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Running for Executive Positions

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

Hello everyone! If you haven’t met me yet, I’m an enthusiastic dog-lover who was tragically raised without a canine companion. As soon as I bought my first home nine years ago, I rescued a challenging but lovable Lab/Husky mix named Izzo, and I’ve been passionate about rescuing dogs ever since.

My husband James and I, along with our two lively toddlers, Harrison and Rory, and our two personal dogs, Izzo and Wyatt, call Meridian Kessler home. We always have at least one foster dog at any given time, a tradition we’re dedicated to maintaining. Aside from our dog-filled life, James is a consultant, and we jointly run a real estate investment and management firm. As for me, I’ve devoted the last 13 years to nonprofit management and currently serve as a Fundraising Director for a major international nonprofit.

LOLIN has been my passion project for the last seven years, and I’ve been serving as President for the past 2.5 years. My professional background allows me to contribute in a unique way to the growth and sustainability of LOLIN, which is why I’ve chosen to run for President again. Even my work colleagues in Ghent, Belgium know about my commitment to LOLIN; they constantly ask for the latest dog photos during our Zoom meetings!

As my husband often says, “LOLIN is run better than many large corporations. It’s a well-oiled machine!” This is a testament to the dedication, passion, and professionalism of our incredible volunteers, who understand the significance of every task in our rescue mission.

During my tenure as President, we’ve set and surpassed several ambitious goals. I’m excited for the potential for further growth and refinement in our processes and management, all of which will be vital in ushering in the next phase of growth for our LOLIN family. I can’t wait to continue working alongside our amazing Board and volunteers, brainstorming, dreaming, and most importantly, saving more dogs!

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I started my journey with LOLIN as a foster in 2016, and since then, our home has become a loving stopover for over 50 dogs and counting. My roles have been varied and rewarding – from transportation and supply runs to vet visits, and serving as a foster coordinator before joining the board. I’ve worked round-the-clock with our dedicated team, learning everything from intake to adoption and beyond.

In 2018, I joined the Board as an At-Large member and stepped into the President’s shoes in January 2020. Throughout my time at LOLIN, I’ve cultivated invaluable relationships with our volunteers, adopters, donors, vet partners, and other rescue partners, many of whom have become dear friends.

Steering LOLIN during a global pandemic was never on my bucket list, yet I’m grateful for the challenges and growth it has brought me. Our LOLIN family has become even dearer to my heart through these times.

Under my leadership, LOLIN has blossomed in more ways than I could have ever imagined. With the increasing demand, we nearly doubled the number of rescues from 2019 to 2022! Naturally, such growth has come with challenges, and I’ve relished the opportunity to take feedback, listen, and work alongside our incredible volunteers to refine our processes.

One significant improvement was our transition to Google Workspace. This change has streamlined our communications, given all LOLIN team members a dedicated email ending with @LOLIN.org, and moved our important documents to a shared, easily accessible digital environment.

Furthermore, we’ve reorganized and expanded our volunteer teams, adding dedicated groups for Fundraising and Events, and currently building one for Marketing and Social Media. The positive impact of these changes is already evident in our successful events and increased social media presence.

However, amidst all these developments, my favorite aspect of LOLIN remains the same – the labs and lab mixes we rescue. None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our amazing volunteers, fosters, adopters, donors, rescue partners, vet partners, and advocates. They are the heartbeat of LOLIN, and together, we’re making a world of difference in the lives of our furry friends.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

Drawing from my 14 years of experience in nonprofit management, I’m committed to leveraging my expertise to further streamline LOLIN’s processes and enhance our efficiency, both for immediate needs and future growth.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): One key initiative is to document our Standard Operating Procedures. This includes outlining, in writing, the various policies and procedures we rely on and developing detailed job descriptions for our volunteer positions. It’s vital to ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities clearly for the smooth running of our rescue operations.

Technological Improvements: To keep up with the digital era, we’ve transitioned to Google Workspace, including Gmail. This change has not only streamlined our communication but also enhanced the brand’s visibility.

In Progress Adoption of ShelterLuv: This is a significant step towards digitizing and automating our processes. ShelterLuv is an automated database that enables comprehensive tracking of animals and individuals involved in our rescue operations. It alleviates the burden of manual data entry, thereby freeing our volunteers for more crucial tasks.

Continued Openness to Suggestions: I firmly believe that the best ideas can come from anyone in our team. Therefore, I’ve always welcomed and supported process improvements suggested by our volunteers. Their experiences on the ground provide invaluable insights into areas that can be improved.

These strategies are aimed not only at increasing efficiency but also at ensuring the sustainability of LOLIN. With streamlined systems and procedures in place, we can focus more on our primary mission – rescuing and caring for labs and lab mixes.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

My leadership style centers around the concept of servant leadership. Simply put, I focus on fostering an environment of listening, collaboration, and partnership. This leadership approach values each team member’s input and seeks to reach decisions through consensus. As the head of an all-volunteer organization like LOLIN, I believe that fostering a positive, collaborative environment is crucial to our success.

My main motivation techniques revolve around clear goal-setting and constant communication. I make sure everyone understands what success looks like for us and the concrete goals we need to reach. I try to keep the environment positive and ensure everyone feels heard and valued.

What truly motivates me and, I believe, our team, is the mission at the heart of LOLIN — to rescue labs and lab mixes in need. Our work leaves no room for ego or selfish motives; the only “room” we seek to create is for more dogs. We face challenges, tough decisions, and occasionally tough dogs, but we always remember our purpose.

When the going gets tough, I find solace in the nearly 3,300 smiling faces and happy families that we’ve helped since 2005. These success stories are our motivation and our reward, reminding us of the impact we’re making and the lives we’re changing.

Therefore, I bring not only my experience and dedication to the table as a board candidate for LOLIN but also my unwavering commitment to our mission and my passion for fostering productive collaboration. This combination, I believe, makes me an invaluable board leader.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

In addressing conflict, I believe in the power of honesty, active listening, and a genuine willingness to seek compromise. The passionate nature of our work can sometimes lead to emotional responses, which is why it’s crucial to approach conflicts with a clear mind. Taking a step back from the immediate situation can offer a level-headed perspective and enable us to better navigate through differing opinions towards a shared resolution.

Leadership often necessitates making unpopular decisions, and as a leader, I recognize this as part of my responsibility. Whenever faced with such decisions, I ensure they’re made collectively rather than in isolation. I seek input from the board, as well as volunteers or those who may be affected by the decision.

My approach includes open communication about the problem at hand, welcoming feedback and alternative solutions, and then leading the Board in making the final decision. It’s essential to set egos aside and keep the focus on our mission. As Board members, we bear the responsibility of making decisions that best serve the rescue, ensure financial sustainability, and most importantly, support the dogs we’re committed to helping. This collective decision-making process helps us maintain transparency and trust within the LOLIN community.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

LOLIN’s Bylaws serve as the blueprint for our organization. They define the fundamental structure of LOLIN, detailing roles and responsibilities of directors and officers, meeting protocols, and essential administrative operations.

The Board of Directors, meanwhile, is the guiding force behind LOLIN. We oversee all activities, formulate strategic decisions, uphold financial accountability, and determine the mission and direction of our organization.

As Board President, my role extends beyond the common understanding of a chief volunteer officer. I work closely with the rest of the Board and our volunteer leaders, providing strategic direction, driving execution tactics, problem-solving, facilitating board communication, and frequently representing LOLIN in a public capacity.

Yet, my role doesn’t end there. Being the President of LOLIN also entails deep engagement in day-to-day operations. This involves everything from answering late-night calls from a foster with a sick dog, to discussing features with media outlets, to offering a listening ear to a volunteer who needs to vent or brainstorm an idea. There’s rarely a day that goes by without me being involved or at least staying informed about the happenings across all our volunteer teams. This active, hands-on approach is something I cherish about our Board—it’s not just about overseeing, it’s about actively participating and making a difference every single day.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

Over the past three years, LOLIN has undergone a remarkable period of growth that surpasses anything we’d ever imagined. Our entirely volunteer-driven organization has not only met but soared past adoption and fundraising goals, transforming our dreams into tangible realities. Along this journey, we’ve confronted tough situations, whether it be an entire litter of parvo-stricken puppies, new events, or the adoption of new tech solutions. And we’ve handled it all together, as a united LOLIN family.

Like any family, we have our trials and idiosyncrasies, our ups and downs. We are, after all, human. But this only enhances the beauty of what we do. Each day at LOLIN, I witness the extraordinary power of compassion, the remarkable change that springs from a single decision to care and take action. I am reminded that when humans come together with a shared purpose, the impact we can have is immeasurable. The world we can shape is full of possibilities!

It’s with this spirit that I humbly ask for your vote, promising to continue steering LOLIN toward more remarkable achievements and a future where every lab and lab mix finds their loving, forever home.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

I am Donna Bowman and I have been volunteering with Love of Labs for over 15 years. I started my LOLIN journey being a foster. I quickly learned that fostering was my true passion and helping dogs become their best self and being the bridge between shelter life and their happily-ever-after was exactly what I wanted to do. Currently, I am fostering my 105th foster dog. I was asked to run for the Vice President position and with my prior years’ experience as an At-Large Board Member and other Coordinator roles in LOLIN, feel that I can help support the President in many areas that may be needed. 

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

Currently, I am the Intake Coordinator and Transport Coordinator and an At-Large Board member. I have been volunteering in these positions for 5+ years. The Intake Coordinator works with shelters to bring in labs that are at their shelter. This involves evaluating the dogs that the shelter is asking for LOLIN to consider bringing in. Transport Coordinator coordinates the logistics of getting the dogs from shelter to foster home. This includes doing weekly Run Sheets, making sure the dogs have proper vaccinations/paperwork for traveling across state lines and coordinating with the fosters on where to pick up their dogs. As an At-Large Board Member, I have had the opportunity to vote on new procedures and get to know the inner workings of Love of Labs. There are several things I love most about this volunteer work; the friendships, the common goal of staying true to the Mission Statement of LOLIN and of course, the dogs!

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I would love to see more training, especially in the area of Fostering. This could be done with YouTube presentations, Zoom meetings, etc. to give more in depth information, advice, answer “what do I do?” type questions about fostering a dog in a home. The dogs we pull are from very over crowded shelter environments, with little time out of a kennel, loud noises and some do not stay in very cleanly living environments and fosters, especially new fosters, need more support on how to help these dogs decompress, regain trust and to get them ready for their forever home.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I try really hard to set a good example of how I go about representing LOLIN to shelters, rescuers and any of the many volunteer drivers I have met/worked with over the years. I strive to see all sides of issues and to make the best decision considering everything. Remaining positive and listening is the motivational technique that I use in my own business, my family and being a leader in LOLIN.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

I feel that in order to resolve conflict, listening is very important. Listening to what each person has to say, whether opposing or supporting views, and making informed decisions, is how I go about resolving conflict. Communication is important.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

Since being on the Board for 3+ years, I understand the Bylaws, what the Board’s responsibilities are and what the role of Vice President entails.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

I love Labrador Retrievers! I love how beautiful they are (especially the chocolates!). They are smart, loving and loyal. I even love their naughtiness and grubbiness that goes along with having a lab. They are very brave dogs and so much fun. I can’t imagine not having a goofy lab, laying across my lap while sitting on the couch or snuggling at night while sleeping or at my feet with every step I make.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

I joined LOLIN as a foster in January 2007, was elected president in May 2010, and have served on the board (except for a 2 year break) since then. For the last 4 years I have been treasurer.
I am passionate about rescuing dogs. My husband and I have fostered many dogs, including those with behavioral and medical issues. My experience gives me a perspective that is different from others. After this term, I believe I will leave the treasurer position in a better place than it was when I took over. Because of my work experience as a CPA, I have the knowledge to handle the financial statements and tax returns this rescue requires.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

The rescue is in the middle of changing the bank account to one that will earn interest. A new credit card that generates points, which will be turned into cash, has just been acquired and I am in the process of changing that information with all the vendors. In 2022 the income increase required a full Form 990, instead of the 990-EZ, and that involved much more reporting than in previous years. Recently 2 new vendors for dog medications have been added in our effort to reduce costs. All of these changes are challenging and are where my expertise is needed.
But, what I love is seeing the dogs come from bad situations and blossom in new foster homes and then permanent homes. We fostered 2 fearful dogs this year and watched them become more trusting over 4 months. That is why we stick with the rescue despite the frustrations and hard work involved.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

LOLIN is in the middle of transitioning to a new database. We need to finish the descriptions of the roles and each step in the processing of both foster and adoption applications. Most importantly, the communication between the groups of volunteers in each step needs to be improved. The rescue continues to grow and evolve, but there is still a great deal to be improved.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

Another volunteer once called me the bee buzzing between the people in rescue. I tend to make a phone call and I try to get to know the others. Because I am retired and my family lives in other states, I have the time to do this. Personal communication is the key to working together. Emails and texts are easy to misread and a real conversation often brings out new ideas and concerns.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

I admit that I don’t like to deal with conflict, but it still needs to be done. Often, I am the dissenting vote on issues and I am not afraid to make my opinion known. With that said, I often say that I have only 1 vote and I will agree with the group decision. As treasurer, I don’t have many others get involved in my role. But, as a board member I have to be involved with the difficult decisions like behavioral euthanasia, training for difficult dogs, which medical treatment to use, and so many other situations. Until you have sat on the LOLIN board, you have no idea what will need to be decided and making those decisions is very hard.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

I was instrumental in writing the by-laws many years ago. There are a few amendments that need to be considered and voted on. This has become evident as the rescue has grown.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

Most of the rescue members have no idea of how much time and effort it takes as a board member to get the work done. LOLIN needs a working board meeting on a regular basis to complete the important transitions that have begun. For me doing all that my role as treasurer, as a foster, and, finally, as a member of this rescue is almost a full time job. All of the new board members have to be willing to put in hours every day so that LOLIN can save as many dogs as possible.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

I have been involved with LOLIN since 2018. I’ve had the honor of serving on the Intake and Transportation teams and as the Adoption Coordinator for several years. I am passionate about this rescue and the important work that we do. Despite significant growth, LOLIN has been able to maintain its core values. That starts with the board. It has been my privilege to serve on the board these past few years, to celebrate the victories and bear the weight of the challenges. I would be honored to continue my role as Secretary.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I have served in several roles over the past six years. I currently serve as Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Fundraising Team. There is NOTHING more rewarding in rescue than seeing a dog find his/her furever family. Sheer joy. It has brought me to tears many times.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I am currently involved in leading a team of incredible volunteers as we develop and / or refine new and existing fundraising events and opportunities. It is important that we be strategic and well planned in our fundraising calendar so that LOLIN does not become the victim of donor fatigue.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I have served in a leadership capacity in my professional life for many years. For ten years, I taught classes across the country in Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution and Dealing with Change. I have been able to bring these insights to the board over the years. I believe that diversity weaves a much stronger fabric, which means I appreciate different perspectives and experiences. Together these differences allow us to arrive at the best possible conclusions in almost every instance.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

It starts with sharing the passion for the dogs we rescue. That is the common ground we all share. Often, conflict can be resolved by simply asking the question, “What is best for the dog/s?” It doesn’t make difficult decisions easier, but it does help to bring clarity. If the conflict is personal, it is important to have an open, honest conversation without swords or shields, respecting differing opinions, accepting compromise, building trust.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

I have read the Bylaws several times over the years. Serving on the Board of Directors represents a responsibility to make certain that LOLIN continues to uphold the Articles contained in the Bylaws. LOLIN plays an important role in our community. It is essential that we do our work with the highest level of integrity, that we make the best use of our volunteer’s time, that we are trustworthy with all we touch, especially our adopters. The Board is charged with all of these things, as well as keeping the tools we use current and our processes efficient while thoughtful.
As Secretary, my role has been to document board and other meeting discussions.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

LOLIN has set the bar in excellence for rescues in this region. The previous boards and others have dedicated a great deal of time and energy to get the rescue to this point. The journey has been filled with joyful victories and heartbreaking decisions. But we are not done. There is more work to be done. I would love to be a part of the next chapter.

Running for At-Large Positions

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

Hi I’m Annie! I’m here for the dogs. But also for the people (all of you) who self-select to get involved with rescue, because the people who I’ve met through LOLIN are genuine and generous and have big hearts, and I want spend more time around people like that. I believe in LOLIN’s mission and I see the impact we make in the lives of the dogs we save, and their people.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

In 2017 I learned that fostering labs was a thing. I was *very* excited. I eagerly applied. I imagined snuggling cute dogs on my couch. That did happen. But it was other things too; it was harder than I thought it would be. A lot harder. There were tears. Sleepless nights with sick puppies. Fosters that would only cower in the corner. All the gates got climbed over. Heartbreaking backstories. But it has also been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things I’ve ever done. So many wagging tails. I know all of you reading this understand, the dogs change our lives in ways we don’t expect. And we get to watch them change the lives of the families that adopt them. We have had over 80 fosters through our house, many puppies. They have taught my children about unconditional love and service and I found a beautiful community through this rescue. One with room to grow. I am ready to help others through the journey. Aside from fostering, I have also volunteered on the telephone interview team and as the Foster Coordinator, during which time I got to understand how the rescue functions and get to know a lot of volunteers.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

During my time as Foster Coordinator I was behind starting the LOLIN Foster Community Facebook page, which has made it easier to coordinate placement of incoming dogs, and helped grow a sense of community among fosters. I would like to work toward building that community even more, and hearing from current fosters and other volunteers about areas they have struggled and ways to improve the rescue effort. I also recognize that there is an enormous bank of knowledge held among the volunteers that have been with LOLIN for many years before I arrived, and I would like to learn from them.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I am a listener and observer first before I form opinions. I am open to hearing everyone’s point of view and considering what is best for the rescue, emotions aside. To be a motivational leader I will listen, be considerate, and remain positive and objective.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

I am okay with making an unpopular decision if it is the right thing for the dogs we are saving, and right for LOLIN. Resolving conflict starts with avoiding becoming emotionally charged about a situation and paring down to what we are really trying to accomplish.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

As an At-large member of the Board I will attend meetings, vote on any issues that come up, and play a role in the day to day and overall functioning of the organization in any way that I can. I would like to take an active role in the puppy process from intake through adoption and help streamline any processes that I can, and I’d be ready to step in and assist or take on other roles if and when that becomes necessary.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

Being involved with this rescue has challenged me and changed my life, and I want to help it flourish and save many more dogs in the years ahead by offering my time and support to help us keep moving in a positive direction. #voteforannie 🙂

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

Hello! My name is Maggie Carter and I am so excited to run for the nomination of At-Large Member for LOLIN. My family adopted their first lab when I was 6 years old and never looked back! Through my childhood and teen years I participated in 4-H showing my black lab, Sam, in dog obedience. We got our last family lab through Central Indiana Lab rescue. Like many labs in rescue programs he was the best boy, just waiting on his perfect family. We couldn’t believe he went through 3 other families before we got to be his forever home! When mu now husband and I bought our first house in 2019 we knew we wanted a black lab. (He also had a family lab for 14 years!) We met Guy (formally Apollo) right before memorial day and knew he was the one. He has been the best addition to our family. Guy has a sister, Keiko, who loves him but would not be happy with us if we brought anyone else home, which leaves fostering out of the plan for now. Since we can’t help by fostering, I would love to participate in being at At-Large Member to help the LOLIN organization.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I have not personally been able to volunteer with LOLIN in 2023, but we were able to participate in Labapalooza last year. It was an amazing event and we can’t wait to participate again this year.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I currently sit on two other boards where I help organize events, one being an entire day conference for college HR students. Additionally, I have picked up skills in file organization and administration from my current board roles.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I believe in leading by example. If I can’t do what I am asking someone else to do I don’t believe I can be an effective leader. I am always ready to get in the thick to help my team achieve their goals.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

In both resolving conflict and making unpopular decisions I like to lead with facts. Explaining why the choice is/was made and addressing concerns around the issue.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

I understand the Bylaws and responsibilities that accompany a Member At-Large role.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

I am so excited at the opportunity to join an organization that means so much to me and my family.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

Hello! My name is Jennifer Finnegan. I am a veterinarian at The Paw Patch Veterinary Hospital. Originally from Kansas, I graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and have spent the last 20yrs as a practicing small animal veterinarian in Indiana. Throughout the years, I have worked in general practice, Emergency, high quality-high volume spay neuter, and shelter medicine spending the last 7 years at The Paw Patch. Our hospital cares for many LOLIN dogs as they enter the rescue, works closely with the board to aid in medical treatment of the dogs, and counsels the fosters and adopters on medical, emotional care, and treatment. I decided to run for At-Large Member to strengthen The Paw Patch’s current relationship with LOLIN, develop protocols that will enhance transfer of information between the clinic to fosters, adopters and board members and benefit the dogs in the rescue’s care.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

While not an active volunteer, I have attended Labapalooza for the last few years, participating in The Paw Patch Booth. Dr. Tysklind and I have spoken at member dinners to provide education about disease processes, ways to aid in the care and treatment of foster dogs, and answer any questions members have about the veterinary process regarding the physical exam, treatment options, how to integrate with current household animals, and overall care. In 2016 I adopted a LOLIN dog and have received much joy from having her. I love working with the rescue dogs to provide them with a thorough examination, detailed recommendations, and a healthy lifestyle. Educating fosters and adopters is a highlight. Hearing how excited the adopters are to pick their new pet up after a spay or neuter brings a huge smile to my face.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

Communication of medical information between vet staff, fosters, and adopters to aid in understanding and care of the rescue dogs. Make sure that medication, prevention, and treatment recommendations are clearly described so that all involved in the care of the rescue dogs are well versed in what each individual dog needs. Continue to strengthen the relationship between LOLIN and The Paw Patch.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

As a veterinarian, I have had to lead numerous teams in the common goal of caring for our patients. I have worked with employees for many years and others after meeting them once when being a relief vet. Respect for individuals’ knowledge and feelings are first and foremost. People want to be heard–their ideas, hopes, and dreams validated. I listen to their point of view, give my thoughts on the matter and work to reach a compromise. The motivational technique I use most is positivity. How can I help the individuals and organization move forward in the most positive manner? I believe if the members have an invested interest in the rescue, it is further fostered by listening to their ideas and delegating projects to them to help members be heard. I believe I can bring a positive growth mindset to the organization.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

I first make sure that everyone feels heard. Listening to the varying opinions, sharing possible solutions, and hopefully creating a compromise that works for all is the goal. Not all matters can reach a favorable compromise for the group. However, if the dog’s health and well-being is at the center of the decision, we cannot go wrong. With my veterinary knowledge and in owning a rescue dog, I can bring a clinical as well as compassionate view to any conflict. Many decisions I make on a daily basis may not be popular with staff. If I feel that I have the animals best interest at heart, I am confident in championing for them and have shoulders to bear the burden of tough decisions. My goal is to foster an environment of open communication. I have found when everyone is focused on the well-being of the patient, understands the medical reasoning behind them, then hard decisions are more easily accepted.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

The Bylaws offer a solid structure to follow by outlining which dogs are brought into rescue – either stray, owner-surrender, or shelter and what procedures are done for each group. The board of directors over sees this process, makes decisions on what medical care the dogs receive from the recommendations of the examining veterinarian, and keeps cohesiveness in the process of fostering and adoption. As an At-Large Member, I would be an integral part of the above process, have the authority to authorize medical procedures within auspices of the organization and help promote the welfare of the dogs.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

Throughout my career, I have prided myself on providing excellent care of the animal I am treating. While working at New Ross Veterinary clinic I worked with the Central Indiana Labrador Rescue Association (CILRA). While my main goal was the examination and treatment of animals in my care, I also worked as a volunteer doing home visits. I prided myself on the detail with which I answered questions pertaining to the environment the dog might be placed. The number one goal is to provide a safe and loving atmosphere for a rescue dog who may have been traumatized so they can learn to be their true selves. Thank you for your consideration.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

Hi, Sarah Fredericksen here. I’ve been with LOLIN for 10+ years. Quietly in the background doing things and then slowly I came forward and took over Labapalooza. I joined LOLIN because I had three labs and wanted to educate people on them so they didn’t end up as breeding dogs or dead. My role with LOLIN has changed through the years and I’ve done a little bit of most everything. I have not been a part of the intake or transport team, though I’d love to give them a shot just so I know more about those branches of LOLIN. I chose to run for the nominated position because I’d like to see LOLIN expand even more with the current times. LOLIN has taken a lot of steps to move forward and I’d love to help with more.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I’ve been with LOLIN since 2010 maybe. I started with home visits. Then I switched to telephone interviews. Then I did some events and have been with Labapalooza since the beginning almost. I’ve done fostering as well but my main involvement now is Labapalooza, and I’m on the fundraising team.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I’m totally down for getting everything out of everyone’s brain and into organized files so we have “bibles” of each branch that can be referenced to when positions get passed down. No more gatekeeping. Cross train volunteers so positions can be filled in when needed. Have an understudy for some main positions ready to step in when needed.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I’ve got no problem delegating things to be done, or taking charge and getting things done when need be. A good leader knows how to delegate and trust their “co-workers” to make decisions, and follow through with them. I’m great with creating steps to get goals achieved. I’m not afraid to hear “No” from people when making request or asking for help. Details and lists are my strong point and motivate me. To motivate LOLIN members, you need to learn what motivates each person.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

I’m a thinker. I like to step back and process the conflict/issue. I will ponder on it and then approach the conflict/issue with different options. During my pondering I might reach out to other trusted sources to get feedback (chain of command). Making unpopular decisions for Labapalooza is what I have dealt with the last couple years. I’m ok with the pushback and know that what is being done is the best decision for the event and organization. I keep chugging along with my unpopular decisions because once people accept the change, it becomes popular.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

My understanding is that we are here to rescue Labs and lab mixes. The bylaws are in place to keep the organization running smoothly and efficiently. My role would be to assist with these efforts and pick up slack from others that are overwhelmed or lacking knowledge in areas I have. The goal is to make LOLIN a well oiled machine, that is organized digitally, so people have a clear understanding of what is expected of them.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

I really want to see LOLIN succeed and keep growing. Detail oriented, task driven, organized, and forward thinking are my strong points. Let me bring those skills to the board and streamline processes to free up time/energy to focus more on dogs.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

I’ve been with LOLIN since we adopted our first LOLIN Lab, Sophie, in 2007. It didn’t take long for us to be recruited as a foster, and a few months after our adoption we started fostering and helping out with whatever needed done and I’ve never looked back! I’ve been a foster, adopter, foster coordinator, and most recently spent many years as an intake coordinator. In the last 15 years there have been 11 LOLIN labs between my husband and I and my immediate family and over 50 foster dogs.

Being involved in animal rescue wasn’t new to me when I started with LOLIN. I’ve been a part of one animal welfare organization or another since I was a kid. The Indy Humane Society actually made an age exception for me to allow me to work hands on with the dogs in the kennels when I was just 11 years old. I used to read the AKC breed description books for pleasure and I could pick out dog breeds and tell potential adopters about health issues and energy levels better than most adult volunteers! When I went to college I volunteered at the Bloomington Animal Shelter and hooked up with an all-breed rescue where I also fostered. So rescue isn’t just something I do, it is who I am. My girls have grown up staging animal shelter adoption events with their stuffed animals, accompanying me on transports, fostering, and generally becoming animal advocates. They have learned growing up that you don’t have to have a lot of time or money or even be a grown up to make a difference.

This would be my 4th term on the LOLIN board. I did not run this last term and I miss being able to use the years of experience I have with animal welfare in general and LOLIN specifically to help answer the hard questions that often come up in such a large organization. I love this rescue and have put my heart and soul into it, so helping feels natural.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

In my years with LOLIN I’ve held many roles, mostly focused on the front end of the rescue and how to improve and document processes around fostering and intake. I served on the BOD several terms and I’ve been both a foster coordinator and an intake coordinator. I like both roles tremendously and as I worked in each of those roles I have done my best to form strong relationships. I think relationships are what makes rescue successful and its what I love most. The work is hard, emotional, and never ending. Having strong connections with the people inside your organization that open their homes, give of their time, donate money, etc. keeps you going through the tough times. And creating trusting relationships with as many shelters as you can manage ensures that you get the most accurate and timely information on the dogs you are bringing into rescue and are working with partners who value the safety and care of the dogs as strongly as LOLIN does. I have deep and lasting friendships with the people I have met through this work.

I also have some professional skills that I’ve been able to put to use to help LOLIN out on the process and administrative side, which I think is a really important component of a successful rescue. Other than intake and fostering one of my other focuses over the years has been improving our processes so that the many jobs that need to be done to keep a large rescue like LOLIN cranking along. Over the years I’ve worked (along with others) to improve our foster manual and contract, assisted with edits and design for our website, I’ve redesigned the intake form that we use to gather information from shelters requesting us to pull a dog from them, helped to ensure many of our forms were designed for and transitioned out online use, and I’ve set up and refined the technology and processes we use to track the dogs waiting to come in to LOLIN, vote on which ones are approved, and match them with a foster home.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I’m thrilled to see some of the conversations we have been having over the years about optimizing our website for online forms, easier tracking, etc. get implemented. I’d love to see our processes continue to evolve to create more visibility between teams so that foster teams can access information about dogs who are being brought in quickly, vetting teams can access and communicate needs to the fosters, foster team, and the adoption team; that behavior and “best fit” information finds its way from foster to adoption coordinator, etc. I think our new shelter software will help assist with this.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I’m really invested in this rescue, which I think comes across in my relationships with other team members. I want new volunteers and fosters to feels supported and heard and I want shelters to look to our rescue as their go to. Our mission is best served when we build a culture of respect, trust, and common purpose, not one that I’ve seen in some rescue and animal welfare organizations of competition and judging who does something better or with a a perceived higher commitment. We are all volunteers who are here for the love of the animals, so treating each other as the valued team members we all are and valuing the perspectives each person brings is the best way to lead such a diverse team of volunteers.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

One of the things I’ve learned with this work is that when you have a volunteer base who makes such a big commitment of their personal time, you often find people who are very passionate. Add that with the very difficult and time-sensitive situations the animals are often in, you can end up with a lot of passion and high emotions when making pretty high-stakes decisions quickly. It’s important to acknowledge and really BELIEVE that everyone is coming from the same place–true care and love for animals. So while we might disagree, we listen to one another. validate opinions that may be different (and even better) than ours, and move forward with the same kindness for each other that we show to the dogs. When I’ve been in the middle of hard or unpopular decisions with the group I try to always realize that what is best for the dogs should guide all decisions, even if that is hard for some people to accept. Also realizing that passion can come across in a lot of ways that can sometimes feel like conflict but that doesn’t make it personal. We can disagree on this board and all still be friends and laughing the next topic.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

The board of directors serves two primary purposes in my opinion. One is to bring professional and personal skills to the running of the organization (this is a small business with a budget and daily operations that must be tended like any business) and a commitment to ensuring the stability of the organization throughout your term. This includes following the bylaws, ensuring our integrity and compliance with our 501c3 status, and doing our best to make the organization better and stronger even after you are no longer involved.

The second is to do the in-the-trenches work and decision making that ensures the safety of the dogs in our care. That can range from financial decisions about surgery, fundraising, supply ordering, etc. to decisions that impact the care of the dogs and volunteers we are responsible for including vet emergencies, people emergencies, and all of the surprise and common challenges that arise in the running of a large organization. The board should be in the loop on how the rescue runs and be ready to weigh in on situations that require voting, input and quick decision making.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

Hi! I am Hanna, and I have been one of the foster coordinators for the last couple of years. Throughout my involvement with LOLIN, I have witnessed the incredible impact our organization has made in saving and improving the lives of these wonderful dogs. This experience has inspired me to step up and take on additional responsibilities to help steer the organization towards even greater success.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I have had the pleasure of being a foster coordinator and a telephone interview sub. As one of the foster coordinators, our assistance covers a wide range of responsibilities. Our main responsibility and goal is to place incoming dogs into foster homes so that they can get ready to be placed for adoption and find their forever home. Our work revolves around this goal, so we do everything we can to ensure that foster parents and dogs are comfortable and free to ask any questions. We assist with finding temporary homes for vacations, permanent moves, check ins with fosters, assist with training questions, prompt fosters to list their pups, and so much more. My favorite thing about volunteering with LOLIN has been the dogs I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, the people I’ve met both within LOLIN and in general (talking during telephone interviews) but above all, knowing that our team is saving dogs lives every single week.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

Of course! 🙂 Getting Shelterluv implemented and ready to roll out is one of the major improvements I am happy to be involved in. I believe that there is room for improvement on every front and I enjoy tossing ideas around with the team members, especially Theresa & Jim.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

As a candidate for the board member position and a potential team leader, I possess several qualities that make me well-suited for the role. Here’s what makes me a good team leader and why I believe I should be elected:

-I am very organized and detail oriented. In my current role, things move quickly and there are lots of moving parts. I have proven to myself that when there is an information flurry, we can keep things under control. This has helped me prepare for additional responsibility.
-One of my favorite things about our group is that ideas can be openly shared. I believe in the value of collaboration and teamwork and hope to continue in an environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing their ideas, concerns, and expertise. By encouraging diverse perspectives and fostering a sense of ownership, I aim to harness the collective knowledge and skills of the team.
-I am deeply passionate about the welfare of animals in general and am committed to the mission of LOLIN. This genuine enthusiasm translates into a contagious energy that can motivate and inspire team members to go above and beyond. My dedication to the cause ensures that I will invest the necessary time and effort to lead and support with excellence.

As far as motivational techniques, I strongly believe that, like myself, our amazing volunteers are intrinsically motivated to do our best for this organization. We do so well at recognizing and thanking each other for our efforts. Our board has set an incredibly high standard and it has been a pleasure to watch their interactions and dedication to LOLIN that I hope to also lead & motivate by example.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

Resolving conflict starts with listening, in my opinion. Active listening, reminding ourselves of our objectives and understanding each other’s interests and points of view plays a huge role in getting through a tough conversation. Collaborating together with the aforementioned points in mind is how I would begin to resolve conflict that arises. In order to make an unpopular decision, it’s important to hear everyone out and take their points into consideration. Being transparent on the good and the bad is something I admire about LOLIN and it goes a long way. After a hard decision is made, I also think it’s important to follow up on the impact it made and get additional feedback from the group. By practicing these approaches, I aim to resolve conflicts in a fair and collaborative manner, while also handling unpopular decisions with transparency, empathy, and a commitment to the organization’s overall mission and goals.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

I fully understand the Bylaws as they have been guiding us on our mission since I’ve been a volunteer and long before. Being on the foster team, I have the pleasure of regularly collaborating with Board members and have gained an understanding of the important role they play, especially in decision making. I recognize that as a board member at large, I will have input on these delicate decisions. I also understand that in an emergency, a board member at large may take over or help with another Board position. I also realize the importance of working within these regulations and will continue to do my best to serve LOLIN.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered for this board member position and to contribute to the meaningful work of LOLIN. If elected, I am committed to serving with passion, dedication, and integrity, always striving to make a positive difference in the lives of the pups we rescue. Thank you for your time, consideration, and participation in the voting process.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

As one of the Foster Coordinators, I see a lot of the behind the scenes of LOLIN. I step in wherever I can to help, and I’d like to make that a more formal decision. We’ve grown to helping close t0 500 dogs in 2022, and with that growth, there are places we can streamline our efforts and make things work smoother for all the volunteers, the fosters, and the adopters.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I‘m one of the foster coordinators. I facilitate standard fostering, foster to adopt, and vacation coverage. I also run and design the LOLIN Calendar fundraiser.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I would love to develop a set of training tips for common questions that fosters or new adopters have so we can help the transition from shelter to homes. I will also be assisting in transition of the LOLIN database to a newer database system this year that will help make a ton of small improvements that will make communication easier and keep more details about each dog in our system.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I think I’m really good at putting myself in someone else’s shoes. I try to listen and gather info. I’ve been a mentor and manager in my “day job” for more than 15 years with great results. We’re all volunteers, so I know that any effort is an “extra” that people are taking time out to offer, and I appreciate that.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

There will be hard decisions, certainly. I know that myself and all LOLIN volunteers are here to help speak for the dogs, to be their advocates. It’s not about me, or anyone else, it’s about what is in the best/safest interest of that animal and our LOLIN families. I have seen the selfless nature of our team up close.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

As a board member I will support all LOLIN volunteer efforts, with an emphasis on my areas of experience (Foster coordinator). I will be another sounding board for hard decisions on a case-by-case basis, with emphasis of quality of life as the guide.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

As a cancer survivor, it’s important to me to use my time wisely, and to leave my community better than I found it. That is the energy that draws me to volunteer with LOLIN. As the mom to a reactive dog, I know there are ups and downs with our pets, and that we need to advocate for them and help create a trusting bond.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

HI my name is Stephanie Humerickhouse I am a Dog mom and a Police Officer. I have been working with dog rescue in some form for the past 20 years. I have been with Lolin for the past 10 years. I want to work in the position of member at large to assist the Board of Directors, Coordinators, and all other volunteers and members of the community. I want to be a positive entity in the organization and make an impact.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I have been a volunteer with Lolin for more than 10 years. In the last few years I have been more involved and have become the volunteer coordinator and assisted at events. I have done transport. In the last few years, I have been to Tennessee on 2 occasions and transported a large group of Duckhill dogs into rescue. I also have done transport from Kentucky after a December Tornado to bring dogs into rescue. I foster and try to assist the Foster Coordinators with evaluation and recruiting new fosters. I love all aspects of helping the dogs I and also assisting individuals in finding the right dog for them.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I believe the Home Visit should not be virtual and a Lolin representative should see the home environment. I am willing to assist with this and do some home visits. I would also do a presentation for the Home visit Coordinators and volunteers as to some additional items or issues to watch for at home visits and some potential red flag issues we see often. Also, at times dogs for a variety of reasons, dogs need to go to boarding and they really haven’t been evaluated. To assist, a person should go to the boarding facility and evaluate the dogs. This would assist Foster and adoption coordinators with placement. I am also willing to assist in this area.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

A good leader leads by example. I try and do this and be willing to work positively to reach a goal. Hard work and determination pay off. I want someone to be empathetic and understanding of individuals. Being a good leader also means not asking someone to do something you wouldn’t be willing to do. I try and lead by example and work hard and work with others for the best.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

Being a Police officer for the past 27 years, I have learned so much about conflict management. On a daily basis I have to deal with resolving major conflict. A study by (Adam Pasciak Ph.D) found that first responders who have 20 years of service have seen around 700 legitimate critical incidents. In comparison a regular individual has seen 2 critical incidents in this time. For this reason, I have attended advanced training in the resolution of conflict. I believe I can bring a different viewpoint to the group. Additionally, I am used to making unpopular decisions. I am going to make the ethic and what is best decision.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

I have reviewed the Bylaws previously and now recently and do feel there are some areas where interpretation can differ and there needs to be clarity and consistency. The Board of Directors is a more demanding position than people realize. Time and energy behind the scenes are major. With the constant change in Technology just the change in how tasks are completed changes for the board. Any member in good standing may attend a board meeting and see what is tasked and what is in the inner workings of the organization.
As a member at large, assisting with voting and assisting the Board members is crucial. Whatever area I may assist I am willing to assist 100%.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

Love of Labs board, fosters, volunteers and families have worked diligently for years to become what it is today. Blood, sweat, and tears, are the backbone of Love of labs. The ultimate goal is to reduce the euthanasia rate the Labs and Lab mixes throughout shelters and animal controls. Also to spay and neuter, vaccinate and educate individuals about these practices. It takes volunteers, fosters, board members, and the public to work together to accomplish this. I truly want to work at this and assists as many labs as possible.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

My name is Ariana and I have been working with LOLIN since 2015. In 2014 I saw a clip on the news about Love of Labs and knew I wanted to be involved. When the time was right, our first foster, who needed ACL surgery, moved into our home like he had always lived here. Needless to say, he was a foster fail and since I have adopted 2 more. I have also fostered countless dogs over the years! I love working with LOLIN and plan to continue volunteering for many years to come!

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

I have volunteered with LOLIN for the past 8 years, 4 of which I have been an At-Large Member of the Executive Board. I have fostered about 80 labs and it is the best feeling when each dog goes to the right family! I currently list the adoptable dogs on Petfinder and the LOLIN website, complete applicant and foster home visits, and complete the final approvals for adopters. I have volunteered time and resources for the various LOLIN fundraisers. For a short period, I also helped with owner surrenders and have completed miscellaneous administrative tasks when asked.

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

I want to make LOLIN as successful as possible and am willing to evaluate any processes and procedures to make that happen during my term. Many processes have been updated over the years to make approvals and adoptions easier as our organization has grown in size. An example of this is that I was directly involved with the home visit form revision and it going virtual to make it easier for our volunteers.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

I like to lead by partnering with others. Being a good listener and being willing to compromise makes way for new and more efficient ideas and practices. I delegate when necessary, roll up my sleeves eagerly to get the job at hand done, and volunteer for positions I am capable of leading. My leadership is anchored in the values of always treating others fairly and with respect.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

Resolving conflict is not always easy. All sides need to have their voices heard and everyone needs to listen to the other opinions. Many of the decisions made by the eboard concerning our dogs are not easy. Over my years on the eboard, I have been part of these difficult decisions. I provided input when necessary and listened to what others had to say. I believe the best possible decisions were made in the best interest of the dogs and volunteers. With LOLIN, my primary concern is always what is best for the Labs in our care and the volunteers who make the adoptions possible.

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

The Bylaws and Board of Directors are to uphold the mission of LOLIN. As an elected member of the Board, I have worked to do this over the last 4 years. As the organization has grown, we have started to update and change bylaws as needed. All things evolve and we have started taking on this process. There are parts of the current bylaws that need to be revised and I am happy to help with this. As an At-Large Member I have been part of the decision making process for the organization. I have provided input for difficult decisions and listened to opposing opinions to compromise at the best possible solutions.

7. Share any additional information you feel is important for the voting volunteer membership to know.

I am grateful and excited to be nominated again and really believe in LOLIN. I have seen first hand what Love of Labs in capable of and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this organization. I hope to continue the work of LOLIN and would be honored to be on the board again.

1. Introduce yourself and why you decided to run for the nominated position at this time.

I believe in the mission of this organization. We are no longer in the position to foster these beautiful dogs, and this is a way for me to remain active in LOLIN and help give back for the animals.

2. Outline your volunteer work with LOLIN in the last year or more. What do you love most about your volunteer work with LOLIN?

Dog foster
Help organize the games for Labapalooza 2022

3. Are there any process improvements you would like to help implement?

Help partner with a place such as pet supplies plus to give foster dogs a bath at transport.

4. Describe what makes you a good team leader and why you should be elected. What motivational techniques will you use to guide LOLIN?

A great leader takes action. It takes the skills to actively listen, and the bravery to put in the work. A leader does not just sit at the top, but should be actively involved in all parts of the process.

5. How do you go about resolving conflict? How would you handle making an unpopular decision within the group?

The number one way I resolve conflict is by respecting each side of the conflict and listening objectively. I would handle unpopular decisions making openly. I would communicate respectfully and without bias. 

6. What is your understanding of the Bylaws, what the Board of Directors do, and the role your nominated position plays?

My understanding is that I would be a voting member of the board, and be able to step in to a different position, should an emergency arise.

The LOLIN Board of Directors voting period ended at 11:59PM on 7/29/2023.

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