United Animal Friends Board of Directors

UAF owes an enormous debt of gratitude to its highly committed board of directors. These individuals, who give so generously of their time and money, also share their invaluable resources, skills and talents with UAF.



Joellyn Nusbaum


Joellyn is a dedicated animal rescuer who has volunteered full time with United Animal Friends since 2005 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. She is a hands-on person and works in all aspects of the organization including marketing and fundraising, evaluating intake animals, matching foster parents and foster dogs, facilitating adoptions, mentoring volunteers and coordinating social media. At present, Joellyn shares her home with her seven dogs and very supportive husband Roger.


Laura Zeman Mullen

Vice President

Laura is a partner in Zeman-Mullen & Ford, an intellectual property law firm.  Laura actively takes on pro bono work in the area of children's rights and best interests, and was named Children's Law Center Advocate of the Year for the Volunteer Lawyers Program in 2009.  She has been active in the Phoenix community for the past decade and a half including serving on a Foster Care Review Board for 7 years and serving on the Board of Directors for both A New Leaf and the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.  As a part-time resident of Prescott, Laura is now devoting her volunteer efforts to helping animals through United Animal Friends, where she has been a board member since 2014.

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Jennifer Casey


Jennifer discovered United Animal Friends in 2009 while searching for a rescue dog to adopt. After witnessing the positive difference foster parents make in the lives of adoptable dogs, she soon became a volunteer. The more she got to know about the organization and the many ways in which it helps animals and people, the more deeply involved she became, including adopting three more foster dogs. Jennifer served as Treasurer from 2011 to 2015, Vice President in 2017 and Secretary today.


Jeanne Fletcher


Jeanne has been involved in animal rescue for over 20 years as an independent rescuer and volunteer with A Forever Home Rescue Foundation, HART of Fairfax County, Hedgesville Hounds, All Pets Rescue, Capital Area Rescue Resource Transport, Yavapai Humane Society and United Animal Friends. She also volunteers with Prescott Hungry Kids Program and Animal Disaster Services. Jeanne says, “I am proud of the strides UAF has made in the Prescott community with respect to animal welfare education and rescue since its inception."


Suzy Ball

Suzy joined United Animal Friends in 2011 when she was looking for a kitten.  She found her kitten hanging on the cage with her mother and siblings behind her; however, she needed a foster so Suzy started fostering that day.  Suzy is now UAF's Cat Coordinator and fosters very ill and hospice animals.  She is passionate about assisting all animals and finding homes for them or helping them when they are ill and just need plain old TLC. 


Mike Branigan

Mike is the Owner-Operator of Run-A-Muk, Arizona's premier dog and cat pet resort located in Prescott.  After graduating USC, he spent most of his adult life working in the hospitality business and serving on multiple non-profit committees including Children's Hospital of Orange County, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and MDA, raising $1 million.  Today, working with the incredible volunteers of UAF, his goal is to make a difference in the lives of animals who need a second chance.

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Douglas Mullen

Doug is a retired lawyer who now has time to devote his time to supporting United Animal Friends. Doug joined the board in 2018 to "engage my passion for helping dogs and desire to be a part of moving UAF toward achieving its mission goals."  He brings to the board not only his legal knowledge, but also his excellent leadership, organizational, problem-solving and communication skills.


Mary Naismith

Mary volunteered with the Atlanta Humane Society taking puppies to nursing homes prior to moving to Prescott.  She began volunteering for United Animal Friends as a handler at adoption events, and since then she has gotten involved in other aspects of UAF - fostering, washing dogs, working at the rummage sale, writing grants, etc.  Mary has had a varied career as an attorney, non-profit executive director, and technical writer.  She and her husband, John, have two beloved fur babies - Sidney (Lab/Chow mix), a stray who came to their door one night, and Zara (Bearded Collie/Scottish Deerhound mix), their UAF foster that they adopted.


Stephanie Pound Whetten

After being an airline pilot for 28 years, Stephanie was able to retire and pursue her passion of dogs and rescue.  She served on the board of directors at the Central Arizona Humane Society in Payson prior to moving to Prescott, where she volunteers with United Animal Friends, Luv Mutts Therapy Dogs, and Good Samaritan Hospice.  Stephanie and her husband share their home with four registered therapy Dachshunds, two Great Pyrenees, several goats, and the many dogs and puppies they foster.

Board Member Position Description 


Board members have the following governance responsibilities:
Duty of Care – take reasonable care when making decisions
Duty of Loyalty – act in the best interest of the organization
Duty of Obedience – act in the accordance with the organization’s mission



1. Annually review the organization’s mission and vision.
2. Oversee and monitor operation of the organization.
3. Create, document, and review policies and procedures.
4. Ensure effective planning.
    a. Review results compared with the organization’s annual and long-range goals.
5. Ensure adequate financial resources.
    a. Approve an annual budget.
6. Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight.
7. Ensure legal and ethical integrity.
    a. Complete and abide by conflicts of interest and disclosure policies.
8. Support the organization in terms of time, talents and finances.
9. Build a competent board by:
    a. Actively participate in board meetings, committees, retreats/training, events and fundraisers.
    b. Establish annual goals and objectives for the board.
    c. Participate in the review of board performance and assist in determining steps to improve.
    d. Propose prospective directors to members so vacancies can be filled as needed.
    e. Provide candid and constructive criticism advice and comments.
10. Enhance the organization’s public standing.
11. Review and approve all major contracts and grant proposals.


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