Our Team

Sgt. Gidget Petry


Meet the new President of Shelter Our Pets, Gidget Petry! Gidget is a Sergeant with the Bergen County Sheriff's Department, Bureau of Police Services in Patrol Operations. Gidget also worked in the Bergen Country Office of Emergency … Read More

Don Flamm


Don comes to SOP after a 40+ year career in corporate financial management.  A CPA with bachelors and masters degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he has served as the Chief Financial Officer of publicly and … Read More

Susan Schwartz, Ph.D.

Board Member, Grants Chair

Susan has been involved in the area of weight control and nutrition for most of her career. Working for over 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Susan held such roles as Director of Medical Affairs, Global Science Leader, and Metabolic … Read More

Lynn Gregorski

Co-Founder, Honorary Board Member, Fundraising

A marketing and advertising professional, Lynn has 25 years of experience in television production, marketing and on-air promotion, managing creative departments for CNBC and CBS MarketWatch.  This Emmy-award winning producer has owned her … Read More


Robyn Monaco

Honorary Board Member, Fundraising

Robyn Monaco has been a dog trainer, animal behaviorist and animal rescuer for over 15 years. Twelve of those years spent with her remarkable feral rescue, Chula. Robyn and Chula have trained service dogs to transport objects, bark alert, … Read More

Linda Strauss ESQ.

Linda S. Strauss, Esq., Attorney, Pro Bono

Linda Strauss received her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School and Bachelors of Arts from Yeshiva University. Ms. Strauss is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Upon graduating law school, Ms. Strauss … Read More

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Iohana Teodora Seserman

Advisor, Trainer, Behaviorist

Iohana is a force-free dog trainer and behaviorist with her own business, Positive Dogma, and a long-time volunteer in animal rescue. Iohana was the Director of Operations at Room For One More Animal Rescue before she went on to earn her … Read More


Maurice Oppenheimer

Advisor, Finance

Maurice has decades of experience working as a Controller and Accounting Manager in a number of demanding and professional financial environments, covering office and financial management, strategic consulting, tax preparation, diverse … Read More

Laura S. Mann Esq.

Co-Founder, Advisor

Ms. Mann received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 1996. Ms. Mann's many years of experience in and out … Read More

David Wellington, D.V.M.

Advisor, Group Veterinarian

Dr. Wellington earned an Associates degree in Applied Sciences and Veterinary Technology from the State University of New York at Alfred and moved on to complete his pre-veterinary studies at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. … Read More


Niki Dawson


Niki Dawson has worked in animal welfare in varying capacities for almost 25 years. She is a NJ Certified Animal Control Officer and NJ Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator and has served as Executive Director for the Liberty Humane … Read More

Martha Baquero


Martha’s love and commitment to provide high quality care to animals led her to pursue and acquire an Associate in Applied Science  and Veterinary Technology degree in 2005. For eight years, prior to relocating to New Jersey, Martha … Read More