President, Treasurer, and Co-Founder
Lori Abdul: was born and raised in Staten Island N.Y. where she met her husband. She has over 20 years experience as a groomer and owned and operated a grooming salon in the Pocono's before relocating to Rockford in 2006. Lori also worked at a local no-kill shelter as a assistant supervisor for 1 1/2 years. She still resides in Rockford with her husband; they have 3 kids, the oldest is an Architect, the middle is in the Air Force and the youngest is in college. They lost their nine year old adopted neutered male Bichon, Lucky to cancer 7 months ago. He was the family's baby and they are still taking time after the loss to grieve.
Nikki Illgen: Nikki is acting Vice President. Nikki works full time for a E-Commerce company in Janesville, WI as a office manager. She has a 8 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix, Shelbie. She also fosters for WCAS. She lives in Machesney Park, IL. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, shopping and concerts. She looks forward to working with GSAS and helping it grow to its' full potential.
Secretary of the Board
Carmen Santana: Has been a dog trainer for 4 years, she works on dog behavior. Carmen owns 1 dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She has 1 daughter, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren and lives in Loves Park, IL. She is currently working at PetCo as a dog trainer.
Vicki Maish: Vicki has worked for CRCC for 2 years part time and is an apprentice for repairing CNC lathes and routers. Vicki has 1 son and owns Yukon, a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. She has been around animals her entire life with her father being a retired veterinarian and grandfather was a farmer. She resides in Rockford, IL.
WIFR aired this on 10pm newscast at our 2nd Annual Bowling Event.
To promote animal welfare, educate against breed bias, and to foster a no-kill culture.