Staff

Nicole LeBeau

Co-Executive Director

Nicole has been working at HSCAZ since July of 2015. Before starting at the shelter, she had volunteered with other animal rescues previously.  Nicole started working in kennels and has moved her way up to Shelter Supervisor and leads our Medical Team.  She currently has one dog and two cats.  Nicole’s goals for the shelter are to help create more programs for our community’s youth to provide better education at an earlier age.  Her personal goals are to advance her skills medically and learn from many different teachers and practices.  Nicole’s favorite part of working at the shelter is to be able to help an animal become healthy and give them a loving place to live until they can find their forever.  Thank you Nicole!
 

Luci Trushel

Co-Executive Director

Luci became our Co-Director at the end of November 2021 and became our Resale Store Manager in October of 2019.  She brings with her lots of experience in retail management and was on the Board of Directors for Jefferson County Humane Society for 8 years. Her passion is to help those without a voice. She is an amazing asset to our cause and brings a positive and fun atmosphere to the staff and volunteers at the Resale Store. Her favorite part of the job is supporting our cause and the people she has met along the way. She shares her home with her favorite dog Hunter and hopes to adopt another one soon. Thank you Luci!
 
Stephanie Barwick  Bio coming soon.
 
Josh Goode Josh has been working at HSCAZ since December of 2017.  Previously, Josh was a cook but decided to change career paths to something more rewarding… he now often states he will never leave.  Josh and his family have two rescue pit bulls at home.  While at work, he prefers to work with the big dogs and has recently become part of our Behavior Team.  Josh finds his work at HSCAZ rewarding because he not only gets to spend every day with animals, but he truly enjoys his co-workers and helping to rehabilitate dogs with behavior problems that wouldn’t potentially get another chance at a different shelter.  Thank you Josh!
 
Leah Horvath Leah has been working at HSCAZ since December of 2017.  Although she had never worked in a shelter environment previously, she grew up having animals, always bringing home strays and her parents both worked with shelters.  Leah is known at HSCAZ as our resident “cat lady”.  She not only takes impeccable care of our felines, but her professional grooming experience helps countless animals that come into our shelter in terrible condition needing relief.  Leah and her husband have one rescue cat currently.  Her favorite part of working at the shelter is knowing she is doing her part to save more lives and she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  Thank you Leah!
 
Sean King Bio coming soon.
 
Angelina Knorr Bio coming soon.
 
Michelle Knorr Michelle has been working at HSCAZ since May of 2017.  Although she had never worked with animals before, she grew up with cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, ferrets, gerbils and ducks.  Her and her family currently have a 11-year-old pit bull rescue named Oreo.  The Knorr Family hopes to move into a home soon so they can continue to adopt more dogs and cats.  Michelle’s favorite part about working at HSCAZ is spending time with the cats and seeing our animals find their forever homes.  Michelle works full-time and is one of the smiling faces you will see when you enter our shelter.  Her time at work is always very busy between animal records, social media, inventory and adoptions.  Thank you Michelle!
 
 Madyson Mitchell Bio coming soon.
 
Kathleen Mannino Bio coming soon.
 
Owen Mort Owen has been working for the Resale Store since September of 2016. He fell in love with his job, often volunteering additional time to help our busy store. Owen is generally found in the receiving area and is always complemented on his go-getter attitude and infectious smile and personality. His favorite part of the job is meeting new people and helping raise money for the animals. His life outside of the store consists of many hikes with his favorite rescue dog Josey who is also the receiving area greeter. He strives to meet his goal of doing better each day and takes great pride in helping HSCAZ. Thank you Owen!
 
Lilli Pangallo Bio coming soon.
 
 Derick Sam Bio coming soon.
 
Erika Schulteis Erika has been working at HSCAZ since December of 2017.  Erika works in all areas of the shelter and loves working with both cats and dogs.  She is an aspiring author, an amazing cook that often shares her delicious food with all of us, decorates the shelter beautifully for every Holiday and is always a smiling face.  Before the shelter, Erika traveled the world on missions with her church before moving from Montana to Payson.  Her favorite part of her work is seeing our shy dogs and cats come out of their shells and get adopted into their forever homes.  Erika has one cat Oliver she adopted after he came to the shelter at just a few days old.  Thank you Erika!
 
Bucky Bucky began working at HSCAZ since December of 2019.  He was brought to us as a stray and has since taken over the entire organization and is currently serving as our CFO (Chief Feline Officer).  Bucky’s favorite part about working at HSCAZ is his never ending supply of people to love on him, papers to knock off of desks, snacks to eat and the occasional mouse to catch (even though that’s literally his only job).  Thank you Bucky!