About Animal Care & Assistance Fund

Our Mission

Formed in 2008, Animal Care and Assistance Fund (ACAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists qualifying family-owned pets who need emergency or specialty care at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC).  We believe that all pets deserve the highest standard of care, including those owners who cannot afford treatment. 


Board of Directors

Animal Care and Assistance Fund (ACAF) is governed as a single, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization by a volunteer Board of Directors, and is managed from its offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Because the Fund is organized as a single organization rather than as separate local legal entities, ultimate responsibility for the operation of ACAF lies with its Board of Directors. Although the Board of Directors cannot delegate its broad legal and fiduciary responsibilities, it does delegate responsibility for day-to-day operations to the president and chief executive officer, who in turn delegates responsibilities to his management team.

Board Members and Officers of ACAF

Board Chair & President
Dr. Kenton D. Rexford

Board Vice Chair
Jamie Sarris - Owner, Sarris Candies

David J. DelFiandra - Partner, Leech Tishman

Stefanie Pate - Partner, Leech Tishman

Anita Domalik - Counsel, Benefits and Employment, Mylan Inc.
Kristi Gedid - Senior Director, Global Legal Operations, Mylan, Inc. 
Shea Murtaugh - President, Hoffmann Murtaugh Advertising
Christopher Owens - Attorney, Leech Tishman
Alicia Passerin - Partner, Leech Tisman
Sarah Disque - Segment Marketing Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Kristy Wright


Advisory Board

Charles Aftosmis
Laura Aftosmis
Linda Bagley
Victoria Berdnik

Heather Cianfrocco 
Bridget Fare
Kathy Newill 
Val Porter 
Suzy Silliman
Sally Wiggin

Program Director
Jessica Balogh - [email protected]