Marianne Cox, President & Founder
Marianne has always been surrounded by animals and is always the first to stop what she’s doing to help or rescue anything. After her first trip to Mexico while in college the sight of street dogs stayed with her and she dreamed of one day saving at least one of them. Twenty years later her dream became reality when she decided to not only save one, but hundreds and started her own international rescue. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Chris, two kids Bella & Colton and their 3 dogs and a cat – she has adopted one of her rescues and I’m sure this number will go up….
Trish Burson, Volunteer & Logistics Director
As a little girl Trish was always dragging home stray animals and nothing has changed! In her life Trish has had numerous dogs and cats, horses, iguanas, birds, fish, bunnies and guinea pigs.
Trish is a huge advocate of reducing animal suffering due to pet overpopulation and has worked at Bend Spay and Neuter Project and has traveled to Mexico to volunteer at spay and neuter clinics. Trish also volunteers as a board member and long haul driver of a local non-profit, transporting dogs from high kill shelters to shelters in the Pacific Northwest. Along with being the proud mom of a Street Dog Hero pup, Paco, rescue dog Otis, and a once feral cat named Sophie, she’s lucky enough to share her life with her wonderful husband Jerry, who shares her passion for animals. Trish is honored to be a part of the dedicated Street Dog Hero team.
Amanda Wheeler, Public Relations & Social Media Director
Amanda is a Bend native who was born with a passion for animals. Growing up she had many dogs, cats and bunnies and was always trying to bring home more. Amanda graduated from Mt. View High School and the University of Oregon then moved south to San Diego where she volunteered at San Diego Humane Society. After coming back to Bend two years ago she has since joined the Board of Directors at the Humane Society of Central Oregon and currently serves as Secretary. She is an active shelter volunteer and you can find her at the shelter Saturday mornings assisting the public with adoptions. Amanda also travelled to Best Friends Animal Society where she spent a week volunteering and adopted her fur-baby Willow. Amanda and Willow spend their free time enjoying the Central Oregon outdoors, friends and family!
Members of the Board
I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. My first rescue was in first grade, when I convinced my parents to let me start feeding a stray cat. Fast forward a few decades when I took a trip to Yucatan and became traumatized by the stray dogs on the highways, streets and beaches. While I was there I completed the adoption process for a Warm Springs stray I was fostering (even though we already had 3 dogs) and I knew I needed to do more to help. When I heard about Street Dog Hero I immediately reached out to see what I could do and have been helping however I can. I am in awe of the dedication that Marianne has and all that she and the wonderful volunteers are accomplishing through Street Dog Hero.
I have been with and around animals my entire life. From as early as I can remember my grandfather would bring home any type of stray or injured animal that needed help and nurse them back to health. Some left and went back to the wild, and some stayed; deer, raccoons , squirrels, turtles, dogs, etc… I am a native Oregonian, and I came to Bend by way of Southern Oregon 20 years ago and stayed. I was Bend based but always on an airplane traveling near and far. I’ve had a wonderful career and seen many places and met interesting people, but once my son was born I easily traded that in to stay more grounded and enjoy him and my family here in Bend. I was lucky enough to come across Street Dog Hero and began volunteering, and was happy to put my skills to good use. My children are junior hero’s and love animals as much as I do. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have an animal. It has been such a journey. At times heartbreaking, but the enduring message was always just do as much good as you can, whenever you can. No one will ever say you were too nice, loved too much or we’re too kind. You will never regret the kindness you give. Don’t forego the love you can receive today because there may be heartbreak later. Dogs have a purity and love that once you have it, your life will never be complete without it.
With a limitless spirit of entrepreneurship she’s the Founder & CEO of Roots & Wings Wellness and an Official Puppy Snuggler here at Street Dog Hero. The daughter of a Marine, Jamie learned early on that success takes hard work, determination and committing yourself fully to your goals. And she does just that!
Jamie’s a believer that a successful life is one that prioritizes cultivating happiness, health, and being surrounded by positive and inspiring people. The kind of people who see the best in you, challenge you, and love you unconditionally. Her inclusive spirit is just the avenue to cultivate those relationships – whether here in Bend where she and her husband have planted their roots, or around the globe as she empowers others to find their passions. She leads “growth adventures” (pseudo yoga retreats) around the world and is a fitness and health influencer here in Bend as well as on the interwebs; find her on IG for daily inspiration at @rootsandwingswellness Whenever possible, Jamie fills her days with active adventures with those she holds dear. She’s an avid outdoorsy girl who loves to rock climb, raft (and is even a guide!), and most recently has taken up mountain biking. And if you’ve ever wanted to experience a paint night class – she’s your gal! She and her husband (a world class para triathlete who happens to also be named JAMIE) have a growing army of fur-babies that seems to be multiplying like gremlins who touch water. Her vision is to one day create a farm animal rescue sanctuary