Behind the Scenes
Sharon Peters is an author (“Trusting Calvin: How A Dog Helped Heal A Holocaust Survivor’s Heart”) who was a reporter or editor at newspapers in several states for more than 25 years. She was the pet columnist for USA Today for five years, during which she received national awards from the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association. She received a B.J. from the University of Missouri and an M.S. and Ph.D. in human and organization development from the Fielding Institute for Graduate Studies. She has been a volunteer at the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS) in Divide, CO; a board member for Safe
Place for Pets in Colorado Springs, which finds homes for the pets of terminally ill people; and a foster for dogs from TCRAS, Safe Place and Retriever Rescue of Colorado. She took a one-month leave from her job as executive editor of The Colorado Springs Gazette after Hurricane Katrina to volunteer at the animal shelter in Gulfport, MS. She is a volunteer transporter for the Pampa (Texas) Animal Welfare Society, which transports healthy, adoptable dogs from shelters where the euthanasia rate is often 90 percent to Colorado partner shelters. She is an editor for a large, international Washington, D.C. policy research company, and a writer for American Energy Consulting Services in Charlottesville, VA. She has one rescued dog, Clancy, and two rescued cats.
Garry Butcher has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, advertising, public relations and media relations, and has served on the boards of several local nonprofit organizations. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism, he has served as marketing director of Pikes Peak United Way, vice president of marketing and research for Macerich Corporation, advertising director of The Colorado Springs Gazette, advertising manager of the Oklahoma Publishing Company and director of marketing for The Resource Exchange in Colorado Springs, which serves people with intellectual disabilities in several Colorado counties. He is currently a marketing consultant for several organizations. Garry and his wife have one dog, Dude.
Terry Plotkin is co-owner of a successful business and has been a regular volunteer at various animal rescue groups, including the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs and Harley’s Hope in Colorado Springs. He received a B.S. in social ecology from the University of California-Irvine and an M.S. in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He was employed in sales and management positions in small and large companies for several years before co-founding in 1994 TMP Services, Inc., a manufacturer of modular ramp and stair systems, for which he serves as chief financial officer. He is secretary of Colorado Springs Sertoma Club, which raises money for hearing-impaired individuals, and he is a certified private pilot. He has one rescued mixed-breed dog, Raylin.