Staff & Board of Directors
The BAM Board of Directors is entirely unpaid and made up of four Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and three Directors (one 1-year seat, one 2-year seat, one 5-year seat). Addition Directors’ positions may be added, up to 5 total, as written in BAM’s bylaws. The Officers are up for reelection every year, with the BAM calendar year commencing at the April meeting.
September Smith — President
September is thrilled to be involved with BAM as she has always had a passion for animals. Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, then later in Hurricane, Utah, she always had at least one animal companion — be it a bunny, turtle, miniature horse, pot-bellied pig, cat, or dog — and there were many others.
She decided on a change in scenery after graduating locally and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. Even during a study-abroad stint in Belgium, animals were able to make her feel at home when she treated horses to sugar cubes and cuddled with local dogs.
After achieving a BA in Anthropology, she worked at the University's business school until her parents asked her to return to run the family business. Now back home in Hurricane, she lives with her three dogs and is more dedicated to animals than ever. September also fosters BAM dogs whenever possible. September joined BAM as a Director in April 2009 and was inducted as BAM's president in April 2012.
Email September: sepsmith@BAMutah.com
J Schilling — Vice President and Founder
As mentioned on our About Us page, J founded BAM in 2006. Prior to that she had worked for over 25 years in child welfare in Oregon. J bought her first dog for a penny when she was 6 years old.
She owned a dog training business known as Pawsative Pet Training in Oregon for 5 years, and was an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. J began the first 4-H dog obedience club in Marion County, Oregon, in 1964.
Her own dogs have been shown in AKC, UKC, and Mixed Breed Obedience. She was also active in the Mutty Paws Dog Training Club, and was a member of the Willamette Agility Group.
J became Vice President in April 2012 after having been President since BAM's founding and is the organization's Foster Care Coordinator.
Email J: J@BAMutah.com
Julie Simiskey — Secretary
Julie lives in LaVerkin with her three dogs. She has one son and four beloved grandchildren. Julie’s family usually had dogs when she was growing up along with a number of other farm creatures, depending on where they were living. She has always had a special love for dogs. Julie has been involved with BAM for several years, primarily as a foster. She was unable to foster for a couple of years due to a change in jobs, but is now working from home and has been able to do her favorite thing, transport, along with fostering again. She loves living in red rock desert country and helping to save lives of our four-legged (and sometimes three-legged) friends!
Email Julie: Julie@BecauseAnimalsMatter.com
Jeff Hunt — Treasurer
Jeff is a local CPA and the branch manager of Hinton Burdick CPAs and Advisors in Hurricane. He was introduced to BAM through the local Chamber of Commerce and, with a history of not-for-profit specialty, offered his expertise to BAM. Jeff is also a Board Member of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Hurricane Valley Rotary Club.
Jeff joined BAM as Treasurer in February 2011.
Beth Lock — Director, five-year seat
Beth is a co-founder of Special FX Lighting, Inc., and has worked with the company for the past 25 years. Currently Beth holds the title of President and manages the day to day activities of Special FX, which includes project management and quotations. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for her company since 1998.
Beth volunteers with BAM because she likes animals in general, and dogs in particular.
Beth has been a BAM Director since the organization's inception in 2006.
Email Beth: Beth@BAMutah.com
Dr. Casey Wittwer, DVM — Director, two-year seat
Dr. Wittwer was born and raised in St. George, Utah. After high school he spent two years in Mexico on an LDS mission. Dr. Wittwer attended Dixie State College, then moved to colder weather at Utah StateUniversity. Dr. Wittwer completed veterinary school at Washington State University. After graduating in 2007, Dr. Wittwer started his career in Las Vegas. Family ties and a desire to return to Southern Utah brought him to Hurricane. Dr. Wittwer met his wife, Andrea at a dog flyball competition. They have four kids that love to visit their dad at work.
The Wittwers have their own zoo with four dogs (Roo, Limit, Nel and Gus), three cats (Moon, Gurgi, and Petri), two goats (Topaz and Blackie), 12 chickens, 2 tea cup pigs (Jewels and Minion), a cockatiel (Cutie), and one horse (Scarlet). Dr. Wittwer loves to compete with his dogs in flyball and frisbee.
During the day, the Wittwer herd often plays frisbee across the street from the clinic. Dr. Wittwer completed the St. George Ironman in 2011 and 2013, Arizona Ironman in 2012, and competes in occasional triathlons and the St. George marathon.
Dr. Wittwer loves being a veterinarian. His main focuses are with internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Wittwer also does acupuncture and is one of the only veterinary clinics in Southern Utah with an ultrasound unit. He enjoys the challenge of understanding why pets get ill and helping them get better.
Tammy Koldyke — Director, one-year seat
Tammy is originally from South Carolina, where she met and married her husband. They have moved a lot for their jobs, and lived for a few years in northern Utah where he got his graduate degree, then moved to Oregon for 3 years for his job. They've been in Southern Utah only since last summer.
Tammy has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Wildlife Biology and has worked with black bears, deer, and sage grouse. Her degree allowed her to work for two different vet clinics and experience hands-on medical care for dogs.
Her love of dogs led her to acquire a certified dog training certificate. While living in Tennessee she volunteered with the University of Tennessee Veterinary School’s dog therapy programs known as HABIT (Human Animal Bond in Tennessee) and HALT (Humans & Animals Learning Together).
HABIT is a program that uses therapy dogs for use in public venues such as libraries, schools, children’s hospitals, cancer and radiation treatment centers, etc. Her dog at the time was not a therapy dog so she used the director's dogs, a golden retriever and a great Pyrenees. Tammy has several emotional stories from her experience doing that type of work that speak to how it was both rewarding and sad at the same time.
HALT is a program in which dogs are rescued from animal shelters to participate in a series of dog obedience classes taught by at-risk adolescents. Certified dog trainers volunteer to work with and teach the adolescents how to train shelter dogs making them much more adoptable and provides therapeutic intervention for the student trainers.
Tammy reports that she is currently enjoying her work with BAM — you can often find her with the adoptable dogs at That BAM Place — and hopes to do whatever is necessary to help the organization succeed!
Aggie Smith — Program and Development Coordinator
Aggie Smith lives in Ivins, UT with her husband of forty-four years. They have three sons and recently welcomed their seventh grandchild to the family. Before moving to Utah, Aggie lived in Delaware where she ran her own business and volunteered at the local no-kill rescue. Aggie has always been the person in the neighborhood who everyone came to with injured birds, cats and wildlife. When she and her husband moved to Utah in 2006, Aggie started volunteering at the Ivins Shelter. Not much later she was hired as a part-time Animal Control Officer. After receiving ACO training in California, Aggie was made Shelter Director in Ivins where she worked to see the facility become the first official No Kill municipal shelter in the state of Utah and brought their save rate to 99.7% in 2015.
Aggie is not just qualified because of her decade+ experience in rescue . . . she is also a proud dog and cat parent.
Email Aggie: Aggie@BecauseAnimalsMatter.com