Meet the Team

Our Leadership

Betty Welton – President and Founder

249Betty Welton is the President and Founder of Healing Hearts. Betty has extensive background in the Arizona animal welfare community. As past President and CEO of the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL), Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter from 2000-2005, she understands the urgent need for care and prevention of abused animals. Under her leadership AAWL received a four-star charity rating (the highest award) from Charity Navigator which rates all non-profits for their financial health. Adoptions increased over 100%, an infirmary was added, education programs were initiated and the AAWL cruelty investigative unit was formed. Ms. Welton was instrumental in securing the Maddie’s Pet Rescue Project and Spay/ Neuter Project in Maricopa County (a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant to end the euthanasia of healthy companion animals) with AAWL as the lead agency. She also oversaw the acquisition and management of the Arizona SPCA by the AAWL. Her passion for humane education and animal welfare combined with her professional experience will enable Healing Hearts to achieve their mission and make a positive impact within the community.

Betty holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (2000-2006) through the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Betty lives in Mesa, Arizona with her four rescue dogs, seven cats, four birds and three desert tortoises.  You can contact Betty via email at: BettyWelton@healingheartsaz.org.

 

Jennifer Brumbaugh – Executive Director

180As Executive Director, Jen manages all fundraising activities including special events, direct mail, individual and corporate giving, grants, and planned giving opportunities. Jen also oversees Healing Hearts’ human resources as well as marketing and communication efforts which include newsletters, press releases and advertising. She also Co-Chair’s the Arizona Coalition for Equines (A.C.E.) Board of Directors.

Jen is a Midwest girl at heart, hailing from the land of Green & Gold, Wisconsin. She received her B.S. in Public Health from The University of Minnesota and pursued her M.P.A. at Southern Illinois University where she earned her degree in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Administration. Jen previously served as the Director of Development at Arizona Animal Welfare League and served on the Healing Hearts Board of Directors for the past five years. She and her husband Rich are the proud parents of five; three children who keep them on their toes and two rescue dogs to round out the family.  You can contact Jennifer via email at jbrumbaugh@healingheartsaz.org.

Adam White- Ranch Manager

Healing Hearts has been lucky enough to have Adam tending to our herd for over 5 years. Initially hired as an assistant ranch manger, Adam’s loyalty, determination and hard work proved he was the right person to care for our Herd. Originally from Willcox, Adam’s passion and knowledge for our animals led him to expand our volunteer program as well as community outreach. In 2015, Adam became certified as a Large Animal Rescue First Responder. This intensive technical training includes exercises on how to tie horses to back boards, prepare them for a helicopter lift, get them safely out of trailer accidents, pull them from ditches, holes and mud, and help them out of swimming pools. Trained individuals are then included on a list to dispatch units around the state.

When he does get some downtime, Adam enjoys riding lessons, cheering on the Patriots & barbecuing with the neighbors. Should you have any questions or inquiries about our animals,  please email Adam at awhite@healingheartsaz.org

 

Blaire Hawes – Marketing Associate

005Blaire has been a fan of the arts her whole life. Classically trained as a Ballerina, she brings a different perspective to her professional career. Blaire has eye for photography, and a strong love and dedication to all things philanthropic. As our Marketing Associate, Blaire assists the Executive Director with all fundraising activities including special events, direct mail, individual and corporate giving, grants, and planned giving opportunities. Blaire is marred to her best friend Brandon, and they have five kids. Two daughters, Mackenzie and Kennedy as well as three fuzzy babies two Dogs; Cloey,Ladybird and a girl Cat named Gary.  You can contact Blaire via email at bhawes@healingheartsaz.org.


Board of Directors

David Hoffman, ASU
Chair

Susan VanWormer, Community Volunteer
Secretary

Dr. Josh Sosnow, DVM, North Scottsdale Animal Hospital
Treasurer

David Bernstein, BernsteinMurphy
Betty Welton, Founder
Ally Nelson, Ally Nelson PR
Jayne Vatcher, Cre8ive Events
Taylor Mason, Gemini Acres Equine

 

Advisory Board

Theresa Dootson, Global Biofuels Inc.
Dr. Laura Harris, DVM
James Mead, KMNI/Iequine.com/Arabhorse.com
Roberta Pederson, Community Volunteer
Anne Ruddy, WorldatWork
Dr. Tucker Thomson, DVM