Stephen Bardy, Executive Director

Stephen Bardy is the Executive Director of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO) which services the community through two shelters, two veterinary clinics, and a mobile clinic plus numerous offsite partnerships.

Prior to joining PAGO, he served Florida’s abused and neglected children in the nonprofit and governmental sector for 25 years. He has earned state and national awards for his program initiatives and introduced pet therapy in his foster care group homes. Steve has served on two national advisory boards. He has led successful fundraising campaigns resulting in more than $14 million of public support. He received his BS in Business from the University of South Florida and his Master of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

From a young age, he has shared his life with dogs who were once living in shelters. Each one left an indelible mark on his life. He is blessed with two current family dogs, Milo and Sophie.


Cathy Rodgers, Development Director

Cathy brings over 12 years of professional fundraising experience to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Cathy previously managed development teams at Audubon Florida, Canine Companions for Independence and the Orlando Museum of Art. She has successfully led fundraising programs raising over $20 million in private and public support.

Cathy received her B.A in English from SUNY Fredonia. She is a graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 77 and obtained her Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 2014. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Central Florida Chapter and has volunteered her time with many local nonprofits. Cathy is originally from Western New York, but has called Orlando home since 2002. She and her husband Michael live in College Park with their dog Lula.


Barbara E. Muzeni, Director of Finance

Barbara has been in the financial field for over 25 years, including 10 years at the Finance Director level for non-profits. Barbara’s non-profit experience includes: Providence Children’s Museum, Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida. Additionally, Barbara has worked in governments including the City of Orlando and the State of Rhode Island.

Barbara is a Professional Pet Assisted Therapy Facilitator, formerly providing pet therapy with her dog Jingles at the Pawtuxet Village Nursing Home in Cranston, RI. She received her Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island and her BSBA with majors in Finance and Marketing from Boston University. Barbara has also completed her Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Rollins College. Originally from New Jersey, Barbara lives in Winter Garden with her dogs Cali and Bubba (adopted at age 10 from the Pet Alliance).

Nicole Cochran, Director of Human Resources

Nicole brings 23 years worth of professional experience in human resources to Pet Alliance. 15 of those years were spent at the Children’s Home Society in which her positions ranged from Human Resources representative to Statewide Director of Human Resources/Director of HR-Corporate Services.  Nicole got an early start in HR and spent her first 5 years at Home Health and Hospice Care.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources From Franklin Pierce University in Ringe, New Hampshire.  She then received her Masters of Business Administration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Originally from New Hampshire, Nicole moved to southern Florida in 2002 and has lived in several different areas of Florida as her career and professionalism has developed. Nicole now  lives in Clermont and stays happily busy raising and spending time with her four children. 

Board of Directors

Josh Powers – Chair
Executive Vice President/CFO
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

Christine Elliott O’Neal – Vice Chair
Delta Equestrian

Paul McNamara – Treasurer
Executive Manager
Reed Nissan

Julie Axelrod – Secretary
Community Advocate
John Michael Weddings & Events

Brian Davis

Christine Elias
Coldwell Banker/The Urban Dog Real Estate Group

Suzanne Magee-Fleming
Senior Vice President 
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Luke Partridge
Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Louise Philp RN, BSN, MSHA, CCRN-K, NEA-BC
Patient Care Administrator
Orlando Health

Erin Stepp
Director, Corporate Communications
AAA National Office