Our Staff

Our Staff Page Banner

Meet Our Shelter Staff!

In addition to the full time management team below, we are extremely grateful for the dedication of our part-time animal handlers who work hard every day improving the quality of lives for the homeless four legged friends in our care, and for our very committed volunteers who give of their time to help us achieve our mission.
Photo of staff member with cat

Toni Bianchi
Shelter Director

(Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed
(Certified Behavior Consultant Canine-Knowledge Assessed)
(Certified Dog Behavior Consultant)
Shelter Behavior Affiliate
Toni has been Shelter Director for four years, and volunteered at the shelter for several years before that.  As Director, Toni monitors, evaluates and improves services provided by the Animal Shelter and Animal Control. She is responsible for developing, implementing and assessing long range/strategic planning and policies and staying abreast of current animal welfare issues and sheltering standards. What she likes most about her job is helping to ensure that homeless animals have a safe place to stay until their forever home can be found.

Photo of staff member with kitten

Darrin Biggs
Assistant Shelter Director

Darrin provides daily supervision of the Porter County Animal Shelter and our staff. He reviews and updates Shelter procedures and guidelines, and assures that they are properly implemented. He also assures that our animal care programs are administered humanely. Darrin has been at the Shelter for over 6 years, helping sick animals heal is his greatest satisfaction.
Photo of staff member with dog

Dawn Harbaugh
Intake & Adoption Coordinator

Dawn manages all intakes and adoptions at the Shelter, which includes answering all adoption and intake phone and email inquiries, maintaining the pet inventory data base, arranging spay/neuter and veterinary appointments, assisting potential adopters with the adoption process plus various administrative duties. She has been at the Shelter for over 10 years, including 2 years as a volunteer and 8 years as a staff member. Dawn's favorite part of her job is hearing from adopters about how well their new furry family member is doing in their new home, especially when the animal was a long term resident of the shelter and/or came to us in poor shape.
Animal Medical Supervisor Cheryl Roberts With Dog

Cheryl Roberts
Animal Medical Supervisor

Cheryl is responsible for the daily health management for all of the animals at the shelter, including performing health assessments at intake, coordination with veterinarians and administering medications daily. Cheryl has been with the Shelter since 2011 and has over 20 years experience in animal health care.
Rescue & Volunteer Coordinator Alexis Oar With Dog

Alexis Oar
Rescue & Volunteer Coordinator

As Rescue Coordinator, her priority is to work with rescue organizations to place animals that require more intensive care and a calmer environment. As Volunteer Coordinator, she recruits and trains new volunteers while always looking for new ways to improve the volunteer program. Alexis's favorite part of her job is involvement in the rehabilitation and behavior modification improvements with our dogs by facilitating play groups, training programs and socialization efforts.
Photo of staff member with dog

Danielle Lopez
Public Relations Coordinator

Danielle is often the first face you will see or voice you will hear when you visit or call the Shelter. In many ways, she is the liaison between our two legged visitors and our four legged guests. Danielle takes in the lost and stray animals, helps reunite them with there families, and works with the public to find forever homes for those who are not reunited. Danielle has been with the Shelter for over 5 years, and is overwhelming gratified by helping to positively change the lives of our animals and their families.