About our work.

Better Together Animal Alliance is an animal welfare organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of dogs, cats, and the people in our community who love them. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with the county or city and receive no tax support.

Located in Ponderay, Idaho, we serve Bonner, Boundary, and Kootenai Counties. Our programs focus on supporting people and their pets to prevent unnecessary owner surrenders, sheltering lost pets, and providing a safe and enriching environment for pets to stay while they wait to find new homes. We assist approximately 2400 stray or surrendered animals every year and over 6000 pets through our community-based programs.

For more information about our programs and services, visit here.

MEET

OUR TEAM

Mandy G. Evans

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mandy G. Evans is executive director of Better Together Animal Alliance and the Home To Home™ network. Mandy came to animal welfare over eight years ago as the first executive director for the organization after leaving a career as a professional corporate event planner. She has worked to transcend a fear-based negative environment in which animals were housed instead of adopted, and where the local population expressed what they perceived was a lack of support. Mandy’s love for animal welfare was solidified after her dog, Molly, became paralyzed due to a malformed spine. Instead of euthanizing her, Mandy dedicated herself to providing her with the best life possible. She developed a website for owners of special needs dogs called, My Special Dog and a nonprofit, Molly Inspires which took Mandy and Molly into elementary schools across the nation teaching kids about empathy, kindness and not to be scared of people who are different than you.

Devin Laundrie

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Devin joined BTAA in February of 2016 as the director of shelter and medical operations. Devin has worked in veterinary medicine since 2004 in both small and large animal medicine. She excelled in working ON animals but she also wanted to work WITH animals. Devin got to fulfill that desire when she came to BTAA. She has the pleasure of working with cats and dogs, helping to transition them into the next chapter of their lives. Fun fact, Devin was once the medical director at the largest donkey rescue in the US.

Paige McGowan

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Paige joined the BTAA team in July 2019 as Development Director where she works with donors to connect their gifts with programs that help animals and people – her dream job! Prior to joining BTAA, Paige worked in public health promoting healthier communities through policy, systems, and environmental approaches. She dreams of a more-kind world for animals and people and her passions are spending time with animals, eating vegetarian food, traveling, and making soap.

Christi Roberson

ANIMAL CARE CENTER MANAGER

Christi began her career at BTAA in spring 2019 as the Volunteer Coordinator. She is now the Animal Care Center Manager ensuring the smooth operations of the reception, feline and canine departments. Christi has been committed to serving the communities she has lived in throughout her entire life. Christi has a great love of being helpful to both the humans and animals within her communities.

Andrea Nagel

Director of Storytelling and Partnerships

Andrea joined BTAA in April 2021 as Director of Storytelling and Partnerships, telling the stories of the people and animals that make BTAA an important and special resource. Prior to joining BTAA, Andrea worked as a communications and public relations specialist for a community-owned regional health care system for 10 years and a journalist prior to that. Andrea has a passion for storytelling, animals, exploring the outdoors, and traveling.

Kendra Dodge

PETS FOR LIFE MANAGER

Kendra started with BTAA in March of 2019 as the Pets for Life Program Manager. She has been dubbed the Mary Poppins of the communities she has served because she always has just what they ask for in her little bag.

Steve Carothers

THRIFT STORE MANAGER

Steve has over 35 years in the retail business that encompasses a wide range of professional experiences; including launching two retail businesses and serving as regional manager for Goodwill of Central Coast. Steve’s expertise in supply chain management, transportation, and logistics are driving revenues for retail, saving operational costs and increasing operational efficiency.

Betty Anderson

HOME TO HOME™ AND HELPLINE ADMINISTRATOR

Betty joined the team at the Better Together Animal Alliance in 2016 as the manager and administrator of their local Home to Home website and Helpline and has a sincere passion for helping and offering support to people and their beloved pets. Her hobbies include spending time with her granddaughter, writing, baking, hiking, biking, kayaking and camping. Betty has always had an appreciation for animals and is proud to have spent the majority of her life on her farm in North Idaho with her husband of 40 years, raising her kids – surrounded in a variety of critters from working farm animals to pets including horses, cattle, rabbits, chickens, geese, sheep, cats and dogs.

Joel Akins

VOLUNTEER & EVENT COORDINATOR

Joel started with BTAA in April, 2021 as the Volunteer & Event Coordinator. He is responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers and coordinating BTAA events. Before coming to BTAA, Joel worked at North Idaho College for eight years as an Event Coordinator before transitioning to Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy as the Admissions Director. Not only is Joel a people person, but his dogs, Ripley and Luna, are both adopted, so animal welfare is an issue very close to home. BTAA’s mission to bring animals and people together is one that he is very passionate about, and he feels very fortunate to be a part of this incredible organization.

Trish Wright

MEDICAL INTAKE

Trish started with BTAA in September 2020 as a care center representative and feline attendant with an interest in going to the medical side. Prior to working at BTAA, Trish’s professional background was managing restaurants for nearly 30 years. Trish has always had an interest in animal welfare. When she was given the opportunity at BTAA to pursue her childhood dreams of working with animals, she said she is grateful for the opportunity to positively impact animals in our community. She said she is grateful to all of her co-workers and BTAA.

Randi Tarter

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Randi joined BTAA in April 2021. Before joining us, Randi worked in health care for about 10 years, and then law enforcement for a year before changing direction to work in animal welfare. Raised on a ranch, Randi knew from a very young age that animals would always play an important role in her life. 

Lisa Aguilera

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Lisa joined BTAA in  February 2020. Previously, she worked as a licensed veterinary technician at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine for about 25 years. Lisa loves animals and veterinary medicine, but also really likes talking with people and hearing their stories. Lisa enjoys helping people and animals connect, and seeing the relationships people have with their four legged friends grow. 

Alessandra Kocianova

FRONT DESK

Alessandra joined BTAA in April 2021. she has a background in customer service, management and the culinary arts. She is passionate about helping others and doing everything she can to help her community. She is also a big animal lover and loves all the work BTAA does for the animals in their care and this amazing community.

Corey Nelson

CANINE CARE ATTENDANT

Corey joined the team at BTAA in February 2019 after she moved to Idaho in 2018. She loved stopping by the shelter and now she absolutely loves working at BTAA. She comes to BTAA with experience in the food industry, call centers, and the post office. She has never felt so at home as when she started working at BTAA with the animals. She loves being around the dogs, training them, getting to know them, and giving them lots of love. Corey loves animals and feels like working with them is what she was meant to do in life.

Stephanie Prutzman

CANINE CARE ATTENDANT

Stephanie joined BTAA as an employee in 2020 after being a volunteer. Stephanie likes working with animals. Providing them with care and helping them find homes gives her a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Kaylee Storer

FELINE CARE ATTENDANT

Kaylee began volunteering in 2019 and was later hired as a cat care attendant. Kaylee has been passionate about animals since childhood and loves working with pets.

Mary Davis

CARE ATTENDANT

Mary joined the BTAA team in March 2021. Mary is one of our amazing Care Center Representatives and brings several years of customer service and web design to the team.  Mary loves animals and likes being able to have positive impacts on their lives.

OUR

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Keith Congleton

President of the Board of Directors

Keith first joined the Board of Directors in 2010, and rejoined the Board in 2018 after a two year hiatus in keeping with the Board’s term limit policy. He is currently retired after a forty year career in finance and accounting. He became the Board President in 2020, having previously served two terms as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer. Keith has been a resident of the Sandpoint area since 1995. While not currently having any pets in the household, in the past he has had numerous dogs and cats, and is especially fond of sporting dogs. He is on a “first name basis” with every dog in the neighborhood, and will probably get his own animal again when having completed his plans for travel.

Kelli West

Kelli began serving on the board of directors for the Better Together Animal Alliance in 2014. Kelli’s full-time career is web development and marketing. She has a true passion for dogs, including the Vizsla she adopted from PAS-BTAA. Kelli is a strong believer in the human-animal bond and fully supports BTAA’s mission, and wants others to experience the love and enjoyment pets bring to her life.

Jim Asche

Jim and his wife Jeanine adopted a puppy from Better Together Animal Alliance and were impressed with the staff and operations of the shelter. Jim was invited to join the board of directors in April 2016 by a friend who was serving on the board. Jim had a long career in public service as a firefighter. He began as a seasonal forestry firefighter and eventually was serving as a division chief for CalFire (previously called the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CDF) by the end of his 25 years there. Jim went on to serve as fire chief of the Half Moon Bay Fire Protection District. He and his wife currently have two dogs from the shelter. Jim and Jeannie find themselves planning vacations and activities so their dogs can be included as much as possible.

Cary Kelly

Cary has supported and been involved with the shelter since moving to Bonner County in 1993 when he and his wife adopted two shelter kittens. Cary has been on the BTAA Board since 2016 after he stopped working full time. Cary retired as an officer in the Marine Corps and also served 18 years for the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office and served as a county commissioner for four years. He is currently a trustee of the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Cary has had dogs and cats his entire life and can’t imagine a world without them.

Woody Sherwood

Woody became involved with Better Together Animal Alliance in 2018 as a donor as well as sharing his experience in development work. Woody used to be the executive director of a large nonprofit and a successful business owner so he was happy to lend his talents to BTAA. He feels BTAA is one of the best in class nonprofits and the innovative programs and way of looking at animal welfare makes it easy to support and continue to strengthen the fabric of the community.

Dorrie Francis

Dorrie began serving on the board of directors for the Better Together Animal Alliance in 2019. She has recently expanded their family to include their dog Zelda from BTAA. Dorrie enjoys supporting BTAA by participating in foster programs as well as community outreach. Originally from Florida, Dorrie and her family moved to Sandpoint in 2013 and enjoys spending summers by the water and winters by the heater!

Emma Keverkamp

Emma joined the BTAA board in 2021. Since moving to Sandpoint, Emma has adopted two dogs from BTAA. She is excited to be part of an organization that recognizes the importance of animal/human interaction and how this kind of relationship enhances the lives of each. Emma is highly involved in our community, serving in organizations such as Rotary and Distinguished Young Women.

Seth Levy

Seth joined the BTAA board in 2021. He is a lawyer and partner with an international law firm working primarily with academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. He describes himself as an advocate for holistic services to address the broader issues challenging communities. Because of this, he connected with BTAA’s work in addressing animal welfare needs in a way that helps families, animals and the broader community in proactive and creative ways.

Mark Hon

Mark has been involved as a BTAA board member on and off since 2013 and has worked  in commercial real estate for over 15 years. Animal welfare is very important to Mark. He believes that if we can help who need assistance find a home or help them stay at their current home, it’s a win for everyone. 

Lisa Gerber

Lisa is the former director of marketing at Schweitzer until she left to start her own practice, Big Leap Creative, in 2004. She has assisted with various projects at BTAA over the years and is excited to support BTAA’s mission. She has grown up having pets and thinks a human’s life is enhanced by their existence. 

RECOGNITION

BTAA is proud to serve the North Idaho region and beyond. We’re nationally recognized for the impact we make in the animal welfare community.

AWARDS

+ Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Storyteller Award

+ Best Service Club/Non-Profit Organization 2019 Bonner County Daily Bee

+ Best Thrift Store 2019, Bonner County Daily Bee

+ Best Large Nonprofit in North Idaho 2016, Idaho Nonprofit Center

Impact Reports

2019 Annual Report (Click here to view report)

2018 Annual Report (Click here to view report)

2017 Annual Report (Click here to view report)

2016 Annual Report (Click here to view report)

2015 Annual Report (Click here to view report)