Board of Directors

Our Dedicated Team

Angela Schaefer – President

Angie began volunteering for Gateway Pet Guardians in 2014 after adopting from GPG.  In addition to fostering, training shelter volunteers, being a shelter guardian and helping at events she joined the Advisory Board and then became a member of the Board of Directors.  Currently serving as President, Angie has a strong background professionally in HR management and in non-profit governance.  Angie has served as President of multiple professional non-profits, and was an executive member and member for over 10 years with the Saint Louis Zoo Association Board of Directors and Young Zoo Friends Board of Directors.  Angie and her husband Collin share their home with their cat Remy and their pups Elwood, Milo, Daisy, and Truman (three of the pups are GPG alumni!). As President of the Board of Directors for GPG Angie is focused on ensuring that GPG achieves its mission and operational goals in a fiscally responsible manner, adhering to all legal and ethical business standards.

Ed Migneco – Vice President

From GPG’s inception in 2004, Dr. Ed Migneco has been a part of our mission. He is the owner of Hillside Animal Hospital, where the majority of our rescued animals are seen. His shelter medicine expertise is vitally important to our daily medical decisions. Dr. Ed also owns the building that houses our shelter. That building is the home of the first animal hospital in the city of St. Louis.

Kaite Flamm – Secretary

Kaite is a long time animal welfare advocate. As one of the founders of the largest trivia night in St. Louis, New Year for Strays annual trivia night, she has brought together many Greater St. Louis area rescues, shelters and spay/neuter organizations. Professionally, Kaite is the Senior Manager of Programming at Purina Farms in Gray Summit. Personally, Kaite is the mom of two boys and two rescued dogs – a one-eyed pit bull named Boo Bear and a big-headed pit bull mix named Ronnie Ron. Her passion for animal welfare in our community makes her an important part of our life-saving Board of Directors.

Sue Moore – Treasurer

With a background in non-profit bookkeeping, Sue joined our Board of Directors to manage the ins and outs of our finances. She has been an integral part of our financial growth. Sue is a passionate animal lover and home rehabber. She currently has two dogs who travel with her across the country for rehab projects or to visit her three children.

Jen Dolce – Board Member

Jenny has been involved with Gateway Pet Guardians since 2009. In her previous board term, she served as the Board Treasurer for many years. Jenny is also a part of one our most supportive corporate partners and philanthropic families, Metro East Industries. Their family business is located in East St. Louis. They bestow giving and compassion on all of their employees and clients. Jenny’s background as the Controller of her company has been vitally important in the financial growth of GPG over the past nine years.

Laura Nelson – Board Member

Laura joined the Board of Directors in 2018 after she began her work with the ASPCA. Prior to the ASPCA, she was the first Program Director for GPG. Laura currently works on the transport team for the ASPCA and has done disaster relief after East Coast flooding. Laura has an incredible asset on the animal welfare industry on a national level and brings her expertise and professionalism to the Gateway Pet Guardians board.

LaKeisha Coleman – Board Member

LaKeisha has had a passion for helping animals since she was a child and even dreamed of opening her own facility to help strays in her local community. Being a part of GPG’s expansion to East St. Louis is one of the many reasons LaKeisha is excited to be serving on the Board of Directors.  LaKeisha’s non-profit experience includes fostering and starting a non-profit organization that specializes in mentoring young girls in the Metro East area.  In keeping with her desire to help animals in her local community she recently opened an event planning business just for pets. LaKeisha currently works in the healthcare industry as a Hospital Services Specialist. She attained her academic experience from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. She is a Navy veteran and currently resides with her two fur babies Miranda and Pepper who are both rescue pups. LaKeisha is excited to bring her passion for helping animals in need, her ties to the East St. Louis community, and her experience with non-profits and policy to the GPG Board.

Kristen Burger – Board Member

Kristen has been involved with Gateway Pet Guardians since 2017 when she and her family began fostering.  With a fifteen year career in non-profit development, Kristen brings fundraising acumen and insight to the board.  Kristen has been engaged in the animal welfare community in St. Louis for many years; she and her husband Gary, their four children and two dogs love fostering puppies and educating their friends about the benefits of choosing pet adoption.