The ASK Board of Directors

The ASK Foundation Board of Directors is a group of animal-loving individuals who represent the broad spectrum of animals within the county including domestic pets, service animals, livestock and wildlife, as depicted on our logo.

We come from diverse backgrounds, including wildlife preservation, livestock, companion animals, service animals, rescues, sheltering, training and behavior.

We are united by the common goals of ASK: to help ensure the compassionate and humane support of the animals of our community through public education, special programs and community outreach.


Carolyn Badger
Carolyn Badger

Carolyn Badger, president of ASK, worked in journalism for 30-plus years and now concentrates on volunteerism. Her first dog, a chow chow, taught her the human-animal bond and is the inspiration for her continued commitment to helping shelter animals. She currently has two rescue dogs and lives in Riverside.


Mike Gardner
Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner is the former Ward 1 Riverside City Council Representative. He was elected in November 2007. Mike came to Riverside in 1971 to complete his education at UCR. He worked in a variety of management positions at Southern California Edison for 23 years.

As a passionate animal advocate Mike has been the lead Council Member for the City of Riverside in adopting legislation for mandatory spay/neuter and microchipping of pets, promoting adoption of shelter pets and supporting Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) of feral cats when possible.


Emma Perez-Singh
Emma Perez-Singh

Emma Perez-Singh is an Administrative Services Manager for the Riverside County Continuum of Care. She has over a decade of experience working in animal welfare, where she created programs to support the homeless and their pets. In October 2021, Emma transitioned into homeless services full time. Emma is passionate about keeping pets and their owners together -- especially for persons transitioning from homelessness to housing. Emma graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Public Administration in 2008. Emma has lived in the City of Riverside since 2005 with her husband, two daughters, and 3 fur babies.


Richard De Atley
Richard De Atley

Richard De Atley retired from journalism in September 2020 after a 45-year career as a reporter and editor, with 30 of those years at The Press-Enterprise. He also worked for The Associated Press in Los Angeles and New York, and for City News Service in Los Angeles. He has won awards from the California News Publishers Association and the Inland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the author of “Long Beach: The Golden Shore: A History of the City and Port.” He graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a double major in journalism and political science. Richard lives in Riverside.


Larry Rubio
Larry Rubio

Larry Rubio's more than 42 years of transit experience began in 1978 at Orange County Transit District ( now known as Orange County Transportation Authority); then in 1988, Larry moved to Riverside Transit Agency. During his 33 years with RTA, Larry held numerous management positions and in 2001 he was named chief executive officer. Larry retired in December 2021.

Larry graduated with honors from the University of Redlands and continued his education at University of California, Riverside, and Indiana University. Larry and his wife, Clara, have seven children and 12 grandchildren. They live in the Woodcrest community of Riverside County.


Diane Falconer
Diane Falconer

Diane Falconer enjoyed 17 years as a naturalist for Riverside County. She has helped get injured wildlife to rehabilitators and has a strong desire to help animals in need.


Jim Kneepkens
Jim Kneepkens

Jim Kneepkens retired in 2023 after a rewarding career in marketing, advertising, community relations and customer service. He also directed media, government and public relations. Jim’s career included ten years in the private sector followed by 28 years in the public sector. Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in public administration from California State University at Long Beach.

Jim enjoys volunteering in the community including disaster response for the American Red Cross which often includes pet rescues. His hobbies include hiking, skiing and riding his dirt bike.

How You Can Help

We need your help! Community involvement and support will maintain our mission and help us grow, so we can help more animals and people in our community.

Donate!

Donate! None of our programs could survive without the support of our friends. Sponsor a kennel or an event.

Volunteer!

Volunteer! Check out the Riverside County Department of Animal Services website and sign up as a volunteer and help the department, and us, with events, programs, pet food distribution and other activities.