Animal Services Advisory Committee

Community Animal Welfare Presentation on Wednesday September 27, 2023 – 7 PM to 8:30 PM Featuring Dr. Sara Pizano – See Attached Flyer


Mo. Co. Code Section 5-105


The purpose of the Montgomery County Animal Services Advisory Committee is to, in partnership with the Office of Animal Services, advise the County Council and the County Executive on issues pertaining to animal care and welfare, animal rescue, animal fostering and adoption, control of the animal population, animal bite prevention, zoonotic disease transmission, educating the public on safely coexisting with wildlife, best practices for animal shelters now and in the future, recruiting volunteers, and any other issues related to the operation of the County's Office of Animal Services (OAS).


The Committee has 11 voting members and 3 ex-officio non-voting members. View Council Bill num: 37-21 to learn about the composition, terms and duties of the ASAC committee members.

Committee Members

Appointed Members

Ex Officio Non-Voting Members

Kimberly Haden
ASAC Position: Non-profit organization that provides
animal fostering services in the County
Thomas J. Koenig, Executive Director
Office of Animal Services
Stephanie Arrington
Representing an animal rescue organization in the County
Dr. Gregory Lawrence, Chief Veterinarian
Office of Animal Services
Dr. Roxanne Borrok
Licensed veterinarian with pet and wildlife experience
Bonnie White, Business Operations Manager
Office of Animal Services
Victoria Thomas, Vice Chair
Representing Montgomery County Cat Coalition (MCCC)
Sandra Yuen
Recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers
Jennifer Hughes
Representing Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being (MCPAW)
Linda McMakin
Representing Friends of Montgomery County Animals (FMCA)
Jan Armstrong
Public Member who lives or works in the County
Melissa Rubin, Chair
Public Member who lives or works in the County
Elizabeth Mullen
Expertise in animal or pet behavior
Maureen Smith
Representing Second Chance Wildlife Center (SCWC)

Meeting Information

Currently the Animal Services Advisory Committee meets monthly in-person, in Derwood, MD or virtually via Teams at the following link: Teams Link

Meeting agenda documents are listed below.

Meeting Schedule

  •  September 28, 2023
  •  October 5, 2023 – Tentative
  •  November 2, 2023
  •  December 7, 2023

Meeting Minutes

Commission meeting minutes are posted after approval by ASAC Committee members.

Meeting Minutes


Animal Services Group

Members: Sandra Yuen - Chair, Jennifer Hughes, Linda McMakin, Sandra Yuen, Stephanie Arrington, OAS Staff – Spencer Kelly & Faith Koleszar 

  1. Volunteers and volunteering
  2. Surrendering Animals and Surrendering Prevention
  3. Foster Program
  4. Animal Care
  5. Adoption Policies
  6. Partnerships

Field Services and Community Cats Group

Members: Victoria Thomas - Chair, Maureen Smith, Melissa Rubin, Kim Haden, OAS Staff – Maria Anselmo & Thomas Ingle or Jeanette Wright 

  1. Field Services
  2. Animal Cruelty
  3. Community Outreach and Education, including Wildlife related issues
  4. Community Cats & Others Cat issues

Veterinary Working Group

Members: Dr. Roxanne Borrok - Chair, Jan Maria Armstrong, Beth Mullen, OAS Staff – Dr. Lawrence & Katy Winston 

  1. Low Cost/Free Spay and Neuter for Community
  2. Low Cost/Free Wellness Exams for Community
  3. Training and Behavior Wellness
  4. Animal Care 


Patricia (Trish) Ranshaw
Office Services Coordinator
Office of Animal Services
Phone: 240-773-5931