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Jennifer Johnson

Executive Director

My love and connection with animals started at a young age for me, I was raised as an only child on a hobby farm in western Wisconsin. Hence my closest playmates were the animals we raised. I was 100% percent sure all animals could speak English and would sneak as quietly as I could into the barn in the morning in hopes of hearing there secret conversations. Of course this didn’t ever happen. But it didn’t deter me from knowing animals would be forever a deep seated passion for all of my life.

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.

STEVE KAUFMAN
President
Board Member Bio
Steve grew up in Sarasota, Florida where his family always had dogs and horses. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Florida in 1990. His first job after graduation landed him in Ft. Myers working for an agricultural chemical manufacturer. For the past twenty years he has managed the Helena Chemical location in Immokalee, while residing in Alva with his wife Karla. The couple have adopted numerous animals over the years from dogs to cats, horses, cows and a donkey. Steve always says that if an animal crosses their cattle guard, then it has probably found it’s forever home.

Steve Kaufman’s email for inquiries: steve@caloosahumanesociety.org

Toni Peck
Secretary
Board Member Bio
Toni is a trial attorney who carefully evaluates a matter to find individualized resolutions to each client’s unique case. She prides herself on keeping her clients well informed, and maintains the integrity to give a prospective client an honest assessment to the strengths and weaknesses of their position, and providing a low-cost or free alternative to litigation if available.

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.

Tom Parrish
Director
Board Member Bio
Tom is an original Floridian, being born in Fort Myers and residing in LaBelle since 1988. He and his wife, Becky, raised their three sons here in LaBelle. He has four grandchildren who are his pride and joy. He has one handsome boxer, named Andrew Tucker. He has owned several boxers and beagles throughout the years. Tom has worked at Family Eye Care for the past 30 years. He also has a background as a Registered Nurse. Tom loves animals of all kinds but is especially fond of dogs.
TIM HALEY
Director
Board Member Bio
Tim Haley has been a LaBelle resident for the last 30 years. A long time Humane Society supporter, served as a past President and a current Board Member. Tim and his partner are the parents of three adopted dogs.
KARLA KAUFMAN
Director
Board Member Bio
Karla is a native of Ft. Myers, also having lived in Gainesville, FL, Reno, NV and San Antonio, TX. She has been a registered nurse for 32 yrs. A lifelong animal lover, she has always had multiple rescue animals at any given time. Her first encounter with CHS was going to one of their monthly garage sales several years ago, where she bought tickets for the Peace, Love and Paws Gala. This led to volunteering and ultimately joining the board in December 2016. Karla and her husband, Steve, reside in Alva. They share their home with 6 dogs, 5 cats, 3 cows, 2 mustangs and 1 burro, all rescues of course. Steve loves animals just as much as she does.