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 1994. She has since served as the Operations Manager, the Public Relations & Events Manager, and now Executive Director. She is celebrating 25 years of service to the VHS in March 2019.

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

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

Vanessa Brown
Assistant Operations Manager

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 since 2015.

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

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 and office cat Maya (both VHS alumni)

Favorite Bands:
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 (VHS alumni)

Favorite Movie:
Dances with Wolves

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

Operations Staff
with at least 1 year of service:

Adoption Counselors:
Makenzie Weintraut-Herrmann

Intake Counselors:
Helena Brendel-Niles

Animal Care Technicians:
Rachel DeVasier
Samantha Bailey
Kellsie Phillips

Clinic Staff

Lesley Futrell
Clinic Manager

Dr. Julie Gray

Vet Assistants with at least 1 year of service:
Austy French

Get to know the Clinic staff more here!

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