Our Companions Staff
Novice master chef: specializing in cuisine featuring the finest cat hairs
Sanctuary Feline Behavior Manager and Care
In addition to providing daily loving care for the cats at the Sanctuary, Karen also helps promote our cats for adoption and organizes the medical records and animal care data for all the Sanctuary cats. Karen is a Certified Cat Behavior Counselor and serves as our resident “kitty psychologist”.
Best Things in Life: bicycles, scented candles, gummy bears, warm summer nights
Could Easily Live Without: snow days, paper cuts, family members who complain about my cooking
Canine/Feline Night Life Specialist
Sanctuary Canine Caregiver
By day, Lucas provides daily care of the dogs at the Sanctuary. By night he becomes our evening concierge when most folks go home. He welcomes the “Tuck-In” shift of volunteers who spend the evenings at the Sanctuary and lends a helping hand to make sure that all goes well with the animals during the evening and until the morning shift arrives.
Best things in life: spending time outdoors, bike rides, and disc golf.
Could easily live without: bad drivers, cold weather, and poor grammar.
Organizer of Canine Treats and Toys
Canine Cottage and Behavior Manager
Jen manages all the animal care and activity at Henree House and specializes in making sure all the behavioral needs are met for the dogs at the Sanctuary. She works with a team of specially trained volunteers to provide the treatment plans and behavioral therapies to help our dogs become well behaved canine citizens so they can find their forever homes.
Best Things in Life: exploring the great outdoors with my wife and dogs, finding great used book stores, WoW
Could Easily Live Without: trollers
Happiest in the Woods-woman
Manager of Community Programs
When not in the woods, Caroline manages our Animal Helpline, rehoming cases, “Sterile Feral” TNR program, veterinary assistance programs and other community programs.
Best Things in Life: Fresh mountain air, hiking with dogs, my vacuum cleaner and chocolate
Could Easily Live Without: Glitter, bananas and snakes
Professional Cat Concierge
Feline Sanctuary Caregiver
Sara is especially well trained (by the cats, of course) to provide personalized loving care including special activities and meaningful routines for all cats at the Sanctuary.
Best Things in Life: My dog Sam, Autumn, books, music, strawberries
Could Easily Live Without: Spiders, and tuition expenses
Feline & Canine Sanctuary Caregiver
Ariana’s experience working with various species of animals (domestic and wild) has given her a true appreciation for the grace and absolute authority of the feline as well as the exuberance, energy and wit of the canine. She is an expert in switching up her dog and cat “hats” each day to make sure that all the animals at the Sanctuary receive the highest quality care they so deserve.
Best Things in Life: outdoor adventures, animals of every kind, family, friends, and celebrations
Could Easily Live Without: TV, shopping, poison ivy, clowns, and balloons
Carrier of heavy things at the
Paul is our “Point man, Go-to-guy, Mr. Get’er Done”. He organizes the office operations and makes sure that all business runs smoothly at Our Companions.
Best Things in Life: Classical music, craft beer, cartoons
Could Easily Live Without: Sports
Was definitely a dog in a past life
Canine Operations Director
Marie oversees “all things canine” at both the Ashford Sanctuary and our Valerie Friedman Program Center.
Best Things in Life: In the woods with the dogs, The Maine Cabin, Hound Hugs
Could Easily Live Without: Social Media
Susan B. Linker
Rampant Typo Maker, Daydreamer and the next Food Network Star
Susan B. Linker
Chief Executive Officer
Susan is responsible for the oversight of Our Companions Animal Rescue and meeting the organization’s financial and operational goals. Like all CEOs, Susan is the proud recipient of all the public adulation and complaints. Thankfully the awesome staff at OC makes her job very easy.
Best Things in Life: Soft fur, summer, Home
Could Easily Live Without: Country Music
Famous Decorator for the Furry and Captain of Canine Cuteness.
Canine Cottage and Medical Manager
Krystal manages all the exciting canine activity in Chris’s Cottage and specializes in overseeing the medical care and needs of all the dogs at the Sanctuary. From fixing minor boo-boo’s to coordinating with veterinarians to provide extensive treatment and therapies, Krystal is our make-you-feel better staffer at the Sanctuary.
Best Things in Life: All things sparkly, Photography, Mac and Cheese, shopping
Could Easily Live Without: Hitting my funny bone -the irony is too much
Sanctuary Canine Caregiver
In addition to feeding, cleaning, walking , playing and delivering the dog specific treatment plans for each dog at the Sanctuary, Mary’s specialty is hugs, kisses, snuggling and all things that make the dogs feel warm and gooey inside like fresh baked cookies!
Best Things in Life: Unconditional love!
Could Easily Live Without: Anxiety, stress and tons of shepherd hair
Can solve anything with a spreadsheet and a cat in her lap.
Director of Programs
Stephanie is responsible for the oversight and development of all Our Companions' rescue, adoption and educational programs, yet still finds time to perfectly coordinate her purple and pink attire.
Best Things in Life: Home, pasta, good books, travelling
Could Easily Live Without: Snow and cold weather
Time Traveling Feline Housekeeper
Sanctuary Feline Caregiver
Rebecca provides the daily care and loving attention to our feline guests at the Sanctuary. Offering food, treats, gentle brushing and interactive play are among her specialties, and tasks Rebecca considers a privilege to provide to our deserving cats.
Best Things in Life: Disney, reading fantasy novels, dragons, pirates, my fur (and scaly) babies
Could Easily Live Without: Spiders and paying bills
Coach of canines, clients and those who train them
Canine College Program Manager
Deanna runs Our Companion’s Canine College program which provides exceptional dog training classes offered by Our Companions volunteer dog trainers. Deanna also oversees our Adopt-a-Shelter Program which provides dog behavior and training services to local Animal Control facilities in our fine state.
Best Things in Life: hot fudge sundaes, teaching dogs new tricks, sunshine, gardening, family and friends
Could Easily Live Without: snakes, cold weather and bad coffee
Professional Cat Lady
Sanctuary Feline Care and Volunteer Manager
Lindsey takes care of the cats at Sebastian House, and manages, trains, and oversees the volunteers who give all our feline guests much needed TLC.
Best Things in Life: bike rides, hot sauce, lipstick, reading on a hammock
Could Easily Live Without: mosquitos, cold weather, my own clumsiness
Internal Controls Freak
Director of Finance
Henry is our official “Bean Counter” who meticulously oversees the daily, monthly, yearly and long-term financial operations of Our Companions.
Best Things in Life: My wife, cats, my iPad and a good cigar
Could Easily Live Without: Network news
Doer, Fixer, Maker, Helper
When it comes to our beautiful Sanctuary in Ashford, CT, Jon is the Top Dog, the Head Cat, the Big Cheese! Or, more simply put, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Sanctuary, and all the people who make this lovely refuge possible for the animals we serve.
Best Things in Life: Watching TV on the couch with my wife and assorted furballs, all things musical
Could Easily Live Without: Reality TV
OC’s Token Extrovert
Adoption Program Manager
Megan oversees the Adoption Program at Our Companions. She spends her days getting super excited about fun marketing campaigns, successful adoptions, and pretty much everything else in life, and holds down the fort as the token extrovert at the Program Center.
Best Things in Life: Good company, good food, pit bulls, tiny humans, and my dog, Buster
Could Easily Live Without: Needles, mayonnaise, and mosquitos
Dog’s Best Friend
Sanctuary Canine Caregiver
Jennifer works at the Sanctuary’s Canine Cottages providing loving care, exercise, nutritious food and downright spoiling every single dog at the sanctuary. She is also our unofficial Canine Defense Legal Counsel advocating and defending all dog behavior (naughty and nice). Torn up doggie bed? Your fault not Buster's- case closed!
Best Things in Life: Disney World, Halloween, The Drive-in Movies (yes they still exist!), Dogs (of course), Spending time with my husband and our fur kids, Christmas movies!
Could Easily Live Without: Snakes and Spider
Feline Handmaiden by day, Photoshop Queen by night
Sanctuary Feline Caregiver
By day, Mandy is responsible for providing nutritious food, keeping a pristine environment, lavishing TLC and pretty much serving as the house-staff our deserving cats require at the Sanctuary. By night Mandy is a talented graphic designer who creates all the beautiful materials produced by OC.
Best Things in Life: Vermont, walking in the woods, essential oils
Could Easily Live Without: professional sports, driving in the snow, olives
Canine Joy Coordinator
Canine Cottage and Volunteer Manager
Heather is the manager of the Sanctuary cottage Chelsea House and is in charge of scheduling, training and managing the awesome volunteer who provide the daily care, enrichment and exercise for the dogs at the Sanctuary.
Best Things in Life: Mountain adventures, purple hair dye, Indian food, sunbathing with some furry friends, front row at a concert, and laughing until your stomach hurts.
Could Easily Live Without: Stubbing your toe and the feeling of having something stuck in your teeth.