2017 Volunteer Recognition

The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit recognizes exceptional volunteers with an annual award ceremony at the Volunteer & Staff Holiday Party each December. Our gratitude and congratulations to this year’s award winners:

Click here to view pictures from the 2017 Volunteer & Staff Holiday Party.

Award Winner
Heart and Soul Dennis Hartford
Most In-Shelter Hours Connie VanDeneede
Home Away from Home Liz Courtesis
After-Work Superstar Kathy Lash
Community Cat Captain Tracy Balazy
Outstanding Volunteer Lead LouAnn Laybourn & Geoff Dickenson
Outstanding New Volunteer Jessica Arias
Can-Do Spirit Award Mary Horton Bischoff
Dog’s Best Friend Carol Yonkus-Zonca
Stunning Snapshots Patti Aichler
Gracious Greeter Pam Thorpe

Our 2017 Volunteers

Our many successes this year would not have been possible without a wonderful and caring volunteer crew! Thank you all for your compassion and dedication to the animals! While we do our best to ensure that all volunteer names are listed, we may have missed you! If you logged 50+ hours in 2017 and your name does not appear here, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Emily Kirby at volunteers@metrodetroitanimals.org.

Home Away From Home Foster Care (2000+ hours)

Angie Sterling
Shelly Lechner
Liz Courtesis
Deb Carr
Deanna Harby
Alexa Baer
David and Dianna Surowiec
Gary and Jewel Feldhus
Sharon Leff
Melissa Bowlin
Melissa Doyle
MaryEllen Archer


Outstanding Friend (500+ hours, exclusive of Foster Care)

Pat Ludwig
Connie VanDeneede
Laurie Buhr


Special Friend (100 – 499 hours, exclusive of Foster Care)

Maggie Diamond
Darlene Teasley
Sue Barna
Kathleen Lash-Beurer
Dennis Hartford
Vanessa Williams
Deborah Stewart
Bob Sanchez
Chris Balazy
Patti Aichler
Sophie Bozek
Kathleen Haag
Liz Talbott
Charlene Dunn
Tracy Balazy
Kristin Mott
Susan Tesorero
Jill Lewis
Sophia Beydoun
Carol Yonkus-Zonca
Sandy Vu
Shelley Heath
Jessica Arias
Summer Madison
Riann Salameh
Geoff Dickenson


Volunteer Friend (50 – 99 hours, exclusive of Foster Care)

Pat Glinski
Mary Lane
Molly Estill
Lisa Turner
Gavin Haag
LouAnn Laybourn
Mary Yarger
Nick Polidori
Pam Thorpe
Rebecca Bartaway
Kari Zureki Castillo
Nancy Der-Stepanian
Tyler Slagel
Julie Ader
Kelsey Sall
Ed Serecky
Peggy Graham
Mary Horton Bischoff
Ellen Heise
Stacie DiGuiseppe
Sonya McKenna
Diana Gutierrez
Jeri Lantzy
Debbie Chandonnet
Eileen Lindsey
Bernie Ehrlichman
Joyce Prybycien
Angie Sterling
Ahmed Alkhafaji
Elia McNorton
Dreama Pinkowski
Robert Pierfelice
Lindsey Wickman
Jennifer Dickey
Kalah Arder
Cynthia Casillas
Kathy Porach
Deb Carr
Marie Butkowski
Linda DeDeckere


Superstar Youth Volunteers (25+ hours, ages 12-15)

Kathleen Majeska
Stephanie Durant
Ashna Mulchandani
Samantha Stachurski
Abby Hetner
Alia Elhajj
Abigail Johnson
Nawal Sleiman
Isabella Tuten
Grace Boettger
Lisandra Vega


Thanks to our 2017 volunteers!