Sean Hawkins
Sean Hawkins

Executive Director

While attending the University of Houston College of Business Administration, Sean Hawkins was hired by author and humanitarian Cleveland Amory to open spay and neuter clinics for the Fund for Animals in 1993. Sean pioneered the concept of mobile spay and neuter clinics across the United States. Under The Fund’s umbrella, Sean opened and operated...
Rick Bitzer
Rick Bitzer

Business Director

Prior to joining the staff of Second Chance Center for Animals in 2016 as the organizations’ Business Director, Rick Bitzer had been a store manager for Michael’s Stores and a marketing manager for Harley Davidson.  Rick is also a retired law enforcement officer from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.  His significant business and retail...
Jody Epstein, MS, CPDT-KA
Jody Epstein, MS, CPDT-KA

Behavior and Training Manager

Jody Epstein joined the leadership team at Second Chance Center for Animals in March, 2017 as the Behavior and Training Manager. This is a newly created position designed to address the behavioral needs of our shelter residents and help them become ready for adoption and their new role as ‘family member’. Through public training and...
Steph Callahan, CPDT-KA
Steph Callahan, CPDT-KA

Shelter Operations Manager

Steph Callahan joined the leadership team at Second Chance Center for Animals in February, 2017 as the Adoption and Retail Manager.  This role is a new position for Second Chance, created to continue expanding the public’s awareness about adopting pets from shelters and to work with adopters to make the perfect match with a new...
Rachelle Estes
Rachelle Estes

Lead Medical Coordinator

Rachelle Estes joined the staff at Second Chance Center for Animals two years ago and is currently the Lead Medical Coordinator for the organization.  Rachelle coordinates the intake of animals from other shelters and rescue organizations and provides needed veterinary care for shelter pets under the direction of the shelter veterinarian.  According to Rachelle, “When...
Jacques Du Preez
Jacques Du Preez

Digital Marketing Manager

Jacques Du Preez joined Second Chance Center for Animals in 2016 and is the Digital Marketing Manager. Jacques oversees our donor database, website content, and social media promotions.  He is part of the fundraising and marketing team responsible for promoting special events and pet adoptions in the community. Having grown up with pets and owned...