Steve Rundquist ~  

Vice President of the Board

MBA – Electronics Engineer – Disaster Response/Communications
As a graduate from the University of Phoenix with an MBA degree, specializing in Technology Management in 2003, I bring many tools to our non-profit including:  Human Relations and Organizational Behavior, Legal Environment of Business, Operations Management,Project Management in the Technical Environment, Economics for Managerial Decision Making and Applications of Technology Management.

Currently a full-time Engineer / Lab Manager at
Microchip Technology Inc.
Past positions have included New Product Team leadership with team members in India, Thailand, China, and other parts of the world.

Prior includes work as a Disaster Action Team leader for the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross, and later the Red Cross Disaster Communications Chairman (now the Grand Canyon Chapter). Ham Radio call sign KC7OTC. Activities included coordinating public events, planning, training, volunteer management and disaster response across five counties.

 As the Vice President of Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry's Board, Steve maintains an influence, that provides the organization’s commitment to serving all members of the public ,across diverse cultures and circumstance. Growth requires the support of volunteers and donors who need assurances and proof that their contributions are being used with both wisdom and prudence. Another of
his contributions to the agency is the the efficient management of resources, ensuring  effective business decisions and directions.

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Lynn Ehmann

Chief Operations Officer/

Director, Animal in Disaster Thrift Store

Michelle Waller, R.N. ~

America R U Prepared Director

Andrea Sadry & ​Debbie Schweikardt

Avian Alliance Directors

 CJ Anderson ~ President/CEO:   now retired, past CEO of Safety, Health & Environmental Paradigms.

  • 40 year’s experience in emergency planning, mitigation, training, response, recovery knowledge and skills to assist individual, community, government and corporate health, safety and environmental hazard reduction needs.
  • Region 9 Federal OSHA Trainer for Dominquez Hills College and Las Posidas College California

  • Taught OSHA Workplace Safety and Environmental Health programs as an Adjunct Faculty for the Maricopa Community College District (15 years), member of national disaster response teams, and independent contractor for program development, documentation, safety gap analysis, project management,  training support to meet federal and state regulatory compliance needs.

Certified-authorized instructor/instructor trainers for both the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council to the  First-Responder level. in Health , Safety, Disaster, and Workplace Driving.
Extensive training in FEMA, OSHA and EPA compliance.

Examples of additional project management experience:
*Technical Advisor – Film Production Occupational Safety Programs
*Advanced Safety Certificate Program National Trainer ~ National Safety Council, 15years
*Regulatory Compliance/Expert Witness ~ Renaud, Cook, Drury, Mesaros Law Offices
*OSHA/EPA regulatory compliance integration ~ City of Phoenix 10 years
*Program Manager – Occupational Safety & Health, Gateway Community College ,15 years
*Educational Program Developer, Online, Hybrid, Traditional Program Formats –
Gateway Community College, National Safety Council, American Red Cross
Past President Arizona Central Region Citizen Corp Council

Current Community Service
Leadership Board, Arizona Non Profit Alliance
President/CEO Animals in Disaster, Empty Board Pet Food Pantry, Inc

Arizona State Citizens Corp Council - Appointed by Governor Ducey


Earl Antell ~

Bulk Pet Food Director

Marilyn Wallace -

Board Secretary

Marilyn brings her experience in organizing complex office environments to help us as we move to the next stage in our growth. As a license manager for a assistance living center, she understands the challenges of having to adhere to the laws required to ensure good practice, transparency, and safe practices for workers and clients alike. She also understands the needs of people facing reliance on others, many for the first time, and what a difficult adjustment that is. 

More than the simple keeping of records, it is Marilyn’s job to keep the true intent of our agencies mission focused on the gifts of the service we deliver: that through pets, we give aid to their owners to get back to stability when crisis has shaken their very foundation.  As our historian, she reminds us to service the heart and help heal the soul by keeping their beloved pet by their side so that we never become just another pet food pantry.

To help facilitate this, Marilyn has also chosen to take on the Director’s role for the Veterans we serve.

Dave Waller ~

America R U Prepared Director

Julie Carlson ~

Veterans Program Director

Joe Rio ~

Animal Disaster Service Director

Karen Duran ~  

Animal Disaster Service Director 

                                                                    Pam Checkley  -  Office Director

Office Director overseeing customer service, billing, communications and staff activities, in CEO's absence.

Pam thinks nothing of backing up the CEO when asked to do so, to the lists of many tasks that she does                                                                        to help Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry run as effectively as she does for Trademark Landscaping.

Pam  also oversees activities for our younger volunteers under 16. Whether the group is parents with their children or  various youth groups,  her skills in bridging across the generations to feel the gift of their volunteer effort impacts generation that experiences  how their efforts can make  a difference in someone else's life, (two legged and four legged!)!

In addition to her efficiency with details and communications involved in running our agency, Pam has a knack for holding a special role in our services.  She reminds us about the individual stories and relationships that we strive to enhance, building community by bringing hearts together, seeing past disabilities to the potential that every soul brings~ whether they are client or volunteer.

Terry Stephens -

Board Treasurer

 CPA specializing in income tax consulting. accounting and tax industry for over 10 years. 

Terry manages overseeing our book- keeping to make sure we have whatever accounting information is at hand to make an accurate IRS  long form 990,  and to ensure we have the financial transparency for our donors, to let them see their funds are well spent!

Registered with the IRS.

Owner of Huskey Accounting Company in Mesa AZ, and has a Masters from Arizona State University.

Over the years, his family has helped with various animal rescue organizations primarily as foster parents to 4 legged children in need.  In the animal rescue realm, his passion is for the sled dog and bully breeds that are often misunderstood and unwanted.

As an amateur radio operator Terry has also worked with various disaster preparedness groups.

CJ  Anderson


ChiefExecutive Officer,

Founder of Organization

Ed Checkley  -

Vice President of Operations

Ed's title at Empty Bowl is Vice President of Operations. As part of that, he is the Veterans Programs Director, bringing  many different life skills to fulfill  his duties.
He has an Associates of Science degree in Police Science. He spent over  5 years  in the U.S. Navy including two tours in Vietnam during that conflict. He understands what the Veterans have been through and how critically important their pets /service dogs are to them now!

We are very concerned with the quality of pet food in our warehouse. We are fortunate to have someone of Ed's background, who has extensive experience with the Food and Drug Administration regulations as well as other environmental requirements  to  oversee this section. As past Commissioner State of Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission he can make sure that any chemicals used around our pet food is safe to pets, volunteers and recipients of our services. He also ensures that our pet food donations are rotated so that the oldest donation is the next given out.

From a Business Owner to helping a city be safer, his work in multiple worlds helps to make bridges and make his vision come true. His  work at Empty Bowl Pets, helps  to validate his  abilities and makes him more effective as a leader and volunteer, helping those who are in more need of help with themselves and their pets.  Ed has found through working for us, that he has  been tapping a lot of his diverse skills as he jumps back and forth from blue collar work to executive work as an officer of the board.