The A-Team

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Melissa Schmitt

She-EO

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.
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Barb

Researcher

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

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Leah (a.k.a. Dove)

Board Member, Doer of Virtually Everything

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

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Tina

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.

Samuela

Samuela

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.

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Liz

Email and Data 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 a future 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.

leah

Coming Soon...

Apple of Mommie and Daddie's Eyes

Adorable, hungry, lots of poopy diapers. When she gets here.

For the time being, she’s just going to kick mommy’s spleen when she’s hungry or bored.

leah

Scout

Lead Box Warmer

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

Boo

Mail Flinger and Assistent Box Warmer

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

You?

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