SPCA of Texas Leadership Team

Karen Froehlich

Karen Froehlich, CAWA
President and CEO

Karen Froehlich, President and CEO for the SPCA of Texas, joined the organization in January of 2016. Karen is an accomplished animal welfare professional with proven experience directing all aspects of daily business operations within the animal welfare sector. She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

Prior to joining SPCA of Texas, Karen was the Director of Grants and Programs at PetSmart Charities where she was responsible for annual funding of $25 million to animal welfare groups to save more lives and make their communities a better place for animals. She was also Executive Director of the Humane Society of Central Texas in Waco and had extensive experience in the corporate environment before entering animal welfare in 2007. She lives in Dallas with her dogs and cats.

Samantha Burnett

Samantha "Sam" Burnett
Vice President, Organizational Development

Samantha Burnett joined the SPCA of Texas team in September of 2019. Her role with the SPCA of Texas is to oversee our people and culture through thoughtful leadership of the Human Resources and Volunteer departments.

Samantha spent over 10 years at the Oklahoma Humane Society, with her final four years as Vice President of Operations.  During her tenure with the Oklahoma Humane Society, Samantha launched and managed multiple highly credited programs.  More recently, she spent two years as a program officer for criminal justice reform for the Arnall Family Foundation, proving her love for both people and animals alike.

Samantha brings a deep knowledge of industry standards, human resources laws and regulations as well as strong employee relations, relationship building and communications skills. These drive her in leading diverse work teams, developing organization-wide strategies for program excellence, engaging community partners, and partnering with internal and external stakeholders and boards of directors to further the SPCA of Texas’ mission.

Samantha graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelors in business administration and holds certifications as an Animal Welfare Administrator, and a Senior Professional in Human Resources. 

Maura Davies

Maura Davies
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Maura Davies, Vice President for Marketing & Communications for the SPCA of Texas, has been with the organization since June of 2001. Maura oversees the Marketing & Communications department, which is responsible for responding to and working with traditional and social media to publicize the SPCA of Texas’ many programs and services; maintaining the SPCA of Texas’ website; raising funds through Special Events, Corporate partnerships and online initiatives, designing and producing collateral material and spreading the word about the SPCA of Texas to the community at large with a focus on maintaining the SPCA of Texas’ brand.

Prior to her work with the SPCA of Texas, she was a non-fiction book editor. Maura graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in English and from Southern Methodist University with a master’s degree in English. She resides in Dallas with her family, which includes their cat, Opal.

Maura Davies

Meredith Jones, MA
Vice President, Operations

Meredith Jones joined the SPCA of Texas in February of 2016. She has an extensive background in grassroots advocacy and activism, leadership experience with nationally-renowned animal welfare organizations, and has fought passionately for equal access for underserved pets and their people throughout her career. Prior to joining the SPCA of Texas, Meredith managed spay/neuter and community pet program grants at PetSmart Charities; oversaw the opening of a Humane Alliance-affiliated spay/neuter clinic; managed the daily operations of one of North Carolina’s most successful mobile spay/neuter clinics; and was a charter member of the nationally-acclaimed community outreach organization, Beyond Fences. As Vice President of Operations for the SPCA of Texas, Meredith strives to ensure that all programs are dedicated to providing accessible, compassionate, and nonjudgmental assistance in order to: strengthen the bond between pets and their owners; keep pets in their homes; eliminate economic euthanasia; improve the health and quality of life for all pets in our target communities; and provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Meredith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Government and from Duke University with a master’s degree in Political Science. She resides in Dallas with her husband.

Don Lindsley
Vice President, Finance

Don Lindsley joined the SPCA of Texas in July of 2013.  He is responsible for all administrative and operational accounting services, strategic financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, accounting standards and procedures and financial policy matters. With over thirty years in the field of financial management, Don has achieved highly successful results in the for-profit industries of retail, restaurant and entertainment, distribution and manufacturing as well as the non-profit sector. He spent eleven years with the professional services firm of Deloitte & Touche.

Don is a native of Dallas, graduating from St. Mark’s School of Texas in 1977. He obtained BBA in accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a CPA and holds memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. His civic service includes serving on the Board of Trustees for the St. Mark’s School of Texas.  Don resides in Dallas with his family, which includes their dachshund named Dash.



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SPCA of Texas Voices

"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

Pet Owner