Board of Directors

Mackai Tapleshay

Executive Director

To head such an important organization is an honor and I am truly inspired by the volunteers, fosters, and my fellow board members who have devoted so much of their time and energy to helping a population of animals in need who otherwise would not have a voice, or a second chance at the life that they so richly deserve.

Throughout my life I have always taken the time to volunteer at local shelters, sanctuaries, and conservation-related organizations. I have been fortunate to care for animals that had been abused or abandoned, to help pets find their perfect “forever home”, to assist in research efforts aimed at wildlife preservation, and to help volunteers and donors reach their philanthropic goals.  I hold an MBA with a focus on the management of social enterprises and have built my career by successfully developing and managing community-centric nonprofits.

Within my role as Executive Director of Good Sam I take charge of all operational aspects of the organization and would love to answer any questions you may have concerning what we do and how we do it!

If you are interested/motivated/inspired to join us in our mission to find forever homes for those most in need please don’t hesitate to do so. We need people who care deeply and a community of animal welfare advocates working together in order for us to create meaningful impact in the lives of the animals that we are privileged to serve.

Carol Vogel


I’m Carol Vogel and I am one of the original members of the Good Samaritan Pet Center. I currently serve as Board President. Good Samaritan began in 2000 and continues to be a quality animal welfare organization. Each year we look back with pride at the many abandoned and homeless pets that we have saved, provided medical care for and placed in new, loving homes. We are also happy to help families who have legitimate reasons for rehoming a beloved pet through our flyer program. We are non-profit, and nothing can be accomplished without help from those who support our mission. A monetary donation and/or an offer to volunteer are always appreciated.

As a volunteer with Good Samaritan, I currently maintain our website. I have fostered, worked the fundraisers, done mobile adoptions, photographed dogs and cats for the web, helped with the newsletter, and presented pet care programs to youngsters. And, like many others, could not resist adopting two charming Good Sam critters—Willie is our 9 year old tuxedo cat who we fostered then adopted 8 years ago and Sunny is our 6 year old Chow/Cattle Dog  who we adopted three years ago as part of Good Sam’s partnership with a Kansas rescue group. We adopted Cookie, our Shepherd mix 13 years ago when we found her as an abandoned puppy at a Taos motel. We also have three rescued house rabbits, and a Good Sam cat named Angel who was born with an inoperable hole in her heart. She is 5 years old and still going strong!

Helping to save the lives of homeless animals is especially rewarding!! If you think it might be the volunteer activity for you, give us a call. We always need more volunteers to help us accomplish our mission. Take a look at our website and our newsletter and see if there is something you might want to help with.

Interested in being a part of Good Sam?  

We are looking to fill the following position(s) on our Board of Directors and there is still room on our Board of Advisors for community partners who want to help us achieve our goals!  

Position Opening:  Secretary for the Board of Directors

This is a volunteer position for an animal advocate who is interested in helping Good Sam achieve its ambitious goals. This position requires taking notes and preparing minutes at quarterly BOD meetings and the willingness to participate in Good Sam activities throughout the year!

We also have volunteer and internship opportunities!

Please email or call (303) 222-0081 to learn more!