Marla Caulk, Executive Director

Marla Caulk is a native Montanan who has returned to the state from Northern Virginia to lead the shelter as Executive Director. She most recently served as Chief Operations Officer at the YWCA, a national organization, where she oversaw strategies in communications, administration and fundraising. She has also been in leadership capacities at the Catholic Charities and Montana Rescue Mission. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management. Caulk is relocating to Bozeman with her husband, Carl and two dogs, Bailey and Suzy.

Email Marla at ed@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 203

Marla and dogs

Sharon Burnett, Operations Director

Sharon moved to Bozeman from Shaftsbury, Vermont where she worked for eight years for the Second Chance Animal Shelter. During her last four years with the shelter, Sharon was the Shelter Manager and responsible for overseeing animal care, adoptions, Spay-Neuter clinics, veterinary services and facilities and volunteer activities. Sharon’s family includes her husband Chris and her three dogs (Quinn, Mattie and Betty) and two cats (FreakyLoverLee and Papasan).

Email Sharon at sharon@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 220

Sharon and cat

Katherine Segura, Development Director

Email Katherine at katherine@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399 ext. 221.

Emily Burkhardt, Volunteer and Education Manager

Emily comes to Bozeman from Laramie, Wyoming where she worked as the Project Coordinator with Upward Bound at the University of Wyoming.  In that role, Emily coordinated volunteer opportunities for students, recruited speakers and instructors from the community, collaborated with other non-profit organizations and taught a class in volunteerism and civic engagement.  Emily and her husband Andy have a collie/lab mix named Baron.

Email Emily at emilyb@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 223

Emily B. and cat

Ben Donoghue, Canine Behavior Consultant

In his younger years, growing up in the small New Hampshire town of Mason, Ben filled his days with exploring the outdoors and being with animals.  Ben stayed in the Granite State to complete 5 years at the University of New Hampshire.  After years on the East Coast, Ben made his way to the Gallatin Valley and where he adopted his first dog Annay (Alaskan Husky) at the Gallatin Valley Humane Society (now Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter).  Ben teaches our training classes, and says,  “The feeling you get after watching the process of an animal arrive with no hope in their eyes, then begin to trust, and become confident, and then look into that adopters heart to find mutual understanding is priceless.”

Ben resides with his wife Kristen Wolf, a son Ezekiel Wolf Donoghue, daughter Elin, three dogs Oly, Jedi, and Raven and cat Syrius.

Email Ben at ben@heartofthevalleyshelter.org , or call 388-9399, ext. 207

2013-10 HOV Ben (25 of 25)

Dr. Jennifer Shinn, Veterinarian

Dr. Shinn came to Bozeman from Estes Park, Colorado in June of 2015. She is a Colorado native, and a 1997 graduate of Colorado State University Veterinary School. Dr. Shinn was in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, for 19 years before moving to Bozeman. She lives with her husband Greg, two cats and dog Lucie. They are both avid hikers, climbers, skiers, and love exploring new remote places in Montana and the northern U.S. and Canada.

“Although I’ve never worked in a shelter environment before, I love working at Heart of the Valley and feel excited about making an impact in the lives of animals in need, and people in the Bozeman community”.

Dr Shinn

Dr. Greg Lovgren, Veterinarian

Dr. Lovgren graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. After graduation he spent 33 years in private practice in Bozeman as co-owner of Gallatin Veterinary Hospital. For the past seven years Dr. Lovgren has been working with Spay Montana to provide spay and neuter services to Native American reservation and underserved communities throughout Montana. He has also taken opportunities to teach and provide veterinary care with Vets Beyond Borders, World Vets and Remote Area Veterinary Services (HSUS) in a variety of countries.

Dr. Lovgren lives in Bozeman with his wife, Bobbi. When not working you will find him enjoying the mountains with their Golden Retriever, Sadie, skiing, hiking or fishing.

Dr Lovgren

Marie Spain, Development Associate

Marie grew up on a farm in South Central Montana. She moved to Bozeman in 2006 to attend Montana State University and graduated with a degree in Marketing. She worked in the banking world for several years before coming to Heart of the Valley in 2015.

Marie lives in Belgrade with her husband, Nick, and HOV alumni, Emmie. She enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her little family and loves baking during the long cold winter months.

Email Marie at marie@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399 ext. 222


Blaine Lorkiewicz, Kennel Supervisor


Sarah Carter, Youth Education and Outreach Coordinator

Sarah is thrilled to be finding community in Bozeman after spending most of her life in Maine. In the years after graduating from Colby College, Sarah gained a variety of work experiences in environmental education, outdoor recreation and wilderness therapy. At Heart of the Valley, Sarah is so grateful to have the opportunity to work for both people and animals. Although she misses Maine’s sweet salty air, she loves spending her free time skiing and exploring in the beautiful mountains around Bozeman.

Email Sarah at education@heartofthevalleyshelter.org , or call 388-9399 ext. 224.


Molly Cayer, Veterinary Technician

Molly grew up in beautiful New England, living in New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Brunswick Canada, and Oklahoma. When she went to visit her brother in Montana, she just couldn’t leave. She was employed by Heart of the Valley and was so excited. “Finally, I can put my love of animals to work!” She loves working at the shelter because “even though it can be emotionally difficult at times, it’s such a great feeling to see a dog or a cat get adopted into a new loving home.”

She resides in Bozeman with her best friend, Bart, a black lab she adopted from Heart of the Valley.


Megan Flamm, Customer Service

Megan was born and raised in Sheridan, Montana right in the heart of the Ruby Valley.  Growing up as an only child, horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, fish and the occasional small fury creature were her companions.  After graduating from Sheridan High School, she moved to Bozeman to pursue a degree in History and Education.  After a short teaching stint in Tacoma Washington, Megan moved back to Bozeman where her heart has always been.  Lucky enough to get a job at Heart of the Valley in 2009, Megan spends her days with animals at work and her days off hiking the mountains in Madison and Gallatin County with her dog, Baylee.  In March of 2013, Megan welcomed her first baby; a little boy named Soren.  He is a 6th generation of the Thompson clan from in and around Virginia City Montana and Bozeman.

Email Megan at megan@heartofthevalleyshelter.org


Diane Browand, Feline Technician

Diane was born in St Louis, Mo in 1960, but grew up in Dallas, TX until moving to Oregon in the early 1980’s.  While in Oregon, Diane worked in the high tech business until moving to Montana in 2000.  She finally found the career position that matched her personality at Heart of the Valley Shelter.  Diane loves working with the animals.  She especially enjoys helping the animals find loving and caring homes and mentoring both new volunteers and staff.


Scott Zimmerman, Feline Technician



Roberta Theriault, Feline Technician

Before joining the staff at Heart of the Valley, Robert volunteered for almost two years.  She grew up in Massachusetts with two cats and a shepherd mix best friend named Chickee.  Roberta fostered four month-old kittens — two of which became permanent residents, living alongside Shiloh, her Lab mix, adopted from our shelter.  Just this past December, she adopted Hurley (now Sammy) after fostering him for a whole two days! When not removing fur from her dark-colored clothing, Roberta loves hiking, camping, fly fishing, eating chocolate and working on two childrens’ books.


Jared Hogg, Kennel Coordinator

Jared grew up outside Columbus, Ohio and was a 4-H kid who always loved being around animals.  He moved to Bozeman in 2009 and found a job at our shelter. He currently works with both cats and dogs, loves sending animals to their forever homes and also enjoys the animal enrichment aspects of working at the shelter.  An avid outdoorsman, Jared fishes, hunts and camps.

Chris Sibr, Canine Technician

Kanella Conklin, Canine Technician

Dusti East, Canine Technician

Callie Dahmen, Feline Technician

Kayla Kilbride, Feline Technician