• 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.

  • Vice-President

    Lara Haji-Avedikian

    Lara moved to Dallas from Massachusetts in June of 2017 and shortly started working with Second Chance SPCA. Her previous role as Director of Operations for 2 years of Second Chance gave her the skills and experience to help lead the shelter as Co - Vice President. She worked with animals from a young age of 15 and has since then expanded her knowledge of animal care. Her passion for animals led her to adopt a dog (pictured below) from New Hampshire named King Henry & she even adopted a SCSPCA alumni, Haley. When you visit the shelter, you can usually find Lara cuddling with a kitty or in a dogs outdoor area giving them some love.

  • Director of Volunteers

    Lauren DeFreese

    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! 

  • Director of Fundraising

    Ria Urs

    Ria Urs is our Director of fundraising.
    Ria moved to Dallas in 2016 but Having grown up with dogs, she has had a passion for animals ever since she was young. She began working with SCSPCA in 2018 as a volunteer. She quickly expanded her role to that of a foster mom and most recently our director of fundraising. Ria now spearheads all of our fundraising and outreach events such as our annual Barks N’  Brews, North Texas Giving Day, Stienfest and many others. While doing all this she continues to provide a home for the many fosters that come through our shelter. In addition to fostering for the second chance pups and kitties, she has also made her own house a fur-ever home for several rescues. This started with her 6-year-old cat Savannah who she rescued back in Jersey.

  • Treasurer

    Kathy Johnstone

    Kathy is our new treasurer. Details to come.

  • Secretary

    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.


  • Director of Operations

    Megan Williams

    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. more...

  • Assistant Director

    Melissa Sturgeon

    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...

  • Website Design & Support

    Anthony Fey

    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