Meet the People
Laura Beth is the founder of the TriState Noah Project. Her involvement with animal rescue began in 1997 and she has participated in several large scale rescues, including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. While she has been active in campaigns for all animals with organizations such as Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals, Defenders of Wildlife, Big Cat Rescue and PCRM, locally she feeds approximately 140 strays over 25 stops daily and is actively involved in TNR. The idea for the TriState Noah project came about after seeing the plight of stray and shelter animals in her area and lack of programs to help them. Her focus is creating a sanctuary for all animals, farm and domestic, as an alternative to the high kill shelters in her area and educating children on the value of spaying/neutering and kindness to all animals. In addition to her morning and night stray routes, she works FT for an IT consulting firm, is caregiver to her 89 year old grandmother and has a house full of rescues, including Morris-the TriState Noah mascot. Laura also enjoys photography and being a former professional ballroom dancer, an occasional tango or cha-cha in between routes.
Tom Baxter is secretary of the TriState Noah Project. He has been involved in rescue for over 20yrs with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Capital Area Humane Society. Tom has also supported and is a member of Pilots and Paws, PCRM, Defenders of Wildlife, Farm Sanctuary and IFAW. Tom has been a professional pilot for 39 years and is chief instructor at a skydiving school in Columbus, OH. He will use his experience as a pilot to assist with transporting rescues. Over the years Tom has adopted numerous animals, including several dogs, 2 horses and a cat. He currently has 4 rescued dogs that reside with him. His focus is the rehabilitation and rehoming of domestic animals and wildlife conservation. When not participating in charity events for animal rescue, he enjoys jumping out of planes and playing guitar in a band.
Diana Stamler is a board member of the TriState Noah Project. She has been involved in rescue for over 30 years and founded Oxford Animal Rescue in 1989. Diana became a licensed nurse in 1969 and retired as an ER nurse of 21 years. Diana utilizes her many years of nursing skills to care for our special needs and critical cases. Over the years Diana has been a member and supporter of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals and was also a board member of Animal Adoption Foundation. Diana has dedicated her life and retirement money to the care, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals in need. Diana currently had 5 rescued dogs and approximately 60 cats she cares for in a cat building set up on a ½ acre of her property. Diana used to ride her bike up to 50 miles a day but with the current number of animals in her care she now settles for reading nonfiction and listening to music in her spare time. When she can get away she enjoys visiting historical sites and civil war battlefields.
Vicki Stamler is the TriState Noah Project wildlife expert as well as expert bottle feeder for orphaned kittens. Vicki has had a love of animals since she was a child and been involved in rescue from a young age. She has been a member of Second Chance Wildlife since 2013. Vicki has rescued nearly every type of animal there is and currently cares for 10 dogs, including our special needs Bulldogs-Gus and Ellie Mae, 15 cats, 2 horses, a potbellied pig, chickens, a turkey she saved from becoming someone’s dinner and a parrot. Vicki is easy to spot as she will always be wearing a shirt with an animal rescue message and have her 2 special needs bulldogs wearing diapers in tow.