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 Email  Sonya 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.
Glenda Green, Operations Manager
705-445-5204 EXT.231 Send Email Glenda was born and raised in Toronto but fell in love with the quiet life when she settled in Simcoe County after completing her Commerce degree in Sudbury. Glenda grew up with a love of animals and has experience with dogs, cats, fish, an iguana and even turtles. Today she shares her home with her two amazing children, husband Darryl, two affectionate labs (Irish and Nervo) and three entertaining rescue cats (Raven, Rally and Alice). In her spare time Glenda and her children are active volunteers and kitten foster parents and the whole family can often be found enjoying Simcoe County trails, hiking Algonquin Park and canoeing on Georgian Bay. Glenda is extremely excited to bring her business and human resources background to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society and help make a positive contribution to the amazing work being done by the GTHS team!
Marissa Dolotallas, Fundraising Coordinator
705-445-5204 EXT.228 Send Email  Marissa 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!
Robyn Underhill, Animal Health and Operations Supervisor
705-445-5204 EXT.223 Send Email  Robyn 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 Wasaga Beach with her husband Clayton, her four senior cats Toby, Emma, Dexter and Frankie, Wembley the poodle mix, Pixel the pug mix, and Humphrey the Red Footed Tortoise. In her free time, Robyn can be found hiking, back-country canoeing, or backpacking – all with her husband and her dogs!
Courtney Hancock, Canine Behaviour and Program Coordinator
705-445-5204 EXT.229 | Send Email  Courtney has been working with animals for over ten years, starting her career in a doggy daycare. Courtney’s ‘heart dog’ Grissom was dog reactive from a young age which  prompted her passion for canine behaviour and understanding the ‘how and why’ dogs act the ways they do.  After working 5 years as a canine behavioural consultant, and part-owning a very successful petsitting / off leash dog walking business, Courtney joined the GTHS in November 2015 to help misunderstood dogs find their forever homes. Courtney’s animal family consists of 12 year old Grissom (the Golden), 12 year old George (Newfie), GTHS Alumni 3 year old LaMunah (Australian Cattle Dog), 2 year old Jo (Aussie Shep) and GTHS Alumni 16 year old Nacho (Chihuahua). You likely won’t see Courtney outside of work without her dogs! Whether that be hiking, swimming, running or snowshoeing – the furfamily will be there!
Lindsay Robinson, Administrative Supervisor
705-445-5204 EXT.221 | Send Email  Lindsay 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.
Lisa Guthrie, Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator
705-445-5204 EXT.230 | Send Email  Lisa 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.
Ayrlea Manchester, Adoption and Outreach Supervisor
705-445-5204 EXT.226 | Send Email  Ayrlea was raised in Collingwood and grew up walking neighbour’s dogs, working at vet clinics and eventually volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary as well. After moving away for university, traveling and then living in Calgary for a few years, Ayrlea returned to Collingwood in 2016. Ayrlea’s very first family dog was adopted from GTHS in 2005, back when it was the Collingwood & District Humane Society. Ayrlea now has a fur-baby named Gryffin, who she affectionately refers to as a “beautiful mega mutt.” Gryff goes everywhere with Ayrlea. In their free time you can usually catch them swimming in the bay, on hike or snowshoeing together somewhere. Ayrlea is very excited to join the GTHS team and utilize her experience and love of animals to help our shelter pets find loving homes!
Karen Marsh, Humane Education Coordinator
Karen has over 22 years of teaching experience in the Peel District School Board where she taught English and Humanities at the secondary level. She spent the final eight years of her career as the Head Teacher Librarian and has received a number of awards for her work with adolescents and homeless youth. She also supervised the first Animal Rights Club in Peel and raised funds yearly for the local animal shelter. Karen has dedicated her life to the protection of animals and educating others about animal welfare and is thrilled to be working in a professional capacity to this end. Karen and her husband, Brad, moved to the Collingwood area three years ago and have fallen in love with their rural property. They have two beautiful dogs who are brother and sister Newfie/Boxer mixes, Bear and Scout, and their rescue cat, Boo Kitty. In her free time, Karen is always with her husband and beloved dogs, walking the trails around home, reading, cooking and/ or camping up north in their RV.
Lauren Parr, Animal Care Attendant
Lauren was born and raised in the UK and moved to Canada after graduating from Newcastle University. Lauren spent several years working with horses (and other animals!) Lauren joined GTHS as a volunteer and is very excited to be joining the team. She enjoys spending time with my family and our pets, dogs Jimmy and Katie, cats Martin and Maisie and ever faithful horse Remie.
Sue Dilts, Kennel Attendant – Weekends
Sue 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, Customer Service Assistant
Pat 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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