Lisa Klimczak growing up as a child there was always a Lab or two in the house. My love for dogs truly grew deeper when I was able to get my very own Lab in 2001. At that moment my life changed forever. All the love and compassion that I held in my heart found its purpose. She was my best friend who taught me unconditional love, patience and she was my child. Libby was my inspiration in helping to create AARM. Fast forward 2 years later I now a house full of wonderful rescues that invigorate me everyday to help as many animals as I can. Thankfully I have a loving supportive husband Craig who encourage me to follow my passion.
President & Co-Founder
Courtney has been obsessed with animals as long as anyone can remember. As a young girl, she always took on the role of caring for the family dog. At the age of 13 she got her first horse. Her experience with animals has led her to be skilled with working with the difficult to adopt animals. Courtney’s love for animals led her to accomplish an associate's degree in Equine Science and a Bachelors in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis. She went on to train horses for years. She decided she wanted to get into rescue work and thought she needed a skill to do the most good so she completed her degree to receive her veterinary technician certificate. That led her to leading the medical team of a local animal rescue for three years. At that point, she decided that she wanted to start her own organization with the help of a dear friend, Lisa Klimczak, AARM was born.
Ben Swan is the development manager for Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Prior to joining the Maricopa County shelter staff, he worked as public information officer for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, helping create new outreach programs that boosted the shelter’s live-release rate and community support of Northern New Mexico’s premier animal shelter. An award-winning journalist in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and New Mexico for many years, he delved into animal sheltering in 2010 after creating an animal-related section for Santa Fe’s daily newspaper, The New Mexican. As development manager, he works to find untapped financial resources to support the shelters’ work, improve the shelters’ image in the community, enhance customer service and create lifelong bonds between humans and companion animals. He loves telling stories about shelter animals through photos, words and video.
Greg Dunaway and his family are volunteers at Maricopa County Animal Care. He is passionate about telling the stories of overlooked homeless animals through video in the hopes of getting them "out the door" and into loving homes. When he isn't shooting at the shelter, he's working on PR/marketing for clients in both the Arizona area and nationally across the United States.