UCAN LEADERSHIP

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.

Monica Weakley

Board Chair


Monica has been involved with UCAN since 2010 and is currently the Chair of the Board. Her passion for animals and desire to get to the "root cause" of our shelters' over-crowding drew her to UCAN.

Monica is a full time Realtor with Keller Williams Advisors Realty and also coaches and trains other agents in order to help them achieve success in their business!

Monica grew up in Mariemont with her 3 younger sisters and graduated from Denison University in 1990.

She and her partner, Sharon, have 3 rescue dogs at their current home in Anderson Township. Dorey is a 9 year old Beagle mix, Lily is a 7 year old Beagle mix and Marco is a 3 year old blind pup who is a quirky mix of a Basset Hound and a Lab!

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 loves being part of something that is making such a huge difference in the lives of animals in our area.

Dr. Julie is married and has two children, and 3 dogs that were all rescues. Perry, the Standard Poodle, came from a poodle rescue group in Kentucky. He was obtained from a hoarding situation. Otis, a 3 legged-mixed breed dog, was brought back from the Best Friends temporary animal shelter that Dr. Julie volunteered at for a week after Hurricane Katrina. Max, a Pomeranian, was adopted from a rescue group, during an event held at the Red Dog Pet Resort.

Gail L. Waham, CPA

Treasurer


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.

Thomas J. Hattersley, Esq.


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 an all-white cat named Tofu and a rescue Papillon named FIFA, affectionately: Fu and Fi.

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

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 4 dogs, three of which were rescued from euthanasia. Rocket is a Blonde Lab (7 years), Daisy is a Golden Doodle (14 years), Max is a PBVG Mix (8 years) and Tipper is a Sheltie Mix (8 years).

Robin Tackett


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

Her passion is saving pit bulls. She fosters dogs for the local Adore-A-Bull Rescue, pit bull rescue. Last year, 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 500 pit bulls in the Greater Cincinnati area so far!

Robin also volunteers with My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest mega-adoption event held over Valentine’s Day weekend each year.

Benno Duenkelsbuehler


Benno is Chief Expansion Sherpa and owner of reALIGN, a business and product innovation agency that expands clients' market footprint into many new categories, in a handful of channels.

Prior to starting his own business in 2009, Benno served as executive or CEO of several PE-owned companies. He started his career as merchant and marketer for global retail brands IKEA and Pottery Barn. After moving back to the U.S. from Germany with his parents in 1980, he earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University and fell in love with this country's entrepreneur spirit.

Benno lives in Loveland, Ohio with his wife and two daughters - and Hanna (a rambunctious German Shepherd . . . Jack Russell . . . Beagle . . . mix), and Nori (a very sweet and dignified Chihuahua).

Board Committees

Marketing & Development Committee:

  • Monica Weakley
  • Tia Kuchuk
  • Alicia Noschang
  • Kathy Collins

Wags to Riches Committee:

  • Dan Korman, Chair
  • Linda Richardson, Vice-Chair
  • Carolyn Martinez
  • Sharon Hattersley
  • Gloria Uziel
  • Kathy Pescovitz
  • John Korra
  • Benno Duenkelsbuehler

Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee:

  • Tom Hattersley, Chair
  • Monica Weakley
  • Moe Rouse
  • Dan Korman

Finance Committee:

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