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James Dascoli – President

Jim’s first experience with German Shepherds was as an infant looking up at a 120-pound GSD named Duke. At 6 he held his breathe until his dad chose the little white German Shepherd that no one wanted. It was only natural that as an adult he would be working with German Shepherds. As an adult, the first two dogs Jim and his wife Arlene took in were a 7-year-old GSD and a 6-year-old Husky. Jim served as President of Garden State German Shepherd Rescue from 2008-2009 and 2011-2013.   When not rescuing dogs or playing bass, Jim is helping to keep dogs in their home by offering training services with Canine Dimensions, and financial consulting services through Azzinaro Management.


Pam Demmy – Chairperson of Board

Pam Demmy is the owner of Tip Top Kennels and has been a dog trainer for 30 years. Pam’s passion has been German Shepherds and when it comes to training or rescuing German Shepherds, Pam has done it all.

Michael Donofrio – Treasurer

Michael is a man of many passions. Whether he is spreading his love for all dogs, raising awareness for New York City’s homeless youth, or leading others to join him in living an active and rigorous lifestyle, he brings an excitement that is sure to be an inspiration. Michael lives in Hoboken with his soon to be wife Ashley and their 7 year old yorkie that he adores.

David Katona – Board Member

David Katona is a man of many talents. Walk down the streets of lower and midtown Manhattan with him and you would wonder if he were in politics as he inevitably runs into someone he knows. David has been active in philanthropic ventures, for many years especially with his work with the Milken Institute, Friends of Acadia and The River Fund. David brings exceptional business talents to our board as well as a love for dogs. He graduated from Bates College, enjoys as much time in the summer on Mount Desert Island in Maine as possible (with his family dog Sammy) and is a Managing Partner with Abundance Partners.

Cindy Bender – Secretary

Cindy began her career as a neonatal nurse and completed the cycle of life by holding her last nursing position as a hospice (end of life) nurse. During her career, Cindy has served as Director of Nursing, Executive Director of Patient Care Services and Nursing Home Administrator. Over the last few years, Cindy has been active in rescuing and fostering German Shepherds. She has fostered two senior dogs, a 6-month-old puppy recovering from a fractured leg, and a deaf 7-year-old German Shepherd. Cindy lives in southern New Jersey with her husband Bob, an affectionate senior GSD named Jake, not necessarily in that order. She enjoys gardening, bike riding and cooking.

Michael McConnell – Board Member

At age 6, Michael got his first German Shepherd puppy named Heidi from the Seeing Eye Dog Foundation.  Heidi lived for an incredible 16 years and fired his passion for German Shepherds.  He is dedicated supporter of a no-kill shelter in West Central Jersey.  He lives in beautiful Tewksbury NJ, is married to Lisa and has a child, Daniel, who serves as a substitute until the family is ready for a dog. Michael is our number two fan at Strategy& where he hangs his hat during the working hours.

Lisa Fardella – Social Media and Marketing

Lisa has been volunteering for social and animal causes for over a decade. Even as a child, she had a passion for German Shepherds which eventually led to her involvement with German Shepherd rescue. Lisa dedicates herself to being a voice for the voiceless through social media and marketing, video production, transporting, fundraising and events. She has a hand in all aspects of finding the forever homes for the loyal and intelligent German Shepherds. Lisa spends her days going back 90 million years in time as a manager at Field Station: Dinosaurs and is the proud mom to Jaxon, her GSD.