Since 2011 Great Lakes Westie Rescue, Inc. has served the geographical areas of northern Indiana, Michigan, northern Ohio, and northeastern Illinois. GLWR is incorporated in the state of Indiana and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity. We have three members that serve as our Board of Directors.
President – Judi Sierer
Judi brings 20 years of Westie ownership and 10 years of experience in Westie rescue activities. Many of you have talked to Judi as she makes reference checks and follows up on initial applications with phone interviews. Judi's love and enthusiasm for all Westies is a driving force behind GLWR.
Secretary – Denise Sunkel
Denise has owned Westies for over 18 years and has served Westies in rescue for over 11 years. Denise has a volunteer's heart, as she also serves on the Board for WestiMed. Denise's love of Westies and her desire to volunteer have brought her to this position. Most of you will know Denise from her extensive work on the annual Westie Lake Walk in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Treasurer – Paula Fike
Owning Westies for over 17 years, owning cousin Cairns, and serving in rescues in both breeds, has given Paula a solid background in understanding this terrier breed. Admiration of the breed, their intelligence and their feisty love of life, has brought Paula into the volunteer program with a passion for mill dogs and their plight. Many of you will remember talking to Paula when starting the application process and when coordinating transport efforts.
GLWR, Inc. also has an Advisory Panel, with members being appointed by the Board, to head committees and coordinate activities of the rescue for fundraising, promotions, and the execution of all activities needed for saving our beloved Westies. Each of our advisors brings a unique set of experiences and skills to GLWR. Our Advisors are: