SPCA of Texas Leadership Team

Karen Froehlich, CAWA
Interim President and CEO

Karen Froehlich, Interim 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.


Maura Davies

Debra Burns
Senior Vice President, Development

Debra Burns, MA, CFRE brings a life-long experience in development at major public and private research universities and healthcare institutions, in particular the execution of comprehensive campaigns and creation of million-dollar relationships. She also brings an exceedingly high-level of proven expertise in foundation management, leadership engagement, major and planned gifts, and extensive experience with governing boards, donors, and staff.

Prior to joining the SPCA of Texas, Debra, a Dallas resident since 2004, served 10 years as a Director of Development for the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business & Economics where she stewarded that University’s largest gift [$15 million], raised an additional $10 million endowment, and developed sustainable corporate relationships that resulted in the 10-year renewal of a six-figure annual operating revenue stream. Those successes were preceded by her execution and direction of an endowment campaign for the college that resulted in securing six and seven figure gifts launching the foundation for the University’s successful $250 million comprehensive campaign. In addition, as Special Assistant to the President, Debra’s establishment and direction of best practices for board operations, development and management of a 44-member advisory board and six task forces resulted in increased public and private funding for the University. Debra’s extended resume of development career accomplishments all over the U.S. includes consistent achievement of goals, building long-term relationships, highly successful experience in operations and new construction projects, strategic planning, new revenue-producing programs, and annual special events.

Debra holds a B.S. Business Administration [Marketing/Economics] from The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut and an M.A. Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Bar Association and active community volunteer. She resides in Dallas with her family and cats Al and Boone.


Maura Davies

Maura Davies
Vice President, Communications

Maura Davies, Vice President for Communications for the SPCA of Texas, has been with the organization since 2001. Maura oversees the 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 online initiatives to support the SPCA of Texas’ goals, 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 two cats, Hemingway and Opal.


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.


Mary Ogilvie
Executive Assistant

Mary Ogilvie joined the SPCA of Texas in October of 2004.  As the Administrative Assistant to the President, Mary handles the day to day duties and responsibilities that come with supporting the President of the largest non-profit animal welfare organization in the State of Texas. Mary also provides support to the SPCA Board Chair and Board of Directors.

Before joining the SPCA of Texas Mary worked for TIG Specialty Insurance and EDS providing administrative support to Vice Presidents and Managers.

Mary and her husband Troy have one inside dog along with  two livestock guardian dogs that make sure their 27 alpacas are well taken care of.


 

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"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!"

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