Meet the Humans

Kendall D. Paul
Executive Director

Evansville, Indiana

FJ Reitz High School ‘89
B.S. Public Relations, Emphasis in Radio/Television, University of Southern Indiana ‘95
Certificate in Fundraising, Indiana University School of Philanthropy
Leadership Evansville graduate

Kendall began her career with the VHS cleaning kennels in 1996. She has since served as the Operations Manager, the Public Relations & Events Manager, and now Executive Director.

Finn the Boxer/Bulldog, Eleven the Boxer, 2 ducks, 14 hens, and her VHS office pet, Severus Snake the ball python.

Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings

Favorite Sports Teams:
Chicago Cubs & Pittsburgh Steelers

Cindy A. Nemer
Business Manager

Evansville, Indiana (“West Side is the best side!”)

Mater Dei High School ‘71
B.S. Business Administration & Accounting, University of Southern Indiana

Cindy began volunteering at the VHS in 1990. She was a Board Member from 1994-1996 and joined the staff in 1996.

Luna the Shar Pei mix, Rylie Sue the Beagle mix, and a house full of felines

Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
 Um, frozen? :)

Wende McKinney
Operations Manager

Evansville, IN

Harrison High School ’02
B.A. Psychology with Concentration in Animal Behavior, Purdue University ‘07

Wende joined the VHS team as an Animal Care Technician in 2008. She has served as Medical/Intakes Supervisor, and was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager in 2009. She became Operations Manager in 2016.

Dog Boscoe; cats Timmy, Olaf, Tilt, and Betty

Myers-Briggs personality type:

Favorite type of tea:
Bubble tea

Amanda D. Coburn
Development Coordinator

Evansville, IN

North High School ‘08
B.S.B.A. Business Administration & Law, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC ‘11

Amanda became a VHS volunteer in 2011. She joined the staff as a part-time public relations/events assistant in 2013, and has since served as Adoption Counselor and now Development Coordinator.

Three cats, Moon, Westley, and Falkor; and VHS office cat Maya

Harry Potter, all things Disney, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings

Myers-Briggs personality type:

Cyndi Hoon Donley
Humane Education & Volunteer Coordinator

Bedford, IN

Bedford-North Lawrence High School ‘80
B.A. Telecommunications & Theater, Indiana University ‘84

Cyndi began volunteering as a docent at VHS in 1995. She was asked to join the VHS team in 2003 and now splits her time between Humane Education and the Volunteer program.

Fiona the Golden Retriever (VHS alum) and VHS office cat Maya

The Beatles and Led Zeppelin

Diane Whipkey

Evansville, IN

Harrison High School ‘65
West Side Beauty College

Diane has dedicated nearly her entire adult life to the VHS’ cause. Her mother was a long-time volunteer until her passing in 1997. Diane carries on her legacy today and has served as a volunteer, Board Member from 1982-2004, and staff member from 2004-present.

Ms. Wiggles the wiggly pit bull, and cats Bandit, Bailey, & Bengal

Favorite Movie:
Dances with Wolves

If you were a dog, what breed would you be?
An American Staffordshire Terrier (“pit bull”) of course!

Daniel Besing
Facilities Technician

Haubstadt, IN

Gibson Southern High School ’94
B.S. Chemistry, University of Evansville

Daniel’s VHS career began in 2000 as an Animal Care Technician assisting with adoptions and surrenders. He became Facilities Technician in 2006.

Sadie the Lab/Husky mix; five cats, Oliver, Ashes, Smokey, Rigsby, and Winnie

Outside of work:
Daniel is an Evansville Philharmonic Chorus singer of 10 years and a past President of the Chorus. He’s a member at St. Stevens Community Church, regularly attends and sings at Trinity United Methodist Church, and performs in barbershop chorus & quartet and the Evansville Bach Singers.

Favorite Athletic Team:
St. Louis Cardinals

Operations Staff
At least 1 year of service:

Adoption Counselors:
Lesley Futrell
Kellsie Phillips
Layne Fowler

Intake Counselors:
Audra Reeves

Animal Care Technicians:
Helena Brendel-Niles
Rachel DeVasier

Clinic Staff

Meredyth Brown
Clinic Manager

Dr. Michael Blasser

Dr. Sandra Johnson-Clemons


Krissy Byrley
Clinic Receptionist

Vet Techs/Assistants with at least 1 year of service:
Austy French, RVT
Crystal Folsom

Get to know the Clinic staff more here!