Staff

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Zoey Knittel
Executive Director

Zoey Knittel serves as the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles’ Executive Director, overseeing the organization’s management, programs and development.  Zoey joined SNPLA in its infancy and immediately developed internal management procedures and participated in the strategic planning process defining SNPLA’s long term goals and vision. With over ten years of development and non-profit management experience, Zoey successfully developed SNPLA’s comprehensive fundraising plans which serve as a launch pad for the organization’s complex operations. She also serves as SNPLA’s external spokesperson to raise awareness about under-served populations as well as to ensure SNPLA continues to meet the needs of the ever-changing Los Angeles community. Zoey previously served as the managing director of a non-profit literary arts foundation and her award-winning 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. Recently, Zoey, her husband and cats 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 SNPLA’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 SNPLA, 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 SNPLA 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.

Adrian Perez
Director of Clinical Operations

Adrian Perez is SNPLA’s Director of Clinical Operations.

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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.

Dolores Lopez
Clinic Manager – San Pedro

Dory Lopez is the Clinic Manager at the San Pedro clinic.

Estefania Roque
Lead Veterinary Technician – San Pedro

Estefania is the Lead Veterinary Technician at the San Pedro clinic.

Kim Neal, D.V.M.
Veterinary Surgeon – Pico Rivera

Dr. Neal serves as SNPLA’s Pico Rivera staff veterinarian.

Nicole Marquez
Clinic Manager – Pico Rivera

Nicole grew up around the corner from SNPLA and is currently the Clinic Manager at our Pico Rivera Location. She has been a technician at SNP for 5 years, after starting out as a volunteer, and loves the vision of SNPLA. Animals have always been a passion of hers, and she has grown up rescuing and rehoming stray animals. Recently Nikki graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with her Bachelors in Science and Zoology.  She is excited to apply her knowledge in the animal field. Currently Nikki resides in Long Beach with her kitties and bearded dragon.

Maricruz Roman
Lead Veterinary Technician – Pico Rivera

Maricruz is Pico’s lead technician.

Danielle Lasley, D.V.M.
Veterinary Surgeon – Mission Hills

Dr. Lasley serves as SNPLA’s Mission Hills clinic staff veterinarian.

Diana Mota
Clinic Manager – Mission Hills

Diana started at SNPLA as a volunteer student through her externship at Platt College, where she studied to become a Veterinary Technician. Diana has worked with SNPLA for 2 years, working her way up as a technician, team supervisor, and now a clinic manager. A desire to work with horses was Diana’s motivation to join the field of veterinary medicine. Horses are her passion. Diana also loves learning new things and expanding her horizons. Her favorite things in life are horseback riding, the beach, reading, and food! Diana also loves her amazing 6 year old boxer, Teddy.

Heather Asuncion
Lead Veterinary Technician – Mission Hills

Heather serves as SNPLA’s lead veterinary technician at the Mission Hills clinic.

 

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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 SNPLA, 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!

Jamie Hunt
Foster & Adoption Program Manager

Jamie is SNPLA’s Foster & Adoption Program Manager.

Olga Peraza
Mobile Clinic & Outreach Coordinator

Olga is SNPLA’s Mobile Clinic & Outreach Coordinator, overseeing more than a dozen mobile vaccine clinics each month. Olga is passionate about helping animals and has followed this passion throughout her life. Olga has worked and volunteered for multiple non-profit foundations and rescue groups dedicated to helping communities with spay and neuter assistance. Olga’s life mission is to end shelter pet euthanasia through adoption and spay and neuter awareness. Olga possesses more than 10 years’ experience in customer service and animal welfare. She is proud to be part of SNPLA and the shared passion and dedication to saving animals. In her spare time, with the help of her family and friends, Olga aids the rescue of homeless animals, distributing donated food, treats, toys and blankets to animals that often go without the basic necessities. She currently has four dogs and six cats, all rescued pets. Olga loves to travel with her son Anthony and spending afternoons with Anthony at the nature center exploring the outdoors.