Meet The Board of Directors

MarrVelous Pet Rescues & Adoptions is a volunteer based organization. Our Board of Directors donate their time and energy to building a healthy and productive Rescue and to promote awareness throughout our community.

Kara Biery

Rescue Coordinator

Kara has over 25 years experience working in community health and for various non-profits. She enjoys being an Alzheimer's Association volunteer and a Joy Center Board Member.

Because of her life long love for animals, she purchased Key Largo Pet Sitter in 2020. She looks forward to bringing her experience and compassion to Marrvelous Pet Rescue as the Rescue Coordinator.

Lisa Layne

Assistant Coordinator

Lisa is a long time animal advocate and friend to all animals. She works tirelessly for the rescue and is a wonderful asset to the rescue!!

Joy C Martin

President

Joy is a licensed Real Estate Broker and is the owner of American Caribbean Real Estate in Key Largo and Islamorada, FL. She has been helping rescue animals for as long has she can remember. Her love for animals Is reflected in all aspects of her life. She owns multiple animals including horses that she keeps at her barn in the Redlands (Homestead).

Kenie Rodriguez

Vice President

Kenie Rodriquez has been an active volunteer for Marrvelous Pet Rescues since it was founded in 2007. She is a Realtor with American Caribbean Real Estate and grew up here in the beautiful Keys. Kenie is Show Secretary for the Florida Paso Fino Horse Association and spends much of her free time  enjoying time with and friends and family... and animals. Kenie has been an invaluable asset to the Rescue for years and we are delighted she is now serving on the Board.

Susan Walker

Treasurer

I’m so happy to have an opportunity to be involved with MarrVelous Pet Rescues. 16 years ago we were foster-fails with Buddy (aka Rambo). He won our hearts and so did the mission of MPR. Originally from Indiana, the Keys have been home since 1994. When not assisting at the rescue, I enjoy any time with my children, fishing, diving, kayaking, entertaining and travel. 

Cathy Brewer

Secretary

A member of the MarrVelous Pet Rescues Board of Directors.

Lisa Wetzel

Executive Director

I’ve lived in Key Largo for 32 years. Co-owner of Shear Paradise Salon in Key Largo. Married to my wonderful husband , Randy, for 18 years. We have 4 doggies, two, of which, are MPR foster failures! We also have two adopted kitties and a guinea pig. I’m so excited to be involved with MPR and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the rescue! 

Marta Bonatz

Marta retired in late 2018 from DuPont where she had a 30 year career in sales and sales management. Her career moved her around the United States, but two things remained constant in her life: Her love of animals and her love of the ocean. Marta has been rescuing animals since she was old enough to carry them home, and currently has three adorable rescue dogs, Maui and Dolce, and their kitty sister Lucy. 

Susan K Recarey

I adopted my first dog from Marrvelous Pet Rescues 3 years ago when I was at the age of 64 and thus began my affection for animals and animals in need. While I have been an activist for many groups over the years I soon realized how important caring for animals was for us here in the keys. I treasure the time I give to Marrvelous Pet Rescue. I have been a resident of the keys for over 30 years and a real estate agent for 37 years. I love Key Largo and totally enjoy all that I do here, working at American Caribbean Real Estate, being an active Rotarian, on the board of Habitat for Humanity and Marrvelous Pet Rescue, kayaking, knitting, weaving and caring for Merlin, my Marrvelous Pekingese.

Nathalie Oudin

A member of the MarrVelous Pet Rescues Board of Directors.

Bette Brown

is currently the Chief Credit Officer of Community Bank of Florida. Bette was born in Ohio and graduated from Stetson University before beginning her banking career. She is also a graduate of Florida School of Banking and Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Her extensive local business and community involvement has earned her many accolades over the years, including the 2011 Florida Keys Board of Realtors Affiliate of the Year Award as well as being named Woman of the Year five years in a row as part of the Upper Keys People’s Choice Awards. She is a member of the executive committee and board of Mariners Hospital, President of the Upper Keys Rotary Club and past president of the Key Largo Chamber.

Tess Marra

Tess Marra is a member of the MarrVelous Pet Rescues Board of Directors.

Jill Foley

Jill moved to the Keys in 2012. The first time she fostered with MarrVelous was in 2014 when she took in two puppies from a litter of nine. 6 weeks later she was a foster failure and rounded out her fur-family. Since that time, she has successfully fostered about a dozen dogs and continues to be an advocate for MarrVelous, and the other local rescues within the keys. She is a telecommuter during the day which allows her to provide the constant love and support our rescue pups need. Her biggest struggle is not keeping every foster pup that comes across her doorstep.

Megan Pfaff

Megan is a graduate of Coral Shores High School on Plantation Key. She left the Keys to attend Santa Fe College in Gainesville, where she earned an Associate of Arts degree. She also attended St.Petersburg Collage Veterinary Technician Program and has been a Veterinary Technician at Island Hammock Pet Hospital for 10 years. Megan is an active member of Marvelous Pet Rescues and continues to be a foster parent to needy animals looking for homes. Megan lives in Key Largo and shares her life with her Dachshunds Sebastian and Finley as well as her rescue dog Sunny from MPR and her cats Saki and Minnow. When she is not working, she likes to SCUBA dive, kayak, snorkel, and fish.

Natalie Shea

Having a passion for animals started at a very young age. I grew up adopting animals and being an advocate whenever possible. I was a veterinary technician for about 7 years while in college and realized vet med wasn't for me but I could help animals other ways by fostering and fundraising through my business, Shen Health Acupuncture. Moved to the Keys in 2017 and became a foster failure for a Mama and her pup, Jolene.  

Amy Bruggeman

A member of the MarrVelous Pet Rescues Board of Directors.

Kara Biery

Rescue Coordinator

Kara has over 25 years experience working in community health and for various non-profits. She enjoys being an Alzheimer's Association volunteer and a Joy Center Board Member.

Because of her life long love for animals, she purchased Key Largo Pet Sitter in 2020. She looks forward to bringing her experience and compassion to Marrvelous Pet Rescue as the Rescue Coordinator.

Lisa Hogan-Layne

Assistant Rescue Coordinator

I am relatively new to the Florida Keys.  Only living here full time since March 2019.

I came to the Florida Key from New Jersey with a background in Accounting & Bookkeeping.

I am now happily working at Marrvelous Pet Rescues, in the common goal of coordinating the rescue and matching up of the pets with the best family for them. 

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