Rescue Me Tucson has a board of  seasoned animal advocates. Board member expertise includes non-profit, small business, shelter, rescue and foster experience; and public policy development.

RMT has worked diligently with community partners to lay the groundwork for success for our center, which will provide a vibrant, welcoming shared space where partnerships thrive and the community can participate in finding solutions to help homeless companion animals.


Nancy Young Wright, President

Nancy Young Wright w/ Trykker, PACC dog

Nancy has extensive experience in the public realm with a strong focus on public policy and animal welfare. She was a two-term Arizona State Legislator, where she started a bi-partisan animal caucus. Board service includes the HSUS Arizona Council, the Amphitheater School District Governing Board, the Tucson Audubon Society and the Arizona Historical Society. She has a BA in Journalism from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Nancy has volunteered at Pima Animal Care Center, with Cody’s Friends Charities, and helps organize supplies and volunteers to help groups serving the San Carlos Apache Reservation. 


Eileen Ratajczak , CPA, Treasurer

Eileen Ratajczak (pronounced ‘rah – TIE – chalk‘) is a Certified Public Accountant who joined the RMT Board in 2020. Eileen is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Arizona Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 23 years experience in working with not-for-profit organizations in southern Arizona of all kinds.  She has worked with organizations including the U of A, Tucson Medical Center, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Pima Community College and a variety of Not-For-Profit (NFP) organizations her in the Old Pueblo.

Her passion is Big dogs.  She currently has a big black dog and one big, black HaloDog (c).


Dawn Vandaveer, Secretary

Dawn Vandaveer’s rescue Poppy

Dawn has an extensive background in marketing with a special focus on the pet industry. She’s worked with many nonprofit organizations throughout southern Arizona including Humane Society of Southern AZ, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Friends of PACC, Gabriel’s Angels and Handi-Dogs Inc. She’s worked on large scale local events including Dog Days of Summer Community Pet Food Drive, the Purple Paw Project and Dogtoberfest. She is the Board President of HaloDogs.