Our Staff

Our staff is a unique blend of dreamers, idealists, and optimists committed to being change agents in our community. To learn more about our staff, read the bios listed below. Further down the page is our Board of Directors.

 Jennifer Bitner, Executive Director

I have spent the last 17 years as an advocate for others in various non-profit organizations. From mothers and babies to cancer patients and now to animals in our community at large, I have a heart and passion for those that need a little help along the way. Pets have always been a part of my family, and I look forward to leading the Pensacola Humane Society to adopt the shelter pets into loving homes and families. Heart, Paw, People is the foundation for what we will continue to promote as we work towards the goal of our area becoming a No-Kill community and increased adoption numbers of the animals in our care. I am both privileged and humbled to have been chosen as the Executive Director of the Pensacola Humane Society. I know the passion and commitment of the staff, the Board of Directors, and our loyal volunteers will provide and enable us as an organization to not only meet but exceed or goals and expectations. I look forward to partnering with our community to expand our pawprint, grow our programs and services and find a loving home for every animal that finds it's way to the shelter.

 Stefanie Snyder, Assistant Director

Stefanie moved to Pensacola in 2013 after graduating from Old Dominion University with her B.S. in Biology. While her background is focused around insect research and conservation, Stefanie has a passion for helping animals of all species. She spent two years as the Pensacola Humane Society’s Volunteer Coordinator before taking on the position of Assistant Director in June 2016. Stefanie previously worked as an environmental educator for the Elizabeth River Project, as well as at the Norfolk SPCA Spay and Neuter Clinic. When she’s not working, you can find Stefanie with her 6 rescue animals (3 rescued pit-bulls and 3 rescued Siamese cats) and usually a foster animal or two. Stefanie is excited to be a part of Pensacola’s developing animal welfare community and especially eager to see the impact of the newly developed TNR and low cost spay neuter incentives.


Emily Shelton, Volunteer Coordinator

Emily grew up in Navarre, FL though traveled from North Carolina to California to Germany. Family brought her and her husband back to the Pensacola area and they wouldn’t have it any other way. She has always had a love for animals and now is able to help animals full time! Emily has three cats and one dog, all of which were rescued from animal shelters or off the streets. Her passion is to see the continued growth of the Humane Society’s mission in the community. Additionally, she looks forward to serving the wonderful volunteer family at the shelter.


Darra Flanagan, Event Coordinator

Darra comes to Pensacola Humane Society with a 25 year background in producing events, both as an Artistic Director for pre-professional and professional dance companies and as an event coordinator for multiple American Cancer Society campaigns. Darra moved to Pensacola in 2014 with her husband, Leo, and their resident miscreant, Turbo. It’s true, Darra was a foster fail as the 2 year old, 7 pound Chihuahua/Chinese Hairless Crested mix, who still had his dew claws and a pellet lodged permanently in his chest, came into her home and took over her heart. Eleven years later Turbo is still the star of the home (and Doggie Camp!) and loves living the Florida life, as do his faithful servants, Darra and Leo. Darra is excited to bring her enthusiasm and abiding love for animals to PHS as well as her talents in creating events that the animal loving community will love and support locally.

Kendra Harris, Kennel Technician Supervisor

Kendra Harris is a life-long resident of Florida and could not imagine living anywhere else because of all the beautiful creeks, ponds and rivers. Kendra is happily married with two boys who also share her love for animals.  She has 8 animals : 2- Chiweenie mixes,  a Golden retriever, a Pitbull mix, a Shih Tzu Dachshund mix, 2- FIV positive cats and one stray cat.    All are rescue pets.  As you can see, her passion for animals is evident and there is no other job in the world that would make her happier than working at the Pensacola Humane Society.  She has a special touch with dogs that are aggressive or shy, so she’s a great addition to the team.

Melina Messenger, Adoption Counselor Supervisor and Foster Coordinator

Melina is from Pennsylvania but relocated to Florida to be closer to family and because of an intense dislike of snow.  At home, she has an 10-year-old cat named Slimer, a 6-year-old Catahoula/Dane mix named Max, a 1-year-old Ragdoll named "Sully" who was born without eyes, and her most recent addition is a 1 year old German Shepherd/Husky mix with severe anxieties. Her hobbies center mostly around reading, fostering innumerable kittens, and volunteering at the Pensacola Humane Society on her time off.


 Nicola Ward, Kennel Tech

 Nicola (Nikki) is a military bratt. Having been all over she proudly calls Florida her home. She has a beagle/dachshund mix who is her baby girl. Nicola's hobbies include pottery, reading, coloring, camping , and spending time on the beach.






Mia Burke, Adoption Counselor

Mia moved to Florida in September 2015 after being a Tennessean for 50 years. She spent 30+ years in the medical field before deciding she wanted to work with 4 legged animals instead. Mia is a mother of one daughter, Amanda, and one son, Drew. In November she is expecting her first grandson. She has 3 fur-babies: Momo, a yorkie mix, Niabi, a teacup chihuahua, and Bevo, a shih-tzu/doxie mix. Since moving to Florida, she and her husband, James, have decided they love the beach life.



 Andrea Melendez, Adoption Counselor

Andrea moved to Pensacola from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014 to attend the university of west Florida to pursue a bachelor's in computer science. She only had one cat when she moved here but now she has two dogs, two cats and two ferrets. She planned to move overseas after finishing her schooling, but after living in Florida for a couple of years, she's decided she would not mind staying here.




Shelby Allred, Kennel Tech

Shelby has always lived in Pensacola, up until 3 years ago when she and her husband were relocated to North Carolina for the military. She just moved back a few months ago and Pensacola will always be home. She has a beautiful one year old daughter named Holland, and a sweet American Staffordshire Terrier name Kora. She rescued Kora when she was just 2 days old and is a huge, loving part of their family. Animals have always been one of Shelby's passions and she comes from a family where almost everyone has been a vet tech so she was raised to have a passion for the care of animals. Shelby has a vet tech certification and dog obedience certification. Her hobbies include photography, dog training, and anything to do with outdoor activities; Beach going, hiking, park trips, etc. Her dream is to one day open up a pitbull rescue group.


Jessica Roser, Kennel Tech








Jessica Gehres, Adoption Counselor and Foster Assistant











 Matthew Carson,  Clinic Assistant










Celina Seibert, Adoption Counselor










 Meet our medical staff here: http://pensacolahumane.org/our-medical-staff


 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are passionate advocates for community change and embody the Pensacola Humane Society’s vision and principles. They are elected into office annually. Below are the members of our current Board of Directors.

  • Joshua Carter, Board Chairman
  • Paul Silivos, Vice Chairman
  • Ceil Reese, Secretary
  • Eloise De Varona, Board Member 
  • Sandra Porras, Board Member
  • Skip Vogelsang, Board Member
  • Kat Denkler, Board Member
  • Danielle Mullet, Board Member
  • Hank Gonzales, Board Member
  • Sally Fox, Board Member
  • Tara Peterson, Board Member
  • Kacee Bidnick, Board Member
  • Reid Torgersen, Board Member
  • Cici Sekhon, Board Member