Meet The Crew!
Along with volunteers across the country, Rescue Rebuild is operated by a bunch of hammer-swinging, animal lovers! Meet the builders behind the reins:
Bryna Donnelly: Founder
Having founded Rescue Rebuild and while running the program for over 10 years, Bryna’s passion for animals inspired her to address a need that few had before. Through the use of her science background combined with her experience working with tools, she’s been making a big difference in the shelter community for over a decade. She creatively adapted construction practices for the shelter environment, meanwhile inspiring thousands to volunteer and work together to improve their local (or not-so-local) animals shelters. At the end of the day, her goal is to help animals be healthy, happy and into a forever home as fast as possible!
Dog Person or Cat Person?: “Woof!”
Animals at Home: “3 Dogs (Bucky, Blacky & Tinkerbell)”
Favorite RR Memory: “When I hired Zach!”
Zach Baker: Director, A.K.A. Bob the Builder
A carpenter at heart, Zach’s construction background and love for animals brought him to Rescue Rebuild as a volunteer for 5 years before we finally made him stick around and help out full time! Before Rescue Rebuild, Zach ran his remodeling company and spent most of his free time pestering Bryna about where the next build was. Now Zach works to make plans and order materials for upcoming Rescue Rebuild projects, maintains our social media pages, and take pictures and videos of our awesome volunteers! When he’s not brandishing a nail gun, you’ll likely seem him behind a camera, furiously taking pictures around the job site.
Dog Person or Cat Person?: “Don’t make me say!”
Animals at Home: “2 Cats (Walker & Tex) and 1 Dog (Copper)”
Favorite RR Memory: “That time I dropped a fence fitting into a drain pipe and Bryn had to fish it out bare handed, up to her shoulder in things that no one should have to touch!”
Matthew Russick: Program Manager, A.K.A. Lucky
As a volunteer and a contractor for 3 years, Matthew knew what he was getting into when he joined Rescue Rebuild full-time! His diverse background in all types of construction and heavy equipment operating has uniquely prepared him for every type of project that we get into. He has built countless catios, play yards, and cat rooms! He gained his nickname “Lucky” because he has a knack for being quite the opposite. He has the record for having changed the most flat tires on our trailer!
Dog Person or Cat Person?: “Dog”
Animals at Home: None yet, but we’re working on him!
Favorite RR Memory: “That would have to be when Zach got the lift stuck and I got to rent a big excavator to drag it out of the mud.”
Kimberly Spina: Program Manager, A.K.A. Wonder Woman
An animal lover to the max. In fact, if you ever can’t find her during a build, go check the cat room. Chances are, you will find her there. At every shelter that we renovate, she plays this fun game where she finds a dog that she wants to take home and vows that if it hasn’t found a furever family by the time the build is over, she will fill out the adoption papers herself! Luckily, for her own sake and the sanity of her roommate, this has worked out in her favor so far. Learning all the tools, toys, and construction projects as she goes, she has already become the expert at chain link and is the only one in the group who is allowed to teach our volunteers!
Dog Person or Cat Person?: “Depends on the day. Today is cats day.”
Animals at Home: “2 dogs (Zoey & Kyla) and 4 cats (Luna, Lily, Moe & Charlie)”
Favorite RR Memory: “When Bryna made me do wood branding on dog agility steps…while it was raining…with a very wet wood burning tool that wouldn’t heat up…”