Stephanie Muller-Simpson

Maddie's Executive Leadership Fellow at Austin Pets Alive!

Stephanie started volunteering at animal shelters as a dog walker along with her parents when she was just a child and has been working in animal welfare since college. While attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she began working part-time at a municipal shelter and when she saw the number of adoptable animals being euthanized just due to a lack of space and resources to house and care for them, she knew that pursuing a career in animal rescue and helping shelters become no-kill was what she needed to do. It was at this time that she chose to stop pursuing her education in veterinary medicine and began working full-time in animal sheltering.

Over the last 15 years, Stephanie has been working and volunteering at both traditional and no-kill animal shelters throughout Illinois, advocating for all those in need with a particular focus on the health and well-being of the animals under each organization's care. In 2017, she was appointed as Executive Director at Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook, Illinois where she brought a fresh perspective and new, progressive ideas which resulted in a significant decrease in animal illness and length of stay for the cats and dogs under the shelter's care, as well as a notable increase in adoption numbers, revenue and both the organization's reach and local impact. She also developed the shelter's foster care program and established and led a TNR program to help address the issue of cat overpopulation in the surrounding communities.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing video games, doing yoga, fostering special-needs animals and spending time with her husband and adopted cats.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

Lunch - Pick Your Session

Clock Icon2:45 pm - 3:55 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-H, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

During this lunch, there will be multiple presentation options including Lessons Learned: What it Means to be a Fellow in America's Top Shelters with Lisa Ward and Adopt a Donor Management System with Maggie Lynch (sponsored by Little Green Light).

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