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Jill Leiva, Senior Director
Jill was born and raised on the coast just south of San Francisco and grew up surrounded by numerous animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, iguanas, fish, frogs, and even a horse). As a kid she would help catch young kittens from feral colonies and find them homes. Later she'd become a junior volunteer at the SF SPCA as a dog walker. While in college she was an active volunteer at the local county shelter where she was involved with socialization, adoption counseling, and fostering. Currently she has two dogs adopted while with Copper's Dream.
Alyce Yetso, Senior Director
Alyce is a native of the South Bay, and sixth generation Californian. She grew up in a home that always had animals, whether dogs, cats, rabbits, birds or fish. She'd bring home any stray dog she found, secretly hoping the owner wouldn't be found and she could keep it. As an adult, she's always had dogs and cats. Previously she was in the tech sector of private security, with experience in training, procedural writing, recruiting, payroll and personnel management. She began as a foster for Copper’s Dream in 2011. Her current animals are all rescues, Maple - from CARE, Clyde - from Copper’s Dream, and 2 kittens from a litter of strays she helped a friend rescue.
Meghan Kirby-McFarland, Director
Meghan's animal volunteering started with wildlife rescue and feral cat care in high school. While at Cornell University she accompanied cats to an elder care community as part of an animal therapy program. After braving one Cornell winter she high-tailed it back to California where she graduated from Stanford University ('05) with a degree in Urban Studies. She's worked in environmental consulting and conservation, but now works in UX Design at LinkedIn. Her wonderful dog Fletcher was rescued from the Merced shelter.
Lee Kuhn, Director
Lee grew up on a farm in Maryland with six dogs, seven cats, two horses, a goat and several pet mice, all of whom were rescues. In 2002, she finished up at Duke Law School and moved out to California to work as an attorney. While taking on pro bono projects, she noticed her interests gravitated towards the animal legal rights arena. She handled various matters for the Animal Legal Defense Fund during her time in practice. After moving into the legal recruiting industry, Lee found that she had more free time and started off fostering before coming on as a director.
Lauren Pfeiffer, Director
Although a Bay Area native, Lauren grew up in Arizona surrounded by many animals including dogs, horses, goats, chickens, and even a pet donkey named Niner. As a child, her family was involved in informal rescue efforts locally as well as a few road trips to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. She returned to the Bay Area after school, built her career and family, and is grateful to have the opportunity to be involved again with animal rescue and Copper’s Dream. She currently works as the Assistant Treasurer at Adobe in San Jose, and has a Copper’s Dream pup (Lucy), two guinea pigs (Jack & Cheddar), and three horses (Smokey, Jesse and Scarlett).
Jennifer Wang, Founder
Jennifer is a Bay Area native and a passionate animal lover since childhood. Her experience at age 16 as a veterinary assistant for the Santa Clara Humane Society solidified her commitment to the “no-kill philosophy”. While at Stanford University she founded the Stanford Animal Action Group (SAAG), a student group committed to raising money for local no-kill shelters. She also interned for the Palo Alto Humane Society assisting in a campaign to educate low income communities on the importance of spaying and neutering. After finishing up at Harvard Law School in 2008, Jennifer founded Copper's Dream with her sister Samantha.
Samantha Wang, Co-Founder
Samantha's earliest memories are filled with the many animal companions she grew up with, from Doodle the yellow tabby to Copper, the dog who inspired this rescue group. Samantha has enjoyed working at Garrod Farms (where she indulged in her love for horses), and volunteering with Furry Friends in facilitating pet-assisted therapy with her dog Goldie. She's currently finishing up her degree at UCLA.