Our Leaders

Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Animal Rescue Service forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

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Carol Hopewell

Adoption and Foster Director

Carol has been coordinating fosters and adoptions for pet rescue organizations as a volunteer for over four years.

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Ryan Darfler

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ryan founded MAD Dog Rescue in April 2017, after recognizing the urgent need to transport pets facing emergencies to caring foster and forever homes. Ryan is an engineer and former paramedic/volunteer fire fighter with over 10 years of experience responding to emergencies and natural disasters.

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Kendall Darfler

Chief Financial Officer

Kendall is a longtime dog owner and general animal enthusiast. Kendall works as a program evaluation researcher at UCLA, and previously worked as a non-profit grant writer. She holds an M.S. degree in Science and Technology Studies from Drexel University.