I have been a Veterinary technician for over 24 years. During this time I was part owner of a small animal veterinary practice which is when I started working with the 3 local surrounding humane societies. At that point being part of rescues and being able to help on a whole new level is when my focus turned to animal welfare.
I must say it has been a privilege over the last 12 years to be a part of so many rescue groups through Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and even down to Texas.
Now that my 2 beautiful daughters have grown and finished there schooling we decided as much as we loved our time in Wisconsin, the winters were a bit more than we wanted to endure. The South sounded perfect.
So with that, I am very excited to announce my partnership as Executive Director with Caloosa Humane Society and Caloosa Veterinary clinic. Florida so far has lived up to our expectations. As I most definitely will strive to live up to yours.
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Currently a solo general practice lawyer at Peck Law Office, P.A., Toni’s mission is to meet the legal needs of the community. She is committed to public service through acceptance of pro bono cases, self-represented litigant assistance and presentations in area schools. Prior to her election to the CHS Board of Directors in 2017, Toni served as pro bono counsel to CHS. Toni received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and her law degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, and she is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Minnesota.
When not practicing law, Toni is playing the oboe or flute with various community bands, training for her next triathlon, or out on an adventure with her husband and three children. If you don’t see her there, you might inquire after her with the family master, Sir Fred the basset hound.
Lara has had a lifelong love of animals especially horses. Her involvement with Caloosa Humane Society began with fostering which was a very rewarding experience. She has also participated with CHS in the Swamp Cabbage parade, has been involved with the Peace, Love and Paws gala and the Swamp Stomp and has attended many fundraisers benefitting CHS.
When not attending community events, Lara enjoys trail riding and being near the water especially kayaking and snorkeling.
Toddy attended John Carroll University, where she earned her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in English literature.
Her first career was in fundraising and grant writing; before she transitioned to her true calling – training dogs.
Toddy owns a dog training business. She loves working with shelter dogs to find them a forever home. Under her guidance, many of these dogs go on to do therapy work in our community.
Toddy is married to her high school sweetheart, Brian. They have 3 adopted dogs who are their pride and joy.
Toddy began volunteering for CHS in 2017; and was instantly hooked. She is very proud to be a member of the Board of Directors.
Deirdre has been married for 20 years to Douglas Purvis and has two wonderful children; Jaxon, who is 18 and attends the University of Florida, and Jaelyn, who is just finishing her freshman year at LaBelle High School.
She also has two fur babies, Zoey and Twiggy.
Although Deirdre is an accountant by trade, she traded in her calculator to pursue her passion as an educator. She has been teaching for 17 years with the last two years being a sixth grade ELA teacher at LaBelle Middle School.