• 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

    Founder, Advisory Member

    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 and remains on the Board in an advisory capacity, bringing her passion and insight to the Board’s 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.

  • Jim Porst


    Jim has been with Second Chance since 2011. He spent decades in educational publishing, then finished his working career as a Mediator for over a decade. Jim’s undergraduate degree is from Notre Dame, with a Graduate certification from SMU.  His background in publishing gives him the skills to work with the shelter’s publicity and promotion strategy. Jim coordinates the activity of the volunteers who work on our web site, Facebook, Instagram, and our publicity in the DFW area. Jim is also our coordinator with CFC, the federal employee’s charitable contribution program. He is a lover of big dogs, so he’s always happy to take the “bigs” for a walk in the neighborhood around the shelter.  Jim and his wife have one dog, Gracie, who is their second adoption from Second Chance.

  • Lorna McClure


    Lorna has been with Second Chance SPCA since early 2014. She has played many roles within the organization – volunteer, kennel technician, foster mom – and is honored to join the Board. After earning her degree in Graphic Design, she decided to combine her love of animals and creativity and is building her pet photography business, The Paw Gallery. Always keeping busy, Lorna also works for a wonderful veterinary practice in Frisco, and, as a nanny, with a fantastic family in Dallas. She currently lives with her boyfriend and 5 (yes, five) rescue babies – Bane, Anthony, Enzo, Katana and Valkyrie! Lorna adopted Enzo, Katana, and Valkyrie from Second Chance.

  • 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.

  • Nadgee Gonzales

    Director of Fundraising

    Nadgee joined the Second Chance SPCA family in February 2014 as a volunteer and as a kennel attendant during the summer of 2014. Her passion for animals started early in life when as a kid she tried to pull the “I don’t know where that cat came from” trick with her parents in various occasions, adding multiple cats to the family. Her involvement with no-kill shelters started in 2004, when she became a volunteer and foster for Save-A-Gato, a non-profit organization dedicated to easing the suffering of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico's homeless and abused cats through T/N/R (Trap/Neuter/Release - or Return). This passion continued during her college years, at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she obtained her BS and MS in Civil Engineering while rescuing cats and dogs in need. She rescued and fostered dozens of cats and dogs from the streets of PR and provided vet care, TLC and a roof while waiting for the perfect family. She is the proud mom of 2 foster fail black cats, Musa and Neko. These lucky felines were homeless street kittens from the island and now are the most spoiled treat enthusiasts around.
    In the summer of 2013, she and her husband moved to Dallas for professional growth, but that didn’t stop her from doing what she loves. As a volunteer at SCSPCA, she has been able to continue fostering cats and kittens while serving as Director of Fundraising. Nadgee’s responsibilities are to identify programs that can fund the shelter’s operations and organize activities or events that promote our mission, volunteer opportunities and expose our residents to the public. Typical activities are events at area restaurants, participation in downtown Plano activities, North Texas Giving Day, and Shelter based activities.

  • 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!

  • Lara Haji-Avedikian

    Director of Operations

    Lara moved to Plano from Massachusetts in 2017 and started at Second Chance shortly after.  She has one “child,” a dog named Henry, who is a 4-year-old Bassett hound mix (he's from New Hampshire!).
    Second Chance SPCA isn't her first experience with animal care. She started her career in this field with a boarding facility when she was just 16. She started off as a kennel tech and climbed the ranks to assistant manager. She stayed in boarding for a few years, then made the jump to animal rescue, where she met Henry, who demanded Lara take him home with her forever. After that, she worked at a veterinary clinic and she picked up quite a few skills which she uses all the time at Second Chance.
    Lara’s main responsibilities at Second Chance are to run the day to day operations, manage all animal welfare, and do all the rescuing. Lara says “I'm honored to be Director of Operations for this wonderful shelter, and although it can be tough, the lives I get to save make all the difference for me.”

  • Megan Milner

    Assistant Director of Operations

    Welcome to our new team member.

  • 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