Peter E. Rork, M.D., Co-Founder and President
Peter, “The Pilot”, is an East Coast refugee, who always believed that he was switched at birth with a kid from New Jersey. After working his way through medical school as a pilot, he practiced Orthopaedic Surgery for more than thirty years. Instead of retiring to a golf course, he has returned to the skies as our Chief Pilot. Peter holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and is qualified to fly single and multiengine aircraft as well as seaplanes. He is also a certified flight instructor. Transporting animals to furever homes in a Cessna Turbo Cessna 206 Stationair and Cessna Grand Caravan, he says that the view from his new office beats any other.
Judy Zimet, Esq., Co-Founder and Board Member
Judy is a Scottsdale, Arizona attorney. Her practice focuses on transactional work (real estate, business, and death and disability planning) and she also drafts winning arguments as the “behind the scenes” attorney in collaboration with litigators. Judy is a real estate agent also, and finds her clients appreciate her analytic, legal experience. Judy founded Dog Is My CoPilot in June 2012 and served as Executive Director for four years. As her legal practice grew, she had to move to the Board in order to fit in time for sleep. Judy credits her passion for animals to her genetic make-up. Most of her family has, what they term, “the disease,” an uncontrollable desire to hug every cat and dog they see.
Kara Pollard, Executive Director
With her husband Mark Pollard, a Kiwi native and their daughter Olivia, Kara has made Jackson home with two rescue dogs Sydney and Queenie. Animal welfare has always been a passion of hers, from rescuing the family pets at local animal shelters and volunteering for welfare agencies while growing up in Rhode Island. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2006 with a degree in Animal Science, she moved to Jackson, WY with her first rescue dog, Sydney a pit bull mix. Kara quickly became an active member in the Valley, working as a technician at a veterinary clinic and also volunteering for animal welfare agencies including Teton County Animal Shelter, Paws of Jackson Hole, and the Animal Adoption Center. In 2012, Kara became the Executive Director of the Animal Adoption Center- a nonprofit animal welfare organization. In her time at the AAC amongst running the daily operations and carrying out her executive responsibilities, Kara completed a 1.5 million dollar capitol campaign to fund the land purchase and construction costs for the new AAC building. Kara is committed to pursing her passion in animal welfare, and feels privileged to advocate on DIMC’s behalf as the Executive Director.