Jackie began her animal welfare career in 2007 and has been fortunate to hold several senior executive leadership positions in both non-profit and municipal animal welfare agencies across the country since that time. After having served as the Vice-President for the largest non-profit behavioral healthcare agency in South Florida (an agency she was with for over 19 years), owning a private consulting firm specializing in non-profit board development and organizational capacity building, and having a small law practice, Jackie found a way to combine her executive leadership experience with her passion for animals. Her cross-county journey (fostered by the support of her husband) has provided her the opportunity to be the Executive Director for the Addison County Humane Society in Middlebury Vermont, the Executive Director for the Dutchess County SPCA in Hyde Park New York, the Director of Animal Services for Multnomah County in Portland Oregon and currently serves as the Director of Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS).
Jackie approaches the animal welfare field through the lens of social services and is committed to improving the lives of animal and people. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, a post-graduate certification in Humane Resource Management, a Juris Doctorate in Law, and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA). Additionally, Jackie is a licensed attorney, a member of the Florida Bar, and is certified in Florida as a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) and a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJAP). Jackie is a board member of the California Animal Welfare Association (CalAnimals). When not at work, Jackie can be found enjoying the outdoors, playing guitar, volunteering at a horse sanctuary, or spending time with family and friends. Jackie and her husband currently have two dogs and two cats, all of them having been adopted from one of her previous agencies.
Donna began her career with VCAS in 1992. She has held the positions of ACOI, ACOII, Statistics Officer, Supervising Animal Control Officer before assuming the position of Deputy Director in 2009. Donna has been an integral part of VCAS’s transition and integration of live-saving philosophies and creative and innovative programming. Donna oversees all operational aspects of VCAS an brings enthusiasm, passion, and drive for service excellence for our County’s residents and animals. Donna is a life-long resident of Simi Valley and is the proud mother of two children and two beautiful grandchildren. She shares her life with her partner and their dog, cats and chameleon. In her off time, Donna enjoys music, spending time with family and road trips/camping.
Sandra joined Ventura County Animal Services in 2013 as an Office Assistant. In June of 2015 she moved to the administration office. She and her daughter are passionate about rescuing animals in need. “Adopt Don’t Shop” is their motto! All of their pets have come from shelters. She has two big German Shepherds at home named Boris & Natasha and two Siamese cats named Makua & Makena.
Phil joined Ventura County Animal Services in 2018 as the Fiscal and Administrative Services Manager and was promoted to Administrative Services Director in 2020. He serves VCAS by overseeing the Fiscal, Payroll, Facilities Maintenance, Administrative and Human Resource functions for Animal Services. Working at VCAS is a perfect fit for Phil, as it allows him to help animals in need and the passionate staff and constituents of Ventura County who also love animals. Prior to his role with VCAS, Phil was the Chief Operating Officer for a public relations and marketing firm and has held a variety of other positions with Fortune 500 companies and startups. Phil and his wife have two beautiful young boys and enjoy spending time with their family, friends and dog named Monkey!
Dr. Heather Skogerson received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University in 2002. She started her career in veterinary medicine in large animals, then switched to small animal medicine. Dr. Heather (what we all call her) joined VCAS in 2012 and since that time has led the Veterinary Team bringing innovative and best practice shelter medicine concepts to VCAS. Dr. Heather is dedicated to helping to provide veterinary care to the underserved persons in our community and has been instrumental in help to expand VCAS service to homeless shelters. Dr. Heather enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her son.
Dr. Britz originally hails from South Africa, but has spent the past 20 years living, studying and working in California. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, holds a Master’s degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, and completed the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Fellowship in August 2021. Dr. Britz joined the team at VCAS in 2019 as an associate and was promoted to Managing Veterinarian in 2022. Leading up to her time at VCAS, she had worked with multiple species in various settings throughout California — from thoroughbreds on the Southern California racing circuit, to livestock in the Central Valley, to companion and exotic animals throughout the greater Los Angeles area. She fell in love with shelter medicine as it represents the intersection of her many interests: mixed animal medicine, population health and epidemiology, infectious disease, public health, and community service.
Kimberly has always had a love for learning and a passion for animal behavior and enrichment. She received a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kim began her career in animal welfare at a small rescue in Santa Barbara in 2009 and has advocated for changes to improve the quality of life for shelter animals ever since! She joined VCAS in 2012 and built our Canine Behavior and Enrichment Program from the ground. Since joining the team, Kim has been promoted several times and currently serves as the Manager for all Animal Care Services including shelter operations and oversight of our Care and Pathways Planning Services (CAPPS) Team which includes our Canine and Feline Coordinators, Volunteer Program, Foster Care Program, and Pet Retention Program. Kim loves spending time with her dogs and hiking/camping whenever possible.
Bryan joined our team in 2005 as an Animal Control Officer working in the kennels. He has served our department in several capacities. Some of his duties include investigating animal cruelty/neglect cases, assisting in staff training, and acting as the department Hearing Officer. For many years he has been the department’s Emergency Volunteer Response Team Coordinator and is currently on the Cal Animals Disaster Committee. He coordinates emergency response with partnering agencies, volunteers, and has coordinated animal evacuations throughout the years. He is also a member of the Ventura County EOC Team. Bryan is currently the Field Services Manager and has oversight of services performed in the eight (8) contract cities. In addition, he oversees the Administrative Citation program with contracted cities, and oversees the department’s safety committee.
Carla has always had a deep love for animals which led her to pursue a career in Veterinary Technology at Los Angeles Pierce College and become a practicing Registered Veterinary Technician. She joined Ventura County Animal Services in 2011 worked for many years in the Veterinary Office. In 2019, Carla advanced to the role of Client Services Manager where she leads the team that serves the public from the reception counter and the licensing unit. Carla is a passionate cat advocate and has been involved with the Community Cat Coalition for many years. She hopes to see Ventura County residents and animal welfare groups advance a successful T-N-R program to secure population control of tame and feral free roaming cats. Carla likes to garden in her backyard, travel, go camping and goes hiking or on bike rides on the weekend. She enjoys cooking and is a true foodie-she loves ALL good food! She can quite often be found reading a variety of subjects, usually multiple books at the same time. Her guilty pleasure is anything Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
Randy joined VCAS in 2012 as a volunteer and became the shelter’s first Marketing Manager shortly thereafter. Randy’s long career in science, education, technology and digital media made him an excellent candidate to create a strong Marketing Department for an organization that was transitioning to no-kill.
Keeping positive, both in-person and online, is very important to him. He knows that you attract more bees (or followers) with honey rather than vinegar. In addition to his official role, Randy supervises business interns from two local universities, helps organize staff BBQs and staff bonding activities. He has lived in a variety of locations such as Israel, Washington D.C., and in the picturesque mountains of San Jacinto where he was the Master Teacher at an outdoor space and science facility. After a long day of feeding the Social Media machine, broadcasting live on Facebook and creating fundraising campaigns, Randy enjoys spending time with Josie, his Jack Russell mix who he adopted from VCAS in 2017. He looks forward to the day when his job will no longer be needed and every healthy, adoptable animal has found their forever home.
Alina joined Ventura County Animal Services in 2015 as a Senior Field Animal Control Officer. Since her career began in 2001, she has worked as a kennel officer, field officer and a humane officer. She has been passionate about animals her whole life and has found working with animals and the public to be a challenging yet rewarding career.
She is kept busy with helping the public file nuisance complaints and scheduling hearings. She is a safety officer who also runs the monthly low-cost vaccine clinics and assists with overseeing field operations including E.V.R.T (Emergency Volunteer Rescue Team). Alina has attended numerous seminars, workshops and education courses centered around animal welfare, emergency preparedness and humane education.
Life is hard, and she loves helping people where and when she can. Being humble and having empathy goes a long way in our industry.
Monica Rodriguez joined VCAS in 2014 as a Fiscal Assistant on a part-time basis, splitting her time between Public Health and Animal Services. In 2015 she joined the team full time and since then has become a supervisor in her department. Throughout her career she has worked in various industries but has found it most rewarding to play a small part in the welfare of the animals in Ventura County. Although working in the accounting department does not give her daily contact with the animals, she will, from time to time, share her office with a dog or cat who needs a break from their kennel. She especially likes the kitties that are shy or a bit “spicy” and need a place to decompress and relax.
On her off time, Monica enjoys spending her free time going to concerts, playing with her nephew Javier, and binge watching her favorite shows.
Jennifer began working for Animal Services in October of 2000. She began as an ACO II Kennel Officer. She has held a variety of positions from Field Officer, to Assistant Vet Tech, to Statistics Officer, and ACO III. Some of her accomplishments include creating the original foster program, kitty cottage and the offsite cat program. Jennifer has always had a strong passion for animals.
Jennifer decided to pursue a career working with animals and finding a way to enrich their lives and find them loving homes. Jennifer’s specialty is cat behavior and working with difficult cats and kittens. She has earned the nick name the “cat whisperer”.
In her spare time Jennifer enjoys riding horses, spending time with her fur babies and her husband.