CARE STL Founder & Chief Lifesaving Officer
Weng Horak is our founder and CEO, and she’s an animal lover at heart! Weng was born in the Philippines and moved to St. Louis in 2008. She is recognized as a forward-thinking, results-oriented & hands-on leader with over 20 years of progressive work experience in finance, accounting, HR, and operational processes. Skilled at executing processes and achieving outcomes by fostering collaboration with other executives & department heads and initiating and maintaining strong business relationships. Weng’s broad cross-sector experience includes non-profit, construction, aviation, transportation, hospitality, restaurants, and shared services centers. Her person-centric leadership and high-level expertise in P&L responsibilities, cash management, financial management & reporting, internal controls, process improvements, human resources and administration, and project management make Weng proficient in creating & implementing business plans and strategic initiatives. Highly recommended by peers and superiors as a leader with an entrepreneur mindset, Weng is proactive, detailed-oriented, and exemplifies achieving success in the most challenging situations. She’s a member of several financial executive groups and nonprofit networks. Weng loves traveling and happily enjoys life outside of work with her husband, four lovely daughters, and seven furry babies.
Valerie is our VP of Operations. She’s an avid animal lover with a background in psychology. She's always had a passion for helping people and animals, and she can do both through her work at CARE. Valerie ensures the shelter and shelter programs are running smoothly, all while building community outreach programs and partnerships. She spearheaded our animal-assisted therapy programs! She also helps with financial and business development by writing grants and assisting the CEO in maintaining a strong relationship with CARE's donor base. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and their three dogs.
Valerie Strobo, Vice President of Operations
Kerrie first received her BA in Mass Communication from SIUE, then continued schooling at Hickey College to earn her Veterinary Technician degree. She began working at CARE in May 2019. She enjoys the free time that she finds with her husband, daughter, and two fur babies: Banjo and Gemma, who, according to Kerrie, are both great siblings to their little sister! She always knew she would work in animal rescue, and says, “It’s heartbreaking, but always rewarding to have a hand in finding once unwanted and forgotten dogs their forever homes. My patients are pretty much always grateful for the care I provide. I've learned that animals are far more forgiving than human beings."