Meet the Team
MCRS Board of Directors
We are currently seeking a MCRS President!
Are you interested in helping educate the public about and finding forever homes for rabbits? Learn more about the open President position and apply here!
Cindy Cameron, Treasurer
Cindy has had pet rabbits for almost 20 years. She fell in love with her first rabbit, Diddle, a gift from a neighbor. Diddle taught her what great pets house rabbits can be. Ever since, she can’t imagine her life without one. Currently, she has three single rabbits, all adopted from MCRS. She also shares her home with two large dogs and two chinchillas. She became a member of MCRS in 2005 and began volunteering a year later as the Bookkeeper and Membership Coordinator. She really appreciates the passion of all the volunteers who support the mission of MCRS with their hard work and time. She also sincerely thanks all the thoughtful donors, whom without their financial contributions, MCRS would not be able to rescue, foster, provide veterinary care, and eventually re-home the bunnies with their forever families.
Rich Lancello, DVM
Dr. Lancello obtained his degree from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School and has been practicing in the Twin Cities area since 1988. He has been a recommended veterinarian of the House Rabbit Society and the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society since 1994. Dr. Lancello continues to maintain his rabbit knowledge by regularly attending seminars offering the latest in rabbit medicine. He does not have a rabbit, but does have a dog, two cats, and two turtles.
Hannah Kamath, Secretary
Hannah is an avid animal lover who is passionate about placing animals in forever homes and works to apply her passion through the MCRS. She has over five years of non profit experience including everything from volunteering to financial management. She loves all rabbits and believes each one of them deserves a loving, enriching and healthy forever home. When Hannah isn’t volunteering for the MCRS she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her two dogs and chickens.
Mary Althaus, Board Member & Foster Home Lead
I was nineteen when a neighborhood rabbit decided to adopt my family. He moved into our home, ate what we ate, and slept where we slept. He used a litter box in the back entryway. Needless to say, he wasn’t neutered, and he ate all the wrong things. In time, we could tell he had become ill. We took him to the vet, but he crossed the bridge on the operating table. That was a long, long time ago. Since then, I have always had a fondness for bunnies. Years later, I bought a wonderful bunny from a pet store. At the time, resources like MCRS did not exist. Again, I did pretty much everything wrong. Over the years, I have learned a lot, and I am passionate about helping people avoid making same the mistakes I made. Although there is still a lot of work to do to educate people about rabbits’ needs, we have come so far since those first two bunnies made their ways into my life. MCRS and all the volunteers are laying ground for future generations of bunnies and their human families. I am proud to be a part of this effort.
Leah Gannon, Grant Writing Coordinator
Leah has a background in science and education. She started volunteering with MCRS at the Highland Park Petco in 2007 as a Rabbit Socializer, and adopted Wilson the mini-rex in 2008. She began volunteering as the grant writing coordinator in 2008. She and her husband also have two retired racing greyhounds and a 30-year-old box turtle.
MCRS Leadership Team
Holly Lang, Adoption Director
Holly has worked in the Animal Welfare world for over 15 years and brings her passion and knowledge of all animals but especially her love of rabbits. Before coming to MCRS, Holly worked at the Animal Humane Society in the Veterinary Services Department. Twenty years ago Holly’s first rabbit, named Oatmeal, was the start of her interest in learning more about what makes a house rabbit happy. Holly enjoys working with the many talented volunteers of MCRS and helping the rabbits that come through the program on their way to a better life. In addition to being the Adoption Director for MCRS, Holly runs a small pet sitting business, Mazie and Me, and bunny sits for many MCRS members and adopters.
Leah Martin, Newsletter Coordinator
Leah, who grew up with all kinds of animals, is an Email Marketer by trade. Leah found MCRS through pet finder after seeing photos and hearing stories from her cousin, who is a rabbit foster for a rescue in Wisconsin. She adopted Teaspoon, a beautiful brown and white English Spot from MCRS who was also the resident taste tester of treat recipes in the newsletter. Teaspoon has crossed the rainbow bridge, but she and her husband also have two female Siberian Huskies. After volunteering for MCRS she has come to take pride in the the organization’s importance of education and the many dedicated volunteers.
Emily Hildebrandt, Adoption Application Coordinator
Emily Hildebrandt began volunteering with MCRS in 2010 as a bunny socializer. Over time, her involvement grew to include becoming a Lead Volunteer socializer, a member of the Adoption Events team, and, in 2014, the leadership role of Adoption Application Director. Her in-progress vet tech training gives her a solid background in animal care, and Emily often fosters bunnies that have special medical needs.
In addition to her volunteer work, Emily and her lovely Dutch bunnies, Jake, Twigs, Lucy, and Dudley, are regulars at South St. Paul Hoppy Hour, where Emily is known for three things: her Caribou cup of tea, her pink attire, and her delicious bunny treats! Emily’s furry family also includes two adorable canines, Nakita and Paco.
Barb Kelley, Rabbit Agility Coordinator
Barb Kelley has been actively involved in the Minneapolis/St. Paul rabbit community since 2005. She is affiliated with Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society (MCRS), Animal Humane Society (AHS), Pet Partners (registered therapy animals) , and R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs).
Barb teaches rabbit agility for MCRS at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley and was instrumental in the creation and development of Hoppy Hour (an open socializing time for rabbits and their families). She coordinates all Hoppy Hour activities at Golden Valley.
Barb provides special foster care to rabbits with fear, aggression, or behavioral problems giving them a safe environment to heal and prepare for adoption. Barb also leads a very committed team of rabbits and their families who are involved in community service. Utilizing the wealth of rabbit care information prepared by Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society Barb and her friends offer a rabbit educational program to youth groups, day camps, university classes, and schools. You can also find them sharing their time at nursing homes, Children’s Hospital, and programs for people with special needs bringing smiles to people who need comfort and warmth. She and her rabbits participate in the R.E.A.D. program helping children struggling with their reading skills.
Barb supervises rabbit dates, transports and treats rabbits with health concerns, and grooms long haired rabbits. She spent several years on MCRS email duty so has the knowledge to respond to rabbit related questions and concerns. She and her rabbits can be found representing MCRS at Pet Expos, the AHS Walk For Animals, Pride Festival, and community celebrations.
Rob Casey, Petco Coordinator
Judy Carter, Adoption Event Coordinator
Melissa is an active volunteer with MCRS and bunny momma of five with her husband, Rob Casey. Together they started as socializers at Coon Rapids Petco, which led to fostering, and eventually each of them found roles in leadership with Petco and Adoption volunteers. She now leads a fantastic adoption team and works side by side with some of the most kind and knowledgeable rabbit people to ensure that MCRS rabbits are loved and cared for in their new forever homes. Resident buns Reese, Gearmo, Mabel, Zach, and Rj, have unbelievable lifestyles because of this organization. The wisdom, the joy, and the relationships the Casey’s have found here are like no other. They are grateful to give back to a community that has forever changed their lives.
Erica Pointer Kobett, South St. Paul Lead
A few years back, about 2010, Erica and her kids walked into the Roseville Petco and saw a young couple sitting in a metal fence with bunnies hopping around. First Contact! Her daughter Katie had already had a house bunny for six years and Jessica had Zeus for just a few months, but Erica discovered that she was actually pretty much uneducated about things rabbity. They were basically doing everything wrong! From daily huge cabbage leaves to a wire bottom cage! But…