Operation S.O.S. touts an Extraordinairy group of behind-the-scenes Professionals:
Dr. Julie Kittams, Lead Veterinarian
If you don't find Dr. Kittams at 8am sweating it out loading over 300# of furry friends on to the surgery van, you will find her ocean-kayak-bound with her pal, Skipper the kayaking terrier, Okeechobee Animal Control Rescue-special. Dr. Kittams' past is full of international animal causes, leadership in a City of a million, and a fan-club of colleagues supporting her dreams. Dr. Kittams aspires to every surgery a work of Art: Tidy little incision and a pain-free Patient. Her entire 20yr+career has been to provide affordable veterinary care to the underserved. She is the Visionary of this Organization.
Amber Sweatt, Lead Surgery Technician
Amber is the coordination expert for everything from appointments, admission, directing surgery and recovery. She is who you will check-in with, hear her phone-voice when Fluffy is ready for pickup and will laugh with when she tells you how awesome your pet did. Her incredible skill-set is at the center of Operation S.O.S. She is your animals advocate. She completes more tasks in a single day than most in a month. Give her a hug (or gift-card) for all that she does to ensure your pet is expertly cared for. She is the Foundation of this Organization.
Sara Schneider, Veterinary Assistant
In a very short time Sara and husband Russell, have become an instrumental part of OpSOS. Retiring from a lifetime career as a Hair Stylist, Sara found her passion for animals working in a high-end Veterinary Hospital in her home state of Illinois. Moving to Florida, she sought an animal care position for the joy of it. She is an avid horseback rider/teacher, runner, always active. She is the Hugs&Comfort of this Organization. Relax in knowing lovely and compassionate Sara is comforting your Best Friend.
Scott Coccoli, President
If there ever was a giving person on this Earth, it is Mr. Coccoli. He will trap cats, feed ferals, change generator oil, clean diarrhea from a litter of seven kittens, crawl under the van for maintenance, sterilize traps, lend a listening ear...and do it all with admirable grace. Mr. Coccoli has literally made the outreach Van what it is today. He is the Soul of this Organization.
Joanne Bury, Treasurer
You cannot have an interaction with Ms. Bury and not recognize she is a Powerhouse. She owned/operated a successful Physical Therapy practice in Stuart for over forty years after a distinguished military career. Who can tout they treated Eisenhower?! In retirement, Ms. Bury was the Board President of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, along with the Director of the Martin County BOCC Animal Welfare Committee. She tells you like it is and keeps our ducks in a row. We are honored to benefit from her lifetime of medical and professional experience, as she is the firm Heart of this Organization.
Dr. Sara Mathews, Veterinary Advisor
Dr. Mathews daily navigates uncharted waters. She is a true animal advocate. Her work from Saint Lucie to Indian River county has put animal welfare issues squarely on Municipalities. She is willing to take bold stands for community cats and humane care using her clout to change ordinances and government policy. Shackles, fines and attorneys do not deter her from establishing the Truth. She is the fierce Compassion of this Organization.
Brian Bohmueller, Vice President
Brian is a brain-child of ideas, information, and options. With a background in teaching and computers, he expertly directs the tedious interface with the Public. On a personal level, Brian is vegan, implementing a progressive view of animal welfare in his daily life. Any topic you would like to discuss: animal sentience, feed lots, fish farms, CRISPR engineering...beware...he is one smart cookie. He is the honorable Conscience of this Organization.
We are always looking for Board members committed to animal welfare and willing to volunteer their time for Van Outreach days. Email us at . We are excited to have our Organization grow by paws and whiskers.
Operation SOS is a Florida-registered 501(C)(3) Organization. All donations are tax-deductible.