2018 Board Members


President: Chelbye McIntyre

Chelbye is a Colorado Springs native (born and raised), but currently lives in Fountain. She has found a passion in caring for special needs dogs and has raised a few of them herself. She currently has three dogs, Daisy, Rexy, and Skyler. Chelbye works as a Stewardship Manager at Catholic Charities of Central Colorado

Secretary: Shandra Hanchett

Shandra has lived in Colorado Springs since 1991, and has worked at USAA Insurance since 1992. Shandra used to volunteer at Pikes Peak Hospice with her Therapy dog Ruthie. It’s through Pikes Peak Hospice that Shandra learned about Safe Place for Pets. Anything to do with animals tugs at Shandra’s heart strings. She has been involved with Safe Place for over 5 years. She is also one of the Initial Contact Coordinators; checking all the emails that come into Safe Place. She loves to hike, work in her garden, read and do crafts.

Member at Large: Joanne Bonicelli

Joanne is a retired hospice program director, nurse, and a founding member of Safe Place for Pets. She’s an avid gardener, scrabble and Pickleball player, and animal lover. She is committed to adopting senior Safe Place dogs and having them live out their life with her.

Additional Board Members:

Placement Coordinator: Eve Jones

Treasurer: Stephanie Campbell

Marketing Chair: Linda Pulman

Member at Large/Past President: Dennis Bagenstos


In Memoriam: Paula Fischer

For 17 years Paula served as a foster, placement volunteer, treasurer, event cashier, finance chair, and board member. We miss you dearly. On behalf of the volunteers, past and present, and the hundreds of placed pets, we thank you for your many, many years of incredible service.