society of Pinellas. Amanda received degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience, with a focus in Animal Behavior, from the University of Connecticut. After working as an independent behavior consultant and managing a doggie-day-care, Amanda began working as the Behavior Department Manager for the Connecticut Humane Society. While working at CHS, she continued her graduate education with the American College of Applied Science in Companion Animal Behavior and Counseling. Amanda is happy to lead a team of excellent staff and volunteers that are dedicated to improving the lives of shelter animals and that tolerate her enthusiasm for NFL football.

brenton gallas, DVMmedical director

Brenton was born in Youngstown, Ohio into a family that supported his love and curiosity of animals. Two of his favorite childhood pets include Fred and Ethel, a fun loving pair of Pekin ducks. He graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida after earning a degree in business from Fordham University, as well as a degree in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida. Brenton has worked with animals for over 16 years, starting as a veterinary assistant during high school in northeast Ohio. Since then he has worked in several animal care settings and with many different animals, including manatees! His interests include surgery, preventative veterinary care, and healthy behavior.

Brenton most enjoys partnering with pet owners and community members towards improving the overall wellness of pets in our neighborhood and working to end pet homelessness. In his free time, Brenton likes to go on outdoor adventures with his partner Sarah Grace, as well as relax at home with their pets: Comrade the snuggly dog, Albie (“Pudd”) the mischievous cat, and two sun-loving turtles. Most recently Brenton and Sarah Grace have ventured into the world of backyard chicken raising with their very own flock of very beautiful and rambunctious hens: Lulabelle, Darcy, Samara, and Lena (who should be laying their very first eggs any day now!). 

humane society management

vanessa plyvolunteer coordinator

Vanessa recently joined the HSP management team after almost a year with the organization as an Animal Caretaker. Vanessa has extensive experience volunteering with other organizations, including Big Cat Rescue, and is excited to bring her volunteer experience into her new role as Volunteer Coordinator. While the cats here are of the smaller variety, Vanessa believes that all animals deserve an enriched life while at the shelter and it's truly our volunteers that help HSP go above and beyond! Along with her love of cats, Vanessa has a soft spot for pocket pets and exotics, especially reptiles. 

lucy monette, humane education and outreach coordinator

Lucy moved from Burlington, VT to Florida in 2007 to attend the University of Tampa where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at the University of Tampa, Lucy worked in the Peace Volunteer Center where she planned volunteer opportunities for students along with co-founding Relay for Life on campus. Lucy has always had a passion for children and animals and had a wide variety of experiences working with both including an internship at a wolf sanctuary in New Mexico and teaching experience at a local art school. Lucy began working at the Humane Society of Pinellas in May of 2012 and continues to enjoy building the outreach programs. She is also currently getting her certification in Humane Education through the Humane Society of the United States.


Born and raised in Clearwater, FL, this Clearwater High alumni went on to get her Bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Southern Florida in Tampa. Christina has always had a passion for the veterinary field and has worked in both private practice and shelters for 23 years. Her experience and dedication to animal health comes through in her work and Christina was recently promoted from the Admissions Department Manager to Clinic Manager. While not working, Christina spends her time in her Clearwater home chatting with her Green Cheek Conure, Nix, and her Cockatiel, Sunshine (pictured) - the birds do most of the talking!

giselle fordintake manager

Giselle began her career in animal welfare in Maryland as an intern working on the Animal Cruelty Rescue and Response Team for the Humane Society of the United States. Bitten by the rescue bug, she continued her passion at the Washington Humane Society in customer service. Her strength in client care was apparent as she moved through the ranks to Adoptions Supervisor. After moving to sunny Florida with her English-borne husband Nick, and two dogs Layla and Titch, Giselle worked at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando before settling in the Tampa Bay area and working as the Intake Manager at HSP. Along with a lot of hard work, Giselle brings compassion and laughter to her job every day!

heather gibbs, CPDT-KAbehavior and training manager

Heather Gibbs initially received her training certification through the Animal Behavior College. She worked in behavior modification and animal care for several organizations including Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Animal Rescue Foundation of Texas before joining the Humane Society of Pinellas team.

Heather practices positive reinforcement training through bonding exercises, enrichment, and reward-based behavior modification. She currently owns four rescue animals; three dogs and her horse, Mike. Heather is a certified CGC Assessor, as well as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) from the esteemed Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).


crystal miller, adoptions and customer service manager

A recent addition to the HSP management team, Crystal earned her initial experience in an emergency veterinary hospital. Crystal discovered her love for animals at a young age, thanks in part to her obsession with the Steve Irwin television series Crocfiles, and her parents who unknowingly subscribed themselves to "Kids" National Geographic magazine. Crystal tells us her father was notorious for bringing new pets into the house, often without mom's permission. These animals ranged from local wildlife, domestic house pets, and even exotics such as sugar gliders and iguanas. She credits her parents and close friends for always pushing her to (In the words of Disney's Moana) follow "the line where the sky meets the sea." When she's not at the shelter, her 13 year old dog Ace, Senegal parrot Polly and cat Albus take up most of her free time, and she wouldn't have it any other way. Crystal is not only known for her customer service skills, but also her love of all things “nerd.” May the force be with you!


jaclyn sanderson, animal care manager

After spending time in the fast-paced world of restaurants in the Northern United States, Jackie decided to follow warmer weather and her other passion: animals. Always an advocate for the underdogs, especially pit bulls and small animals such as rats, Jackie began working at the Humane Society of Pinellas in 2017. Demonstrating her strong work ethic and attention to detail, she was soon promoted to the position of manager of animal care, ensuring the high standards that HSP expects are upheld. Jackie is a die-hard Steelers fan, donning her very own terrible towel tattoo to show her Pittsburgh pride.


Tweekers, office manager

With the Society since 2017, HSP's Office Manager Tweekers spends more of her time sleeping than filing, but she makes up for her lack of office management in snuggles. This gal feeds off of unproductivity and will sit on any keyboard or important paperwork she can find. While she isn't spilling her coworker's coffee, Tweekers enjoys window gazing, batting toys around, and interrupting important meetings with demands of food and attention. 

Board of Directors

The Humane Society of Pinellas is governed by a Board of Directors that volunteer their time to support HSP's mission and improve the lives of animals in the Tampa Bay Area. 

Kim Mahoney, President

Susan Olds, Vice President and Treasurer

Helen Henwood, Secretary

Brent Gordon, Past President

Amy Lovett, Past President

Scott Kistler, Director

Steve Sika, Director

Wendy Watson, DVM, Director

Please note the HSP Board of Directors do not have direct emails or phone numbers through HSP. Communication with the Board can be provided through the Executive Director or communications can be submitted care of the shelter and all staff guarantee confidential transmission to the appropriate board member.