Meet the team members of LASSI


Anna Mize, President

Anna helped establish LASSI as a founding board member in 2011. She has also helped build a large successful dog walking volunteer base at the shelter. Anna loves spending time with family, fur babies, walking, running and exercising.  

Paula Kotz-Jerry, Vice President

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Joan Carney, Secretary

Joan’s love of nature and animals (especially cats) drew her to volunteer with LASSI soon after moving with her husband to Pentwater. She first volunteered in 2013 as a shelter dog-walker and cat-cuddler, and then became a LASSI board member in 2016 and secretary in 2018. Joan writes and edits LASSI’s biannual newsletters. She is an avid gardener and enjoys birding, walking and hiking.

Tom Lyon, Treasurer

Tom has been volunteering at the Oceana County Animal Shelter since 2000 and joined LASSI as a volunteer board member in 2018.   In addition to volunteering for LASSI, Tom advocates for wildlife and another animals with various organizations. For fun and exercise, Tom hikes, surfs in Lake Michigan, camps, and spends as much time as possible outdoors. 

Lisa Rangel, Board Member

Lisa joined in 2013 and served as Treasurer until early 2019 when she had to focus more on growing her family's business. Still a dedicated board member & advocate; she enjoys running the business & spending time with her family & fur babies. Lisa and family also volunteer for many non-profit organizations, shelters & rescues.

MaryAnn Boom, Board Member

MaryAnn joined LASSI in 2016. MaryAnn lives in Mears in the summer and Grand Rapids in the winter. She is retired and loves to walk dogs at the shelter; and adopted her dog from there. MaryAnn helps maintain & organize events, fundraisers and much more. 

John Adams, Board Member

John started walking dogs at the shelter in 2015. He also helps post posters of pets available for adoption to southern Oceana County businesses, as well as submitting Pet-of-the-week information to local papers. He joined the board in 2018. John is an avid traveler and camper. When not traveling, John’s time is devoted to the classic rock band he plays bass/harmonica in and pampering his four dogs and two cats, all of which were adopted from shelters.

Cindy Adams, Board Member

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John Combs, Board Member

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Also not pictured are the many, many dedicated volunteers that help with marketing, fundraising, grant writing and much much more. We are greatly appreciative to have them on our team and having so much of their support. 

All of us share the love of animals and a strong belief in their right for a second chance at being a wonderful & loving companion. We are all large supporters of our communities and giving back. We want to thank you for supporting LASSI.