Our Board Members

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  • Candy RobergCandy Roberg
    Board Member – Candy began volunteering for AWF in 2004 after AWF reached out to the community for volunteers. Candy has been AWF’s top fundraiser for many of those years. Her efforts include the annual summer bake sales and Tupperware parties. Candy is pictured here with her dog Bailey. Candy also has numerous outdoor cats on her farm.
  • Cindy BaggeCindy Bagge
    Board Member – Cindy and her husband Tom are both active in their farming operation and own Oak Street Manufacturing in Monticello. They have been providing forever homes for Saint Bernards and Mastiffs since 2000. Currently, Saints Bella and Greta and their Mastiff mix Charlie reside with them. Cindy enjoys spending time with their grandchildren, year round gardening, and cooking.  
  • Jackie WhiteJackie White
    Board Member – Jackie White lives in Anamosa with her husband John and furry baby Layla Lou Who.  She has two grown adult children, Robert and wife Kayla who reside in Marion and Dalton who resides in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  She is a graduate of Monticello High School and has lived most of her life in the area.  She is currently employed by Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative working in the fiber optic department in Anamosa for the past 30 years.  Jackie has a strong passion for all things music and recently ended a 9 year term with the Anamosa Music Boosters.  In her spare time she loves watching the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes as well as traveling with her husband and spending time with her children.  Jackie has a huge passion for all animals.  She believes as long as they can breathe they deserve the best life!  No matter where she goes she is attracted to four legged furry creatures.  She believes, “If having a soul means being able to feel the love, loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”.
  • Jon AvenariusJon Avenarius
    Board Member – Jon has been on the board since September, 2019. He was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa and  has resided  in Monticello for the past 10 years with his wife Trisha. Currently they have 2 rescue animals, Otis James, a miniature golden doodle, and a cat, Toby.  They  have 3 children; Todd, Jennifer and Sidney and a grandson Trey.  Jon has worked for Theisen’s Home Farm Auto for 12 years, currently as a Commercial Sales Rep. In his free time, he enjoys working in his yard, outdoor activities and sporting events.
  • Lisa WigingtonLisa Wigington
    Treasurer – Lisa was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Iowa in 2013. She began working at Honkamp Krueger in 2015 and is currently the partner in charge of the Audit department. She is married to Mike Batman. Lisa has one son, Bronson, who lives in St. Louis and two step-sons, Blake and Cole, who live in Monticello. Lisa and Mike have 2 dogs; Zeus, a Great Dane; and Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever. Their involvement with AWF began as foster parents for dogs even before the shelter was opened. When not busy with work or with her dogs, you will likely find Lisa working in her flower gardens or spending time with friends.
  • Mike BatmanMike Batman
    Board Member – From Cimarron, Kansas, Mike and his wife Lisa live in Monticello. Lab Max and former AWF shelter dogs Zeus, the Great Dane, and Lab Cody share their home has well. In addition to serving the AWF board, Mike is an active shelter volunteer, foster, and fundraiser. When he can find time, he likes to hunt, fish and golf.
  • Paxtyn KeleherPaxtyn Keleher
    Board Member – Paxtyn was born and raised in Monticello and currently resides in Mount Vernon, IA. She works for Waste Management as a Senior Account Executive which allows her the flexibility to do doggie day care part time at her home. She has watched over fifty dogs and has fostered for AWF. Paxtyn has been involved in two adoptions with AWF and loves their mission of finding the right owner. When she is not busy watching dogs she is busy coralling her own bunch. She owns an Australian Shepherd Zada and shares a golden retriever Hank, black lab Sam and cat Lucy.
  • Sherri EvansSherri Evans
    Board Member –Sherri and Tom retired to rural Anamosa in 2016 which is a central location for 4 married kids and 6 Grandchildren.  We have cared for 7 rescued Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and currently have one riding horse, Frankie and his pasture mate Cindy.   We are active in our church and enjoy camping and fishing with our two hand me down dogs: Ben, a golden doodle and Maisy, a Havanese.  We also keep large flower and vegetable gardens which provide plenty of opportunities for canning and cooking hobbies.