UPF Board Members

Dr. Zeke Zekoff, DVM / Founder and President


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Dr. Zekoff founded UPF in 2010 to help fill the need that he saw while running his veterinary practice. Throughout his 35 years of practice, he has worked with a great number of both smaller and larger animal rescues and shelters. Many of those he worked with shared a tireless energy to help animals in need, but they lacked the structure and resources to make their organization flourish.

Having seen this need not being met by larger regional and national organizations, he decided to form UPF to meet these needs. Structured along the lines of other non-profits that use corporate product philanthropy to help those in need, UPF stepped into the gap to meet the needs in the ‘animals in need community’.  Dr. Zekoff works tirelessly to promote UPF. He is the primary contact person for every donor organization, and for our shelter and rescue members.

Andrea Costa Laden, Esq., Board of Directors


Andrea met Dr. Zekoff as part of her MBA capstone course and joined the UPF Board of Directors in 2012.  She works as an attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC focusing her practice on estate planning for high net worth individuals, business succession planning for closely held businesses, and complex estate and trust litigation.  Andrea lives in West Chester, Ohio with her husband and rescue dog, Riker.

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Jami Vallandingham, CPA;
Partner VonLehmans & Co., Inc


Jami has known Dr. Zekoff in a professional capacity as his accountant for Towne Square Animal Clinic for over 20 years, she has seen the passion he has had to return back to the community for those who serve animals in need, and with that decided to join the Board in 2015. Jami Vallandingham joined VonLehman after merging her prior firm, West, Vallandingham & Company in 2002. Jami’s creativity, centered on the individual client, has produced positive results measured by the impact of her proactive advice and in tax savings to her clients. She focuses on making tax law understandable and always is looking for ways to get her clients the best possible return.

Robin Neace, JD


Robin Neace is a native of Kentucky, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. For her JD degree, she attended the University of Indiana Maurer School of Law. Robin currently lives in Denver, Colorado, practicing law at Senter Goldfarb & Rice. She has served on the Board of United Pet Fund since 2016. Her rescue doodle, Milo, is always happy to greet her at the end of each day.

Julie Budden, CFRE


Julie is Divisional Director of Development for the Southwest Ohio/Northeast Kentucky Division of The Salvation Army. She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 2012 and has been connecting donors with their dreams since 1996. "When I first learned United Pet Fund's mission, I felt called to become involved. So many animals are in the lesserknown rescues and shelters waiting desperately to find loving homes all over the TriState.  United Pet Fund is unique because it is a true non profit, volunteer driven and community-focused movement dedicated to help those who don't have a loud enough voice receive help and recognition in their never ending work to care for animals in need. Dr. Z's vision of United Pet Fund spoke to my heart as a pet owner and as a lover of animals--its presence is necessary and important--especially to the animals who ultimately benefit from its purpose.”