Cary Lieberman, CAWA, Executive Director
Cary has been Greenhill’s Executive Director since October 2007. Prior to that, he served 3 years as a member of the Board of Directors and spent a year as the shelter’s Development Director. In addition to his time at Greenhill, Cary has volunteered with S.P.O.T., the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and served on the Lane County Animal Services Advisory Committee. He brings extensive experience in animal welfare, marketing, public relations and non-profit development. Cary previously worked in the development office at the University of Oregon. In 2009, Cary received his designation as a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, and in 2014, he completed certification in No-Kill Animal Shelter Management.
Sasha Elliott, Director of Operations
Sasha has worked for Greenhill and 1st Avenue Shelter in a variety of roles since 2013, including Communications and Events Manager, Animal Care Technician, Donor Relations Associate and Community Engagement Manager. She studied Political Science at the University of Cincinnati and graduated with honors from Lane Community College with a degree in Hospitality Management. She is thrilled to bring her extensive knowledge of marketing and management to the non-profit sector, and combine her love of animals with her desire to support the local community. She enjoys spending time with her family, practicing vipassana, hiking, gardening, and being outdoors.
Dr. Gail Schroder, DVM, Director of Shelter Medicine
Before joining the Greenhill staff in 2008, Gail was on the Board of Directors at Greenhill for almost 3 years, and a volunteer veterinarian assisting Greenhill for almost 6 years. She has also acted as the liaison between the Lane County Veterinary Medical Board and Greenhill. Gail has been a private practice veterinarian in the Eugene area since graduating from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Her special area of interest is with animals that have behavior problems. In her free time, Gail enjoys biking, bird-watching, and movies. She and her husband share their home with their three cats.
Dr. Gwen Graham, DVM, Veterinarian/Shelter Surgeon
Gwen joined Greenhill in 2012 after 6 years in private veterinary practice. She brought with her a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University and Washington State University as well as a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry. Her favorite thing about working at Greenhill is seeing abused or neglected animals find health, hope and new life with loving families. Gwen has a lifetime history of caring for and working and volunteering with animals. In fact, one of her volunteer positions in high school was at Greenhill! Currently, she is volunteering with a non-profit that helps facilitate the education and support of young girls in East Africa. Gwen and her husband Mike have a small farm with chickens, dogs, cats and a rabbit. In their free time, they enjoy hiking, trips to the coast, and riding their horses.
Dr. Varinia Acosta, DVM, Associate Shelter Veterinarian
Varinia grew up in Portland, Oregon and received her BS in physics from Portland State University. She was pursuing a career in medical physics until a series of seemingly unfortunate events revealed her passion for veterinary medicine. She moved her 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 3 chickens to Corvallis where she earned a veterinary degree from Oregon State University. After graduating in 2015, she moved to Eugene and began volunteering at Greenhill Humane Society. A short while later, she came on staff as an associate shelter veterinarian. She loves working with all species of animals and is thrilled to be part of the Greenhill team.
Becky, Certified Veterinary Technician
A long-time Veterinary Technician, Becky loves what she does. At Greenhill, she enjoys working with people and pets and being an advocate for spay/neuter. In her free time, she can be found in her barn or relaxing with her family and pets.
Mischa, Donor Relations Assistant
Mischa’s love of animals is a perfect fit for her work with Greenhill which began in 2010. She gets her kitty “fix” most days with a visit to the cattery. Around 1995, she decided to refocus her energy and talents in service to non-profits after a 20 yr career in the financial industry. She has previously served on several area non-profit boards as well. Mischa’s other interests include gardening, hiking, reading, movies and enjoying nature. She is also an energy healing practitioner with a deep commitment to assisting others on their journey to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Megan is a life long animal lover who graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1998 with a degree in English and Sociolgy. She spent 16 years as a professional dog walker and business owner in San Francisco gaining knowledge and experience in dog behavior as well as finding a passion in helping lost and stray animals in her community. At Greenhill she feels so lucky to have a job where she is surrounded by pets, teaches the public about compassion for animals and celebrates people who love animals by throwing exciting events. She and her husband, Jay, love their furry family: a 17 year old sassy cat and two hilarious dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, swimming, hiking and laughing with her friends and family.
Hannah Westling, Shelter Manager
Hannah moved to Eugene 2 years ago from the Portland area where she worked in the Cattery at Oregon Humane Society and volunteered at another local rescue. Hannah first joined Greenhill as a Cattery Animal Care Technician in 2014 and then became Customer Service Manager the following year. In her position, she enjoys reuniting lost pets with their owners saying, “It is a wonderful feeling helping a worried pet-parent find their fur-children.” In Hannah’s free time, she enjoys going on hikes with her Weimaraner Gaius.
Tara, Small Animal Coordinator
Tara began volunteering at Greenhill in 2008 and soon became a member of the Cattery team. In 2012 she moved into the Animal Receiving department and says that she “loves working with and helping the animals that come through the door.” Outside of the shelter, she enjoys cooking and spending days off with her family. In addition to being a mom to 2 boys and a girl, Tara is caretaker to 8 pets including 4 cats adopted from Greenhill.
Mallorey, Customer Service Assistant
Mallorey is originally from Shelton, Washington. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2014 before moving to Eugene. She started with 1st Avenue Shelter as a front office volunteer before being hired on as staff in 2016. She loves reuniting people with their pets and helping pets find new homes. She has Greenhill graduate of her own at home, Nami, who is a two-year-old torbie cat. When she’s not at work, Mallorey enjoys photography, hiking, biking, reading, and drawing.
Kristi Chizacky, Foster Care Manager
Kristi’s love for animals brought her to Greenhill as a volunteer before joining the staff in 2010. Kristi grew up in New Jersey, and spent a few years in North Carolina, before moving to Eugene. She received a B.S. in Communications from Syracuse University and began her non-profit career as an events manager for the American Cancer Society. Kristi and her husband, Jay, share their home with one dog, a hamster, and a snake. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with Jay, walking their dog, riding horses and traveling.
Samantha, Foster Care Assistant
Samantha grew up in Springfield and is excited to be part of Greenhill, where she can help local animals find new homes. She loves seeing how happy families are when they find their fur-ever friend. Prior to her work with us, she worked at Kiefer Auto Group in internet sales. When she’s not working, Samantha enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and attending as many music concerts as she can.
Amy Harris, Volunteer Manager
Amy brings a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism along with her own volunteer experience to her position with Greenhill which began in 2013. She’s “Inspired daily by all of the incredible people who come out to donate their time, energy and love.” Her hobbies include reading, digging in the dirt and learning new things. She especially delights in the fact that getting to know volunteers and fosters is a part of her job. At home, Amy’s adoptees are a Beagle named Murrey and a Labrador/ Pitbull Terrier named Griffin.
Samantha Cryer, Volunteer Assistant
Sam volunteered in the small animal room at Greenhill for three years before joining the volunteer department in 2018. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Oregon State, with a minor in writing, and is also a freelance blogger. She has a soft spot for small animals and shares her home with gerbils Jimmy and Stuart, guinea pigs Freddie Widgeon and Pferbius Turbo (Pferbius is a Greenhill graduate), and a betta fish named Leo. She enjoys working in a place where so many people love animals and are willing to put their love into action. In her spare time, Sam likes to dig in the garden, try new recipes in the kitchen, or get lost in a good book.
Katie Barnett, Canine Program Manager
Katie attended a technical school for veterinary assisting before starting at 1st Avenue Shelter in 2014. She has two cats, Fasa and Rocket, a chinchilla, a fish, and a step-dog of sorts named Lorenzo. Her favorite thing about working at Greenhill is getting to work with people who are just as passionate as she is, and of course, getting to work day in and out with all of the different animals.
Ryan, Animal Care Technician, Kennel
Ryan hails from California where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. He worked with children with Autism before becoming a member of our kennel staff in 2008. “I love working with dogs and I think everyone here at Greenhill really does their best to care for the animals and find them loving homes,” he said. When not working, Ryan enjoys music, photography, cooking and daily bike rides.
Stacy, Animal Care Technician, Kennel
Before coming aboard as an employee in 2014, Stacy volunteered at both of Greenhill’s shelters. In addition to working with the animals, staff, and volunteers, she enjoys making a difference for the animals in our community. At home, Stacy has 2 cats and a dog that she adopted from 1st Avenue Shelter. When she isn’t perusing comic books or building model airplanes, she relaxes by working in her garden or watching movies.
Lisa, Animal Care Technician, Kennel
Lisa was a volunteer at Greenhill until she was hired as a staff member in 2016. She is a University of Oregon graduate and used to work in the hospitality industry. She shares her home with 4 pets, including a 1st Avenue Graduate, and spends her free time running, watching movies, and loving on her pets.
Hannah first started with Greenhill as a Volunteer in 2014. She became a member of the Greenhill Cattery later that year and transitioned to Cattery Manager at the First Avenue Shelter in 2016. Hannah enjoys providing shelter and care to animals in need, saying “It’s so rewarding being a part of their transition to a fur-ever home.” Hannah shares her home with two kitties, Buddy and Padmini. She enjoys spending time at home relaxing with family and appreciating Oregon’s natural beauty by kayaking, hiking and exploring.
Ginny Johnson, Feline Receiving Coordinator, Greenhill Humane Society
Ginny has been with Greenhill since 2005. She oversees the cattery staff, as well as the housing and care of all the felines that enter the shelter. “Being surrounded by animals is the best part of my job,” says Ginny, “and working with people who care about them as much as I do.” Ginny and her husband Kevin have four cats named Prudence, Putzi, Schuyler and George, and a pug named Nala. She loves baseball and is a huge Yankees fan.
Darla, Animal Care Technician, Cattery
Darla has been taking care of the cats at Greenhill since 2006. Her favorite part of her job is making all of the homeless cats at the shelter feel loved and wanted. Darla has her own zoo at home with 12 cats and 4 dogs.
Mallory, Animal Care Technician, Cattery
Mallory brings to Greenhill a passion for all animals as well as experience in pet boarding. In the Cattery she enjoys getting to know each cat’s personality and matching the cats with their new, loving families. Mallory is working on a degree in Biology at the University of Oregon and aspires to be a Veterinarian. She’s an avid reader and movie buff who also loves to camp and hike. Her own two cats are rescues that she nursed back to health.