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  • Board and Staff

  • The Second Chance SPCA Board is responsible for leadership, governance, and oversight of operations at the shelter.  Unlike advisory boards, our board is a “working board” and its members are involved in many of the day to day tasks at the shelter.  Board members possess extensive professional experience, with executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector. All are chosen for personal qualities of integrity and credibility, and for a passion for improving the lives of homeless pets. The Board meets monthly, and without remuneration.  Terms are for one year and are renewable.
    For Professional operations, Second Chance has two permanent full time staff members, the Director of Operations and the Assistant manager in addition to our invaluable part time cleaning staff that works so diligently to provide care and upkeep of our shelter and its residents.

  • Moka Anderson


    Moka has been involved in animal rescue in the North Texas area for over twenty-five years. She joined the Board in early 2006 and has served in the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Volunteer Director. Her passion for animals stems from childhood where in addition to dogs, cats, and horses, her pets also included a rescued skunk, duck, and rabbits. 
    Moka is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. She worked for the FDIC for thirty-three years. Moka also serves as the Chair of the City of McKinney’s Animal Services Facility Advisory Board. Moka lives in McKinney with her husband and rescue dogs Willy and Fraser. Fraser is a proud alum of Second Chance

  • Anne Bracken


    Anne has been in animal rescue for 17 years.  She volunteered for a shelter that closed its doors, and that concerned her enough to start a new shelter to fulfill the need to rescue pets from municipal shelters and keep them safe in a no kill shelter.  That was in 2006, and her efforts have resulted in the startup of Second Chance and the rescue of thousands of dogs and cats.
    Anne is a graduate from Missouri State University and has Masters Degrees from the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas – Dallas.  She served as President of Second Chance SPCA for 10 years, bringing her passion and insight to discussions.
    Anne and her husband are proud parents to three dogs adopted from Second Chance. Hattie the bowlegged schnauzer, Lucy Lu the beagle/chihuahua/dachshund mix and DeDe, a bichon with a defective heart that does not slow her down one bit.

  • Cheryl Couch


    Cheryl is responsible for keeping our financial records up-to-date and accurate.  She provides the Board with an analysis of our finances.   Having spent her work career as a bank examiner, all the numbers work is right up her alley.
    Cheryl is a recent volunteer to SCSPCA, joining in 2015, after she retired.  She’s a Minnesota native whose grandparents farmed, so she’s loved most all animals, and has had cats for “kids” for nearly 40 years.  At SCSPCA, she loves walking and playing with the dogs, and playing and snuggling with the cats.  The hugs & kisses from our residents make the “work” part so worthwhile.  “Let’s not forget fostering - whether it’s kittens/puppies or the adults, it’s so rewarding!  I look forward to my next kindle of kittens.”
    Cheryl and her husband are parents to two adopted rescue felines, Cole is 5 and Beetja is 3. Beetja is a “foster failure” from SCSPCA, having been with Cheryl since he was about a week old. Who knew that tiny little fur ball would become the largest of her crew at 14 pounds! Cheryl hopes to someday add a dog to the family.

  • Megan Williams

    Director of Operations

    Megan moved from Cache Valley, Utah in May of 2016 to Dallas, Texas for job growth after graduating from Utah State University with her bachelors degree in Animal Science. She has had a passion for animals ever since she was a little girl when she first brought home her first orange tabby kitten named Lucky, that she 'stole' from her uncle. He said she could take him home, but he didn't mean right then! Lucky lived a very happy long life until he was 18 years old (holy cow!) After she graduated high school it was a no brainer that she wanted to work with animals, so she applied to the only university in Utah with an Animal Science program, Utah State University. She spent a lot of time with large animals on the experimental farm in Cache Valley where she got to learn first hand how to halter break a calf! She worked with sheep the summer of 2015 for her undergraduate project where she got to be a part of 'The Large Animal Arthritis model' with Dr. Mason for her undergraduate project where they worked on trying to find a cure for arthritis. That same summer she volunteered at the Cache Valley Humane Society where she fell in love with a black cat that she & her husband named Calypso, and later that year they added to their family by adopting a brown tabby named Sassafras (Sassy for short) from the same shelter. After she graduated in May 2016, she started a job in Dallas as an Veterinary Technician at a specialty practice in the oncology department, where she spent a lot of time with dogs & cats. At Second Chance she enjoys helping clients find their future forever pets, training volunteers, and working with the animals.

  • Lauren DeFreese

    Director of Volunteers

    Lauren oversees recruiting, training, and communicating with all our volunteers. She does all the new volunteer orientations and responds to all volunteer emails. She enjoys meeting new people and sharing her love for the shelter.
    Lauren has three animals of her own. Libby Lou is a miniature dachshund who is Queen Bee. Then she adopted Lucy May, a terrier mix, and Gordon Russell, a diabetic orange tabby, from Second Chance.  She loves her babies!
    Lauren got involved with Second Chance when she moved to Plano from Louisiana. In parts of Louisiana, it is LEGAL for dogs to be chained to a stake/garage/porch/tree/dog house/etc. 24/7, 365 days/year. Sounds insane but it is true. Once she moved here where it is illegal, she knew she had to get involved. Lauren has now been volunteering with Second Chance for 5 years and still loves every minute of it!

  • Melissa Sturgeon

    Assistant Director

    After eight years of hairstyling, Melissa made the leap to her true passion: animal care. She is a life long animal lover and is a mom to two adorable rescue dogs. Shortly after she and her husband moved to Plano she started working as a kennel attendant for Second Chance SPCA, and has now joined the team as assistant director...

  • Di Wike


    Being an animal lover her whole life, Di enjoys volunteering with Second Chance SPCA by taking care of all the dogs, large and small. Walking them, playing with them and cleaning up after them.

    Di Wike is a retired Purchasing professional that has also been responsible for negotiating contracts and managing large projects. She volunteered for 10 years with DFW Sheltie Rescue organization. Sometimes, you have to bring some home, so she and her husband have adopted 4 rescued Shelties. They also have a rescued parrot.

    Since retirement, Di has volunteered with This Side Up Family, an organization that focuses on strong families, and Second Chance SPCA. Di is a stickler for records, and has a lot of experience in organizing things, and keeping notes on meetings and communicating the status of projects to everyone involved. Considering her previous experience, this position fits her well.

  • Anthony Fey

    Website Design & Support

    Anthony is not a member of the staff or the board, however, he spends his summers volunteering at Second Chance, his favorite shelter. When he does not take care of his best friend Jessee, another graduate of Second Chance, he goes to school and helps maintain the shelter's website which he designed with the help of his brother Sebastian, whom he put in charge of the pictures.

  • Anne Bracken