Get to know us!
Cindy A. McManus, LVT President/Founder
I have been involved with rescue for as far back as I can remember. I am a licensed Vet Tech and a certified Dog Trainer, saving animals has been my life since I was a little girl. I have been involved with rescuing animals for well over 30 years, my mission is rescuing animals in need of medical care, the animals that no one wants, the “broken” and “forgotten”… this is my passion, and I will continue to fight for those with no voice, the broken, discarded, because I feel they are the ones that deserve it most… Rescuing is my life, it is who I am..
Brian Okarski Treasurer/Design Director
I have always been an animal lover, throughout the years I have helped my family foster many dogs. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design, and I have owned a Jack Russell Terrier for the past 13 years “Bandit” was rescued by me after being hit by a van. I also own a Min Pin “Dobby” with my girlfriend Amelia.
Jill Verbeck Director Of Adoptions
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved animals, I absolutely love being the Director of Adoptions for Imagine, I am the person who is integral in seeing these beautiful dogs go to their forever homes, even on my “worst” day at my day job, the joy I see in peoples’ faces when they adopt their forever dog makes it all worthwhile. I love being a part of this rescue, it truly has given me a purpose.
Yvonne Olofsen Director of Fosters
My love for animals began in my early childhood. I saved many animals in need, from little ducklings to large birds and even mice if they were in trouble. My parents always had a dog in the house. They were a part of our family and I loved each and every one that came to our home as if they were a sibling. As I got older I became more and more drawn to the “bully breed”. I have two of my own and I cannot imagine life without them. Diamond the one on the picture and Chiara is a little brown and white one who is never far from my side. Animals have no voice and this breed is so misunderstood that I have made it my goal in animal welfare is to educate people on dogs and demystify this breed such that they are given the opportunity to be a part of any loving home without stigma or fear. So I am here, and I commit to fighting for them every day.
My life lesson in rescue is : We can’t save them all but at least one a day (to a good home) will keep me happy!
Marisa Mongelli Director of Social Media and Public Relations
There is nothing in this world that I love more than animals. My family was accepting enough to take in our first “temporary” foster dog when I was six years old. Teddi was a two year old Bichon Frise found tied to a tree in rural Virginia. She wasn’t so temporary, sixteen years later, our little old Teddi crossed over the rainbow bridge. She affected us all more than we could have imagined and in the same spirit that we had in fostering, then eventually adopting, Teddi we took in Dylan, our first IMAGINE foster. Needless to say, we foster failed once again. Dylan was the missing piece to my family’s puzzle. He is my inspiration every day, as he was saved with minutes left on the euthanasia list from the Brooklyn ACC.
I graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus on social media and public relations. Here at Imagine Pet Rescue, it is my mission to successfully uphold Imagine Pet Rescue’s brand, public social media presence, as well as to plan, facilitate, and execute fundraising events.
Couldn’t you IMAGINE a world where every pet has a furever home?