Our Team

Debbie Koenig

Executive Director

Debbie’s Bio

Debbie joined the OpSPOT team in late 2023. Her career choice has never been questioned and the journey as a registered veterinary technician has taken her on an adventurous ride. After spending several years in private practice, she volunteered with HSUS/Rural Area Veterinary Services to assist in a teaching clinic in Sneedville, TN. Soon after she was offered a per diem position to supervise/coordinate similar clinics throughout the Appalachian region and several Native American Reservations across the country.

She then assumed a full-time position as a veterinary technology instructor at an area AVMA accredited college. Once again, she was on another volunteer pursuit, this time with World Vets. The story would repeat itself, and shortly after volunteering in Granada, Nicaragua she was offered a position to coordinate/teach/supervise clinics in both Nicaragua and Ecuador. Her time spent in academia, both nationally and internationally, was beyond thrilling and fulfilling.

As a passionate advocate for neuter/spay, Debbie is a strong believer in a proactive approach to reduce the pet-overpopulation problem and served as operations manager at a HQHV neuter/spay/vaccine clinic for 9 years.

When Debbie is not preaching the words of “Spay/Neuter” you can find her travelling off to far-flung places around the globe. She also enjoys bike riding, pickleball and has practiced yoga for nearly 20 years. On occasion she finds peace and quiet at home with her husband, three dogs and cat.

Cooper and Dr. Clements

Dr. Kristin Clements

Veterinarian

Dr. Clement’s Bio

Dr. Clements joined the OpSPOT team as our veterinarian in 2014. In addition to performing high quality and high volume spay-neuter surgeries in our mobile Waggin’, she is also responsible for ordering medical supplies, keeping records and statistics and finding some of the best veterinarian technicians in our region to work alongside her. Her technicians joke about parking her in the corner of our Waggin’ each clinic, and keeping her there. It’s sufficient to say, she has mastered her craft.

Dr. Clements performs spay-neuter for two other local organizations, plus relief surgeries at a private practice. She received her DVM from the University of Illinois in 2001. In her free time, she enjoys fiber arts – cross stitch, crochet, sewing and supporting her kids in their hockey and band endeavors. She resides in St. Louis County with her human family and her calico cats, Cora and Willow.

“As someone who has worked for shelters, I highly support spay-neuter efforts to reduce pet overpopulation. Intact animals have a higher likelihood of injuries from fighting, being hit by a car while chasing mates and emergency problems while giving birth. My personal pets are spayed and I’m happy to help bring that option to the local groups with which we partner.”

Punky and Brandi

Brandi Moore

Veterinarian Technician

Brandi’s Bio

Brandi joined the OpSPOT medical team in 2016. She works alongside Dr. Clements on the Waggin’ to prepare patients for surgery and monitor them during and as they recover. She gets the Waggin’ ready to spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinate approximately 40 patients per clinic.

“When Dr. Clements asked if I would come help out at one of the clinics, I just kept coming back! I love that OpSPOT goes to the community. That makes it easier on so many levels for the client and the patients. I especially love that OpSPOT has become a large part of the feral cat community.”

Brandi started her vet tech career at St. Louis Veterinary Center. High volume and high quality s/n is no stranger to Brandi, as she also worked at Carol House Quick Fix. In addition to OpSPOT, she also works at City Paws Veterinary Clinic. Brandi holds her certificate for veterinary assistant from Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

She enjoys live music, photography and hiking.

Kristy Erker

Veterinarian Technician

Kristy’s Bio

Hi my name is Kristy. I am a dedicated veterinary technician with over a decade of experience in the field. I have been with Operation Spot since the fall of 2014.

I have also been the lead technician with Veterinary Care Center in Chesterfield Valley since the spring of 2017.

As a strong advocate for responsible pet ownership, I have helped raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. By engaging with pet owners and local feeders of feral colonies, I am proud to share my knowledge with
St. Louis communities about the benefits of these procedures, including improved animal health, reduced stray populations, and a more harmoneous coexistence between pets and their human companions.

When I’m not assisting surgeries and helping the local communities, I am surrounded by my own rescued pets.
I have three animals that run my household; two English Bull Terriers named Scrappy and Benelli and a black cat named Caselli. These three bring endless love and laughter to my life. From zoomies to snuggles, the occasional scratched furniture or chewed on shoes, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Robin Wood

Part-time Director of Finance/Bookkeeper

Robin’s Bio

Robin was previously a member of OpSPOT’s Board of Directors and is proud to support OpSPOT’s mission.

Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Media Communications. She has worked in television, as well as in the nonprofit sector, and is currently employed as the Director of Finance and Special Events at CHAMP Assistance Dogs. 

Robin loves dogs and has a hound named “Dolly”, whom she adopted from a shelter.

Chelsea and Billie

Chelsea Erxleben

Marketing & Development Director

Chelsea’s Bio – Coming Soon!


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Left to Right: Otis, Liz and Eli

Liz Rudder

Founding Member

Liz’s Bio

Liz has been at the helm of OpSPOT for 27 years. During her tenure, OpSPOT has spayed/neutered more than 48,000 dogs and cats. Liz has a dynamic and optimistic way of leading, that has directly contributed to the success of OpSPOT. As a founding member, she has seen our region make incredible strides in decreasing pet overpopulation. The organization is effective because of her dedication to the mission over the years.

OpSPOT’s success has depended on our dedication to working with many community partners to ensure we have the most impact on pet overpopulation in the neighborhoods we serve. It takes the efforts of many caring people to achieve our goal that each dog and cat born will have a loving home.”

She has implemented several programs to directly combat pet overpopulation.

Prior to her animal welfare career, Liz worked as a book designer at McGraw-Hill followed by 10 years as a freelance book designer. She received her B.F.A. from Washington University.

Rory and Georgia

Georgia Laidet

Member

Georgia’s Bio

Georgia has been active in several animal welfare organizations through many years of volunteering, and is thrilled to join the OPSPOT board in 2023.  She actively participates in St. Louis’s TNR initiative (Trap, Neuter, Return) and sees firsthand the importance and success of TNR clinics. OPSPOT’s straightforward mission statement resonates with her. She recognizes the need for affordable and accessible spay and neuter services; effective spay and neuter programs are a critical component of keeping the owned pet/animal population from becoming unmanageable.  Georgia will focus on fundraising, but dip her toes into a little sprinkle of everything as she develops her role on the OPSPOT board.

In her spare time (and there just isn’t much!) Georgia enjoys cooking, baking, and sitting on the couch with a cat in one hand and a glass of something delicious in the other. Five personal cats live in Georgia’s home: Finn, Rory, Panda Bear, Earl, and Mocha, in addition to several colonies of community cats who allow her to ply them with food and shelter.  Her favorite part of the day is hearing her colony cats crunch on their kibble.  There is no sight or sound more rewarding than maintaining a fixed colony of cats.

Professionally, Georgia is an Inventory Specialist with Bull Moose Tube Company and had seven plus years of steel industry experience. This role incorporates her passion for creating relationships with people, problem solving on the fly, and desire to strategize.

Sarah Casey Newman

Member

Sarah’s Bio

Sarah has been involved with OpSPOT for approximately 20 years. She learned about OpSPOT when she was The Tail End editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s former Lifestyle magazine and covering the animal scene in St. Louis. Sarah recalls being impressed by OpSPOT, in part because it was the first and only low-cost spay/neuter organization at the time.

“OpSPOT’s mission is important because it is saving animal lives, pure and simple. The adoption of shelter animals is the most visible way to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation, but that alone can’t stop the inevitable death of surplus pets. Only bringing down the number of unwanted animals through spaying and neutering will do that.”

Sarah retired after 40 years as a feature writer and editor for major metropolitan newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her career also included freelance magazine writing and book contributor. She received her B.A. in journalism at the University of Missouri.

She enjoys spending time with her three glorious granddaughters and being around animals, especially her dogs Max and Baxter and cat Winston. Additional volunteer work includes former story-teller and docent at the Endangered Wolf Center and at the Henry Doorley Zoo in Omaha. She has also volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. She loves to read mysteries, thrillers and other escape fiction, as well as news. Sarah is no stranger to writing and calling elected officials about important issues, especially animal issues.

Felicia Voelkel

Member

Felicia’s Bio

Felicia has been involved in the animal welfare world for many years.  She began when her husband, brought home their first dog, a Doberman named Kane.  About a year later, Felicia got a job at a kennel/rescue cleaning and hanging with rescue dogs. She also began volunteering at two local rescues; walking and cleaning. This turned into fostering dogs. The formation of SNIP Alliance was beginning. Felicia showed up for the first meeting.  She eventually became a board member from 2010 to 2015.   

Felicia attended SIUE and obtained a BS in history. She then attended Lindenwood University obtaining a MAT in education.  After education, Felicia entered the world of advocacy;  employed 15 years at Land of Lincoln Legal Aid.  She served as a Long-term Obudsman for 8 years.  She spent the remainder of her career as a Paralegal in the Senior Project.  

Felicia left legal aid in 2022. She accepted and maintains the role as the Senior/Community Center Administrator for the Village of Glen Carbon. She also serves on the board for the Madison County Triad.

Felicia lives with her husband and dog.  She loves to fish, kayak, camp, travel, cook, garden, and read. 

“I have great respect for the work that is carried out.  I have worked with Op-Spot in the past and am thrilled and honored to join such a dedicated, hard-working team that passionately cares about animals and people,” said Felicia.

Jodi Cooper

Member

Jody’s Bio

Joining the OpSPOT board of directors in 2024, Jodi brings compassion and a strong sense of consideration for the well-being of animals in our industrious communities. Any given day, you may catch her stopping traffic to save a lost bunny, feeding local ferals, and assisting in the trap-neuter-return initiative in South City. 


“OpSPOT provides an incomparable service – education to improve guardianship of pets and actively saving the lives of dogs and cats. It’s simple for a family to adopt and love a pet, but medical care can easily fall to the wayside when everyday families learn the cost of vaccines and spaying/neutering. What’s even better than OpSPOT providing reduced cost care for pets? The organization’s ability to educate and empower pet guardians to do their part in the mission to slow pet overpopulation, lower numbers of unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats, and provide healthier, happier lives for the dogs & cats we call family.”


Jodi and her girlfriend have 3 very good dogs and 1 perfect cat. She is a music aficionado, renovator of her 1909 arts & crafts style home, and broad-span tinkerer. She received 2 Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural and Civil Engineering from Missouri S&T. Jodi has worked in the aviation industry for 9 years, currently with Burns & McDonnell Engineering, as a Project Manager and Civil Engineer developing infrastructure and facility enhancements for airports and airlines.

Advisory Council

Bob Baker

Steven Broadbent, CPA

Nancy Grove, Esq

Daniel Smith, DVM

Ledy VanKavage, Esq