Meet our Board of Directors

A group of people dedicated to bettering the lives of animals
Dr. Daniel Heimerdinger

Board President

Daniel Heimerdinger, Ph.D., President.  Dr. Heimerdinger has been a member of the TCRAS Board since 2010.  He is the principal owner of Exostrategies, Inc., a professional services company focusing on space operations.  Dr. Heimerdinger was appointed in 1995 to oversee the US/Russian joint space program for NASA and has been awarded NASAs two highest medals of service, NASAs Distinguished and Exceptional Public Service medals and a Russian Space Agency Commendation for International Collaboration. 

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 Dr. Heimerdinger received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Astronautics and his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

Dan came to TCRAS as a Board member because he believes in the services TCRAS offers within the community and Pikes Peak region. Dan’s focus as the board president is to carry out the non-profit’s mission and to strengthen the business by gathering statistics on the services provided, emphasize fundraising, improve financial management and streamline operating practices. When Dan’s Australian Shepherd/Border Collie, Sam, passed away, he made a contribution to hire an individual dedicated to fundraising, which resulted in an ability to expand the shelter and carry a sixthree-month operating cushion.

Dan has adopted six family members from TCRAS over the past 12 years. Dan loves the older animals and considers himself a foster “failure” —every pet he has fostered became a permanent family member.

Telephone number: 719-649-4414


Kevin Conrad, DVM

Chief Medical Officer/Ex-Officio

Born in Wray, Colorado, Dr. Conrad received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. After obtaining his degree he accepted a two year position as an associate veterinarian in Chadron, Nebraska. Kevin, his wife and four sons moved to Woodland Park in 1988 to open the Woodland Veterinary Clinic.

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In the mid-1990’s Dr. Conrad joined the board of the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter as a veterinary advisor. The Woodland Veterinary Clinic has been a long time supporter of the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter offering either free or discounted medical expertise for the homeless animals of the area. In 2011, Dr. Conrad accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer overseeing the shelter.
Jennifer Erdley

Board Member

I can honestly say that I look forward to each and every day working as a Real Estate Broker in the Pikes Peak region, and have been doing so for over 25 years.  Originally born and raised in the State of Maryland, I grew up enjoying snow skiing and water skiing, but particularly the equestrian sport of Three-Day Eventing.  I competed nationally for 6 years, winning a National Championship in 1979.  

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I obtained by real estate license in Northern Virginia in 1986, where my equestrian trainers resided. I moved to Colorado in 1991. Upon relocating to the Teller County area, I have been very active and supportive of our local community organizations, with my passion being the rescue and wellness of our animals. I co-founded the Rescue Animal Fund in the mid 1990’s, which expanded to privatizing our local no-kill shelter and promoting responsible foster and adoption services.

Consistently a top producer in this area, my awards include the President’s Award Club, Peak Producers, and most recently the prestigious Platinum Award. I enjoy assisting sellers by achieving a successful and harmonious sale, and enjoy helping buyers find their Colorado dream property.

I look forward to many more years of being involved with our community and working in this beautiful Pikes Peak region.

Reggy Short

Board Member

Reggy Short first came to Colorado in 1989 as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy, and upon graduation, he began his career as an aircraft maintenance and munitions officer for the Air Force. His military travels included duty assignments overseas in Turkey and Germany, as well as state-side postings to Utah, Arizona, and Alabama. Upon leaving the Air Force in 2001, he attended 

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the University of Denver law school, graduating with high honors in 2004, and began serving as a public prosecutor, first in Douglas, Arapahoe, and La Plata counties before assuming his current position as a senior deputy district attorney in the 4th Judicial District, serving El Paso and Teller counties. He married his wife, Kimberly, in 2013, and together they have five dogs as members of their eclectic family.

Kirby Laughlin

Board Member

Kirby was stationed at Fort Carson in the summer of 1972. Upon discharge from the Army, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A Woodland Park resident since 1981, he is the sole shareholder of Robert Kirby Laughlin, CPA, PC. With almost 40 years experience as a CPA, he brings considerable knowledge of the

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taxation and accounting of non profit entities to the Board. Tiggy, the rescued orange (mostly) Maine coon adopted Kirby as his human several years ago.


Ed "Whitey" Pine

Board Member

Ed “Whitey” Pine brings more than 40 years of experience in the construction business to our organization.  He has been involved with TCRAS as a volunteer and donor since 2000 and has adopted or fostered nearly a dozen animals from TCRAS through the years.  Mr. Pine currently serves on the Mechanical Board of the Colorado Springs Regional Building Department and is a former member of the board of the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation.