RAVS STAFF


RAVS staff
            group shot
Back row L-R: Lisa Shriver, Kate Kuzminski, Windi Wojdak
Front row L-R: Anne Marie McPartlin, Ahne Simonsen, Ashley Gates


Windi Wojdak, RVT
Director, RAVS
Windi has dedicated most of her career to animal protection and advocacy, working since 1995 in various aspects of animal welfare management, animal sheltering and emergency medicine before joining the RAVS program in 2003. She assumed leadership of the program in 2011 and is continually inspired by the strength and resiliency of animals and their families surviving in difficult circumstances and by the dedicated team of professionals who give of themselves every day to make this work possible.

Email Windi Wojdak


Ahne Simonsen, DVM
Dr. Simonsen graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary School at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2007.  Prior to receiving her veterinary degree, she spent three years working in the documentary film and television industries. An active volunteer throughout veterinary school, Dr. Simonsen has worked with a number of high quality, high volume spay/neuter clinics and animal shelters and volunteered her time with local non-profits focused on animal wellness and community education. She joined the RAVS staff in 2012 to continue her career dedicated to helping animals and communities in need. In her free time, Ahne enjoys being outdoors, traveling the world, exercising, learning Spanish, reading classic novels, watching indie films and documentaries, and spending time with her family, friends, and posse of pets.


Anne Marie McPartlin, LVT
Anne Marie has over 20 years of experience as a registered veterinary technician. Her passion for emergency and critical care has taken her to various referral and teaching hospitals throughout North America. After discovering RAVS in 2010, Anne Marie's career was reignited in pursuit of veterinary field and shelter medicine. The travel of field clinics blended synergistically with her gypsy lifestyle and in 2015, Anne Marie joined the RAVS team full-time. When not in the field, she enjoys hiking, painting and being supervised by a 3 pound Chihuahua.


Kara Gniewek, CVT
Kara entered the veterinary field after spending the first part of her professional life in museums. She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a M.A. in American Indian Studies. For the past 10 years she has served as a technician in general practice, emergency/critical care, specialty, and sanctuary/rescue settings. Working with RAVS is the ideal synthesis of her career experience and all that is closest to her heart. When Kara is not in the field she can be found exploring the wild with her family of German Shepherd Dogs.


Ashley Gates, CVT
Ashley graduated from Colorado Mountain College in 2006 with an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology. Originally from the Chicago area, she started her career at a small animal practice with dental specialty and has been immersed in the world of shelter medicine and volunteering for high quality-high volume spay/neuter clinics since 2009. She joined the RAVS team in 2016. Ashley's interests include shelter medicine, teaching, client education and preventative care. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping traveling with her dog and spending time with family.