Heart of the Valley Staff

Administrative Staff

Marla and dogs

Executive Director-Marla Caulk


Operations Director-Sharon Burnett

Marla is a Montana native who moved back to the state in 2015 to assume the position of Executive Director at the shelter. Her career in nonprofit leadership spans more than 30 years and includes her most recent position as Chief Operations Officer with the national YWCA USA where she was responsible for administration, communications, public policy and development for one of the top 25 largest nonprofit organizations in the country. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Marla and her husband Carl live in Bozeman with their two amazing dogs Tilly and Koda (both HOV Alum). Sharon moved to Bozeman in 2015 from Vermont where she worked for eight years as the Shelter Manager for the Second Chance Animal Shelter. At HOV, Sharon is responsible for overseeing animal care, adoptions, veterinary services, spay/neuter clinics, facilities and grounds. Sharon’s family includes her husband Chris, three rescue dogs — Quinn, Mattie and Betty — and three rescue cats —  Maverick, Goose, and Sirius (HOV Alums).
Email Marla at ed@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 203 Email Sharon at od@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 220



Volunteer and Education Manager-Emily Burkhardt


Director of Annual Giving-Andrea Lambert

Emily moved to Bozeman from Wyoming where she worked as the Project Coordinator with Upward Bound at the University of Wyoming.  Emily is responsible for recruitment, training and supervision of HOV volunteers, community outreach and the humane education program. Emily and her husband Andy have a collie/lab Baron. A Montana native, Andrea has worked as a professional fundraiser in Bozeman since 2005. Andrea specializes in Annual Giving and Special Event fundraising as well as production of annual appeals, newsletters, e-appeals and more. Previous to joining Heart of the Valley, Andrea was Manager of Annual giving and Special Events at Bozeman Health Foundation for eight and half years and spent four years as the VP of Development for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Gallatin County. Andrea’s family includes her husband Tim, daughter Elle, cat Chico and dog Tootsie.
Email Emily at volunteer@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 223  Email Andrea at development@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399 ext. 221



Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving-Tiffany Sandholm


Development Associate-Marie Spain

Tiffany has lived in Bozeman for 19 years. She has been in Development for 10 years with local organizations such as, Big Brothers Big Sisters, MSU Foundation, Classics for Kids and Thrive. Tiffany’s family includes her husband, Jeff, two sons, Aiden and Parker and their dachshund, Benito. Please contact Tiffany regarding donations, planned giving, the Montana Tax Credit and The Best Friends Forever Endowment. Contact Marie for donations, 3rd Party Fundraisers, memorials, and honorariums.
 Email Tiffany at tiffany@heartofthevalleyshelter.org or call ext. 224  Email Marie at deva@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 222


Operational Staff

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Animal Services Coordinator-Katie Grudecki


Shelter Manager-Blaine Lorkiewicz

Contact Katie for more information about our Foster program and our weekly Spay Neuter Assistance Program. Blaine manages the daily care of the cats and dogs at the shelter.
Email Katie at katie@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 204  Email Blaine at frontdesk@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 237



Customer Service Representative-Megan Flamm


Behavior Consultant-Ben Donoghue

Contact Megan to report your pet if it is missing or if you found a stray animal. Contact Ben for information about HOV hosted canine training classes.
Email Megan at frontdesk@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 201  Email Ben at ben@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 207


Veterinary Staff

Dr Shinn-05455

Veterinarian-Dr. Jennifer Shinn

Dr Lovgren-05521

Veterinarian-Dr. Greg Lovgren



Medical Coordinator-Kari Chiocchi


Veterinary Technician-Molly Cayer

Animal Care Specialists

Kennel Coordinator-Eastin Grotewold

Kennel Coordinator-Beverly Scott

Behavior Assistant-Dusti East


Callie Houck-Sr. Animal Care Specialist

Diane Browand
Sierra Lenox
Rachel Leonard

Scott Zimmerman
Shannon Steinmetz


Maintenance Technician 


Jim Vojtek