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WHO WE ARE

Our volunteers are the ones who keep us running. They manage day-to-day activities, ranging from animal care & fostering, social media, event help, and so much more. Because of our volunteers, we are able to maintain a healthy balance for the animals within our care, and interact with our valued supporters in a timely manner.

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2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our board of directors & executive officers maintain the inner workings of Archie's Angels. They ensure that paperwork is up-to-date with the state, serve as a resource for volunteers, schedule veterinary appointments for fosters, and operate fundraisers.

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RAIJA HANSEN

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

At a young age, Raija found a fascination with herpetological wildlife, discovering toads and garter snakes in her own backyard. This passion continued as she grew, discovered other reptiles and amphibians, and adopted her first reptile - a leopard gecko named Oz who still resides with her today.

Her passion lays in monitor lizards due to their unique personalities and intelligence. Frilled dragons also became a quick favorite of hers after taking in Gideon, a special-needs dragon who was in search of a loving home.

Outside of Archie's Angels, Raija works as a Veterinary Assistant at a hospital that works with exotics & wildlife. When she is not studying for her degree as CVT, she enjoys making costumes for cosplay, writing, Dungeons & Dragons, and playing video games.

As president, Raija maintains the paperwork required to operate, communicates with all volunteers & supporters to address questions & concerns, coordinates educational events & speeches, and oversees all activities of the organization.

KAYLYNN MANESS

SECRETARY

Bio coming soon!

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Kay's responsibilities as secretary are to maintain monthly meeting minutes, record keeping, communicate important announcements to volunteers, and to serve as a general educational resource.

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KATRINA SCHLAFER

TREASURER

Katrina has always had a passion for often “misunderstood” animals. She had a small anole as a child, but what she really wanted was a bigger reptile, like a bearded dragon. Like a lot of kids, Katrina was told to wait until she was adult.

Fast forward 18 years later, and Katrina woke up one day realizing, “I’m 24 and have my own place. I can get any reptile I want to!” This epiphany quickly led her to Archie’s, where she found Hades the Ball Python.

Now, Katrina and Hades visit schools to present about ball pythons in the wild, their natural habitat, and their anatomy. Their main goal is helping children conquer their fear of snakes in an educational way.

Outside of Archie’s, Katrina works as a legal assistant, raises chickens, and enjoys mystery podcasts, snowshoeing, digital art, and losing at Super Smash Bros. 

As treasurer, Katrina manages the organization's financial income & expenses, seeks out sponsorships & grants, creates fundraisers, and focuses on general outreach with the public. She also coordinates much of our social media outreach.

ROCHELLE SCHUCH

ADOPTION & FOSTER COORDINATOR

Rochelle's interest began in elementary school, finding snakes & turtles outside, studying their behaviors, relocating them for neighbors, & moving them to safety. As she grew older, she began to work more with them, taking in neglected reptiles & bringing them back to health before re-homing them. This continued through college, and is something she still does and is very passionate about today.

While her primary interest is in bearded dragons & pythons, she also loves working with frogs & other amphibians. Her ultimate goal is to raise awareness about herpetology and educate the public that, though they may be advertised by pet stores as easy pets, they are actually very complex in their behaviors & their care.

Outside of working with reptiles, amphibians, & other animals, she can be found working on cosplay, hiking & exploring the outdoors, and reading anything from science textbooks to fantasy novels.

Rochelle served as secretary for Archie's Angels for 3 years before she offered to take on the Adoption & Foster Coordinator position. She is the primary contact for inquiring adopters & fosters alike, determines where an animal would best be placed within our foster network, and oversees all veterinary records from appointments.

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