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.


Courtney Burns
Interim Vice President, Animal Welfare 

Courtney Burns joined the SPCA of Texas in 2010. She has over 20 years of experience in the animal 
industry and has served in a variety of different positions within the SPCA of Texas before assuming her role as Interim Vice President of Animal Welfare. Courtney oversees the Animal Care, Behavior, Livestock & Equine departments as well as the SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit. Courtney leads the SPCA of Texas’ disaster response efforts on a local, regional, and national level and she serves as the President of Dallas County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) as well as the Chair of the Dallas County Animal Response Team. 

Courtney is a licensed Peace Officer in the State of Texas, and is commissioned as a Sheriff’s Deputy in both Hunt and Hopkins Counties. She resides in Hunt County with her family and a menagerie of pets, including her beloved pet steer, Newton, who was rescued from neglect in 2021. 


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

Amanda Rainey, CFRE
Vice President of Development

Amanda Rainey joined the SPCA of Texas in 2021, overseeing the Development department. Amanda and the Development team help build relationships with supporters in the community and throughout the country to achieve the SPCA of Texas’ mission and vision of providing ever animal exceptional care and a loving home. Prior to her work with SPCA of Texas, Amanda has contributed to the success of other area nonprofits including the University of Dallas, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and Big Thought in her prior roles as Vice President.

Amanda has an undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. She resides in Grand Prairie with her dogs Melvin, Phoebe and PattyCake. When she’s not working with donors and community members, you can find Amanda volunteering at local open intake animal shelters in the large dog area.



Don LindsleyDon 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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"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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