Michelle Manker was the founder of A Critter's Chance. She worked as a vet assistant for the Avian Exotic Animal Clinic for approximately ten years and worked with exotics and wildlife her entire life. She had been a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and was on the Hamilton County Task Force Committee for Wildlife. Michelle also trained others, including local police and fire agencies on how to help animals or who to call in certain situations. She especially loved doing programs for children. Michelle had such a huge impact on animal rescue here in Indiana not only for wildlife but exotic and farm animals as well. Michelle passed away on April 13, 2013. She will be missed by her loving husband Pat, her son Jason, her animal rescue family, and the animals will miss her too. She was their "voice" for several years. There wasn't any animal she would not help. We will miss our friend, but we will continue the wonderful work she started.
Amanda grew up in Indianapolis with a wide variety of pets, including a female iguana named Jose. She would also rescue wild birds and baby bunnies, mostly from the jaws of a neighborhood cat. Amanda has her M.S. in molecular biology and is especially interested in reptile nutrition and metabolism. She also enjoys creating and maintaining terrariums, which provide a more natural habitat for her pets.
Adria is a vet tech with a long history of working with the recue community to promote spay/neuter. She has a small farm and fosters most of the farm animals that come to ACC. She refers to her home as "The Derp Farm" and is very experienced with special needs farm animals and babies who need bottle-fed. In her spare time, she races motorbikes.
Laura is originally from a small Indiana town. She followed her passion for animals and nature to Florida State University for their marine biology program. However, a rewarding opportunity working at a summer camp with at-risk children, followed by a graduate program and Indiana University, shifted her into a career working with children as a school psychologist. She never lost her passion for helping animals, and has found a new love volunteering and editing videos for ACC. She feels her new calling is to bring animals and people together for positive learning experiences.
Alex never saw herself as an animal rescuer until she got her first hamster, named Pipsqueak. She now heads The Pipsqueakery, a large sanctuary for special needs rodents located in Bloomington, IN. In addition to providing a home for unadoptable fuzzies, she has years of expertise in feeding, enrichment, and medical treatment for rodents and rabbits.
DeAnna grew up on the southwest side of Indianapolis. She did not have exotic pets as a child, but she grew up fascinated by all things animal. She had pet frogs and mice in college and a dwarf rabbit who moved back to Indianapolis with her after she graduated from law school. DeAnna started with ACC by providing pro bono legal work and made the quick transition from pencil to pitchfork, volunteering with the farm animals and fostering various critters. Her passion is education and she has partnered with her young daughter to give informative talks on animal care.