Save-a-Bull Rescue is managed and operated by a team of dedicated, unpaid volunteers who care deeply about helping dogs. Every individual brings a unique and invaluable contribution of the operation of the rescue and we would be nowhere without them!
We are also grateful to have partnerships within the community that share our mission and offer exposure, encouragement and pet services. Please support these businesses that have helped make a difference in the lives of so many dogs.
Meet some of our exceptional volunteers now!
JAKE & LACY* SCHRAMM
After researching dog breeds, Jake, executive director, and Lacy, board chair, decided that a pit bull appeared to be the perfect match for their family; they wanted a dog that would get them out for daily walks but lounge around the house with them most of the day. Since a few of their friends had wonderful pit bulls, they decided to adopt Lola, a pit bull mix, in 2008.
When it was time to add a second dog to the family, a friend suggested fostering first, so they chose Save-a-Bull Rescue. Fostering became a way of life and more than 20 foster dogs spent time in their home before we finally found a second dog, Winslow, in early 2012. Together, Lola and Winslow continue to socialize new foster dogs.
Jake and Lacy’s role in the rescue changed in late 2012 when founder, Tahlia Mills, moved out of state and they took on the day to day operation of the fast-growing organization.. They continue to volunteer their time to save dogs, but it is more than that. They strive to make their community a better place, one dog, one family at a time.
OUR FOSTER TEAM
LORELEI NOIRE • Foster Manager
Lorelei grew up in rural Wisconsin on a hobby farm that included many hunting dogs. These dogs were her best friends and she spent many hours playing with them. Her exposure to pit bulls was limited until she moved to the Twin Cities and met her first friendly pit bull, Peach. In 2012 her and her husband, Ian, started fostering with a Great Dane rescue and soon moved over to Save-a-Bull. Now their home is a revolving door of pit bull fosters. Lorelei especially appreciates fostering medical dogs and in her role as Foster Manager loves following fosters on the journey from intake to adoption. Together Lorelei and her husband Ian have a Great Dane/American Bulldog mix, Harley, a hairless Chinese Crested, Dragon and a bullet proof cat named Oppie.
IAN NOIRE* • Vetting Coordinator
Ian is a case manager/nurse who works with homeless addicts and alcoholics. In 2012 his compassion spread to dogs when he and his wife, Lorelei, started to foster with a Great Dane rescue. Ian grew up in a Minneapolis neighborhood where he saw first-hand the abuse and injustices towards bully breeds and this caused him to become an early advocate for the breed. Ian started as a foster with Save-a-Bull and then joined the board where he assists with vetting.
Ian and Lorelei prove that volunteering is a family affair as they spend countless hours together in the support and management of the rescue.
OUR ADOPTION TEAM
GINA BERTHUIAME • Adoption Manager
Gina’s love for animals started when she was just a little girl having grown up with dogs her entire life. Her family first adopted Sven in December 2009 and fell in love with the bully breed. They began fostering in 2010 for Save-a-Bull and Gina started working with the rescue as the Adoption Manager early 2012. They finally foster failed with their last foster Nancy in June 2012.
LORI HAMES* • Adoption Coordinator
Lori started her rescue journey in 2010 by donating her time and talents with an all breed rescue organization. There she found her passion for the bully breeds and to focus her efforts on them she came to Save-a-Bull in 2012. As a member of the Adoption team, Lori processes adoption applications for the rescue. But her Save-a-Bull efforts don’t stop there; she assists with transports and fosters medical cases for the rescue. Lori and her husband Peter own a small business. They have 4 resident dogs in their busy house, all rescues.
KRISTIN MILLER • Post-Adoption Coordinator
Kristin’s start in the rescue world began in 2012 when she began volunteering with a few of the all-breed rescues in the Twin Cities. During this time, she saw firsthand the struggles pit bull type dogs were facing in her community as well as a need for more adoption awareness and responsible dog ownership education. She joined the Save-a-Bull team in early 2013. Together with her husband and resident non-pittie, she fostered a handful of puppies for the organization over the following years. Today Kristin donates her time as the rescue’s post-adoption coordinator where she works as a point of contact to ensure all of Save-a-Bull’s adopters have the support they need even after the dogs have left our care.
OUR INTAKE TEAM
MACKENZIE MILLER* • Intake Manager
Mackenzie began her rescue journey in late 2010 while she and her husband were looking to add another dog into their household. Through working with an all breed rescue she began learning more and developing a love for pit bulls. She knew there was more to be done locally with this wonderful and misunderstood breed which led her to Save-a-Bull in late 2012 where she processes intake for the rescue.
JESSICA FLOREK* • Intake Coordinator
Jess was introduced to Save-a-bull rescue when adopting in 2013. After adding Georgia to her family and seeing the misconceptions that even her family and friends had, she discovered the importance of advocating for the breed. She began volunteered at rescue events and eventually convinced her family to foster in spring of 2015. Since then she has began assisting with intake and continues to welcome fosters to her home.
OUR MARKETING & EVENTS TEAM
NAN HILDEBRANDT* • Marketing/Communications Manager
Nan has been working in rescue since 2009 when she and her husband, Todd, adopted their first pit bull, Stella. She quickly experienced the unfair prejudice these dogs faced and began volunteering and working to change minds about the breed. She joined Save-a-Bull in 2012. A graphic design and marketing professional, Nan manages the website, fundraisers and partnerships, and overall brand and communications for the rescue. She and Todd also foster, and unwittingly fell in love with a chubby puppy named Winnie, who joined the family in 2013.
BRIANNA TAHTI • Events Manager
Brianna first came to love pit bulls in college when she met her first one – a blue-nose who loved to wash her face with kisses. She knew she wanted to have one of her own and in 2015, Quincy, a blind pit bull puppy, joined her and boyfriend Jesse’s family.
Since adopting Quincy, Brianna had been searching for a way to promote and advocate for pit bulls in the community. In 2016, with a background in event management and planning, she was honored to join the Save-a-Bull team as the Event Manager. Brianna is excited to utilize events to further a positive, pit bull perception in our community.
BETH DWALLIBEE • Content Coordinator
Beth had dogs growing up and has always had a passion for animals. She started volunteering in rescue in 2010, after adopting a boxer/pit bull mix. Since she couldn’t adopt all the dogs, she wanted to find a way to help more dogs in need. After many conversations with people about her dog, she realized she wanted to dedicate her rescue efforts to pit bulls. Starting in 2013, Beth joined Save-a-Bull as an event volunteer. Beth manages adopter updates to our website in our Where Are They Now? blog feature.
MOLLY MADRINICH • Sponsorship & Content Coordinator
Molly grew up on a hobby farm in Lake Elmo, MN, where there were always animals of some kind around, including dogs and cats. This led to her being a lover of all dog breeds. She met her first “pit bull” type dog while working in the office of a dog training center in Denver, CO. Fascinated with her co-worker’s dog, she learned of the misconceptions and discrimination the breed faces. After moving back to MN, she signed up to volunteer with Save-a-Bull in 2012, helping with events and dog handling. Later, she added managing Dog of the Week and the Sponsorship Program to her role. Molly has two rescue dogs: a 65 pound lap dog teddy bear Lab mix named Tucker, and a “terrified of all the things” and almost toothless Pug named Wicket, who are pretty much inseparable.
ALLIE BAER • Content Coordinator
After growing up with Doberman Pinchers, Allie recognizes how important it is to be a strong advocate and voice for misunderstood breeds. In 2016, she was introduced to the world of rescue through a friend/co-worker. Allie became involved with Save-a-Bull after getting an opportunity to help with in-take and It wasn’t long before she welcomed her first foster pup into her home. Wanting to be more involved, Allie jumped at the opportunity to help with content. She is responsible for the ‘New to Rescue’ Facebook posts and works with fosters to get bios and pictures of available dogs on our website! Although Allie has never had a Pitbull of her own, she has enjoyed getting to know the breed through fostering and says it’s only a matter of time before becoming a foster fail and welcoming a Pitty into her home for the long-haul. J
Tahlia Mills’ love of dogs led her to work as a veterinary assistant during high school. It was during that time, she met her first pit bull, Rosie. Tahlia had always feared pit bulls based on what she had seen on the news, but meeting Rosie changed her perceptions. Shortly thereafter, Tahlia dedicated her life to teaching others how incredibly wonderful these dogs can be. While in college, Tahlia began working with a local Twin Cities rescue organization as a foster home. With this organization she successfully fostered over 100 dogs. However, one foster dog, Evelyn, stole her heart. Evelyn was a damaged pit bull that suffered from severe abuse. Working to rehabilitate Evie through two surgeries, the two formed an unbreakable bond. Tahlia’s determination to fight the injustice to this breed was born. In 2008 Tahlia opened the doors to her own rescue, Save-a-Bull, and the work continued. The rescue typically placed over 100 dogs a year into loving, caring and forever homes.
*BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lacy Schramm, Chair
Lori Kearny Hames