Board of Directors
Over the past ten years, Margaret has been a volunteer and board member with H.A.L.O. No-Kill Rescue. As the President of the Board, she brings 30 years of nonprofit and rescue experience to this position. Margaret understands the unique challenges when following one’s heart, in an effort to help animals. She is a Certified Dog Trainer and, since 2002, has been training shelter dogs to make them more adoptable. Her passion has been working with shy dogs to build their confidence and help find them homes.
Mike Kanner is a Financial Advisor and Investment Executive with Raymond James. He earned the Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist CRPS® designation which enables him to help design and maintain corporate retirement plans including 401(k) plans. Mike graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After graduation, Mike began his career with Edward Jones Investments in the St. Louis, Missouri headquarters where he entered a two-year broker training program. After seven years with Edward Jones in Vero Beach, Mike decided to take his business to the local Morgan Stanley office where he co-founded the Leyda Kanner Group and in 2019 joined Raymond James. Mike moved to Vero Beach in 2003, and he enjoys spending time on his farm with his wife Cami and a variety of animals. Mike is a supporter of numerous national and local charities.
Rebecca is originally from Wisconsin and moved to Florida in 1999. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and a Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She has been a certified urban planner for 20 years and is currently the lead planner for a local engineering firm. Rebecca’s involvement started with H.A.L.O. over a decade ago when she read a newspaper story about fostering and decided to go see if H.A.L.O. needed fosters. Fast forward to nearly 200 fosters later, she has given kittens and cats of all ages a much needed second chance. In 2010, Rebecca started H.A.L.O.’s Facebook page which has grown to over 26,000 followers and expanded into other social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Rebecca’s knowledge of social media platforms allows H.A.L.O. to share the faces of adoptable animals, lost/found animals, rehoming assistance and donation needs quickly to our supporters.
Aaron V. Johnson, Esquire
Aaron was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1976. He moved to Florida in 1990 and attended Florida State University from 1994 to 1999, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication. He was admitted to the Florida State College of Law that same year and graduated in 2002, which is when he started practicing here in Vero Beach, Florida at the firm Collins Brown Barkett Garavaglia and Lawn, Chartered. Aaron has endeavored to use his legal training to assist in the business and administration of HALO. He is an animal lover and is passionate about HALO’s mission.
W Brad Gable
W Brad Gable is a retired executive of the Van Metre Companies headquartered in Northern Virginia. In addition to serving as a principal and board member of Van Metre Companies, Mr. Gable has served as President and board member of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Greater Washington, DC as well as an executive committee or board member of several other industry related organizations. Mr. Gable held the designation of Certified Property Manager, was a licensed realtor and broker, and graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts and Science.
Dr. Chris Festa
Dr. Chris Festa is a PMD, APRN, DNP and has served in the US Army. After serving in the military, Chris worked in several emergency rooms and Level One trauma centers. In addition, Dr.Chris was the Chief Flight Officer for a company handling international medical evacuations, then served as Chief Medical Officer for a large defense contractor, and spent a year in a local general practice. After gathering a wealth of experience in these settings, Dr. Chris opened River’s Edge Urgent Care as her private practice. She is certified in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Flight Medicine, Critical Care, and Family Medicine, with numerous additional certifications. Dr. Chris is excited to be a part of H.A.L.O. as rescued animals are near and dear to her heart.
Elizabeth Turek was brought up in New Jersey and Connecticut. She attended NYU and worked as a Production Coordinator for commercial photographers in New York City. Beth moved to Florida in 2003 to be closer to her family. Her love of horses and knowledge of natural horsemanship methods gave her an opportunity to design and operate a dream farm for a local family. Working as a Realtor, she has been able to help people and their animals find forever homes. After meeting her husband, she moved to Vero Beach and joined Keller Williams in 2013. Beth has been involved with H.A.L.O. since 2014 and she participates in the Bottle Baby Foster Program, taking care of kittens to prepare them for adoption.