Board of Directors

Joseph LonziJoseph Lonzi


A founding member of the Barkyard, Joseph lives near downtown Buffalo. His rescue terrier mix, Margo, calls the Barkyard her backyard—as she has no outdoor space to call her own.

Joseph’s “pet” projects for the Barkyard this year include finishing the shelter project and securing new benches.

Jay McCarthy

Vice President

Dan Liebel


Paula Kelman

Paula Kelman

Photo by Missy Cleary Kennedy


Paula Kelman has been on the board of directors of the Buffalo Off Leash Area, Inc. since its inception in 2007. She was a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) for The Family Companion for many years, teaching Puppy Preschool and Family Companion dog training classes. Before that, she was team trainer for Buffalo Wings Flyball Team and competed with her dogs who were Flyball Champions. Currently, she does private dog behavior lessons at clients’ homes and is the consultant for dog behavior at the Barkyard. Paula currently volunteers for the Erie County SPCA, taking photos of the animals up for adoption.

Paula has been married to Bill Kelman for 24 years and they share their home with their dogs Phineas, a border collie, Oliver and Josie, both cocker spaniels, and their newest family member, Penelope, a Bichon Frise.

Kevin LynchKevin Lynch

Board Member—Facilities Chair

Discovering the Barkyard, and the joys of off-leash recreation with his dog Maggie, Kevin joined our Board of Directors in 2012. He currently serves as the chairman of our facilities committee. Kevin coordinates our semi-annual park cleanups, has worked with a contractor to re-roof our kiosks, obtained and installed the kiosk information boards, and power-washed our shelter to get it ready for the awesome new mural that was painted this fall (and to evict the spiders that have moved in). Current projects are park signage (look for our new park signs in the spring), and possibly working with a couple Boy Scouts on Eagle Badge service projects to get some new benches built and put in place.

Kevin and Maggie both continue to enjoy their frequent visits to the Barkyard.

Pumice MendolaPumice Mendola

Board Member—Marketing Chair

Pumice lives in Amherst, NY, with his wife Kate (a former Barkyard board member) and their Toy Fox Terrier, Thor. Pumice has been on our board since 2009, and has helped to manage our marketing and branding since 2008.

Cassandra WhitneyCassandra Whitney

Board Member—Fundraising Chair

Cassandra resides in North Buffalo with significant other Daniel Gilbert, their daughter Rhiley, and furry adopted son, Scout. Cassandra has been involved in fundraising, promoting adoptions and volunteering at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter for many years. She finds the Barkyard to be a vital asset to the community, and essential to the happiness of many dogs in Western New York.

Laura SnyderIMG_4092

Board Member

Laura joined the board in 2014. She is a frequent user of the Barkyard with her energetic Italian Greyhound, Milo. Laura is the founder of the Italian Greyhounds of Buffalo Facebook group, and also does agility with her dog. She is also a full time Professor in the Photography Program at Villa Maria College.

Stacey Siegel

Board Member