For a complete list of staff, please visit the staff directory.
Russell Hinkle, Chief Executive Officer
Hailing from rural Michigan, Russell grew up with an appreciation for all animals. He attended the University of Michigan, where he acquired a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After an early career in field operations and safety work, Russell sees his position with Longmont Humane Society as an opportunity to utilize his professional skills in a meaningful and fulfilling manner.
Cliff Cullen, Deputy Director
Cliff was born and raised in the Florida Keys where he grew up surrounded by animals, both wild and domestic. This instilled a deep love of all animals from a young age. He moved to Colorado in 2018 after several years in Southern California. He has over 10 years of fundraising experience and is excited to apply this experience to helping LHS fulfill its mission. He lives in Longmont with his wife, Marjorie, and their cat, Juniper, who came to their family from LHS in December of 2021.
Crystal Reetz, Director of Human Resources
Crystal started at LHS in October of 2021 and brings over 25 years of Human Resources experience to the team. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee and earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville. Crystal has opened her home to many stray animals throughout the years, especially cats! She currently resides in Northern Colorado with her husband, and 1 dog, Laramie. Her favorite part about coming to work has been working with people who share the same passion to make a difference in our community, and the world.
Terry Bittner, Finance Manager
Terry (pictured far right) started at LHS in July of 2023 and comes with many years of experience in the non-profit sector. In addition to this valuable experience, he also brings an extensive background in accounting, information technology, and human resources. Terry lives in the Longmont area with his wife and two dogs.
Erin Myers, Shelter Manager of Training & Behavior
Erin first began working professionally in animal welfare in 2014 after years of developing personal experience handling, rehabilitating, and fostering both wild and companion animals.
Erin joined LHS in Aug 2015 and since that time has mastered many key roles, ranging from adoption and intake desk services to Transfer Coordinator, before ultimately becoming a Shelter Manager and overseeing our outstanding training and behavioral modification departments. Erin earned an associate degree in science and later obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in zoology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She lives in Longmont with her husband, and their three lovable and goofy rescue dogs, Domino, Dobby, and Dexter.
Shelby Stromberger, Shelter Manager of Programs
Shelby began her animal welfare adventure as a wee volunteer in Southern California, where she was born and raised, and she turned her love of animals into something actionable. She earned her associate degree in math & sciences, and later her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Shelby joined LHS in Nov 2019 as the Foster Program Supervisor and worked on creating a rock-solid foster program before ultimately becoming the Shelter Manager of Programs, overseeing the Foster, Volunteer, and Transfer departments for LHS. She currently resides in Northern Colorado with her husband and fur babies. Shelby’s positive attitude is reflected in her daily work at LHS, where she actively works on improving the process for the programs and ensuring that volunteers enjoy their time spent at the shelter.
Tori Ashcraft, Shelter Manager – Animal Welfare
Tori started with the Longmont Humane Society in January of 2019, not long after adopting from LHS. She spent several years in the Animal Welfare Team Supervisor role before advancing to the Shelter Manager for Animal Welfare.
Tori grew up in rural Texas surrounded by a variety of animals. She currently resides in Erie with her husband, three children, three dogs, and two cats. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, and her CWAW certification. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, live music, and spending time with her family.
Kelly Renner, Shelter Manager – Animal Welfare
Kelly has been on the Animal Welfare team at LHS since October 2017. In May of 2019 she was promoted to Team Supervisor, and in 2023 advanced to the Shelter Manager role.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Colorado State University.