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About the Staff

For a complete list of staff, please visit the staff directory.

Liz Smokowski

Chief Executive Officer

Liz graduated from Regis University with a Masters in Business Administration and Bloomfield College with a Bachelors in Biology and a minor in Business Management.

She has had a passion for animals and animal welfare all of her life including training and education with an Associate's degree of Science in Animal Health. She worked as a certified Veterinary Technician and years later, with Longmont Humane Society as a Board Member. That role allowed her the opportunity to combine all of her skills into a rewarding volunteer opportunity that turned into her position here as Chief Executive Officer.

Liz says she "feels privileged to work with such an amazing team that is dedicated to the animals as the focus of our mission." 

Rhea Moriarity

Director of Operations

Rhea grew up in rural Colorado and her love of animals began at a young age. Her early babysitters were cats, goats, chickens, geese, and multiple dogs.

She began volunteering at Longmont Humane Society in 2006 in dog TLC and as a canine behavioral foster parent. Through her work with the behavior program she learned how to comprehensively support dogs and their owners with a variety of tools and techniques. Rhea became an employee at Longmont Humane Society in February, 2010 and has progressed through various leadership roles.

As the Director of Training and Behavior Modification, she supervised daily shelter dog play groups and provided private training, visiting the homes of members of the community in need of help with their dogs' behavioral issues. As the DO, Rhea is excited to continue to offer quality programs and care to the animals in our community. She currently lives in Longmont with her two dogs.

Jennifer Dombek

Director of Finance

Jennifer has been working in the Finance Department of Longmont Humane Society since 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. Jennifer is happy to use her accounting skills with an organization making such a positive impact on animal welfare. Jennifer grew up in Baltimore, MD and has lived in Colorado since 1995. She lives in Louisville with her husband, two children and two cats.

Kelli Kanemoto

Director of Development

Kelli comes to us with fourteen years of experience at Foothills United Way where she was the Vice President of Community Impact and achieved measurable results by developing and implementing a comprehensive funding system, executed corporate fundraising campaigns, managed long-term disaster recovery efforts following the Four Mile forest fire and was a key participant of the long-term recovery team following the Boulder County floods of 2013.

Most recently, Kelli has been performing consulting work for various nonprofits, providing strategic direction and guidance.

Kelli has been a volunteer for various local organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for A Woman’s Work (Chair of the Fundraising Committee) and was named a “40 Under 40” Emerging Leader by Boulder County Business Report in 2011.


Russell Hinkle

Director of Facilities and Safety

Russell has been working at Longmont Humane Society since 2016. Hailing from rural Michigan, he grew up with an appreciation for all animals; he attended the University of Michigan, where he acquired a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After an early career of field operations and safety work, Russell saw LHS as an opportunity to utilize his professional skills in a meaningful and fulfilling manner.