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PBRC's Executive Committee  

We are pleased to introduce PBRC’s new Executive Committee, whose long histories with PBRC, general animal welfare backgrounds and diverse skill sets not only make them excellent candidates for these positions, but also make for a dynamic leadership team:

  • President: Stephanie Feldstein
  • Co-Executive Director: Chris Cook
  • Vice President: Amiela Ciontos
  • Treasurer: Juli Goodrich
  • Secretary: Karen Vetrano

Please take a minute to get to know each one of our team by reading the biographies below.


Stephanie lives in Michigan with a rescued menagerie of two Shepherd mixes, three pit bulls and two cats.

Stephanie Feldstein – President: Stephanie is the editor for the Animals cause at Change.org. Previously, she worked in the non-profit field, most recently as the Development Director of the Ecology Center, an environmental advocacy organization. She served as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Earth Share of Michigan and as Secretary on the Board of Pit Bull Rescue Central. She has been part of the animal welfare and pit bull rescue community for over 10 years, as an animal shelter employee, foster home, dog trainer, behavior helpline responder, outreachevents volunteer, and rescue consultant. She also writes novels exploring animal welfare issues and the human-animal bond.

 


Chris currently lives in Chandler, AZ with her husband Todd, rescued Staffordshire Bull Terrier Angus and assorted fish, birds, and houseplants. She enjoys photograph-ing her dogs and has been the recipient of both local and national awards and calendar features.

Chris Cook – Co-Executive Director: Chris has worked in the veterinary field as a Registered Veterinary Technician for almost 25 years. During that time she has worked in general practice, specialty practice, practice management and diagnostic laboratories. Chris fell in love with pit bulls during her early years of veterinary technician education/work and for many years operated a personal rescue effort that assisted many needy dogs and owners. Having been a volunteer with PBRC since 1999, her work has included creation and start up of the Volunteer Committee and she has served on the Adoption Application Team, Medical Fund Committee, Donor Relations Team and on the BOD as Co Chair of Volunteer Committee and PBRC Secretary.

 


Ami shares her home with husband, David, and three pit bulls and one pit bull/Boxer mix. Ami and her family almost always have two or more pit bulls or Mastiffs in their care through foster care.

Amiela Ciontos - Vice President: Ami has been involved in pit bull rescue and advocacy for the past 13 years, and has spent the last 8 years as a volunteer for Pit Bull Rescue Central. She has served on the PBRC Board of Directors as the chairperson of the Spay/Neuter Committee and was also the co-chair of the Fundraising Committee. Currently Ami serves on the PBRC Grant Committee and is the founder of the Atlanta Bully Rally, an annual event to celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day. She is also the founder and president of Atlanta Underdog Initiative, a pit bull and mastiff rescue group and a founding partner of Tails in the ‘Hood, an outreach program to educate pit bull owners on responsible dog ownership.

 


Juli Goodrich - Treasurer: Juli has been involved with pit bulls for many years, since meeting and falling in love with the first one she ever met. Now she is the proud owner/manager/social coordinator for her own 3 pit bulls. She has a wide variety of skills & experience in business and accounting.

 

 Karen lives on Cape Cod with her partner Karen and her two rescued pit bulls, Jack and Phoebe.

Karen Vetrano - Secretary:  Karen has been a pit bull advocate since adopting her first pit bull from a kill facility in CT.  She became aware of PBRC through Pitbull-L where she went seeking assistance from other experienced pit bull owners. Karen joined PBRC as a volunteer in 2011.  In addition to her duties as Secretary, she also serves on the Adoption Application and Donor Support teams.