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Board of Directors

Jason Alley
Chantal Briere
Melissa Dulski
Seth Kutner
Jackie Maffucci, Ph.D. CPDT-KSA
Heidi Meinzer
Rachel Strittmatter

Jason Alley

Jason Alley is a vice president and senior relationship manager for the Personal and Business Banking team in the Washington, D.C. Regional Center. He advises and consults with privately held and emerging companies, while identifying areas of opportunity for growth, acquisition and market insight for his clients. Mr. Alley has more than 16 years of banking, lending, and financial consulting experience in the Greater Washington market, working with various national financial institutions, and regional accounting and consulting firm. He has extensive knowledge and experience financing operating cycles, CapEx finance, working capital needs and real estate financing, and a niche in the veterinary industry. Mr. Alley holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech with a concentration in global business obtained during international studies throughout continental Europe. Mr. Alley is a member of Risk Management Association (RMA), and is engaged with his community through volunteering, numerous committees and board of directors positions including, Homeward Trails Board member and Treasurer, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, Business Finance Group loan committee, Leadership Fairfax Class of 2019, George Mason Enterprise Center, Virginia Tech Alumni Network, Homeowners Association Budget Committees, as well as other local philanthropic organizations. He is active with his church. He is a Delta Sigma Pi International Business fraternity alum, and he enjoys fishing, sports, hiking and the outdoors.


Chantal Briere

Chantal Briere is a dual Canadian/US citizen, originally from Quebec City, currently living in Washington DC.  She has lived in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Far East. Retired from the Canadian Government, she now works in the travel industry. With her husband, they run a boutique cycling adventure company enabling them to travel all over the world on two wheels. An avid animal lover, Chantal has witnessed the immense suffering of so many animals due to overpopulation in many developing countries. Promoting spay/neuter clinics is her main focus. She currently volunteers with two animal rescue groups, the Humane Rescue Alliance and Homeward Trails. She also spent several weeks in Thailand volunteering at the Soi Dog Foundation and has helped relocate several of the dogs rescued from the infamous Asian Dog Meat Trade.


Melissa Dulski

Melissa Dulski is an attorney living in McLean, Virginia with her husband and two young daughters. She currently is Vice President – Assistant General Counsel at AvalonBay Communities, Inc., and previously worked in the legal department at American Capital, a publicly traded private equity company for over 9 years. Prior to that, Melissa was an attorney at the DC law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP for 6 years. Melissa’s expertise includes employment, compliance, and litigation. Melissa is a life-long animal lover and was first introduced to Homeward Trails in 2008 when she adopted her first dog! Afterwards, she began volunteering and then fostering dogs before joining the Board.


Seth Kutner

Seth Kutner is a Lead Sales Representative with Liberty Mutual Insurance.  He grew up in Arlington attending Kenmore and W-L before going to Ithaca College and getting a Marketing Degree.  He currently lives in Arlington with his wife Maddy.  He developed a passion for rescuing dogs as a kid and is thrilled to be able to contribute to such a great organization.


Jackie Maffucci, Ph.D. CPDT-KSA

Jackie Maffucci, Ph.D. CPDT-KSA is a Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate and Co-Founder of Positive Dog Solutions, a canine behavior consulting firm.  Jackie started her career serving the shelter and rescue community while completing her graduate degree in Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin.  She then moved to Alexandria, VA and began working as a dog trainer and behavior consultant.  As an advocate for the military and veteran community, Jackie has been actively engaged in a number of issues, including those regarding service animals. She has served on a number of Boards in an advisory capacity, and is thrilled to be a member of the Board of Directors with Homeward Trails.  Jackie lost her faithful companion, Dinah, to Lymphoma in 2014. She continues to foster dogs with behavioral needs to provide behavior modification support and get these dogs ready for their forever homes.


Heidi Meinzer

Heidi Meinzer is an attorney and dog trainer living in Alexandria, Virginia.  Heidi started her legal career as a public defender in Alexandria, and went on to practice civil litigation at a law firm in Arlington.  While at that firm, her practice naturally gravitated to animal law, and in 2013, she opened her own firm in Alexandria to focus on animal law and nonprofit issues.  Heidi also serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.  In her spare time, she loves doing K9 Nose Work with her dogs, Sophie and Boomer.


Rachel Strittmatter

Rachel Strittmatter is a Certified Public Accountant living in Northern Virginia.  Rachel has experience auditing financial statements from her time at Deloitte & Touche LLP from 2011-2017. She currently works at Nestle USA where she specializes in strategic cost management, budgeting, and project management. She holds an accounting degree from the University of Pittsburgh and maintains an active CPA license in the state of Virginia.  Rachel also serves on the Board of Humane Dominion in Northern Virginia. She has a passion for animal rescue, safety, and well-being and is enthusiastic about using her financial skills for the betterment of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.