About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League


Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Board of Directors:

Jane Grace, Chairman Emerita

Lesly S. Smith, Chairman

Sam Hunt, Vice Chairman

Joanie Van der Grift, President

Nellie Benoit, Vice President

Daniel Hanley, Treasurer

Laurie Raber Gottlieb, Secretary

Christina Dennis, Executive Committee

Jack Flagg, Executive Committee

Vicky Hunt, Executive Committee 

Daniel E. Ponton, Executive Committee

Members: James D. Berwind, Virginia Burke,  George A. Cohon, Candy Hamm, Stacey Leuliette, Danielle H. Moore, Emilia Pfeifler, Pauline Pitt, George E. Summers, Betsy Turner

Director Emerita: Nancy Brougher

Director Emerita: Dotsy Letts

Management Team:

Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO

Heidi Nielsen, Director of Information and Outreach

Jaclyn Berger, Director of Human Resources

Yenny Ortegon, Director of Finance

Dr. Alyssa Comroe, Director of Shelter Medical Services

Kati Erickson, Director of Development and Marketing





Meet the Management Team


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Rich Anderson, Executive Director/CEO

Rich Anderson joined Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in June of 2011 as Executive Director/CEO. He also serves on the board of directors of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations which works to unite animal advocates and maintain a unified voice for animal welfare in the state of Florida.  He was the organization’s board president in 2016.

Serving in the nonprofit sector for 30 years, he started his career at The American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington DC in 1990. Since then he has devoted much of his life working with animal welfare and rescue organizations, including the Humane Society of Broward County as its Development Director, and as a consultant serving the ASPCA; North Shore Animal League; and World Society for the Protection of Animals.  

Prior to joining Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Rich most recently served as vice president of resource development for World Neighbors in Oklahoma City, which has benefited more than 25 million people in 45 countries around the globe by helping rural villages address their own food, water, health and education needs.

A native of Rhode Island, Rich received his bachelor’s degree in print journalism with a minor in international studies from American University in Washington, D.C. Rich lives in West Palm Beach with his wife Lisa and three dogs – Rex, Roxie, and Minnie.


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Dr. Alyssa Comroe, Director of Shelter Medical Services

Dr. Alyssa Comroe was raised in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and English Literature. In 2010, she began her career in animal welfare working at Miami-Dade Animal Services in Miami, Florida as a veterinary technician while pursuing her Master of Public Health degree. She then attended the University of Florida where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and completed her Master of Public Health degree. While at the University of Florida, she also earned the Maddie’s Certificate in Shelter Medicine which is a formal training program that allowed Dr. Comroe to learn specialized knowledge and skills to be a shelter veterinarian.

After graduation, Dr. Comroe began working as a shelter veterinarian at Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville, Florida. While there she was able to implement lifesaving programs to increase the standard of care for the pets of Jacksonville and to increase the shelter’s lifesaving capacity. She then took a position at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan, Kansas as faculty in shelter medicine where she had the opportunity to teach veterinary students shelter medicine and prepare them to be the next generation of shelter veterinarians. While there she also consulted with various shelters in the Midwest, spoke at conferences, and performed research. Most recently, Dr. Comroe was a shelter veterinarian at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center where she helped grow the pet retention program and improved the standard of care in the medical department.


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Kati Erickson, CAP, Director of Development and Marketing

Kati joined Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in August of 2021 and leads the Development and Marketing departments. She is Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County and served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

As a fundraising professional for over 20 years, Kati has worked with individual donors, corporations, private foundations, and public officials to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits and facilitated hundreds of grants and scholarships. She has a solid foundation of success in growing fundraising programs and serving as an organizational leader. Her areas of focus include annual fundraising, planned giving, endowments, family foundations, and donor stewardship. Prior to joining Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Kati has served in senior management positions at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Norton Museum of Art, Armory Art Center, and the Daily Mail Group.

Kati graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation from The American College. She’s also a long-time volunteer with the Girl Scouts. Kati lives in Wellington with her husband, two children, a dog, cat, and hamster- Lilo, Louie, and Luna.


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