Staff

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Noël Jackson
Executive Director

Noël Jackson serves as Executive Director for the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles. After having worked in private veterinary practices for eighteen years, she transitioned into the animal welfare sector with SNP LA in 2008. This is where she has been able to realize her ambition of making a difference in the lives of thousands of animals. As Executive Director, formerly Director of Clinic Operations, Noël oversees all three locations of SNP LA ensuring that all clinics run smoothly, efficiently and provide the highest quality care to each and every patient. She feels extremely fortunate to be able to wake up every day and go to work for such an incredible organization with a truly inspired mission.

After having lived abroad in Sydney Australian for 4 years, Noël has settled in Whittier with her three daughters and a menagerie of pets.

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Zoey Knittel
Director of Development

Zoey Knittel serves as the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles’ Director of Development, overseeing the organization’s programs and development.  Zoey has a decade of experience in non-profit management, previously serving as the Managing Director of a non-profit literary arts foundation with a mission to increase literacy and public awareness of and involvement in contemporary literary arts through a community center curated with a diverse program of events, readings, workshops, publications, and archives. Zoey’s writing has been widely published, her screenplays have been produced by Rock The Vote for MTV, her short films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on MTV, and were awarded the Peabody Award For Excellence in Television. Her fiction has been taught in literature classes at Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Antioch, and Santa Monica College.

Zoey joined Team SNP in the beginning of 2010, merging her passion for philanthropy and love of animals with her work. Zoey shares her home with her artist -professor husband and more than a few cats, several of whom are former fosters.  Recently, Zoey and her husband have fostered and found homes for a three-legged Pitbull, an eighteen year old senior kitty, and a litter of bottle baby kittens. She is proud to be able to support SNP LA’s mission to provide the best quality care for those pets in need of the most help.

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Elaine Lukic, D.V.M.
Medical Director

Elaine Lukic is the Medical Director of SNP LA, working primarily at the Pico Rivera clinic location.

Dr. Lukic graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she practiced both general and emergency medicine in South Florida. In 2006, she moved to Southern California to pursue her passion for shelter medicine with OC Animal Care. She has been involved with non-profit, low-cost spay/neuter programs for almost 15 years both domestically and internationally. She has participated in numerous animal welfare projects abroad including programs with Christian Veterinary Mission in Bolivia, Project HEAL in Ecuador, and Animal Balance in Samoa as well as local efforts throughout Florida and Southern California. Dr. Lukic has been working with SNP LA since July 2010. She believes in providing exceptional quality medicine and treating all animals with genuine care and concern as if they were her own pets. She shares her home with a spirited Golden Retriever and three affectionate and mischievous cats.

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Jessica Lopez
Director of Clinical Operations

Jessica Lopez is SNP LA’s Director of Clinical Operations and manages SNP’s Volunteer Program. Jessica has been in the veterinary field for 8 years, and during those 8 years the majority of her time has been spent in the ICU and Emergency departments of specialty practices. Her particular interests are transfusion medicine and pain management. Jessica enjoys her time off by spending time with her husband and two young daughters. Jessica has four dogs, Baby, Daisy, Junior and Lucy, and three cats, Marcel, Stanley and Phoenix. She is also a competitive co-ed volleyball player; she has played volleyball for 16 years, and coached high school teams for 6 years. Jessica’s perfect week would include, work, an emergency or two, a couple of games of volleyball and spending the weekend with her family.

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Cristina Perez
Assistant Clinic Manager – Pico Rivera

Cristina Perez is the Assistant Clinic Manager at the Pico Rivera clinic. She was part of the original SNP LA crew, joining SNP LA in 2008 first as a receptionist, then head receptionist, before being promoted to Assistant Manager in 2012. Cristina takes pride in working for SNP LA, improving the lives of animals every day. She also serves as SNP LA’s event planner and recently event managed SNP LA’s annual staff holiday party. Cristina enjoys traveling with her boyfriend, Brian, and hanging out with her younger brother.

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Sandra Park, D.V.M.
Veterinary Surgeon – San Pedro

Dr. Park was born and raised near Chicago. She received her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She then completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. She worked in emergency medicine and general practice in New York City and Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles in 2012.

Dr. Park currently resides in the South Bay with her husband, son, and 3 kitties – Nori, Skippy, and Elsa. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, quilting, and reading.

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Wendy Ochoa
Call Center Supervisor – Marina Del Rey

Wendy Ochoa is SNPLA’s Call Center Supervisor and was born and raised in the sunny city of Los Angeles. She has worked in customer service and the veterinary field for over 8 years. She started as an animal care taker at South Los Angeles Shelter, and continued to grow in veterinary client services at animal hospitals. She has a unique interest in exotic animals and continued her animal education with a few training workshops at Moor Park College for the Exotic Animal Training program. She has also dedicated her time to volunteer at the Marine Mammal Care Center to help out the many seals in need of care before releasing back to their habitats. Wendy takes pride in working for SNP LA, primarily focusing on enhancing the customer service experience for clients. In her spare time she likes to relax with friends and family, long morning jogs at the beach with her rescued Pomeranian and Poodle and, lastly, her rabbit that has learned to act as part of the pack, likes to travel to see new dimensions. Wendy has a special interest in Jazz music and sports, and COFFEE!