Meet our Team

Senior Leadership Team

A picture of Ana Zorrilla, Louisiana SPCA CEO with a grey tabby cat

Ana Zorrilla

Chief Executive Officer

Ana Zorrilla, a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Louisiana SPCA since November 2007.  Prior to becoming CEO, Zorrilla joined the Louisiana SPCA in 2006 as Director of Development. Notably in 2008, Zorrilla led the organization through Hurricane Gustav and the first successful evacuation of companion animals with their pet owners from an American city. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly SAWA), and serves on both the Best Practices & Emerging Trends committee, and the Scholarship Action Team committee.

In 2012, Zorrilla became the first person in Louisiana (and one of less than 100 professionals in the country) to successfully complete the Certification of Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA).  Zorrilla has served as a panelist at several conferences, including HSUS Animal Care Expo, PetHealth’s CEO Roundtable, SAWA’s Management Conference, and keynote speaker at the 2014 PetPoint Summit.  In 2015, she served as a panelist on the 10K Panel: Creating a Culture of Preparedness, commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Zorrilla has attended the Executive Certification Program in Nonprofit Leadership at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership of George Washington University.  She is a Graduate of the 2013-2014 Class of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute.  She is also a member of the 2014 Class of Young Leadership Council Role Models.  Previously, she has been the recipient of New Orleans Magazine’s People to Watch 2008 and as one of 50 honorees for New Orleans’ City Business’ Women of the Year 2009.

A New Orleans native, Zorrilla graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Secondary Education and went on to receive her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.

David Ural

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

David joined the Louisiana SPCA team in 2018 as the Chief Operating and Financial Officer. David is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the animals the Louisiana SPCA impacts each year and brings with him an extensive history of proven results. Previously the Operations Manager for DOW Electronics, David has 17 years of knowledge in managing the day-to-day operations of multiple distribution centers and aided the acquisition of Eagle Distributors by DOW Electronics. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from LSU. David is an avid outdoorsman and a father of two. Pictured with David is Laverne, his Sheltie. Laverne crossed the rainbow bridge in September 2018 and received her end-of-life care at the Louisana SPCA Community Clinic.

Jessica Lovelady

Community Clinic Director

Jessica started her career in the veterinary field at a private practice in 2012. With a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech, she has been a receptionist, a veterinary assistant, and veterinary technician. In December of 2015, Jessica joined the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic team as the Wellness Services Supervisor. In December of 2016 Jessica became the Clinic Manager and then in June of 2017, she was named the Community Clinic Director. Jessica has overseen the growth of our Community Clinic over the past three and a half years. Improvements Jessica has overseen includes the addition of a comprehensive dental program, improvement of diagnostic capabilities to better serve our community, and an increase in the number of annual spay and neuter surgeries performed – in 2018, the Clinic performed just under 10,000 surgeries. Jessica has three wonderful canine fur babies of her own. Nolan is an alumni of the LA/SPCA, Monkey was found wandering the streets of New Orleans, and Bessie is her foster fail that accompanies Jessica to work every day! 

Alicia Vial, APR

Communications Director

Alicia joined the Louisiana SPCA team in March of 2014, bringing with her an extensive history of public relations experience, including most recently serving as e-Commerce and Revenue Optimization Manager for Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans. Alicia holds an Accredited Public Relations (APR) certification, certification in crisis communications and organization leadership from The Association of Animal Welfare Professionals, is a board member on the Public Relations Association of Louisiana, a member of the Southern Public Relations Federation and a frequent speaker at local universities. Alicia is passionate about the difference the Louisiana SPCA makes on a daily basis and looks forward to her daily interaction with team and volunteers, who she feels are the true heroes of the organization. At home she has three rescue pets ; Gidget, a Boston Terrier/ Chihuahua mix, a cat named Salazar and a Great Dane named Scooby Doo.

Amelie LeBreton

Development Director

Amelie joined the Louisiana SPCA team in 2019 as the Development Director. Amelie brings over 10 years of experience raising support from individuals and foundations, engaging fundraising volunteers and developing new donor engagement strategies. As a native New Orleanian, Amelie is passionate about animal welfare and shares in the Louisiana SPCA’s vision for providing care to those most vulnerable in our community.

Kathryn Destreza

Director of Operations

Kathryn re-joined the Louisiana SPCA team in December of 2019 as the director of operations and brings with her 28 years of animal welfare experience, specializing in animal sheltering, shelter programs, disaster preparedness, response, animal cruelty and animal fighting investigations.  Most recently, Kathryn worked at the ASPCA as the director of investigations. She was responsible for overseeing the coordination of animal cruelty and animal fighting investigations throughout the country. In her previous role at the Louisiana SPCA Kathryn served as the animal services director and chief humane officer and was a member of the animal rescue team during Hurricane Katrina.  Kathryn has given hundreds of lectures and workshops throughout the country and holds professional memberships with the Coalition of Animal Advocates, the Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA), the National Animal Control Association (NACA), the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association and the Association of Animal Welfare Administrators. Prior to her work in animal welfare, Kathryn was a member of the United States Armed Services as an engineer with the U.S. Navy and served in Desert Shield.

Our staff truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals each year. If you think you have what it takes to be their hero then consider joining team Louisiana SPCA. 

Did you know that we’re not affiliated with the ASPCA and rely on local donations?

Managers and Supervisors

Beth Renfro
Humane Law & Rescue Supervisor
Jordan Buccola
Behavior Program Manager
Shana Hayward
Shelter Manager, Plaquemines Parish Campus
Patricia Lovelady
Client Support Supervisor
Charlotte Cox
Senior Manager of Operations NOHLR
LaToya Brown
Community Clinic Medical Manager
Sharolynn Griffin
Community Clinic Supervisor
Jessica Walsh
Community Clinic Supervisor
Nene Lewis
Community and Animal Support Team Manager NOHLR
Renee Reece
Client Relations & Admin Manager
Michelle Bacchus
Animal Care Supervisor
Kayla DiMicco
HR Generalist/ Volunteer Program Coordinator
Shelly Patton
Rabies Program Manager