Meet Our Staff

This is our Executive Director, Sydney Hurley. She started in December of 2013 and hit the ground running! She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Business Communications and a minor in French. She currently owns her own rescue dog named Riley, whom she adopted when she was in college. Sydney has loved animals her whole life and wanted to be a singing veterinarian when she was a kid. Since that didn't work out, she's landed an even bigger dream job of opening and running an animal shelter.

Jodi is a West Point native who went to WP-B public school. She recently graduated from Northeast Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program. Jodi now lives in Coleridge with her fiancé Jason. When she is not working she loves to spend time with her family and spoil her nieces and nephews. You will catch her playing with farm animals, crafting, watching Harry Potter, and wedding planning!

Lora is born and raised in Norfolk and went to Norfolk sr. high. She graduated from Wayne State College in 2013 with a bachelor of science Studio Arts (really putting that to use huh?). She's got 2 dogs, Roxi (adopted from the ASNN) and Max, 2 cats, Otis and Kona (adopted from the ASNN). Lora has 2 beautiful kids, 5 yr Jayden 1 yr Lydia and she has a wonderful husband named Jonathon Schahrer.

This is Dawn Stange. She's been a volunteer with us for over a year before we opened and has worked her tail off to help us get to where we are today. She has a degree in Mathematics from Wayne State College and is certified in Dog Training. She's married to Dean Stange and has wonderful kids that come and help out at the ASNN whenever they can. She's got her own little furry family as well that is full with rescues both from the ASNN and all around.

Meet Ellie Peters! As an employee of the animal shelter, Ellie is referred to as "The Animal Comfort Specialist". From the time she spends at the shelter, she has become a professional dog spoiler and cat scratcher. Other than the 5,000 animals she wants from the ASNN, she has 2 cats and 1 dog of her own at home. In the future, Ellie plans on graduating from Pierce High School and attending vet school.

Meet Lisa! She was born and raised in Plattsmouth, NE and currently lives in Beemer. After spending four years in the US Army as a veterinary technician, she continued working in the animal care industry. She recently received an Associates degree in Animal Science and plans to continue her education in the field of animal behavior. When Lisa is not working at the shelter, you can find her spending time with her dog, two cats or three horses. Oh, and she does spend some time with her fiancée, Russel.

Meet Summer! She was born and raised right here in Norfolk, NE. She recently graduated from Northeast Community College with an associates degree in business and plans to transfer to the University of Nebraska-Omaha to receive her bachelors. In her free time she loves to hang out with friends and family, attend concerts and day dream about all the animals she wishes she could take home from the shelter (her apartment doesn't allow pets).

This is Shane! Shane attended Norfolk Sr. High school and graduated from Northeast Community College in 2016 with an Associates degree in Horticulture. He shares his home with his cats, Sylvia, Gaia and Zula as well as three turtles and several birds. In his free time he enjoys gardening, spending time with his pets and playing with his nieces and nephews.