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’s been a volunteer at the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, a board member for Safe Place for Pets, and a foster for dogs from three rescue groups. 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, Mississippi.  She was a volunteer transporter for the Pampa (Texas) Animal Welfare Society, which transports adoptable dogs to Colorado partner shelters. 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 nonprofits. 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. He is currently a marketing consultant for several organizations. Garry and his wife have one dog, Dude.


Robin Thorne

a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, was an occupational therapist for more than  20 years, working primarily with seniors.  She serves on two community boards related to seniors and health care. An aspiring quilter, Robin belongs to a local quilt guild where she served as president for the past two years and chairs their annual silent auction. She and her husband share their home with a senior Labrador retriever, Honey, who is a retired skilled nursing facility dog.  


Terry Plotkin

is co-owner and co-founder of TMP Services, Inc., a manufacturer of modular ramp and stair systems. He has been a regular volunteer at various animal groups, including the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and Harley’s Hope. 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 is secretary of the Colorado Springs Sertoma Club, which raises money for hearing-impaired individuals. He has a rescued mixed-breed dog, Raylin.