Left to Right – Jason (Board Member)& Melissa Brouse, Jackie Bonaldo, Diane & JT Thompson (Board Members), Chad Sydorowicz, Hustler, Alexis Glessner, Corene Kandel (Board Member), & Sasha

OCDRT Board of Directors

** our Board Members serve a one year term and at the end of the term can choose to stay or allow their seat to be filled by a new member **

President – JT Thompson
Vice President – Jason Brouse
Secretary – Diane Thompson
Treasurer – Corene Kandel
Chairman of the Board & Director- Corene Kandel
Additional Members – Heidi Holzapfel 


Corene Kandel

Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team founder, Corene Kandel, has been active in Australian Cattle Dog rescue since 2003.   She and her family have rescued and rehabilitated many ACDs, including several who are deaf, at the primary foster home of OCDRT, located in Creston, Ohio.  Corene grew up working on horse farms and her professional background includes Quarter horse & Paso Fino, Breeding & training.  She is the current City of Rittman Animal Control Officer and is also a small business owner in Rittman, Ohio.  Corene’s achievements include successful completion of the Humane Agent Training Course.  She received the Jack Russell Memorial for Outstanding Rescuer of the Year award in October of 2012 and the “Put Your Best Foot Forward” customer service grant awarded by maggiesfund.org and the Petfinder.com Foundation.

Corene’s first ACD rescue was Blink, a beautiful red girl.  Sadly, at the age of 13, Blink succumbed to lymphoma and passed over the Rainbow Bridge in April of 2014.  Blink’s love and devotion to Corene and her family is what drives her to give so much of her time and energy towards rescuing and rehabilitating ACDs in need.  Corene’s current ACD Mason, who is deaf, is the official greeter, observer and interaction resource when new rescues arrive at the “Creston Corral” as her home is fondly referred to.  The Corral is a dog’s dream, with over an acre of fenced in grassy play area, complete with indoor/outdoor kennels, dog pool and numerous toys & activities. Corene has another ACD, Trance who came from a puppy mill seizure, and a large cat, Eddie, who helps the new fosters learn how to behave around cats. Corene is currently serving as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board.

JT and Diane Thompson

JT and Diane Thompson live in Columbus, Ohio and they are honored to be affiliated with the Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team! Together they bring over 30 years of experience in the pet industry. JT worked his way up to a National Sales Manager for one of the then largest distributors, and Diane was a District Manager for an internationally known dog & cat food manufacturing company. Both were involved with various rescue organizations, and still are! They currently own their own business, JT Services Lawn Care, LLC, and have been in business since 2003. JT’s background and degree is in Business from UNC Charlotte, and Diane is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been in sales for, well, let’s just say a lot of years! They currently have 2 ACD’s, Taz and Rio, and a very large cat, Monkey, that rules the roost. Their love and understanding of the Australian Cattle Dog breed lured them into doing transports and assisting with new dog and puppy foster group introductions. Diane is currently serving as Secretary of the Ohio Cattle Dog Rescue Team and Event Coordinator with six area team members and their local volunteers. JT is currently serving as President of OCDRT. Diane has attended the Humane State Ohio Shelter/Rescue training seminar.

Jason Brouse

Jason Brouse lives in Wayne County OH and has 2 ACDs whom he and his wife, Melissa, adopted from Corene when she was the Director of AuCaDo ACD Rescue Ohio. They also have 2 horses and many chickens to expose the foster dogs to. They have helped extensively over the years with adopting, transports, fostering, and volunteering for events. Jason works for a large auto Dealership and is a Certified Master Technician & his wife works for one of the largest Pharmacy’s in North East Ohio, managing one of their retail locations. They specialize in fostering deaf ACDs and the younger fosters and their 2 ACDs help with the foundation and social skills with their fosters. Jason brings extensive experience in the public relations field, dog handling field, along with transports and fundraising. Jason is currently serving as Vice President.

Heidi Holzapfel

Heidi Holzapfel lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a graduate of The Ellis School, and a two-time graduate of Syracuse University, obtaining both a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. She is the owner of the Soggy Doggy Shop in Wexford, PA which specializes in all-natural dog care, treats, foods, and enrichment toys. Heidi’s love for ACD’s began with a sweet foster-failure dog from a local shelter. Rocky showed Heidi the amazing nature of ACD’s and she was hooked! Heidi soon adopted Gunner through Corene and is so happy to be his person. Heidi has also been awarded OCDRT’s Volunteer of the Year award, due to her willingness to complete home support visits, attended seminars, and serve as the local events coordinator in the Pittsburgh area & is honored to be the newest Board Member.