Board of Directors

Sarah Brasky

Sarah is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster Dogs. Sarah is the owner of The Dog Matchmaker, a boutique dog-adoption service in New York City. She is a graduate from Binghamton University with a BA in Cinema, and earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Sarah has worked in film, marketing, hospitality, and education.

Sarah and her husband live in Brooklyn with their 1-year-old son and two "foster fail" dogs Ozzie and Shaggy @ozzieandtheaussie.

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Christina Donnelly

Long-time foster mom and volunteer for Foster Dogs (since 2014), Christina works as Director of Special Projects at BARK. Christina graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, and has worked and traveled all over the world. Her first foster dog also become her “forever” dog: @stelladigs. She and fellow volunteer and foster parent Vladic live in Brooklyn with Stella.

Through Christina’s encouragement, Foster Dogs has connected with many corporations in New York City in order to promote adoption and fostering, and in 2017 BARK hosted our recurring Rescuer Happy Hour series, to encourage collaboration between local animal shelters and rescue organizations. Christina leads our Lending Library endeavor through BARK, allowing foster caretakers to check out dog care materials at no cost.


Kevin Hsieh

Kevin is an engineering lead at WeWork, running a team that builds and maintains back-office systems integral to the company's success and rapid expansion. As part of the Foster Dogs board, he hopes to use his experience to increase operational efficiency and drive innovation around the process of fostering animals. His first initiative is relaunching the Foster Roster application to better support local rescue organizations and dogs in need.

Kevin and his adopted dog Finley live in South Brooklyn. Together, they have fostered several dogs through Foster Dogs. Follow his and Finley's shenanigans on Instagram: @kevandfinn.

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Amalyah Oren

Amalyah is a Senior Associate Consultant at PWC. She earned her MBA at Georgetown University, with a concentration in Operations and Strategy. She is a graduate of NYU, and worked in nonprofit at The Bronfman Foundation.

Amalyah adopted her former foster dog (“foster fail”), a Staffie mix named Lady. After Lady passed away in December 2016, Amalyah fostered three dogs over three months, and would love to adopt again when the time is right. Amalyah co-chaired our “My Furry Valentine” event in February 2017.


Tara Bahl

A volunteer with us since 2012, Tara is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Guttman Community College (CUNY). She has worked as an educator in youth leadership and development, and as an adjunct professor of education at a number of colleges in New York City. She has a master’s degree from NYU and a PhD in Urban Education from CUNY Graduate Center.

Tara coordinates our Foster Education series for new volunteers, started in 2015. She also runs the popular Instagram account, Dogs Who Brunch, after her love of brunch and dogs. Tara and her husband live in Manhattan with their rescue beagle, Ginny.

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Sarah Gross Feoli

Sarah is the owner of Rescue Chocolate, a vegan chocolate company based in Brooklyn with a charitable mission. She is also the co-founder of U.S. Veg Corp., a national vegetarian organization that promotes the cause through food-and-drink events. Foster Dogs received over $2,000 in 2017 as Rescue Chocolate's rescue recipient throughout the year. Sarah has been involved with Foster Dogs since our beginnings, having adopted the first dog on our website: Mocha. Mocha and Sarah helped us win $5,000 from the Petco Foundation for their Holiday Wishes Grants, telling their amazing rescue story. See the beautiful video of their story.

Sarah and her husband Paolo travel the world, and bring Mocha with them wherever possible.


Dorie Herman

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Dorie is the graphic designer behind our Foster Dogs “What to Expect When You’re Fos’pecting” manual. She is the owner of Instagram celebrity senior rescue dog and Fospice advocate Chloe Kardoggian. A lifelong animal lover, Dorie found herself gravitating towards older dogs and has adopted 3 seniors. After learning about our Fospice program, Dorie was particularly struck by how all dogs aren’t lucky enough to find homes late in life and made Fospice fundraising her main charity focus. Chloe’s social media accounts have raised over $15,000 for Fospice through a virtual kissing booth, calendar sales, charity walks, photo shoots, and more. Dorie, Chloe, and Cupid live in Brooklyn, NY.


Steering Committee*

  • Anna Trebisovskaya: Coordinator: Accounting
  • Elana Buchalter: Contributor: Foster Roster Outreach
  • Katherine Chala: Co-Coordinator: Education
  • Megan Penney: Coordinator: Event Dog Recruiting
  • Melissa Ottstadt: Coordinator: Fospice
  • Michelle Lee: Coordinator: Lending Library
  • Miriam Valero: Coordinator: Volunteer Staffing
  • Paula Pahnke: Coordinator: Social Media
  • Samantha Cheirif: Coordinator: Website Copy
  • Samantha Friedberg: Coordinator: Corporate Partnerships
  • Stacey Axelrod: Coordinator: Communications/Creative

* Not including board members or team volunteers


Many of the professional images on FosterDogsNYC.com and our printed materials are courtesy of the following photographers who have donated their time and skills to our organization: Stacey Axelrod, Marshall BopreyMilla Chappell, Shaina Fishman, Sophie GamandLeslie Leda, Cynthia LeeRobert Stoetzel