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
Organizer of Canine Treats and Toys
Canine Sanctuary Caregiver
In addition to providing nourishing food, yummy treats, exercise, playtime and lots of love to the dogs at the Sanctuary, Jen is also an expert cleaner and organizer. And she expects nothing less from everyone else. Laundry not put away? Nope, that’s got to change. Supplies not organized? No way, we need a system! When people compliment that the dog cottages are so organized and tidy, we have only Jen to thank for keeping us careless humans in line.
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 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. In a very short time the Sanctuary cats have “broken her in” and she is now well trained to provide the highest quality care for the feline guests, who will tolerate nothing less.
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 and EDM music, craft beer
Could Easily Live Without: Sports on TV
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 & Sanctuary Facilities Manager
Krystal is the Manager of one of the canine cottages (Chelsea House). She also oversees the Sanctuary’s 43-acre campus and takes special care to create special artful touches to the Sanctuary’s facilities, both inside and out!
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
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
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
Canine Cottage & Sanctuary Volunteer Manager
Jon is the manager of the Sanctuary canine cottage, Henree House, and is in charge of scheduling, training and managing the awesome volunteers who provide daily care, enrichment and exercise for the dogs at the Sanctuary.
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 Spiders