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Board of Directors

PAR has an opening for a New Board Member!

If interested, please read the roles and responsibilities and contact us with inquiries.

Laura Godfrey - Board Chair

Parker's Animal Rescue Laura is a retired faculty and administrator from Fort Lewis College where she spent nearly 25 years involved in international education, sociology and writing programs as well as serving as the Director of Assessment. She has extensive experience with grant evaluation and is currently a grant consultant with San Juan College, Fort Lewis College and the University of West Florida. Laura has know Lisa for over 20 years and has seen her passion for rescuing abandoned, unwanted dogs grow over the years from a random rescue from Burger King in Kayenta to a thriving organization. Laura has fostered mothers and litters several times and her dog Mia (a husky, aussie, shepard, chow and who knows what mix) is from the first litter with teen mom, Juno, and 8 puppies.

Michelle Sainio - Treasurer

sainio Michelle Sainio is the Audit Engagement Director and an owner of FredrickZink & Associates, PC. With more than eleven years of experience working on audits of nonprofit organizations, Michelle supervises, reviews and manages the work performed by others. Michelle is a graduate of Fort Lewis College and is a licensed CPA in Colorado and New Mexico. She currently is the Treasurer for Durango Food Bank, President of the Four Corners Chapter of the Colorado Society of CPAs, and is a graduate of Leadership La Plata. Michelle and her husband, Kevin, have two children: Aubrey, 5 and a half years old, and Aiden, 16 months old. In addition, we have a couple of fur babies: our twelve year old cat named Andy and Rugby (almost 3 years old) which we were fortunate enough to adopt through Lisa Parker's Puppies. Michelle and Lisa became friends after Lisa inquired of accounting work with FredrickZink & Associates, PC. Michelle quickly inquired about the cute, innocent little puppy named Rugby who was still available for adoption.

Erin Van Winkle - Secretary

Parker's Animal Rescue Erin is a 5th grade school teacher in Bayfield, Colorado. She has been a resident of Durango for 26 years and absolutely admires dogs. Erin and Lisa became friends after a Face Book post to rescue an adult male Pitt Bull. (Ziggy) Erin volunteered to foster this amazing dog and as they say the rest is history. Erin rescued her dog Eddy 14 years ago and he was introduced to another rescue from Kayenta, Keel. Keel and Eddy are no longer with us but those 2 dogs started the path of doing all she could for unwanted pups. Erin has a Parker's Animal Rescue adopted dog named Aggy that her and her partner John fostered and fell in love with. Erin continues to support Parker's Animal Rescue, helping out as needed with various activities and fostering. Erin and John enjoy their now 2 dogs (Rufus and Aggy), camping, hiking, dirt bike riding, river running and skiing. Erin also serves on the board for Animas River Days.


John Watson - Board Member

Parker's Animal Rescue John is the founder of the Evergreen Education Group, which helps public school educators and their supporters create innovative learning options using technology. John and his wife Sharon split time between Durango and Tempe, where she is a professor at Arizona State University working in conservation biology and related issues. Their pup Cedar joined them from the Farmington animal shelter six years ago. John was an early board member of Colorado Wild (now Rocky Mountain Wild), and has been involved as a volunteer with other regional and national environmental conservation organizations.


Maria Baker - Board Member

Parker's Animal RescueMaria Baker was raised in Ignacio, graduated from Fort Lewis College and is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Southern Ute Growth Fund. She has worked for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for over 21 years, starting her career with the Tribe's Education Department and then transferring to the Growth Fund HR department.

Maria has been a board member for Los Amigos and Durango Adult Education, was a long time board member and past board president of KSUT, and sat on the SUIT's Wildlife Advisory Committee for over 10 years.

Maria and Isadore have been long time supporters of animal rescues and programs and have one fur baby, Emma Sue.


Jennifer Bassignani - Board Member

Parker's Animal RescueJennifer, or Jen, is a Colorado native and moved to Durango in 1992 to attend Fort Lewis Collage. 30+ years later, she is happy that she calls Durango home. She started an HR consulting business, Essential Operations, four years ago and it has been a success! Jennifer has also sat on the board of the Women’s Resource Center and the Durango Area of Human Resource Managers.

Jennifer has an amazing partner, Brian, and two amazing boys in her life that keep her grounded, laughing, and scratching her head. She enjoys playing in the snow, paddle-boarding, hiking, golfing, and a good tequila to cap off her day. Time spent with her family, her dog, Bob, her cat, Beulah, remind her of the best parts of life.


Bill Rogers - Board Member

Parker's Animal RescueBill is the co-owner of Source One Marketing, a Housewares and Gift manufacturer's representative company, based in Dallas. Bill and his wife Buff have lived in Durango for 25 years. Bill has served on the boards of the Greenhill School, KERA-TV (the local PBS station), and the Dallas Arboretum, all based in Dallas. Both Bill and Buff have long been pet owners and are passionate about adopting rescue "forever" pets as Roy and Ginger have joined their family.




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