Our team

Beth Zimmerman – Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Beth is the inspiration behind Pets for Patriots and in her leadership capacity is responsible for  strategy, operations, development and day-to-day management of the organization. She founded the charity in 2009 when she felt called to address the urgent and complimentary needs of shelter pets and veterans: companionship, acceptance without judgment and love. 

You can read Beth’s full bio here.

Ted Whitcomb – Director of Veteran Outreach

Ted is a Vietnam Marine Corps veteran. He became a ‘member Patriot’ in early 2011 and subsequently adopted a three year-old Great Pyrenees mix named Bentley through our program. Soon after, Ted joined Pets for Patriots as a volunteer, helping first with shelter and veterinary partner outreach and ultimately working directly with veteran applicants and adopters.

In October 2013 after more than two years of dedication as a volunteer, Ted joined Pets for Patriots as our Director of Veteran Outreach. Ted is responsible for all patriot application review, pre- and post-adoption follow up, and making our veterans feel welcome in our program. As a lifelong pet owner, Ted often shares his experiences with our veteran adopters when they need help with their new pet friends. Ted remains activelty involved in his local community and veterans’ organizations.

Susan Zemanek – Director of Administration + Projects

Susan is a lifelong entrepreneur, pet lover and volunteer. In 2011, she joined Pets for Patriots as a volunteer, during which time she managed all in- and out-bound writing projects, program print orders, administration of our Veterans’ Pet Food Bank Program and other critical tasks.

In October 2013 after more than two years as a dedicated volunteer, Susan joined Pets for Patriots as our Director of Administration + Projects. In addition to her previous duties, Susan now manages all shelter and veterinarian applications, and works closely with Ted to document veteran pet adoptions to ensure a great experience for our veterans. Susan is our “go to” team member for a variety of project management and administrative needs.

Susan is the proud daughter of a Korean War Marine veteran and proud co-parent, with her husband, of three rescues: Lola, a German Shepherd mix and two cats, Tucker and Sadie.