Our Founders

Committed to the Cause

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Ann King

 Ann is a certified dog trainer, and has her own training and pet care business.  She has worked extensively with many local shelters and is currently the trainer for 2 local shelters. Ann loves volunteering with the dogs whether it is at the shelter or with her own dogs doing therapy work.  She has five rescue dogs, as well as three pet rats, and her sofa is home to countless other critters who need a soft way station on the road of life. 

Doug Tappan

Doug was a founding member of Best Bullies, after putting in many faithful hours as a volunteer at the Yonkers shelter, training and providing crucial exercise and stimulation for the larger dogs.  He is a husband, a busy father, and an airplane pilot—and we are forever grateful for Doug’s time and expertise in getting Best Bullies off the ground.

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Jo Ann Beard

Jo Ann is a writer and animal advocate who teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Her dog, Beatrice, is a Best Bullies rescue.

Our Board Members

Ritsa Galitsis
CPDT, VSPT

Ritsa has been a trainer for over 15 years, continuously working with rescues and shelters. She is currently operates her own training business, Happy Hounds. She lives with her "unicorn dogs" Indi and Bill.

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Laura Owen
Community Coordinator

Laura was born and raised in Queens and has been a teacher for 26 years. Her early love of animals was inspired by her mother wo was a dog groomer and breeder of poodles. She has been volunteering at Mount Vernon Animal Shelter for many years and we are privileged to have her on our team.

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Monique Pujol Taylor

Monique grew up in NYC where her parents owned a succesful French restaurant. After moving to Westchester, Monique started volunteering at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter where she can be found most days. Monique often has at least one of two Best Bullies dogs at her home at any given time.

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Dr. Adrianna Calise
DVM

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Marisa Inzucchi

Marisa, born and raised in the Bronx, worked in the fashion industry in Manhattan for many years before following her true passion and starting her own dog walking/pet care business, True North Dog. Over the years, she has volunteered at various animal shelters, where she met Nina, a pit bull mix with whom she now shares her home in Westchester. Marisa currently volunteers at Pet Rescue, where she is always trying to learn the wisdom these amazing animals have to teach.

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Keri Sershon
Foster Coordinator

Keri spends her volunteer time at Mount Vernon Animal Shelter from where she has fostered many dogs for Best Bullies.