An organization’s most vital resource is its board of directors. It’s the organization’s critical link to the community. Houston PetSet’s Board of Directors is a group of dedicated individuals who SERVE on the board, not SIT on a board. They volunteer their time to help advance the mission of HPS and advocate for the organization. The Board focuses on fundraising, organizational governance, and strategic planning.
Tena Lundquist Faust – Co-President
You might say that Tena Faust has had a long a career in caring for animals. You might even she was destined for animal advocacy. The truth is she was not. Although she’s loved animals since she was a little girl, she first set her eyes on a career in Political Science after a trip to Russia and went on to graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in Political Science.
It wasn’t until 2004 that her true passion for animal advocacy came to fruition. For nearly 12 years, Tena has been committed to finding loving homes for Houston’s homeless and rescued animals. Along with her twin sister Tama Lundquist, Tena has been instrumental in some of Houston’s major animal adoption initiatives, including Houston’s BARC Foundation and the Highland Village Adoption Center.
Most recently, she has committed her efforts to the growth of Houston PetSet (HPS) as its co-president. HPS’s goal is to help those who are “in the trenches” on a daily basis rescuing, spaying, neutering, fostering, adopting and protecting Houston’s homeless animal population. Since its inception, HPS has granted more than $1 million dollars to animal nonprofits through its annual “Fierce & Fabulous” soirée.
Tama Lundquist – Co-President
Tama Lundquist is the proud mother of a 16-year old son, Cole and 2 dogs rescued off the street named Sparky and Sonny. “The boys” as she fondly refers to them, fill her home with love and laughter every day.
Raised in rural Minnesota with her identical twin, Tena, and a younger brother Luke, Tama’s parents instilled in them a desire and responsibility to “give back”. Whether it was people or animals, there was an understanding that helping others was a natural part of their lives. This understanding, coupled with a love for animals, is the motivation for the work she enjoys today.
Tama has been involved in helping the animals in Houston since 2004 when she relocated from London. Her most notable work includes: co-founding the Highland Village Adoption Center, appointment as a founding member of the BARC Regents Board, co-chairing numerous fundraising events, and helping secure, along with her twin sister, Tena, the Harris County/City of Houston Animal Summit held in October of 2016.
The dual desire to find a strategic solution ending animal homelessness, while simultaneously alleviating suffering is what motivates Tama to continue to work in her passion for animals. “I was given a bit of a warrior spirit so I feel helping those who can’t help themselves has been my calling. Along the way, I was blessed to have found such wonderful people with whom I can work to make a difference not only for the animals but to improve the quality of life in our great city”.
Teena Davis – Vice President
Teena Davis is a native Houstonian who worked her way through college at the University of Houston, where she obtained her BA in Social Science. Teena’s 15-year career includes employee benefit solutions, corporate recruitment, and account management. She is also Managing Partner of Pelican Reef Villas in Belize, where she is involved with the Belize Humane Society, Operation SNIP, and the Saga Five Year Plan.
Teena has rescued and fostered many animals, as well as chaired and served on the board of numerous animal rescue organizations. She is currently the vice president of Houston PetSet and has served on the board for over three years. In addition, she is a volunteer with the Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team.
Teena currently lives in Houston with her two rescue dogs, Fisher, a Great Pyrenees, and Marshall, a Golden Retriever mix.
Lauren M. Postler – Secretary
With over 12 years of experience in executive level management, fundraising, public relations and marketing for nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 businesses, Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge, a dynamic skill set and a passion for her work with mission-driven organizations.
Her previous involvement helping leaders in the oil & gas industry invest their charitable contributions in the community and background as a social worker has lent itself to both a “grass-roots” and “big picture” approach to Lauren’s achievements in a variety of decision-making roles. A thoughtful attention to detail and high value placed on one-on-one relationships ensures there is a true mission match for potential donors or investors with a cause. Lauren served with pride as the Director of Development for Kickstart Kids, Director of Development & Public Relations for Covenant House Texas and as the Executive Director of the St. Anne School Foundation, all in Houston, Texas. In addition, she has held executive level roles in communications and operations with for-profit corporations and currently offers her consulting services to both nonprofits and small businesses looking to grow their brand and social impact in the community.
A two-time Longhorn, Lauren holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. When she’s not cheering on her ‘Horns she enjoys time spent at her family home on Canyon Lake, with her niece and nephew in Austin and with her Rottweiler mix rescue, Sergeant Pepper, and his rescue kitten, Iggy Pop.
Rebecca McElroy is a CPA with more than 15 years of experience in tax compliance and consulting for individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Houston and became a partner at her firm, Maddox Thomson & Associates, in July of 2014.
Her love and affection for animals brought Rebecca to Houston PetSet in August of 2009 and she currently serves as treasurer. She is honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization that educates and promotes public awareness and interest in animal welfare.
She and her husband have one precious fur baby, Cici, a female Torbie mix, who was adopted from Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) over 10 years ago. She and her husband are also proud “foster parents” to her mother’s four rescue dogs – Rufus, Buddy, Rebel, and Pill.
Robin Deutsch and her husband, Lance, own their family business, Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers, which was started in 1929. She has been collecting jewelry for over 17 years now. Along with being a wife and business owner, Robin is also a mother and animal rights advocate.
In addition to Houston PetSet, Robin supports numerous other charities including: The Museum of Natural Science; Heroes for Children; and The Ronald McDonald House. Robin has three sons along with two golden retrievers. Family is the most important part of her life and animals are her passion.
Ellen Weitz serves as the associate general counsel of Labor and Employment at Dresser-Rand, a Siemens Business. She graduated from Skidmore College with Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Ellen grew up in a big family with many pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and many others. Thus, she is aware of the impact her service with animals through fostering has on the community. Ellen joined the PetSet board in 2015, and is currently the proud owner of three wonderful rescue dogs.
Stacy has served in various public affairs roles for Chevron Corporation since 2002. Her key responsibilities include executive communications, content creation and crisis response. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and a Master of Arts degree in communication, both from the University of Houston.
Stacy has lived in Houston most of her life, and has been a proud member of the Houston PetSet board since 2008. She and her husband Chris have three spoiled cats, Jack, G.G. and Stella.
Dominic Celitti has been a Wealth Advisor with Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firms since 1988. He graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He later received a Master’s of Science degree in Financial Planning in 2004.
His focus on helping animals began 12 years ago when Dominic found Brady, his first golden retriever. Over the years, he has volunteered at various animal shelters in northeast Ohio and the greater Houston area.
He has also chaired multiple fundraising events and contributes to causes including: The Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston; Golden Beginnings Rescue of Houston; Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP); The Golden Retriever Foundation; and Houston PetSet. In addition to Houston PetSet, Dominic serves on the board of directors for Stages Theater in Houston.
Dominic currently has two dogs, Casey, a 5-year-old golden retriever who is a Pet Partners’ therapy dog, a grand champion show dog, as well as a novice obedience and rally dog, and a golden retriever puppy named Jazzy.
Kelly Kimberly is a Principal in the new Houston office of Sard Verbinnen & Co. SVC provides strategic communications advice and services to help clients manage overall positioning and specific events affecting their reputation, business, and market value. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
A lifelong animal lover, Kelly has four cats, Marie, Emilie, Sophie, and Bob, all rescued off the streets. She has been a Houston PetSet board member for more than 10 years. In addition, she serves on the advisory boards of the JDRF Houston-Gulf Coast Chapter.
Gina B. Bhatia
Gina Bhatia received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. She is married with two children and one stepdaughter.
Gina’s first glimpse of charitable work was at the age of 10 when she volunteered with her late mother. Throughout the years they have helped anywhere from orphanages to food banks.
Today, Gina supports and works with multiple non-profit organizations including: Houston Ballet, The Symphony, Easter Seals, The Center, and The Hermann Park Conservancy. She also chairs many events and was honored for her service by multiple organizations, including Houston PetSet.
Paula Mott is the Managing Director of River Oak Risk, an Atlanta-based captive management firm. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston. She has studied, worked, and lived abroad, and speaks several languages fluently including German and French.
She believes strongly in living a life of service, and is a member of the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations including: Houston PetSet, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), and the University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society. Paula also serves on multiple Advisory Boards for several Women’s Auxiliary Associations including: The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary; The Houston Symphony League; and The Women’s Home. Paula currently resides in Houston with her Chihuahua, Amelia Earhart.
Judy Nichols has been conducting social and commercial marketing and media campaigns through her public relations firm, Judy Nichols & Associates, for over 30 years. She is also responsible for opening premier restaurants, hotels, and retail ventures and an airline.
Prior to her arrival in Houston, the longtime public relations specialist worked in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
Judy has been affiliated with the Challenger Center Benefit, Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, Houston Astros Wives Gala, and many other charitable organizations. She uses her knowledge and resources from her career to contribute as an active board member of Houston PetSet.
A life-long dog lover, Jonathan’s rescue-pug Paulie led to his passion for animal rescue.