Board of Directors


Susana Della Maddalena is the executive director of Altered Tails in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining Altered Tails, Susana was the president & CEO of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society for 3 1/2 years. From 2003 to 2013, Susana was Vice President and Executive Director of PetSmart Charities. Prior to entering the non-profit sector, Susana held leadership positions at Northern Trust Bank of Arizona, N.A. and with marketing and advertising agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles and Phoenix, where she consulted for clients such as Kellogg’s, SC Johnson, Safeway, Vons, and Kaufman and Broad Homebuilders.

As a volunteer, Susana spearheaded several multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns for non-profits. She was founder of Friends of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, and a founder of The Wellness Community — Central Arizona. She holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is a pet parent to four adopted dogs — Hank, Emma, Carmen and Loretta plus three horses; Cash, Envy and Shelby.


Keith Miller has been a highly respected CPA in the Phoenix area for more than 30 years. Early in his practice, Miller spent 3 years with the prestigious firm of Coopers & Lybrand, an international accounting firm, where he practiced in both the audit and tax divisions.

Miller then went on to practice for 25 years at the Scottsdale-based CPA firm of Segal Hailey and Company, Ltd. Ultimately, the firm became Segal, Miller and McClain, Ltd, where Keith became the majority owner and the managing shareholder. Today, Keith’s practice is limited to a select group of clients who rely on his accounting experience and sophisticated business skills to assist them with transactional issues, income tax planning, estate planning, and related compliance needs.

Active in his community, for the last 9 years Keith has served on the Board of Directors of Congregation Kol Ami in all capacities, including as President. He is married to his wife of 25 years, Bonnie, and they have two sons.


Debbie Wardrop has been a highly respected leader in the hospitality and event industry for more than 30 years. Early on in her career, Wardrop rose to senior management positions at the historic Arizona Biltmore, The Boulders Resort & Spa, and today as General Manager of The Resort at Port Ludlow, a boutique waterfront Inn on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington.

From 1999-2005, in her capacity as Director of Events for the National Football League, Wardrop masterminded mega-corporate hospitality events for the National Football League. From 2006-2007, Wardrop served as CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl XLII, which earned her a reputation as one of Arizona’s top business executives.

Always active in her community and charitable causes, Wardrop served for three terms on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, William Jewell College in Missouri. She currently is deeply engaged with the Jefferson Land Trust. She serves on the Washington Hospitality Association Board and as a member of the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission.


Jeremiah Beitzel is currently a Member Attorney with New LAWu.s. and Independent Business Advisor and Nonprofit Consultant. Prior, Jeremiah served in the prestigious position of Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for PetSmart Charities, Inc., as well as Interim Executive Director. He was part of the PetSmart Inc. and PetSmart Charities organization since 2007, providing primary legal support on a variety of critical issues and corporate governance matters for the not for profit organization. He was also the Corporate Secretary of PetSmart Charities of Canada and PetSmart Associate Assistance Foundation.

After receiving his Juris Doctor in 2003 from Marquette University Law School, Jeremiah worked as Senior Attorney for eFunds Corporation from 2004-2007. There, he provided primary legal support for the Risk Management Division and regulatory compliance with consumer credit practices.

Always active in his community, Jeremiah has served as a director, officer, and volunteer for Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue, Inc., Halo Animal Rescue and was a member of the Special Olympics of Arizona Advocacy Resource Leadership Council. Jeremiah is a proud pet parent to three large breed rescued dogs, Chance, Lexi and Mikey.


Dr. Meredith Frankel is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a leading private practice in Naples, Florida. Dr. Frankel enjoys working with individuals, couples and groups. She helps people develop more curiosity about their lives, so that they may gain insight into how to live life more abundantly.

Meredith received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her doctoral degree from The George Washington University. She obtained her post-doctoral fellowship from Georgetown University and continues advanced post-graduate training, believing that psychotherapy practice is nurtured by lifelong learning and experience. She is an active member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, furthering her interest in psychodynamic and relational therapies.

Dr. Frankel is a proud parent to her daughter Sidney, and to Monkey, her beloved Boston Terrier.