Meet Our Leadership Team
Open Door Animal Sanctuary is staffed by a lean and mean team of three executive staff, an office manager, a community engagement/volunteer coordinator, two office staff, a (dog) kennel manager and assistant, a cattery manager and assistant, three vet techs, three part-time veterinarians, and a group of kennel and cattery staff and volunteers who spend 100% of their time caring for our nearly 400 dogs and cats every day. Each uses their unique talents and love of animals to provide the best quality of life for our residents.
Tracie Quackenbush is the Executive Director at Open Door Animal Sanctuary. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Business Communication from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Tracie has served ODAS for over 20 years. She began by volunteering at the shelter and serving as President of the Board of Directors. In 1999 she left a career in purchasing to join ODAS as the Executive Director. Tracie’s love for animals started when she was 2 years old. Every animal that wandered in her yard became hers for life. She currently has 11 cats and is the caretaker for 6 feral colonies. Tracie’s mission in life is to make the world a better place for animals and hopes that one day laws will make people care for their animals as she does. In her spare time, Tracie loves to kayak, bowl, and enjoy nature.
Director of Development
Carrie Warren is the Director of Development at Open Door Animal Sanctuary. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health from Truman State University and a Master of Science Degree in Health Education from Western Illinois University. As a career non-profit professional and life-long animal lover, Carrie was excited to finally work for an animal welfare organization when she joined ODAS in 2015. She is mom to three awesome girls, four cats (Owl, Sushi, Ferguson, and Whipper-Will), and two dogs (Dulcie and Pippa). When she isn’t busy with her girls and pets, she enjoys gardening, cooking, movies, and cruising in her Datsun 260Z.
Hello, I am Susan DiPaola the Controller at Open Door Animal Sanctuary. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting from UM-St Louis and a MS in Management from National Louis University. I have worked in accounting for over 30 years in a variety of companies, from government, big corporations, and small businesses to not for profits. I currently volunteer and do the accounting at two non profit organizations. I currently sit on the board as Treasurer for Magdalene STL and do the accounting for Urban Harvest STL. I have a rescue Jack Russell, Louie who wants to rule the house instead of my 4 grown children scattered across the United States. I enjoy gardening, walking Louie, reading and yoga.
Melissa Biedeger is Open Door Animal Sanctuary’s Office Manager. She has always known that she was meant to work with and help animals. She’s had animals her whole life and would adopt every homeless animal she came across if possible. Melissa spent 18 years in the veterinary field in Washington State. In 2017, she moved to Missouri to be closer to family and joined the ODAS Team in December of that year as our Assistant Cattery Manager. With her extensive experience working in an animal office setting and with customers, she was promoted to Office Manager in June of 2019. Her four-legged family includes three cats: Durn’t, Skits, and Mr. Kitty Meows and a Pomeranian named Fendi. Around the office, she has set the bar high on finding the perfect gifts for her co-workers. Outside the office, she is an outdoor girl who loves fishing and hiking and has a passion for true crime shows.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Patrick Walgamott is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Open Door Animal Sanctuary. Patrick earned his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville focusing on sociology and speech communication. After spending most of his career in customer service and IT, he got involved in animal welfare by volunteering with numerous rescue groups and has spent the last three years working at Stray Rescue of St. Louis. He is thrilled to now be with Open Door and looks forward to helping our mission. In his free time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Sadie and Ellie, cooking, volunteering, snowboarding, and watching movies and Cardinals baseball.
Amanda Duncan is Open Door Animal Sanctuary’s Cattery Manager. Although she’s been rescuing animals her entire life, her professional rescue career started at ODAS in 2004 when she decided to follow her passion for animals. As soon as she started working in Pampurred Palace as an Animal Caretaker, she fell in love with the organization. In 2011, Amanda was promoted to Cattery Manager where she dedicates her time to improving the lives of the nearly 350 cats ODAS cares for on a daily basis. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys playing video games, watching science fiction movies, baking, and collecting a variety of PEZ dispensers.
Diane Kennedy is Open Door Animal Sanctuary’s Kennel Manager. Living in Ohio at the time, she visited Open Door in the fall of 1999 on a whim and instantly fell in love with the organization and animals there. She applied, and was later hired as an ODAS Animal Caretaker, where she worked with both dogs and cats. Diane’s extensive background in dog training and handling led her to apply and earn the title of Kennel Manager in 2005. Diane loves enriching the lives of Open Door’s canine residents and focuses on ways to improve their quality of life inside the shelter. In her free time, Diane enjoys spending time with her husband, son, granddaughter, and adopted dog named Whoops.