Meet Sammy’s Hope Staff
Cara Ianniello has been volunteering with Sammy’s Hope since 2010 and has also served as Foster Coordinator for dogs. She was elected Board President of Sammy’s Hope in 2013 and continued to serve in that role until 2018 when she became Executive Director. She also formerly served as Director of Fundraising and Development for Sammy’s Hope. Throughout her tenure with Sammy’s Hope, Cara has focused on the socialization and adoption of shelter dogs, canine behavior evaluations, dog volunteer supervision and overall fundraising support for the organization.
Cara is currently Senior Vice President, Network Operations at Medlogix and has been employed there for the past 25 years. She is responsible for the PPO operations of the organization, including CHN PPO network development and maintenance.
director of operations
Joan Cenicola joined Sammy’s Hope in December 2010 as Outreach Coordinator and was elected to the Board in 2011 and remained a Board member through 2018. She now serves as Director of Operations for Sammy’s Hope. Since 2010, Joan has performed a wide range of duties including adoptions, canine evaluations, kennel enrichment, events and fundraising.
Joan is Vice President of NAI James E. Hanson in Teterboro, NJ, with 35 years’ experience in real estate sales, leasing, and project management.
Director of finance
Lisa Santoro began volunteering with Sammy’s Hope in 2010 focusing on canine socialization, canine behavior evaluations, volunteer supervision and adoptions of dogs in a shelter environment. She was elected to the Sammy’s Hope Board in 2011 and served as Treasurer through 2018. Lisa is currently the Director of Finance for Sammy’s Hope. She also volunteered with the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center to provide a short stay foster home for dogs graduating from the center to determine further socialization needs or how to better prepare them for living with an adoptive family.
Lisa has been employed by CHN PPO for 26 years. Her current role is Vice President, Network Operations responsible for Provider Relations and Contracting/PPO Operations, and has been responsible for various operational areas including finance, human resources, IT and project management.
Director of Feline Behavior
Trish began her work with Sammy’s Hope as a volunteer in 2010 and was elected to the Board in 2012. She served on the Board through 2018. She initially spent the majority of her time working with shelter cats to ensure their comfort, safety and health in a shelter environment. Trish has also fostered both healthy and hard to place cats and kittens as well as managed other foster families in our network from foster placement, care and ultimately adoption. Through her hands on work with cats with behavior problems as well as ongoing education, she brings thoughtful and successful methods to Sammy’s Hope to help the cats find their adoptive homes.
Since the opening of Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center, Trish’s work has expanded from just cats to the many dogs who pass through our doors. She is continually learning about dog training and behavior from the experienced staff, volunteers and guest teachers who offer their valuable time and knowledge to Sammy’s Hope. Her day job is an office manager at a successful law firm.
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
David Gaier joined Sammy's Hope in March 2013, and is the Director of Public Relations/Marketing. He served on the board from 2014 to 2018.
David is a former U.S. Marine and former foreign service officer, with 25 years' experience in marketing, media relations and corporate communications
Lora Muckin is the Shelter Manager of Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare and Adoption Center. As manager, Lora oversees the care of the animals in the shelter, assuring they receive the medical and wellness care that best meets each animal’s individual needs.
A former board member and volunteer with Sammy’s Hope, Lora implemented a comprehensive health and enrichment protocol for cats at a municipal animal shelter. She oversaw implementation of the Kitten Foster Program and application of successful $10,000 grant award for shelter programs. She has been on several emergency deployments with Best Friends Animal Society, including after Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to her duties as Shelter Manager, Lora provides independent TNR services to residents and businesses and consulting services to other shelters regarding cat behavior and shelter protocols and best practices. She is also a certified animal control officer and a proud member of the board of Woodlands Wildlife Refuge.