Meet Our Team

Our Team

Lorri Caffrey, Executive Director

Jessica Garrison, Shelter Manager

Amanda Barbaris, DVM, Shelter Veterinarian

Dana DePalma, Veterinary Care Manager

Alison Haight, Development Manager

Shania Spence, Outreach Coordinator

Brisa Prada, Foster Coordinator

  • Natalie Arrabito, Animal Care Attendant
  • Barbara Barbaz, Administrative Assistant
  • Arya Bondre, Animal Care Attendant
  • Cindy Dreispan, Administrative Assistant
  • Keisha Fernandez, Animal Care Attendance & Foster Coordinator Assistant
  • Haley Fritts, Animal Care Attendant
  • Andrea Healey, Administrative Assistant
  • Manuela Ocampo, Veterinary Care Technician
  • Brandon Rowe, Animal Care Attendant
  • Gabrielle Schwartz, Animal Care Attendant
  • Heather Williams, Animal Care Attendant

Our Board of Directors

Henry J. Ristuccia, President

Henry Ristuccia is the Chair of the Board and is a member of the Finance Committee. Henry has been on the MPAS board for approximately 20 years. Henry retired from Deloitte LLP (the world’s largest professional services firm) as a Senior Partner after 33 years. Henry is currently an investor and advisor at York IE, an early-stage investment and capital management firm. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Directorship Certification by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Henry holds a BS in accounting and business administration from St. John’s University.

Emelie Smith Calbick, Vice President

Emelie Smith Calbick is Vice President of the Board, Chair of the Development Committee, and a board member for five years. After holding a variety of senior level marketing and strategy positions at American Express, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase, Emelie became Chief Marketing Officer at the fast-growing startup, Placecodes, Inc., which was subsequently sold to Destini Global. Emelie is currently the co-founder of Stage2Startups, an organization that supports and trains professionals who are thinking about, or who have already left, their career path working for others to successfully found and grow their own business or nonprofit. Emelie holds a joint MBA/MIA from Columbia University.

Eric Segal, Treasurer

Eric Segal is Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee and a board member for five years. He is a partner at CFO Consulting Partners where he heads the firm’s Financial Services and Insurance practice. His work with CFO Consulting Partners has included serving as the Interim chief financial officers for community banks and FinTech companies, providing M&A advice, and project management services. Eric has more than 25 years of experience in senior financial management positions with companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to community banks. He was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spencer Savings Bank, a $3 billion community bank in New Jersey, and is a 17-year veteran of American Express and Ameriprise Financial. Eric holds a BA degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

Kelly Lustig, Secretary

Kelly Lustig has been a member of the MPAS Board for approximately 20 years. She is a member of the Finance and Development Committees. Kelly has served as President, Vice President and Secretary of the Board of MPAS. Kelly’s greatest joy was doing Pet Therapy visits with her MPAS adoptees Jax and Dani. Kelly is an owner of Autosport Acura of Denville. She was a Director of Camp Weequahic and taught third grade for more than ten years in Colonia and Parsippany. Kelly was educated at Skidmore College and holds an MA in Educational Psychology degree from Rutgers University.

Mary Altomare, DVM, Member

Dr. Mary Altomare joined the board in October 2021. She has been in practice with shelter animals for over a decade, previously serving as the Head Veterinarian for MPAS and Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. She is a longstanding member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a community advocate for the welfare of all animals. She serves as a relief veterinarian and surgeon throughout northern and central New Jersey as well as an adjunct professor for Bergen Community College Veterinary Technician program. Dr. Altomare is acting IACUC veterinarian (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) and specialty rabbit surgeon for Bergen Community College. She has both a small and large animal veterinary education from St. Matthews University with a residency from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Jeri Dana, Member

Jeri Dana has been a member of the board at MPAS since 2020. Jeri began her career holding a variety of sales management positions with Fortune 500 companies before changing career paths in 2010. She currently holds a real estate license in the State of NJ and has more than 11 years of experience in the real estate field, including eight years in new construction. Jeri’s currently is a Team Lead: Workplace Operations at Compass Real Estate, a publicly traded company with over 20,000 employees throughout the country. Jeri holds a BA in Communications from State University of New York at Oswego.

Kevin McDonald, Member

Kevin McDonald joined the board in October 2021. Kevin retired from Tetra Tech Inc, a premier global engineering and consulting organization with over 20,000 employees. He served Tetra Tech as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Leadership Development. During his 40 years as a human resource professional, Kevin was responsible for the broad spectrum of people leadership, including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, succession planning, and staff development. Kevin is currently president of Candlewood Consultants, a human resource consulting firm.

Jean McElroy, Member

Jean McElroy has been a board member since 2019 and is a member of several of MPAS committees including Operations, Governance, Talent and Development. Jean has over 25 years of strategic marketing experience. She drove revenue growth and strategic business development, built brand awareness, and leveraged brand power for several professional services firms. She is skilled as a business-to-business strategist and has successfully built integrated marketing programs to differentiate and promote business services. Jean holds a BA degree from Eastern Nazarene College.

Janet Saulter-Hemmer, Member

Janet Saulter-Hemmer has been a member of the board since 2020. After an early retirement from Prudential working as an IT Director, she worked as the Director of Clean Water Cause at Liquid Church for five years and is now the Human Resources and Recruiting Director at Chick-fil-A. Janet has also been a volunteer cat foster for more than 20 years. She has participated in many of the MPAS large fundraising events.

Eric Spurrier, Member

Eric Spurrier is the Chair of the Governance Committee and board since 2019. He is currently a PMO Senior Project Manager for Fiserv, responsible for business systems management and data center strategies. He is an experienced global leader of people and has had large organizations in five countries in his reporting stream. Prior to Fiserv, Eric held senior management positions with several blue-chip firms including AT&T, Lucent Technologies and American Express. Eric holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Our Advisory Board
  • Kathy Grumka
  • Jerry Lustig
  • Elaine Riddel