Board of Directors
Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Lanie Crawford, President
Lanie is a business owner, Office Manager/Accountant, and previous Veterinary Technician that resides near Ottawa, KS with her husband and two young children, and The Zoo (as her home has been affectionately termed). She is also a student with two Associates degrees, is completing her Bachelor's of Animal Science, minor in Business, and working toward her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, and is also a stay at home mommy to three young children. Lanie and her family have a Weimaraner, Vizsla, ten Alaskan Klee Kai, three cats, and a horse. They also usually have at least a couple of foster dogs at any given time.
Lanie's passion in life is clearly animals, and specifically dogs. She has been officially involved in rescue work for nearly 20 years (and starting as a child, she volunteered for the local animal shelter and helped other rescue groups). She has been active in dog show conformation, animal assisted therapy, fieldwork, and has interests in obedience, agility, weight pull, hunt tests, and field trials.
Lanie has been a member of Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, United Alaskan Klee Kai Association, Weimaraner Club of Greater Kansas City, Weimaraner Club of America, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Sunflower Kennel Club, Lawrence-Jayhawk Kennel Club, Weimaraner Rescue Railroad, and is also the president and founder of RSTAR Rescue. Lanie was the chairperson for the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America Rescue League, from March 2006 until June 2008, when she co-founded Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue, Inc.
Samantha Lehr, Secretary
Samantha has worked in rescue for 30 years. She currently teaches Physics, Biology, Chemistry with a focus in Bioengineering, and Ancient Civ. She also designs jewelry and teaches jewelry classes. Much of her art is animal centered and used for fundraising.
Sam's "herd" includes her beloved dogs and a plethora of animals that seem to just show up at her school or second job with a note asking for her to find them a home. Currently she has 4 birds, a chinchilla, a hamster, a sugar glider, and a micro pig. Never a dull moment.
Hannah Snyder, Treasurer
Originally from Connecticut and a graduate of Hamilton College, Hannah spent 17 years in New Jersey, working in the technology field for a number of financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, MetLife and Citigroup. A job offer in the Bay Area from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company took her out to California for four years where she led LMSSC Business Continuity efforts and met her husband. Missing the east coast and the four seasons she and her new husband packed up their belongings and drove cross country in 2013 to land in the Finger Lakes in upstate New York where they call Canandaigua, NY home.
Hannah is a devoted animal lover, food enthusiast and yoga practitioner. She spends her days house sitting, pet sitting, and dog walking, and is the Director of Risk Management and Business Continuity for the Blackhawk Emergency Management Group. She has also just launched an organic essential oil line and a natural perfume line for the Flint Creek Soap Co. based out of Naples, NY.
Leah Ann Hilgert, Volunteer/Shelter Outreach Director
A life-long resident of Jefferson City, Missouri, Leah Ann is an avid animal lover. Her first furchild was a Siberian Husky named Sasha and they shared 14+ wonderful years together. Her Vet would ask when she was getting another dog since she was such a good pet owner, and she always answered: "when they figure out how to make a husky stay little."
While helping a friend with his puppy, she realized it was time to bring that love back into her life. She searched for a northern breed dog that would stay small and almost gave up. But an internet search for "miniature husky" popped up Alaskan Klee Kai. It was love at first site. On August 5, 2009 her perfect princess "Nikita" was born and came to her Missouri forever home on September 26th. They have been attached at the hip ever since. Nikita sleeps in the bed, goes to work, on vacations, tailgates at Kansas City Chiefs games and pretty much anywhere Leah Ann can take her. Leah Ann is just getting started with Show-Me AKK and hopes to start breeding and adding to her pack. In fact when looking for a new home, that was one of the most important criteria. The dogs will live in the house and if they all want to sleep in the bed, she may have to trade her queen in for a king size bed. Leah Ann is a member of the AKKAOA and the UAKKA, and is honored to serve on the Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue Board of Directors.
Leah Ann has been employed with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 513 as Office Manager of their Jefferson City Union Hall since 2005. Previously she was employed as Executive Director of the Missouri Jaycees, and has 18+ years of service with the State of Missouri. She was a charter member of the Capital City Jaycees and served in several different positions including President. She was named "Outstanding Paid Executive Vice President" by the US Junior Chamber of Commerce and was also awarded Junior Chamber International Senator #55561. She served the Missouri JCI Senate as Treasurer and was named "Outstanding State Treasurer" by the US JCI Senate.
Leah Ann is a HUGE football fan, loves the outdoors, 80's Hair Bands, Key West Florida and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and furbaby.
Cindy Kettering, Public Relations/Communications Director
Bio coming soon