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Lindsay Condon President, CEO

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    Lindsay Condon is currently a Vice President of Marketing for Caption Colorado, the largest provider of realtime captioning in the nation. Her customers include primarily local television stations, cable networks, colleges and universities, government agencies, and event centers across the country. Providing service and accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community for the past ten years, Lindsay is no stranger to public service and has devoted her professional life to helping others. She also has a background in advertising, sales & marketing, and public relations.

    In 2004, Ms. Condon realized a lifelong dream of helping animals as well when she joined Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Inc(a.k.a. RMGDRI), a non-profi t organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming Great Danes primarily in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming. After only 6 months of volunteering and fostering for the organization, she stood out as a born leader and was elected by the membership as Vice President on the Board of Directors in 2005. Lindsay then served as President from February 2006 - May 2008.

    During her time in office, she played a key role in building relationships and the rescue expanded from 1 vet and 5 foster homes to 38 vets and over 60 foster homes spread out across the fi ve state region. In addition to her director responsibilities, she was very active in fundraising activities as well as grant writing and community relations. The organization experienced tremendous growth and was successful in placing 210 Danes in 2006 and then 353 in 2007. RMGDRI also gained a national reputation within the rescue community under Lindsay’s leadership and became a well respected organization, known for providing top quality medical care and nutrition in addition to an extremely thorough applicant screening and matching process.

    After 4.5 years of devoted volunteer service to Great Danes, Ms. Condon decided she had a greater mission. After discovering a huge need of rescue assistance for all giant breeds, Lindsay left RMGDRI in order to start another non-profi t, 501c3 volunteer organization called Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc in 2008. The organization was founded on a core philosophy that every “big” dog deserves a chance!

    Lindsay currently resides in Larkspur, Colorado with husband, Colin, their son, Tristan, and their Malamute mix, Hobie, Great Dane, Baxter, Newfoundland, Sully, and, French Bulldog, Tank. They also have 2 horses, Bunny, a Draft cross, and Lilly, a Holsteiner. A firm believer in the importance of obedience training, each of the Condon’s 4-legged children has been through Puppy, Basic Obedience 1, Basic Obedience 2, and Reliability and Agility classes. The Condon's 4-legged family are all certified Therapy Dogs and enjoy visiting the Children's Hospital as well as the elderly at local nursing homes.

Bree Dew Vice President/COO

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     Bree Dew works for The Hartford, an industry leading insurance carrier, as an Implementation Customer Consultant. She works as a project manager for employee groups of 5000+ during the implementation process of new business. Bree has been in the corporate benefit world for over 14 years, where most of her experience has been in sales and marketing. Bree’s first experience with animal rescue began as an Adoption Counselor for the Denver Dumb Friends League in 2002. There, she learned a tremendous amount about dog behavior, animal adoption and rescue.

     
    In May 2005, Bree became a volunteer for Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue. She initially volunteered at public events and by transporting Danes. In September 2005 she took in her first foster dog and to date has fostered over 200 dogs. Not only does she consider fostering one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, but she also considers it the most educational part of rescue. While Bree loves all of her foster dogs, it is no secret that she finds it hard to say “no” to the shy & fearful dogs and also to Seniors in need of hospice care.  
     
    In January 2006, Bree was elected to the RMGDRI Board of Directors where she served as a Member Representative and as Vice President. She served on the Steering Committee, Chaired the Howliday Craft and Photo Event (’06 &’07), and Co-Chaired the 7th Annual Adoption/ Silent Auction Picnic where they increased monetary donations by over 40% from the previous year. Bree has taken the BDHPI “Run With Big Dogs 5k” annual event under her wing and is excited to continue to watch this successful event continue to grow
     
    Bree resides in Denver with her husband Brian and young daughter.  Their family is rounded out by Deacon the English Mastiff and Ruxin the Dogue De Bordeaux whom they adopted from BDHPI in October 2012. Bree rescues in memory of her two Danes, Sage & Zach, who taught her about the love of a rescue dog. 
     
    In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Bree’s primary focus will be on volunteer recruitment and community relations. Please do not hesitate to contact her with any questions about becoming a volunteer or adopting from for BDHP! She is anxious to hear from you!

Rand Winton, Chief Medical Officer

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    Dr. Rand Winton graduated with honors from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, having worked as a registered nurse for 14 years before finding a way to follow her true calling. During her nursing career she served as the supervisor of the Emergency Department of a small rural hospital in East Tennessee where she learned to think and act quickly, manage a staff, and interface with medical and administrative personnel, and gained valuable skills which later transferred to veterinary medicine.

    Following graduation, Dr. Winton did a 13 month rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore hospital in Boston to further hone her skills prior to entering private practice. After completing her internship, Dr. Winton relocated to Colorado and joined the staff at VCA Wingate animal hospital where she has worked for 11 years. She handles a variety of cases on a daily basis, but especially enjoys complex medical cases.

    During a particularly difficult time in her life, Dr. Winton adopted her first Dane, Bentley, from Rocky Mountain Great Dane rescue in 2006, and developed a great love for the breed. A second Dane, Manon, joined her family about a year later, and she became interested in serving the rescue community to give something back for the joy and love her Danes brought into her life. She has fostered many medical cases, and returned them to good health, and adopted one of the sickest of her fosters, increasing her Dane pack to 3 with the addition of Odgie.

    Dr. Winton is excited to start moving in a new direction to help even more dogs by joining Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc. a rescue dedicated to giant breed dogs. She maintains accounts with a veterinary supply company and a laboratory in order to obtain medications, vaccines and labwork at cost for the foster dogs. She also makes herself available to examine rescue dogs at no charge.

    Dr. Winton resides in Aurora with her three Danes and her most recent addition, an English Mastiff named Sutter. She maintains an open door policy and is ready and eager to take in the fosters who need her care, particularly the special medical cases. Aurora Animal Control has granted her a fancier’s permit so she can keep up to 6 dogs, making it possible for her to foster and help more dogs if needed. Her love of dogs knows no bounds and she is thrilled to be in a position to help the gentle giants in need get a second chance at the life they deserve.

Lisa Cecchini Chief Administrative Officer

  • Lisa Cecchini has worked for The Hartford since 2007. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2006. She is recently married and is also fairly new to the Denver area. She is originally from Arizona, but is loving her life in Colorado.

     

    While in Arizona she volunteered for the American Cancer Society’s Camp Sunrise Sidekicks as a camp counselor. She also sat on many planning committees and helped plan camp each year. She is fortunate to work from home 3 days a week so she is able to spend plenty of time with her own dogs, who are her babies!

     

    Lisa has been involved with BDHPI since 2009 doing transports, being a temporoary foster home, working with the Application & Adoption Follow Up Committees and handling the monthly dog food orders. She is passionate about getting involved and loves everything she does for the rescue.

     

    Lisa resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Corey, their 4-year-old Boxer, Boris and their 1-year-old Mix, Roxi (adopted from BDHPI). She is a regular at the Cherry Creek dog park, and also enjoys taking the dogs to Wash Park.

     

     

Kristie Mendralla Chief Financial Officer

  • Kristie Mendralla graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration, with a focus on International Business.  She parlayed that degree into a buyer/planner position with the OCS division of Arrow Electronics, Inc managing the global product pipeline for the server division of Dell Computer.

    Kristie has always been an active volunteer.  She spent five years volunteering at a nursing home in southern Denver and deeply values the relationships she was able to build there.  While she lost some of her dear friends to age and disease, it taught her the value of making a difference in other’s lives.  She also spent time volunteering with special needs students at a local high school, as well as teaching an after school Spanish course to elementary students.

    She became involved in animal rescue four years ago after adopting her Great Dane Hudson from RMGDRI.  Inspired by the dedication of the volunteers that walked her through the adoption process, Kristie soon began to volunteer for Big Dogs Huge Paws as well.  Before finding her niche in the Accounting Department, she drove transports, performed home checks and fostered.  She enjoys being able to apply her skills to help all of the gentle giants in need who pass through the rescue.

    Kristie and her husband, Tony, currently reside in Littleton, CO with their two rescued Great Danes, Hudson and Porter, a sneaky Siamese cat named Marco, and a little Basset Hound that rules the roost, named Lexi.