Meet the Board


Sarah Lauch, Founder

Sarah grew up in Pennsylvania with tons of pets, including pot-bellied pigs. When she moved to Chicago, she volunteered at an open-admission shelter in Chicago and decided she wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals that were dealt a pretty bad card. As a transfer team member, she assisted rescues in evaluating dogs for their programs. Dogs that she interacted with were often euthanized. Sarah grew a thick skin. When she met Roo at the same shelter, she had no idea the crazy turn her life would take in the next 6 months. Live Like Roo is the epitome of everything that she believes in and she is happy to carry on his legacy through this Foundation.

Her full-time job is in sports television as an Executive Producer and she is married to a very patient man we call Schipp. They have 2 dogs right now.



Laura Krill, Board Member

(she assists with our medical applications and has vast knowledge about cancer in dogs)

Laura can’t remember a time when animals weren’t a part of her life and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her little family currently consists of 2 cats, Fozzie and Frieda, and 1 dog, Henri, who is the self-proclaimed Mayor of Lincoln Park, and foster brother extraordinaire!
It doesn’t stop at three, however, as Laura serves as a foster family for Alive Rescue, and will often have an extra one or two hanging out, until they find their forever family. Laura also serves as a Barn Leader at Alive Rescue’s adoption center, the Little Barn, and is an Adoption Coordinator.
When Laura isn’t with her furry family or volunteering with Alive Rescue, she is working at Integrative Pet Care, as a certified canine rehabilitation assistant. She thinks of her patients as family and loves to see the progress they make after surgeries and injuries.
Last year, Laura lost two of her beloved dogs, Elmer and Herman, to cancer, within 3 months of each other. When asked to be on the board for Live Like Roo Foundation, she knew that there would be no better way to honor their lives, than to be able to support families both emotionally and financially, who were experiencing the effects of canine cancer, as she had last year.
In whatever free time Laura has, which isn’t a lot, she enjoys Cubs games, hanging out with friends at a dog friendly patio, sipping on a good beer, and seeking out the best hiking spots, to hang with the pups!

*photo credits to David Sutton, at Sutton Studios.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”
-Karen Davison

Nicole Cadwell, City Event Director

Nicole, a Chicago native who works in Remote Operations for the BIG Ten Network, grew up with rescue dogs and cats. After graduating from college in 2005, Nicole and her now husband Caddy adopted Mia, an 8-month-old Rottweiler Sheppard Mix from the Anti Cruelty Society. After adopting Mia, Nicole felt like she was always trying to find the courage to volunteer at a shelter, but consistently resorted to volunteering at fundraising and awareness events out of fear of what she would see in the shelters. Then in 2009, their family grew with the adoption of a 7-week-old shepherd mix, Ole.

While trying to attend as many fundraisers for local rescue groups as possible, Nicole came across the social media craze that was baby Jane and from there found the Live Like Roo Foundation. Meeting Sarah and the wonderful people on the LLR team helped her grow the strength she needed to step into the rescue world. Nicole is now a Barn Leader Assistant at Alive Rescue’s Little Barn and tries to attend every LLR Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program shift that she can.

“Sarah and the LLR Foundation work so hard to help so many people and their pets in desperate times of need. Being a part of this team is a true honor to me.”

photo: Melissa Kettner

Jen Nellessen, Suburban Event Director

Jen has had a love of big dogs her entire life. At the age of 3 she was found running bath water  and sitting in the tub with her  Doberman.  At the age of 6 her parents asked her if she wanted a little sister/brother or a dog and Jen chose the dog and never looked back.
After losing her first dog as an adult, Jen knew she wasn’t ready for a new dog in her life yet, but was missing having a dog in her life. She began to volunteer for the Animal Care Society in Louisville, KY. After moving back home to the far northern suburbs of Chicago and having travel heavy job, she had a hard time finding a way to volunteer.  Jen was a facebook follower who saw one of Sarah’s posts about making the fleece blankets in October 2015. Jen was excited to be able to help out such a great story. Jen started out as a blanket maker behind the scenes but has become so much more.
Jen has tried to live her life by the John Wesley quote –
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
Jen’s full time job is as a Retirement Counselor. In her free time……what’s that? Jen loves live music, traveling to tropical locales, cooking, and crafts.  Jen shares her life with another very patient man, Trevor and their black lab Lola.






Kelly Spicer, Board Member

Kelly has always been extremely passionate about dogs & they have always played a vital role in her families life.  She started volunteering & fostering regularly while living in Los Angeles pursuing her dance career.  She knew she couldn’t adopt at that time, due to her inconsistent dance schedule & consistent traveling, but wanted to help as much as she could & discovered how rewarding fostering dogs in need truly was.  After she moved back home to Chicago in 2012 she started volunteering in Chicago with Sarah.  She adopted Oliver (a stray) & started fostering Lulu through Bow Wow Revolution (dumped at CACC)…who quickly became their second baby shortly after!  Kelly & her husband, Charlie reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Live Like Roo Foundation & is thankful for all of the love & support that the LLRF receives from people all over the word.  There is no greater joy than helping others…”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”


Jess Kosaric, Graphic Designer

Jess does all of our graphics for events and our page and she has done some personal work for Sarah as well! Including her podcast graphic for Raise the Woof. THANK YOU JESS FOR ALL YOU DO!


ava and jane

Ava and Jane

matt katelyn

Matt and Katelyn