At SNIP Society our Passion is Pets
Everyone on the SNIP Society team shares these common bonds: a love of animals, a desire to help control the animal population, as well as make annual disease prevention a cost-effective reality for local shelters and low-income families. After years of volunteering time with shelters and caring for beloved rescue animals of our own, we felt there was still more we could do and the idea for SNIP Society was born.
In 2019, SNIP Society was founded as a non-profit organization that offers low-cost spay and neuter services to price-conscious families and animal shelters in Illinois. We also offer vaccines, flea, tick and heart worm preventative medications at discount prices. It is our mission to ensure all families have access to affordable care and disease prevention for their beloved pets regardless of economic status.
Together our team works toward one mission: To make superior preventative healthcare accessible to all those who love their pet.
Snip Society Team Bios
Dr. Kate Player: DVM Surgeon
With more than 10,000 surgeries performed since 2016, Dr. Player is a meticulous surgeon whose knowledge and expertise is second to none. Dr. Player has brought the latest knowledge on the newest techniques, as well as a vast experience in canine behaviors to our clinic.
Dr. Player's surgical skills are highly respected and and a favorite of many of our rescue partners. Dr. Player is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Marjori Bundy Merrigan: DVM Surgeon
Dr. Bundy graduated from the University of Illinois Veterinary School in 1997. She is married with three daughters, and lives on a farm with fourteen horses, four goats, six chickens, ten cats, and two dogs.
Dr. Bundy works part-time at Caton Crossing Animal Hospital as well as SNIP Society, but the rest of her time is devoted to working on her farm and spending time with her family.
She enjoys challenging surgeries and working with clients and their pets. In my free time, she also enjoys camping, running, horseback riding, and swimming.
Ben Pasulka: Consultant
Ben has worked in the veterinary industry for the past 5 years. During that time, he worked with several clients trying to provide low cost services to not only rescues, but also the general public. He has always wanted to give back to the community and saw this as a perfect opportunity to give back.
Ben is married to Kate, has two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail, one dog, Rocky Balboa and two cats, Sammy and Coco. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, playing golf and watching science-fiction movies.
Crystal Mims: Clinical Director
Crystal is a certified veterinary assistant and a certified trainer from Animal Behavioral College and has 20 years of experience doing what she loves most, working with animals.
The only things that exceed her love for animals is her love for her family; husband John, and children Cortney and Griffin.
Crystal’s family zoo includes two Olde English Bulldogs; Serenity and her Daughter River, a cat named Bella, a Hedgehog named Lilo, and a red eared glider turtle named Turtle.
Kate Pasulka: Board of Directors, President
Kate joined the SNIP Society team with 15 years of marketing and advertising experience working for leading partners in the ad tech space. She's happy to put her experience in the private sector to use for such a great cause. When Kate isn't working her day job as an ad tech sales consultant for Oracle, or volunteering at SNIP Society she spends her time relaxing with her 12 year old Maltese Rocky, and two daughters Elizabeth and Abigail.
Kate believes every family should have access to affordable healthcare for their beloved pets.
Amanda Smith: Board of Directors, Vice President
Amanda comes to SNIP Society after long career in the non-profit world, She worked for Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation as a Program Director for 10 years and brings a plethora of knowledge around fundraising and event planning to the team.
She was inspired to join the board of SNIP Society because of the love she has for her 6 year old rescued Basset Hound; Bess and her belief that giving back to your community is a requirement for a fulfilled life.
Stephen Magana: Board of Directors, Treasurer
With 10 years of experience in personal investment and financial advising Stephen is a strong asset as Treasurer for the SNIP Society board. When he's not working at his financial business or in a SNIP Society board meeting; he's spending time with his 4 kids, wife (college sweetheart Christine) and his rescue pup, Delilah