Our Team

Angela Adams

Founder, Pit Stop & Adopt Director, Board Member

Angela Adams is passionate about the welfare of humans and dogs alike. She spent 2 years volunteering full-time with a local animal shelter before starting Born Again Pit Bull Rescue in 2007. Since then, Angela has worked tirelessly to develop a relationship-based organization and improve the lives of pit-bull-type dogs.

 

Amanda Ferguson

Snip Your Pit Director, Board Member

Amanda has been volunteering for social and animal causes for over a decade. She became especially interested in low-cost spay and neuter programs after volunteering in shelters and experiencing the dog and cat overpopulation problem firsthand, while simultaneously volunteering to connect poor and homeless people with veterinary care for their beloved companions. She leads our Snip Your Pit program by working with community members and local veterinarians, promoting spay and neuter and managing data for grants. Amanda loves to garden with the help of her two loyal pups, Tito and Peaches. When she's not working to help domestic animals (as a regular foster mom), she is busy advocating for wolves and other wildlife.

 

Kate Cooper

Full Bellies Fund Director, Board Member

Kate is passionate about animal welfare. She recently emigrated from the UK, bringing her rescued Parson Russell Terrier with her. She joined Born Again Pit Bull Rescue in 2015 as our Development Manager and has helped streamline which grant opportunities we prioritize as well as supported our internal organizational development. At the beginning of 2017, Kate changed roles to run our Full Bellies Fund and is currently working with partners to look at the best way to get sustainable food supplies to needy pups. She enjoys making cartoons in her free time.

 

Jennifer Gallardo

Events Director, Board Member

Jennifer joined Born Again Pit Bull Rescue in 2012 and, along with providing general support, works to plan, coordinate, and implement the organization's events within the Salem area. Jennifer has always been fond of animals and interested in supporting welfare causes. Her passion for pit bull advocacy grew when she and her husband became acutely aware of the misguided fear associated with these dogs while living with their own pit mix in South Carolina. This experience propelled Jennifer to get more involved in advocacy. In addition to her role with BAPBR, Jennifer volunteers for Marion County Dog Shelter and Fences for Fido. Though Jennifer is clearly a dog lover and shares her home with her pit/boxer Max and pit bull terrier Berry, she reserves a special place in her heart for pigs—she and her husband are looking forward to adding one (or a few) to their family one day.

 

Brooke Alley

Marketing & Communications Director, Board Member

Brooke has worked and volunteered in the animal welfare and environmental conservation fields for the past 10 years, beginning as a program coordinator with the Whatcom Humane Society in 2005. Brooke joined Born Again Pit Bull Rescue in 2015 to help improve the lives of pit-bull-type dogs. She leverages her professional experience as a marketing strategist to support BAPBR's marketing and communications platforms. Brooke is passionate about fighting breed discrimination and shares her home (and bed) with two velvet hippos.

 

Rachael Meziere

Creative Director, Board Member

Rachael joined Born Again Pit Bull Rescue in 2016 as our Creative Director, bringing over 10 years of design and brand development experience to the team. An animal lover all her life, she was drawn to the pit bull cause after her husband casually suggested they go meet a rescue Staffy named Daphne one Saturday. The rest is history. Rachael is in charge of making us look good on the web, in print, at events, and on you (if you buy a t-shirt). She currently has two ridiculous, blockheaded dogs and one very sweet cat who all spend their day vying for lap space.