Board of Directors

The UCAN Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated individuals from the Greater Cincinnati community who share a commitment to animal welfare and to the UCAN mission.

Thomas J. Hattersley, Esq.

Board Chair

Tom Hattersley, along with his wife Sharon, has worked for various animal organizations in Cincinnati for over thirty years, including the League for Animal Welfare and STAF.

Native Cincinnatians, Tom and Sharon live in Montgomery with a rescue Siamese Flame Point named Cairo and a rescue Papillon named FIFA.

Tom is a partner in a business consulting firm. Sharon is UCAN's longest serving volunteer.

Julie O'Connell, DVM

Vice Chair

Dr. Julie O’Connell grew up on the West Side of Cincinnati, and attended McAuley High School. She then served in the United States Army for 3 years, before attending Colorado State University, where she graduated with a degree in Zoology.

Dr. Julie then moved back to Ohio, to attend the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and moved back to Cincinnati to practice. She purchased Park Plaza Animal Hospital in 1998.

She has been involved with UCAN since its inception, and within the last couple years has become interested in shelter medicine, lending her expertise in that field to area rescues.

Dr. Julie has 5 rescue dogs, 2 of which are foster fails.

Gail L. Waham, CPA


Gail joined Cassady Schiller CPAs & Advisors in September 2001. She specializes in serving the business and tax needs of closely-held businesses and high net worth individuals. She also has experience in implementing a wide array of tax planning strategies and techniques.

Gail has over 20 years of experience in taxation, including 6 years with an international "Big 4" accounting firm and 6 years in corporate taxation with Fortune 500 companies.

Gail holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Quantitative Analysis, both from the University of Cincinnati.

Dorothea (Thea) Langsam, Esq.


Thea Langsam moved to Cincinnati in 2007 and presently works for Fifth Third Bank as Associate General Counsel, Senior Vice President.

Thea oversees litigation for the Wealth and Asset Management Group and regulatory enforcement matters and internal investigations for the entire enterprise.

She has loved animals all her life, and became vegan in 2000. Thea began volunteering with UCAN in 2009 and is so proud of the organization’s practical, compassionate work to end animal suffering. Thea previously served on UCAN’s Board from 2009 to 2016 and in 2019 has rejoined the Board.

Thea’s family includes two large lovable mutts, Josey (named after the Outlaw Josey Wales) and Abe (for Abe Lincoln).

Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson has served as an advocate and volunteer for various nonprofits that benefit animals and a healthy planet for over 35 years. She carried a vision of ending unnecessary euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs and realized her dream as the co-founder of the United Coalition for Animals (UCAN) in 2003.

She had a working career with the Federal government in communications for 32 years. As a great grandmother she hopes to leave a legacy of helping to create a more enlightened and compassionate world for all.

Her pet family includes 3 dogs, two of which were rescued from euthanasia. Rocket is a Blonde Lab (13 years), Max, whose nickname is Spare Parts, is a Mixed Terrier Mix (13 years) and Tipper is a 3 Legged Sheltie (13 years).

Robin Tackett

Robin is President of Slice of Stainless, a Cincinnati company that was formed in the early 1990’s and sells specialty grade stainless steel sheet and nickel alloys for aerospace, food processing and other uses.

Her passion is saving pit bulls. She has been a long time Foster Mom for the pit bull group, Adore-A-Bull Rescue. In 2015, she founded her own nonprofit called Smith’s Pit STOP, to stop the overpopulation of pit bulls by funding free spay/neuter surgery at UCAN and providing education about the overpopulation problem and the importance of spay/neuter. Smith’s Pit Stop has subsidized the spay/neuter of over 1,000 pit bulls in the Greater Cincinnati area so far!

Robin has also been on the board of My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest mega-adoption event held over Valentine’s Day weekend each year. She is also one of the founding members of the newly formed Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society that took over management of the Clermont County Animal Shelter on January 1, 2018.

She and her boyfriend have 6 rescued dogs: Bella, Lola, Smith, Hank, Doogie and Delia.😊

Gwen DiMeo, CPA

Gwen presently works at Cassady Schiller & Associates, Inc. as Principal. She is responsible for all aspects of client service.

Gwen is a senior accounting executive with extensive experience in tax, business consulting, audit, and merger and acquisitions. Her experience includes healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and high network individuals. She has also served as an outsourced controller for a large healthcare organization and worked in private industry.

Gwen also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

Gwen’s family includes her husband Victor, 3 children and 2 dogs.

Amy Meyer, M.Ed

Amy Meyer is the Vice President, Corporate Development with Rhinestahl Corporation. Amy is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Workforce Development and Marketing. Her experience has been in a variety of industries including manufacturing, medical device, telecom and publishing.

Amy previously served as Executive VP, Human Resources & Organizational Development for AAA Allied Group. She has also held key executive positions with F&W Media, Cincinnati Bell and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for talent development and providing workforce solutions for emerging markets. Amy has a Bachelor degree from Miami University in Marketing and Quantitative Analysis and a Master’s degree in Personnel, Training & Development from Xavier University.

Amy is the Chair for the Business Advisory Council for Butler Tech, Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership group for PWC, and a member of the OMA Leadership Council.

Amy and her husband, Greg Johnson, enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, and traveling overseas. Amy is a huge Bengals fan and cat lover! Amy and Greg are actively involved with Pets for Patients, SPCA Cincinnati, and Mother Mayflower Animal Haven in helping animals find their forever home.

Board Committees

Marketing & Development Committee:

  • Amy Meyer, Chair
  • Tia Kuchuk
  • Alicia Noschang
  • Kathy Collins

Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee:

  • Tom Hattersley, Chair
  • Moe Rouse

Finance Committee:

  • Gail Waham, CPA, Chair
  • Gwen DiMeo
  • Kathy Wesp, CPA

Outreach Team:

  • Linda Richardson, Co-Chair
  • Sharon Hattersley, Co-Chair
  • Carolyn Martinez
  • Gloria Uziel
  • Jenny Mor
  • Stacey Crapsey
  • Donna Cruze