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Meet Lulu's Crew

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Dawn Isenhart-Copp

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Dawn co-founded Lulu's in 2011 after being inspired by the bond that her son, Andy, had with his kitten, Lulu. In 2017, she spearheaded the Frankfort Cat Center- a cage-less home for Lulu's cats waiting to be adopted. Since then, she has worked to create mission expanding programs. Dawn has also worked towards receiving her Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Contemporary Animal Services Leadership.


Mike Copp

Treasurer & Co-Founder

Soon after Mike retired in 2006, he followed his passion and started volunteering at a local shelter, walking dogs as well as becoming a shift leader. In 2008, he began his work with community cats by volunteering with a local group to do TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). He then co-founded Lulu's in 2011.

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Erin Lamparter

Vice President & Co-Founder

Erin began rescuing and caring for wildlife and stray animals as a child in her neighborhood. Inevitably she continued rescuing and advocating for animals, and reducing their suffering is central to her daily life. She worked at a Chicago-based no-kill cat shelter for four years before

co-founding Lulu's in 2011. Lulu's alum, Sidney, currently resides with Erin, dispelling the myths about black, FIV cats to all who meet her.


Lucy Pigati

Board Member


Gina Romano

Board Member

Gina has always had a passion for animals growing up. When she first joined Lulu’s, she fostered mom cats and kittens. She is an advocate for FIV+ cats. She adopted two cats from Lulu’s, Oreo and Moose. Her husband, Joe, adopted Lulu’s alums Thunder and Lightning (bonded black kittens) before they were married. They blended their families and then welcomed their next Lulu’s family member, Storm, to their family. He keeps everyone smiling. 

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