Susan Gainey Odoyo

President and CEO

Susan is one of the original founding members of ITV.  Susan started volunteering for Evansville Animal Control in the summer of 2010 after returning to her hometown of Evansville from Indianapolis.  Seeing the dire need to help animals in Evansville, Susan worked with a dedicated group of volunteers to formally form ITV in November 2010.  Susan has devoted her heart and soul to ITV since its inception.  Susan is a lawyer and helped form the Vanderburgh County Animal Cruelty Task Force.  She served as a volunteer Special Prosecutor for the task force from 2012-2015.  Susan has successfully prosecuted numerous animal cruelty cases resulting in guilty pleas or convictions.  Susan is also one of the founding members of the Evansville Partnership for Animal Welfare (EPAW).

Susan and her husband, Patrick, also passionately support an orphanage in Western Kenya, Patrick’s native country.  Patrick is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College.  Patrick and Susan partner to bring disadvantaged teenagers and dogs together in several programs. Both are actively involved in numerous community organizations.  Susan and Patrick share their home with 4 dogs and countless foster dogs that come and go!

Tangila Wells

Director of Animal Services

Tangila first became involved with ITV by fostering dogs in 2011.  She was hooked after her first foster dog, a pitbull named Loula, who was adopted into a loving forever home.  Tangila became more active with ITV and eventually started working full-time, putting her heart and soul into saving dogs.  Tangila continues to foster dogs and she has a particular interest in helping pit bulls. Tangila is the proud mother of 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Tangila shares her home with 2 pitbulls, 1 boxer, and 1 Shih Tzu.

Andrea Will

Director of Business Development

Andrea has been active volunteer, foster and fundraiser for ITV for many years.  Andrea works tirelessly to help the dogs of ITV and you will always see her smiling face at ITV events.  Andrea is former co-owner of Stockwell Inn, ITV neighbor, and she organizes numerous events to raise money for ITV.  She and her family are tremendous supporters and dog lovers. Andrea rescued a Boxer/Pitbull from ITV named Domino and recently said goodbye to her beloved senior dog named Daphne.

Tammy Schmitt

Board Chairperson

Tammy  discovered the world of rescue after adopting 2 Boston puppies from what she later realized was likely a puppy mill.  They were very, very sick with numerous problems.  In her search for answers and support, she found
the world of animal rescue.   Since then, Tammy has been active with local and regional rescues joining ITV in 2016.  She is a lover of all animals with a special affinity for dogs.  This love for animals has lead her to work toward a vegan lifestyle (admittedly still a work in progress).  Tammy works as a corporate attorney for Berry Plastics and finds peace and rejuvenation by volunteering with the rescue on weekends.  She shares her home with her 3 dogs:  Panda, Boston – 1 of the 2 who inspired her to join in rescue efforts; Mr. Coffee – mostly Rottie/Chow Chow/Boxer rescue; and Apollo Creed – Boxer/Staffie/Collie rescue (and only foster failure so far).

Lori Martin

Board Vice-Chairperson

Once she safely transported Bert from WCAC to our No Kill Shelter in 2011,   Lori (Ubelhor) became an active member here at ITV. Born and raised in Evansville, Lori and her husband David are a core part of our volunteer team. Lori has loved animals her entire life and found us for therapy after a difficult death in her family.  She has since welcomed over 150 fosters into her home and has 5 of her own fur babies (2 being foster fails 😄). Although she has an immune disease and other medical issues, she tries to find a way to contribute even when shes on the couch or in bed in her home. Lori enjoys being active in every aspect of ITV operations and happily donates her time matching homeless dogs to their forever person. She relishes the challenge to write biographies that help bring the perfect adoption application for each dog rescued. In the time Lori is not advocating for our dogs, she is a fan of theatre movies and spreading her Christian Faith. She is proud to be the mother of three grown and successful daughters : Lyndsay, Sarah and Christy.  The lights of her life are four young grandchildren: Raygan, Abby, Jacob and Hannah Grace. Lori vows to continue UNTIL ALL PAWS HAVE A HOME, and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

Kevin Schuetz

Secretary

Kevin began his work in rescue through VHS. During a foster-break he saw a group of women and dogs in a Rural King parking lot.  Intrigued, he asked who they were with and what they were doing.  The rest is history. Kevin is a dedicated foster and our resident handy-man.  Aside from putting his engineering skills to the test, he enjoys jogging, IU Basketball, Cardinal’s Baseball, and spending time with his family.

Missy Mosby

Treasurer
Evansville is where Missy’s heart is and she loves our great community.   Missy was born and raised here, in Evansville, graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1986, with honors, received her Real Estate License in 1998, her Broker’s license in 2015 & currently works out of the Virginia Street office for FC Tucker Emge Realtors.
At a young age, Missy’s parents instilled in her the importance of giving back to your community and rescuing has become a passion of hers.  She is currently serving her third term on City Council, second year as President of Council,  is the City Council liaison for Evansville Animal Care and Control & Evansville Police Department, Past President of Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #73, past Board member for Vanderburgh Humane Society & has attended Christian fellowship Church for nearly 12 years.   Missy recently was nominated by a fellow realtor for the 2016 National Association of Realtors Volunteering Works and placed 6th in the Nation for her efforts in rescuing.  As most of you know, Missy practices what she preaches, she has given over 40 “freedom rides” for puppies/dogs to escape surrounding kill shelters,  since 2014,  she has fostered & found homes for 35 dogs.   Missy has 9 rescues of her own, that she has adopted & they are all named after characters of one of her favorite shows, when she was growing up, Gilligan’s Island – 3 Boxers (Gilligan, Ginger & Lil Skipper)  and 6 Yorkies (Minnow, MaryAnne, Luvie, Thurston Howl IV, Professor Mocha, Lucky Lotto). 
Missy is excited to be part of the It Takes a Village Team.  She also helps promote our pets on the ITV Pet of the Week on Thursday’s at 8 am on My WJPS 105.3 FM radio and at noon on WEHT.

Terri Melton

Board Member

Terri has been a regular volunteer for ITV for many years, always willing to help at community events and when there are dogs in need.  Terri always has a smile on her face and chips in whenever she is needed to help ITV.  Terri is a lifelong Evansville resident and she currently works at Uniseal.  She is devoted to her family and her rescued dog named Dot.

Neal Anderson

Board Member

Commitment to a community can take many forms, and Neal Anderson’s commitment to Evansville and the Tri-State area shows in his decision to return to his hometown to start his family and his legal career.

As a native of Evansville, Neal attended Reitz Memorial High School and the University of Evansville, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Sociology. While at UE, he served as President of the Sociology Club and Secretary of the Criminal Justice Club, and was one of five students selected to present his senior research paper at the Undergraduate Research Conference at Butler University.

Helping to ensure the legal rights of individuals is important to Neal. While attending the University of South Dakota School of Law, he was actively involved in the Innocence Project of South Dakota, which is staffed by law students who volunteer to investigate claims of innocence raised by inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. The investigation of these claims required review of trial records, interviews with inmates and counsel, and evaluation of evidence used to obtain the conviction. Neal’s work with this program helped to solidify the work ethic he exercises on behalf of his clients.

In the summers between his semesters at law school, Neal returned to Indiana to gain legal experience through internships. He had the honor of serving as summer intern clerk for the Honorable Richard L. Young, Federal District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The following summer, he interned with the Honorable Melissa S. May, Indiana Court of Appeals, in Indianapolis. During his third year of law school, he was nominated by students and faculty to be the student representative on the Admissions Board for law school admissions.

Following the receipt of his law degree, Neal returned to his hometown and served the legal needs of the Tri-State as an associate attorney with Zoss Law Office for five years, practicing family law, personal injury law, criminal law, and small claims and collections. His experiences throughout law school and as a practicing attorney have helped to shape Neal’s determination to thoroughly represent his clients, and as a member of the Gerling Law team since 2014, he brings a renewed energy and focus to serving the people of Evansville in many capacities.

Neal is married to Melanie Anderson and has two children, Emma and Ethan, and two beloved Shih Tzus named Zoey and Lilly.  Neal, as an avid animal lover, is also a current Board member at It Takes a Village, Canine Rescue, located in Evansville, IN.

Brian Buxton

Board Member

Although Brian was born in Evansville, he spent his formative years growing up on his family farm in Kentucky.  Having such a large space allowed him to enjoy a wide variety of pets over the years.  Brian grew up around cows, pigs, horses, chickens (and even honey bees) that were a part of the farm.  As pets he has raised dogs, cats, snakes, ducks (Doris & Dudley), tropical fish, parakeets, gerbils & hamsters, as well as two geckos.  Although his grandmother and mother have always been cat people, Brian’s favorite pets have always been dogs, and there was never been a time in his life where there wasn’t at least one dog in the household.

Brian first became involved in volunteering for animal rescues roughly 7 years ago.  A couple of years ago, Brian learned of ITV through one of his friends and former ITV volunteer, Kim Townsend.  He realized that since ITV was a no-kill rescue and pulled dogs in danger from shelters, the best way to save as many dogs as possible was to focus on helping ITV.  After meeting Susan, Lori, Tangila, Jerry and all of the other ITV crew members, the rest is history!

Brian volunteers at ITV events as often as possible, is always trying to market and raise money for the rescue, and enjoys focusing on educating and advocating for animals on social media.  He also obtains thousands of pounds of food from the Greater Good Rescue Bank in Louisville, KY; transports it back to Evansville and stores full pallets in the warehouse of his auto dealership on the east side of Evansville (right down the street from ITV!).  He is an avid advocate for our City and for locally owned businesses.  He focuses on advocating for local restaurants through his food and dining page on FaceBook – Fingers, Fork, Knife and Spoon, by Brian Buxton.  One of his favorite articles he has written, Dining with Dogs, outlines all of the local restaurants with dog friendly patios!  //www.facebook.com/brianbuxtonfoodwriter/

In addition to working with ITV he enjoys automobiles, food and dining, travel, reading, movies, music and working in his yard / landscaping in rare moments of free time.  Brian is the owner of Buxton Motorsports. He shares his home with his Yorkshire Terrier, Brando, who accompanies him almost everywhere and is very well known around town!  He feels that people have an obligation and a duty to speak for those who don’t have their own voice, and to protect God’s creatures from harm and suffering.  He and Brando are looking forward to working with ITV even more and being as big of an asset as possible!

Jasmine Brenda

Board Member

Emily Miles

Board Member