Mandy was an outdoorsy tomboy growing up, who always tried to talk her parents into letting a random injured bird, salamander, or baby bunny into their home. She was often turned away, (which she now sort of understands why...) but her love for animals continued to grow. Mandy graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from Fort Hays State University. After graduating, Mandy moved to the Kansas City area where she began fostering for several local organizations. It was through these organizations that she was able to help amputated, ill, and homeless dogs find their forever homes. Mandy married her husband Charles in 2015 and they moved from the city to Drexel, Missouri. Once settled into the country, Mandy began to see a need for rural animal assistance and supplies. Together, Mandy and Charles founded Lucky 13 Rescue in August 2016. Since then they have welcomed two children Lyza Jane and Cecil Wayne into the rescue world. They enjoy transporting foster dogs and playing with their own fur-brothers: Mister Hyde, Wiseguy, and Yeti. Mandy is currently the executive director for Lucky 13 Rescue.
From the time Leslie could talk, she spent each holiday making a wishlist of the pets she’d like as gifts from her parents (almost always a dog). At age 19, Leslie took matters into her own hands and made plans to bring home the love of her life, her first dog, Oakli, a Siberian Husky. A few years later, with the help of Oakli, Leslie began her journey as a foster for an animal rescue in Chicago and cared for two small puppies while interning in the city for the summer. Upon her graduation from Kansas State University in 2010, Leslie continued her foster journey and brought home another Siberian Husky, Owynn, from a Kansas City area rescue. Needless to say, Owynn never left and became a permanent family member. Leslie, Oakli and Owynn added a fourth member to their family in 2012, when Leslie married her husband, Brett. Together, the four fostered various puppies and adult dogs for local rescues and in 2013, another Siberian Husky joined the group when the family began fostering Mari, a young female that found herself at animal control. You know how the story goes, Mari quickly became a part of the family and was officially adopted a few weeks after the fostering began. The five continued to foster for several years in the Kansas City area and recently relocated to Colorado where they enjoy hiking, kayaking and other outdoor adventures. Leslie is a Senior Project Manager for a Healthcare Technology company and joins the board remotely.
Janessa’s love for animals started as a child while growing up on a farm in Southwest KS. From bottle feeding baby calves to raising a litter of raccoons there was no animal she couldn’t find a place for in her heart. She was introduced to the rescue world through a college friend and become hooked from her first outreach outing where she was able to free a pit bull from a chain. Janessa and her husband Bryon currently have three rescue dogs: two Labs (Maya and Kiley) and a Husky (Morgan). She recently became a mother and decided to leave the financial world to stay home with her baby boy, Kade. Who she hopes to pass along the same passion and love for animals as she has.
As a boy growing up in Topeka, Larry’s parents never allowed him and his siblings to have a pet. After adopting his first shelter dog at age twenty-five, he now knows what he missed the first quarter century of his life. Larry serves as secretary on the Lucky 13 Board of Directors to pay back a small portion of the love his dogs and cats have given him over the years. After he graduated from Emporia State University in 1976, Larry taught middle school students in Kansas and Missouri for thirty-four years. He retired in the summer of 2011 and moved to Lawrence to marry his wonderful wife Nancy, with whom he shares his home, in addition to four senior dogs and two young cats.
While Sarah had a couple of pets growing up, her deeper love for animals came with her husband. He had dogs when they got together and also convinced her 'you always need two dogs at a time'. Now she couldn't imagine life without their rescues, Lilly and Willie Nelson. Sarah grew up in Dodge City, KS and graduated college from Fort Hays State University. After getting married and starting their life in Garden City, Sarah and her husband, Mark, moved with his job to Maui and then Indianapolis. After 7 years away from Kansas, they have recently moved back to Garden City, KS and hopes to never move again! Sarah is a CPA at a local public accounting firm. When Sarah isn't working or hanging out with her dogs, she enjoys traveling, watching and playing sports, especially golf, and spending time with her family.
13 years ago Marilyn thought she’d try boots on the ground animal outreach in the urban core of Kansas City, to help alleviate the abuse and neglect, by educating pet owners on the humane care of their animals. That first experience was the beginning of her continued participation of outreach in the field.
Marilyn is an interior designer. She resides with her husband Dave, along with their 2 senior dogs,Ray and Stewie.