Animal Services Advisory Board


The Animal Services Advisory Board of Manatee County was created by the Board of County Commissioners in 1996 for the purpose of considering reports and presentations, advising and making recommendations to the Board in matters involving Animal Services and related issues in Manatee County, Florida, in which the Board has lawful jurisdiction. Resolution R-15-165, approved by the Board of County Commissioners on November 17, 2015, reestablished the Animal Services Advisory Board and its duties.

Membership Requirements

Membership consists of seven members from the following categories:

  • Up to three citizens who are either corporate officers of, or have written authorization to represent, existing non-profit organizations, agencies or voluntary associations within the County with a primary mission of the care, handling or rescue of domestic animals. As to this category, no one organization, agency or association may have more than one representative holding one of these three representative seats at any given time;
  • One citizen with expertise in business development, finance and/or operations;
  • One veterinarian, who, during his or her term, is licensed and actively practicing and is not employed by or under contract with Manatee County;
  • One citizen who dos not fall within the foregoing categories, who is not associated with an existing rescue agency, and who, within two years prior to appointment, has adopted an animal from Manatee County Animal Services.
  • One citizen who does not fall within the foregoing categories, who is not associated with an existing rescue agency, and who, within two years prior to appointment, has volunteered for Manatee County Animal Services or an established private rescue agency within the County for at least ten days, as verified by the relevant agency.
  • All appointments shall be for a term of four years.


The Advisory Board application must be submitted for the applicant to be considered for appointment. The application is available for downloading on the Apply for an Advisory Board page.


Meetings are held on an as-needed basis at locations as coordinated by the Chairperson and staff liaison assigned to the Board.

For more information contact Sarah Brown, Chief, Animal Services, at 941-742-5933, X8346 or email

Advisory Board Members

Name Term Expires Seat
Dr. Lindsey Rollend
Laurie Wasoski
01/26/2023 Existing Rescue Organization
Lisa Barnott 01/26/2020 Existing Rescue Organization
Lisa Williams 01/26/2020 Existing Rescue Organization
Katie Rose Howard
01/26/2023 Has Adopted From MCAS
Gerald Thomas 01/26/2020 Business Development, Finance/Operations
Jana Martin 03/08/2020 Has Volunteered with Honor Animal Rescue

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

To view the agenda or minutes, click on the date below.

Agenda Minutes
March 19, 2019
February 26, 2019
February 26, 2019
January 15, 2019
January 15, 2019
October 16, 2018
October 16, 2018
June 26, 2018 June 26, 2018
May 22, 2018 May 22, 2018
February 27, 2018 February 27, 2018
January 24, 2018 January 24, 2018
April 26, 2017 April 26, 2017
March 29, 2017 March 29, 2017
February 22, 2017 February 22, 2017
January 25, 2017 January 25, 2017
December 7, 2016 December 7, 2016
Oct 26, 2016 October 26, 2016
Sept 28, 2016
September 28, 2016
August 24, 2016 August 24, 2016
July 20, 2016 July 20, 2016
June 22, 2016 June 22, 2016
May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016
April 18, 2016 April 18, 2016
March 21, 2016 March 21, 2016