William Barse, "Mr. Bill"
Founder and Director of Doggoneexpress, Inc., Bill came to the New Orleans area in 2006 to assist in the rebuilding of the Gulf Region. Prior to that, he had a financial investment brokerage and a real estate brokerage in Maryland for 18 years. He currently has a real estate brokerage in Louisiana, where his focus is in the industrial commercial market. Bill has used his previous experience in wildlife rescue and dog training to assist the Humane Society of Louisiana in their anti-abuse work. He is an animal cruelty investigator with HSL, as well as a board member for HSL’s Dixieland Animal Rescue and Evacuation Center in Tylertown, Mississippi.
Jeff established the Humane Society of Louisiana in 1988 in response to the great need in the state for humane shelters. Jeff, now Executive Director of HSL, opened Safe House for Abused Animals in 2001 and, in 2003, became a licensed private investigator into animal cruelty cases. In 2007, Jeff established the New Orleans Vegetarian Society and currently acts as a consultant for Alley Cat Allies. Dorson, a graduate of Kenyon College, is one of Louisiana’s leading abuse investigators.
Diane received her Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and her graduate degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. Diane has worked with animals since her teens. She has been actively involved throughout her adult life with various animal rescue groups in south Louisiana, and she owns and operates Petcetera, a full-service pet boutique is located at 3205 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.
Jacob is a Jefferson Parish native and has spent the past decade working in animal welfare. Jacob was Director of the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, where he oversaw the transition of that organization into the region’s first LEAD-certified green animal shelter, before accepting a job as a consultant to the Jefferson Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. He has developed strong relationships with local and national animal welfare groups and breed rescue groups. Currently living in New Orleans with his two adopted dogs, a cat, and one revolving foster dog, Stroman sees his work with animals as a lifestyle rather than as a job.
A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Angela received her BFA from Beaver College in Glenside, PA. She moved to Denver in 2007 and started her design firm, 3 Charm Studio. In October of 2013, she saw a news report on her Twitter feed featuring Bill and the Big House program. It seemed like such an amazing concept for the animals and people involved, so she reached out to Bill. Her offer was simple: allow her to photograph the participants for an art project in exchange for website redesign. Almost a year and many flights from DIA to MSY later, Angela is now a resident of New Orleans and has expanded her design contributions to program logos and print marketing. She is a volunteer at Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), where she helps with animal care and creates kennel tags for the dogs to increase engagement with potential adopters. Her goal is to give the DoggoneExpress organization professional presence and exposure in order to drive donations, grants, contributions and adoptions.
Johnna is the animal care director for the Humane Society of Louisiana. She oversees the operation of the Dixieland Animal Rescue and Evacuation Center and Marywood Sanctuary in Tylertown Mississippi. She coordinates and supervises all animal transportation out of Louisiana for the Humane Society.