Meet the Board

Kristine Berg began a career working with animals in 1977 in Riverside, California. Over the past 40 years she has worked with animals is a variety of settings and capacities.  In 1983 Kristine, began work with the sport of Schutzhund, which consists of obedience, tracking and protection, and competed regularly in conformation (both AKC and German).

She served as Executive Director for an animal shelter in AZ, and worked as a senior Codes Enforcement Officer over animal services in Dorchester County S.C. She also worked several police departments in the capacity of animal services, where she enforced animal ordinances, and she has also created laws. In 1992 she was awarded Officer of the Year as the first animal services officer to ever receive this award at the Cottonwood police department.

And as a nationally certified cruelty investigator, Kristine has always been concerned with the care and safety of animals, she therefore she has always offered her services for little or no fee to rescue organizations and animals shelters.

Later she moved to Bocas Del Toro in Panama to assist the community in education and pet care. While in Bocas, she also brought in a veterinarian for quality health care and held spay clinics which drastically lowered the stray population.

She now resides in La Acequia, Panama, where she does dog training and boarding. Kris started an educational program called “Education is the Key” and has visited many local schools teaching animal awareness, pet care and safety. Kristine enjoys raising, training and showing Doberman Pinchers.  Her dog training emphasizes basic obedience, puppy training, and behavioral modification.


Mary is a retired educator who taught science, technology and engineering to Massachusetts students in grades 2-8, taught adults in a M.Ed. licensure program in Massachusetts, and served as Dean of Academic Affairs at The Kildonan School in Amenia, NY.  She was also an Adjunct Professor at American International College in Springfield, MA.  Having earned an M.Ed. in School Administration, a PhD in Anthropology, and an Ed.D. in Education, Mary is trained to handle administrative aspects of SALDEA.  She is also a longtime owner of retired racing Greyhounds.  She has been affiliated with Greyhound Options, Inc. in Ware, MA for 25 years.  In addition to a retired racer, Mary brought two beloved shelter cats with her to Panama.  Mary lives in Alto Quiel, Boquete, Panama.

Patti graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing after 12 years of running her own business in the entertainment industry.  She worked with Hillsborough Community Hospice as a Case Manager, the Moffitt Cancer Center, and the University of South Florida in a Research Study for the early detection of Lung Cancer.  She then worked with Baycare Healthcare Systems as a Gerontology RNC, servicing the elderly community in their homes before, during, and after hospitalization.  Patti is now retired and living in Boquete full-time.

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My love affair with cats began 15 years ago with my first cat, Spirit. Hard to believe, but I was not always enamored with cats! I did not trust them and was always leery of being swiped with claws. That all changed with Spirit. Because she was feral, it took a lot of time, patience, and love before she came around. I say Spirit taught me how to love and accept cats, and I taught her the gentleness of the human touch. Now here in Boquete, helping cats has become my life’s passion. My husband Ray supports my efforts and we work as a team caring for the cats.