Bios

Gina Wiseman (President), and her pup, Lexi, are inaugural members of the park since the founder, Jeff McHugh, and his dog Max, set up a donation jar at Pet N Play (Lexi has a brick dedicated to her that helped make the park a reality)! Gina joined the Board in 2015 to ensure that all owners and their dogs enjoy their visit to the park. It’s your dog’s happy place, and she hopes that it’s your happy place too! 

Gina and Lexi celebrating in style!

Nancy Twomlow (Vice President) bought a house in Beacon in 2015. Her reasons to buy said house were: A. move back home and B. more importantly, to get a dog! Her fluffy doggo Geo was adopted from HVARS in January 2016. Nancy and Geo joined the Beacon Dog Park in April 2016. Having made lots of friends, both human and canine, Nancy says: “This is my little piece of heaven, no farm needed: all these dogs are mine!” She volunteered for a Board position in 2019. 

Geo in his piece of heaven!

Lauren Wackell (Treasurer) joined Friends of Beacon Dog Park during the summer of 2018. Since then, she has visited the park every day with her dog, Bee. She joined the Board in hopes that she could help all dogs and their owners have a fun and safe visit to the park. 

Lauren and Bee contemplating important dog park business!

Mary Collyer (Facility Director ) joined the park in the spring of 2018 with her daughter, Hannah Miller (Ecological Advisor), and their dog, Andy. It quickly became Andy’s favorite place, and both Mary and Hannah joined the Board to help all dogs and humans have the best experience possible at the park!

Hannah and Andy

Sherry Threlkeld (Registrar) and her husband, Rich, became members of Beacon Dog Park in the spring of 2019, soon after meeting a Treeing Walker Coonhound named Squirrel while volunteering at the Animal Rescue Foundation of Beacon. Squirrel was very quickly adopted by Sherry and Rich and renamed Phoebus (like the sun god), but he had had a rough start in life and was afraid of almost everything. He had been found wandering the streets of West Virginia when he was about a year old and then spent time with a foster mom there, living mostly in an outdoor kennel, for another 8 months before the call came from ARF Beacon that a home could surely be found here. Phoebus has discovered that life can be good after all, that people can be kind, and that the best friends on the planet can be found at Beacon Dog Park!

Cristina Ortiz (Secretary) moved to Beacon in 2018 from Texas. Looking for a furry companion to explore this new territory, she adopted Gila (pronounced Heel-uh) from CARE of Dutchess County in May of 2019. They joined the Beacon Dog Park the very next month! Since joining, Gila and Cristina have felt right at home in the community and are looking forward to providing support by now serving on the Friends of Beacon Dog Park Board!

Professional Explorer: Gila!

Ed Cigna (Past President), and his wife, Cathy, joined the park in the Spring of 2017. They were awed by the fun their pups Sammy and Mollee had, as well as the friends they made at the park. Ed joined the Board in January, 2018, and served as Secretary.  In December, he was elected President for 2019, and looks forward to continuing park improvements, but most of all, making new friends for himself, Cathy, and their dogs. 

Sammy and Mollee. Mollee volunteers at hospices and schools!