The A-Team


Melissa Schmitt


Rick’s sister. Mother, grandmother, wife. This work, and my family’s experience leading up to it, has taught me that our afflictions are inseparable from our gifts, and that we all have value to offer the world. My heart bursts with gratitude for the people I’ve met through this work, including everyone on this page, all of our adopters and volunteers (inside and out), and especially my husband, Jacob, who inspires me daily. 

Who We Are - Rick Fisk

Rick Fisk

Executive Director

Founder of AI, and inspiration for everything we do. We love you Rick. Welcome Home.




Mom to Rick and Melissa. Cheerleader since 2014. Librarian.



Director of Mail & Volunteer Operations

Adopter, Volunteer, and Board Member since December 2015. Loves purple. Works amazingly hard behind the scenes contributing time, money and expertise.



Data Analyst

Advocate & volunteer for A.I. since 2018.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
-Anne Frank

Loves: God, family, gardening, books, coffee, and chocolate.



Volunteer Coordinator

I believe that the secret to happiness is helping others. I wanted to volunteer for something worthy and challenging and AI is just that.

My hobbies are cooking/baking and sewing.

I love all animals, long walks in nature, and sharing a meal with family or friends.


Liz "Burn it" Jensen

Communications & Engagement Specialist

During the day, I am a high school counselor. At night, I am an email and data specialist for AI! I am a wife to my loving husband and mom to a baby girl. I love traveling, meeting new people and learning about new cultures. I am passionate about justice, equality and creating a better world for my kids.



Lead Box Warmer

Finicky eater. Secretly loves the dog, but won’t tell the dog. Drools. A. Lot.

Boo in mail


Mail Flinger and Assistent Box Warmer

Trying to use up her nine lives as fast as possible by marking Rick’s guitar amp.


Everyone on our team started as a volunteer. Wanna Join us?