Meet The TEAM
Our committed team is dedicated to saving lives and we are so grateful for the love and hard work they give every day to accomplish H.A.L.O.'s mission!
Board of directors
Our board members are dedicated to HALO's mission to make Indian River county no kill and believe in our community. We couldn't do it without them!
Aaron Johnson, Ryan Jones, Bruce McCullers (back row) Margaret Wall, Jacque Petrone, Jan Howington, Rebecca Grohall (front row) Michele Nolte (getting hug to right!)
Rebecca’s professional background is in Urban Planning. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has been an AICP certified planner for 20 years and is currently the Planning Director for a local municipality.
Rebecca's involvement started with HALO nearly a decade ago when she had read a newspaper story about fostering and decided to go see if HALO needed fosters. Fast forward to nearly 200 fosters later, she has given kittens and moms of all ages a much needed second chance. About seven years ago Rebecca started HALO's Facebook page, now nearing 20,000 followers. Its major impact on getting the faces of adoptable animals and donation needs is one of our best communication methods, she also heads up the other social media platforms of Twitter and Instagram.
Michele C. Nolte:
Michele was born in Orlando, FL and graduated form Clemont High School. She is married to David C. Nolte. She retired after 35 years in County Government where she worked for the Orange County Tax Collector, Indian River County Tax Collector and Indian River County Property Appraiser. She is also the past President of Republican Women of Indian River County. She is on the board of Indian River Blood Bank and a current member of RWIR.
Michele has loved and had animals all of her life. She has been a supporter of the HSVB, and currently supports H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue, Passionate Pet Rescue in Brevard County, South Lake Animal League in Lake County and 100 Abandoned Dogs in Ft. Lauderdale.
She currently has 4 dogs, all of which are rescues and she can’t imagine life without a furbaby.
Aaron V. Johnson, Esquire:
Aaron was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1976. He moved to Florida in 1990 and attended Florida State University from 1994 to 1999, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication. He was admitted to the Florida State College of Law that same year and graduated in 2002, which is when he started practicing here in Vero Beach, Florida at the firm Collins Brown Barkett Garavaglia and Lawn, Chartered.
Aaron has endeavored to use his legal training to assist in the business and administration of HALO. He is an animal lover and is passionate about HALO’s mission.
Margaret was born in Syracuse, NY and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. She worked for the City of Boston for 20 years in many different capacities and is currently is the owner of Intercoastal Interiors in Vero Beach since 2014.
Margaret Wall has been active in non-profit animal rescue for over 20 years. Before moving to Vero Beach in 2010, she was one of the original founders and Board Members of UnderdogResQ, which is a foster-based organization, headquartered in the New England area. In addition to this, she was an Officer with SmallDog Rescue, located in the Atlanta, as well as working for two years, on the Board of Dogs for Life, which is located in Vero Beach.
Margaret understands the unique challenges when following one’s heart, in an effort to help animals. She believes strongly in No-Kill Rescue and that every animal deserves a chance which is why she is passionate about H.A.L.O. It has been a wonderful opportunity to be part of such an amazing non-profit that is making such an impact of saving lives in Indian River County.
Jan was born and raised in Colquitt, GA, a very small farming community in the southwest corner of the state. She relocated to central Florida in 1974 where she began a 24 year career in the telecommunications industry. Upon retiring, she and her husband Bill moved to Sebastian where she began a second career working with a structural engineer. Looking for a less stressful way of life, retirement was once again in the picture with the idea of volunteering with a nonprofit.
A visit to HALO and a brief conversation with Jacque Petrone, opened the door to so much more. After a year of volunteering, Jan was given the title of Event Coordinator with Volunteer Coordinator to soon follow. In November 2014, HALO opened its Cat Adoption Center in the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach with Jan serving as its manager. After one year, Jan was able to pull together a rather large group of volunteers who now operate this center. Jan found her passion helping animals in need and has never looked back. Seeing the struggles of each rescue and loving each as God’s creature, she strives to see the day that we are living in a no kill county.
Ryan Jones is a 39 year old native of Vero Beach, and owner of Ryan A. Jones & Associates, a residential construction company specializing in the renovation and management of estate properties along the barrier island. Ryan and his wife, Sara have a 19 month old daughter named Ava, and they love spending time with their 2 Shih Tzu’s Marti and Rossi. Ryan is an avid cyclist and enjoys playing tennis. His passion and appreciation for animals and their well-being has been well-suited to his role on the board of directors at Halo.