Touching Lives, Warming Hearts

Through Human & Animal Interactions

KPETS Board of Directors

Katie Summers – Board Chair

Esquire, Kegel Kelin Almy and Lord (KKAL)

Katie and EllacroppedKatie is an attorney at the Lancaster law firm of Kegel, Kelin, Almy, and Lord (KKAL) where she practices primarily business and real estate law.

In addition to her role as a Director of KPETS, she also serves as a Director of the Fight on Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides monetary assistance to families with loved ones battling cancer.

Katie lives in Ephrata with her golden retriever puppy, Ella, who will hopefully one day become a KPETS therapy dog!

Tammy Derk – Vice Chair

Administrative Director of Breast Health Services, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Tammy is a native of Sunbury, PA and moved to York County more than thirty years ago. As a child, she found a deep passion for animals and people that only grew with age. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a BA in Psychology and Community Counseling, as well as a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration.While working in Lancaster, Tammy lives in York with her husband, Michael. Their son, Jordan, lives and works in Baltimore. All are extreme-animal lovers and dote over their pups Nittany, Zoe and Taza. With their dogs, they enjoy camping, swimming, boating, and all-things Penn State!

Larissa Galambos – Treasurer

CPA , Acuity Advisors and CPAs

Larissa is a CPA at Acuity Advisors and CPAs, LLP, where she is a Supervisor in the business services department. Her undergraduate studies were at Millersville University, where she graduated with a BA in Spanish and a BA in International Studies. She has also earned a graduate degree from New England College with a Master’s of Science in Accounting.

Larissa adores all animals, with a special love for dogs. She and her family are from Lititz.




Dr. Krista Corey

Veterinarian, Landisville Animal Hospital

Dr. Krista Corey is originally from Danielsville, PA, a very small town north of Allentown. Dr. Corey grew up with her parents, two brothers and sister with a multitude of pets including cats, dogs, pocket pets and a few chickens. Growing up in the country riding horses and caring for her furry friends, she cultivated her love of animals. “I can’t remember a time when I wanted to be anything else but a veterinarian.”Dr. Corey received her BS degree in Animal Bioscience from The Pennsylvania State University in 1991. She went on to achieve her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine graduating at the top of her class in 1995.Dr. Corey has tended to the dogs and cats of Lancaster County for the past 17 years. She is delighted to join Landisville Animal Hospital to serve the pets and their parents. She enjoys the challenging internal medicine cases, puppy training tips, and educating her clients.Dr. Corey shares her home with her wonderful fiancé Jim, her amazing daughter Amanda, her handsome black lab Kolby Bingo, her miniature horse Dukie, and her three cats Olivia, Aslan, and Calico. She enjoys watching her daughter play soccer and her cello. She also enjoys snowmobiling, walking, and spending time outdoors at her family farm.

Dr. Heather Girvin – Secretary

Associate Professor, Millersville University

Dr. Heather Girvin, M.S.S., teaches in the School of Social Work, Millersville University. She teaches at bachelor, master, and doctoral levels, focusing primarily on courses that relate to diversity and cultural competence, child welfare, family violence, and social theory. Dr. Girvin is dedicated to the development and implementation of active and innovative learning, emphasizing critical thinking as a mechanism by which students learn to be competent practitioners.

Early in her career, Dr. Girvin practiced primarily with children and families, intervening to prevent child maltreatment in the context of urban poverty. Dr. Girvin remains interested in child maltreatment but has broadened her work to include macro-level practice (both direct practice and research) that aims to ameliorate the impact of trauma, particularly trauma related to violence defined broadly. Dr. Girvin’s contemporary work adopts a global perspective (including recent trips to Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa, Nicaragua, and Honduras) and creative strategies such as the expressive arts and animal assisted therapies (canine and equine).

Dr. Girvin and her family live in Lancaster. They are all animal lovers, with ‘Etta the wirehaired pointing griffon, Otis the snake, and Pumpkin the bearded dragon completing their family.


Sarah Zimmerman

Product Manager at Agilent Technologies.

Sarah received a B.S. degree from Lebanon Valley College in 2012. For a short term in 2018-2019, Sarah served as Executive Director of KPETS.

As a lifelong animal lover who grew up with dogs, cats, and horses, Sarah is very passionate about the KPETS mission. Although her dog is not registered yet, she actively volunteers in other roles within the organization. She enjoys working with all the volunteers and hearing the amazing stories they have about Touching Lives, Warming Hearts with their pets.

Sarah lives in Denver, PA with her husband, Jeffery, and their miniature goldendoodle, Captain America. Together Sarah, Jeffery, and Captain enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time with family.