The Amazing GTHS Team

The GTHS Team consists of board members, staff and amazing volunteers! We could not do the amazing work we do, without the dedication and hard work from each and every one of our team members!

GTHS Staff

Sonya Reichel, Executive Director
705-445-5204 EXT.225 | Send EmailSonya grew up in London Ontario and spent most of her youth around horses, dogs and cats. She has been working or volunteering in the animal industry since she was 14 years old, starting her career at the SARI therapeutic riding centre for people with disabilities. Sonya holds a degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Guelph and she spent four years working in animal welfare in British Columbia before joining the GTHS in 2012. Sonya’s family consists of two adopted cats, Lavender and Blinks, an adopted German Shepherd, Kya, a German husband Marco and their young daughter, Anna. In her free time, Sonya will be at her cabin on the Bruce Peninsula or enjoying the great outdoors around Collingwood.

Lynne Patterson, Adoptions and Outreach Supervisor
705-445-5204 EXT.226 | Send EmailLynne joined the GTHS because of her love for animals! Previously working in the banking and event management industries, Lynne has found her true passion in helping find cats and dogs their forever homes. Working with the GTHS since 2013, Lynne has completed numerous courses and attended conferences in animal welfare and shelter health and wellness. Lynne’s animal family consists of Becky, her female cat that rules the roost; Sammy, her male cat that she found homeless outdoors; Cole, a GTHS Alumni kitty; and Miss Ava, another GTHS Alumni aka ‘pound hound’ who they adore and spoil! Lynne spends her free time reading, hiking with Ava and helping her kitties explore their wild side on-leash outdoors. She is also ‘taxi driver’ to two beautiful children!

Robyn Underhill, Animal Health and Operations Supervisor
705-445-5204 EXT.223 Send EmailRobyn joined the GTHS in 2015, and has been working with animals for over 15 years. She holds her designation as a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been working in Veterinary Medicine since 2007. Born and raised in Collingwood, Robyn now resides in Kimberley with her husband Clayton, her three senior cats Toby, Emma, and Frank, Wembley the poodle mix, Pixel the pug mix, and Humphrey the Red Footed Tortoise. In her free time, Robyn can be found hiking in the Grey Highlands, back-country canoeing, or backpacking in Algonquin Park – all with her husband and her dogs!

Marissa Dolotallas, Development & Administrative Supervisor
705-445-5204 EXT.228 Send EmailMarissa joined the GTHS team in October 2015. She brings with her over 20 years of sales, marketing and administration, with a penchant for owning and managing start-ups including See Sawyer Run. Growing up on the west coast, Marissa’s compassion for the environment and community wellness has expanded to include abandoned cats and dogs – because they all deserve a loving home! Her family includes one rescue dog, Sawyer (black lab cross) and one Maltese husband, Chris. At play, you’ll find Marissa teaching others the joy of stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) and sea kayaking – or off on a back-country camping adventure by canoe, kayak or SUP – with Sawyer too!

Lindsay Robinson, Customer Service Coordinator
705-445-5204 EXT.221 | Send EmailLindsay grew up in Tiny Ontario with a love of all animals. For high school Lindsay attend Bethany Hills which incorporated riding and horsemanship into its education program. Lindsay then moved to Bristol Virginia to complete a 4 year bachelor program for Equine Studies focus on horse show management. Life then brought Lindsay back to Ontario, and to the Collingwood area. She spent 7 years in the hospitality field where she met her husband Michael. Nowadays Lindsay likes to spend her free time sailing with her dad, golfing with her friends, and traveling with Michael. They are hoping to have a dog join their family soon, just waiting for the right forever friend.

Courtney Hancock, Canine Behaviour and Program Coordinator
705-445-5204 EXT.229 | Send EmailCourtney has been working with animals for over ten years, starting her career in a doggy daycare. Her passion has always been for canine behaviour and understanding the ‘how and why’ of certain canine behaviours. After 5 years of working as a canine behavioural consultant, Courtney joined the GTHS in November 2015 to help homeless dogs find their forever homes. Courtney’s animal family consists of two ten year old dogs named Grissom and George and a cat named Lucifer. In her spare time you will find Courtney outdoors with her dogs either hiking, running or snowshoeing.

Lisa Guthrie, Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator
705-445-5204 EXT.230 | Send EmailLisa is a Northern Girl at heart, having been born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but fell in love with the beautiful Collingwood area thirteen years ago. She’s a life-long animal lover who has shared her life with a multitude of pets over the years: cats, ferrets, an iguana, tropical fish, a rabbit and of course, dogs. Lisa spends as much time as possible enjoying and exploring the great outdoors with her husband and fur-baby Sully, a 6-year-old German Shepard cross and GTHS alumni. She has spent the last twenty years working in the environmental field, with a focus on education, outreach and stakeholder relations. She is overjoyed to be joining the incredible GTHS team.

Sue Dilts, Kennel Attendant – Weekends
705-445-5204 EXT.229 | Send EmailSue has been working for three years at the GTHS and volunteering for four. In addition to cats and dogs, Sue has experience working with donkeys, horses and ferrets! During the week, Sue works as an educational assistant and an infant and child development counsellor. At the GTHS Sue is considered an animal angel because she has welcomed three senior homeless animals into her home; Nikki, the 14 year old Malamute and cats Lin Lin and Katniss. Sue enjoys softball, rollerblading, swimming, horseback riding and baking!

Pat Cosgrove, Pet Point Data Entry Clerk
705-445-5204 EXT.0 | Send EmailPat has been working with GTHS since 2013, with extensive background in volunteering with animals, foster care, and coordinating adoptions. Her Pet Point experience and knowledge keeps the animal records in good order, always alert to update her training. Pat’s family consists of a boston terrier, Logan, a 16 year old cat named Dove, and numerous queens and kittens throughout the year as she is an avid foster parent.

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