Board of Directors
Chris Baringer - President and Founder
Chris Baringer has over 20 years of experience in the animal rescue field. Her previous job as a medical office manager helped transition into the role of health care manager for the animals of the organization and to coordinate care with local veterinarians for the Logan's Heroes animals.
Chris has received training and certification as a Humane Police Officer for the state of Pennsylvania and has worked on several humane cases with other organizations in the past. Chris has two German Shepherds, a yellow lab mix, a horse and two miniature donkeys in her family. She also helps foster dogs for the organization when needed.
Karen Filson - Secretary
Karen is a retired pharmaceutical executive that worked in various positions in Marketing and Sales Analytics. Early experience as a data analyst instilled in her the knowledge that data allows businesses (or non-profits) to operate from a strong management position. Karen’s familiarity with analytics helps her in keeping an eye on the pulse of the business side of Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue. Having led a group responsible for incentive compensation rewards keeps her mindful of the need to encourage teamwork. Karen completed her Associate Degree in Business Administration from Ursinus College and her B.S. Degree in Psychology from Gwynedd Mercy College while working full time and raising her son.
Early retirement has given Karen time to pursue her life-long interest in animal care and rescue. Karen volunteered at multiple animal rescues as a Volunteer Coordinator and Event Planner. Having joined Logan’s Heroes at the inception in December 2014 she has acted as the treasurer allowing her to contribute to animal welfare using the skill set developed throughout her career. Her faithful assistants - Peggy Sue, Fiona and Polly, all rescues, are always found occupying their beds beneath the desk in their home office while book balancing for Logan’s is happening.
Karen’s other volunteer activities include volunteering at her church as fill-in church assistant as needed, prayer shawl ministry and coordinating rides and meals for members of the church. She also volunteers for the Lansdale Historical Society.
Judy Grant - Treasurer
Judy’s passion for helping animals was sparked over 20 years ago when she started volunteering with her daughter, Lauren at a local animal shelter. As her volunteer experience increased, she added handling adoptions to her animal care skills. Judy then became responsible for bookkeeping and kept management informed of the financial standing of the organization. She brings to Logan’s Heroes over 25 years of experience in the financial field with 10 years of it in non-profit animal rescue.
For the last seven years she has been employed by Lehigh Valley Health Network as an Accounts Payable Specialist in Supply Chain Management. Judy’s experience makes her uniquely qualified to serve on the Board of Directors. As Treasurer Judy will offer guidance to the bookkeeper insuring that Logan’s Heroes complies with financial best practices.
In her free time, Judy enjoys time with her two children, working in her gardens, spending time with her two dogs, Toby and Blake and fostering for Logan’s Heroes.
Kelly Kalb - Farm Manager
Kelly Kalb brought her knowledge of the healthcare field as a Licensed Practical Nurse and passion for all animals to Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue Inc. in 2017. She began her career as a nurse in 2000 and worked at a local hospital and private practice in cardiac care. After some time, she started a family with her husband and Riley, a gentle and sweet, furry sibling.
While at home with her family, she completed an Associates in General Studies and an Associates in Health Information Technology degrees through LCCC. Kelly wanted to begin volunteering with an animal rescue when her daughter showed an interest in horses and they wanted to give back to the community. Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue Inc. was close to home and had just rescued three horses in 2017. She was asked to be the rescue’s Barn Manager in 2018. Shortly thereafter, she became a member of the board of directors. She offers her organizational skills, volunteer management, and knowledge of healthcare to Logan’s Heroes by helping with the health needs of the horses, goats, pigs, dogs, and cats. Kelly is a true team player and thoroughly enjoys her time with the rescue.
Jennifer Frieze - Board member
Jennifer Frieze grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania and has nearly 30 years of experience with horses. Jennifer works with horses using a spiritual and philosophical approach; regarding horses as partners and spiritual teachers. She has traveled the United States extensively, attended the University of New Mexico and graduated with a BA in medical sociology from Temple University. In addition, Jennifer attended the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed a course in Ayurvedic studies. She has been studying yoga and yogic philosophy for many years and incorporates it into her daily life. Jennifer's compassionate nature led her to work in healthcare for many years as an EMT and nurse technician. Additionally, she has been employed on many farms and ranches, including a Hippotherapy center in New Mexico, in which she worked as a horse handler/trainer and occupational therapy assistant. She has also assisted many horses in recovery from physical and emotional traumas.
Jennifer received her yoga teacher training from the Yoga Loft and her equine sports massage therapy certification from Delaware Valley College. Jennifer incorporates a variety of bodywork techniques when working with horses. She bases her practice on Ayurvedic principles, Shiatsu techniques, and uses Reiki as a complimentary treatment. Currently, she works as a volunteer coordinator at Special Equestrians in Warrington, PA. She began volunteering with Logan's Heroes Animal Rescue in the fall of 2017. Jennifer became a board member for Logan's in 2018. Jennifer resides in Eastern Pennsylvania with her two dogs Lucky and Micah. She has three darling horses Dakota, Honey and Liberty.
Laura Sobolusky - Board member
Laura is the owner and head trainer of REHAB Dog Training LLC. She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated in 1982 from Little Flower Catholic High School. Laura received a degree in Dental Hygiene from Community College of Philadelphia in 1985 and became a Certified Dog Trainer in 2013. Having dogs since she was little she had that special connection…that love for dogs. But it wasn't until many years later after volunteering at a rescue that she realized how much she could do to help her canine friends.
After volunteering and fostering for a local animal rescue, she saw an unfulfilled need for training in many dogs. Behavioral issues are the number one reason dogs wind up in shelters. It was this experience that motivated her to become a Certified Dog Trainer. She became certified through the Animal Behavior College and continues her education by attending seminars and lectures from the most respected trainers and animal behavior specialists. By doing so she can help more animals remain in their homes or successfully join a new family
Desiree Ziegler - Board member
Desiree Ziegler is a Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant and currently works in primary care as a Care Manager. Desiree completes care plans, coordinates care for patients that have chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, etc, and meets with those patients to develop self management goals. Desiree also has an Associate Degree in Business. She earned both her NRCMA and AB degrees in 2005 at Lehigh Valley College.
Desiree has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. She brings her eagerness, dedication, organization, and leadership skills to Logan's Heroes Animal Rescue. Her love of caring for people extended to her love of dogs. She adopted her first two dogs in 2010 and that is when she truly realized she had a huge love of dogs. She then adopted another dog in 2012 and started fostering dogs for Logan's Heroes Animal Rescue in 2015 and has been a foster since then. She ended up adopting her very first foster dog in February 2016. Desiree fell in love with the nine year old retired breeder dog and is very thankful she came into her life. Desiree serves as the Foster and Adoption Application Department Manager for Logan's Heroes Animal Rescue and uses her leadership and organizational skills to manage the application processors as well as complete applications which result in dog, cat, and pot belly pig adoptions! Desiree joined the board in January 2020.
Laura Zimmerman - Board member
Laura Zimmerman is retired from the County of Lehigh’s Recorder of Deeds office where she worked for 16 years recording records and doing the accounting for the office. Previous to that, she spent 12 years with New York Life Insurance Company processing insurance applications. Laura is a United States Navy Veteran and holds an Associate’s Degree from Lehigh County Community College. Her love of horses took her to Last Chance Ranch, a horse rescue that expanded to other animals where she learned to love them all. She had to leave due to health issues that put her on the sidelines. She has now been with Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue, Inc. for 3 years taking care of all the animals (horses, potbellied pigs, goats and barn cats). Laura also helps with fundraising and events for Logan's Heroes. She joined the board in 2019.
Jessica Simon has had a passion for animals since she was a young child. Throughout middle school and high school she worked on horse farms as a show groom, teaching children’s riding lessons, and exercising/caring for horses. She has over 20 years of experience with horses. A highlight of her teenage years was attending a summer career camp at SeaWorld working hand-in-hand with the animal keepers and trainers completing daily animal care tasks and training. For the last 15 years she has been working as a dog groomer and loves the opportunity to groom, particularly, the neglected coats of some of the dogs that come through Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue. She is a married mother of two teenage children. Her family currently has 4 rescued dogs and 2 rescued pot belly pigs.
Jessica is also an avid bee keeper, currently with 6 hives and maintains a small farm with various domesticated fowl. She volunteers countless hours at Logan’s Heroes Animal Rescue not only around the farm and at events but also fostering numerous dogs and making transport runs to pick up dogs in need. She found Logan’s Heroes in January 2019 after the tragic loss of her own dog and became a board member in September 2019.
Claudette Baringer - Board Member
Claudette Baringer spent over 25 years working as a medical receptionist in internal medicine and specialty offices. Her compassion for animals and people makes her an asset to the adoption process for the organization. Claudette helps to coordinate fosters and adopters for appointments and completes all the paperwork during adoption appointments.
She has rescued several cats over the years some of which became beloved family pets and helped others as a foster until the perfect home could be found. Claudette has two daughters of her own and several grand-dogs in the family that she loves to spoil.