Born and raised in upstate NY, Francesca attended Harvard University in Cambridge, MA before moving to Las Vegas in 2017. She was originally pursuing a career in academia before she focused on maximizing community impact with roles at local nonprofit organizations.
She believes that the best way to make a positive difference is through transparency, collaboration, and effective community engagement.
Francesca has always been passionate about animal welfare and was thrilled to join the HCW team as Executive Director in 2020. She and her husband have three cats at home - one adopted from HCW back in 2017 - and the best dog in the world, Mona.
Dr. Henderson graduated from UNLV in 1972 before attending Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a practicing veterinarian since he graduated in 1981.
First practicing in Reno, he came to Las Vegas where he opened his own practice, Sunrise Veterinary Hospital, in 1983. He has been the owner and operator for almost 40 years.
Dr. Henderson was one of the first advocates of Trap-Neuter-Return programming in Las Vegas as a solution to the pet overpopulation and euthanasia crisis in our community. He has been the Medical Director at Heaven Can Wait since 2002, and in his tenure, has performed over 100,000 spay & neuter surgeries on both pets and community cats.
Dr. Terry Keo was born in Cambodia and moved to North Carolina as a early teen with his single mother, grandmother and four siblings.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina A&T State University in 1994. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 1998.
Shortly after graduation, he moved to Las Vegas and worked at various small animal hospitals through Las Vegas and Henderson. He joined HCW in May of 2011.
Dr. Keo's professional interests include small animal preventative care, internal medicine, and surgery.
Dr. Keo shares his home with Buick (15 year old cat), Ellie (8 year old Maltipoo), and Quinn (1.6 yr old shih-poo).
Dr. Wagner is a rare Las Vegas native. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002 with a BS in Animal Science and then moved to Colorado State University where she obtained my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. I moved back to Las Vegas after graduation and started volunteering with HCW's monthly feral cat clinics. She quickly fell in love with the people involved and saw the positive impact trap-neuter-return has on our community. Dr. Wagner started working at the clinic on days off from general practice and has been a devotee ever since.
A love for animals and their human companions inspired Dr. Wagner to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She firmly believes in promoting the human-animal bond, which focuses on supporting the relationship between humans and their animal companions. Working with HCW gives her the opportunity to further support this bond, but also just feeds into her "crazy cat lady" tendencies in getting to work with our feral cat population.
Annika was born in Henderson and raised in Las Vegas, but is of German heritage. She actually started out her career to be a human nurse, but diverted into animal medicine after a year. She graduated and got her first job as a Veterinary Technician. She joined Heaven Can Wait in 2009, and became the Lead Vet Tech in 2010. She was inspired to become a Veterinary nurse because she loves all Animals.
Melina was born and raised in San Diego but in 2020 made the move to Las Vegas with her fiance and wheeling wonder dog Cameron. Having developed a deep seeded love for animals and rescue from a very young age she continued to volunteer throughout her life. As an adult she focused on pit bull rescue and senior canine rescue while working full time as an administrative professional in marketing and the department of defense.
Melina is overjoyed to be combining her administrative career with her life long passion for animal wellness and rescue. She is excited to learn more about TNR and how we can better serve her new Las Vegas community and rescues.
Kelli was born and raised in Las Vegas and graduated from CSN's Veterinary Nursing Program in 2013. She immediately joined the team here at Heaven Can Wait because of her strong interest in Trap-Neuter-Return and serving community cats. She has three cats of her own: Muffin, Yoda, and Kitten.
Taylor is a graduate from the College of Southern Nevada’s Veterinary Nursing program. She chose this career path so that she can give back to animals, providing the best for them in all opportunities.
Elizabeth is a Las Vegas native who joined Heaven Can Wait in 2010. She's a cat and dog lover, and has one cat called Eric who she found as a park as a kitten. Fun fact: she's an identical twin! In her free time she enjoys karaoke and a game of pool.
A lifelong animal lover, Leslie started working as a volunteer at Heaven Can Wait. She loved it so much she went
back to school so she could become licensed as a vet tech. She's worked here for over 11 years. Leslie and her husband also adopt ex-racing greyhounds.
Amanda joined the HCW team in December 2014 as a volunteer before she was hired as a veterinary assistant in 2017. She joined the field because when she was younger, she wanted to open up her own shelter to help strays and give them a second chance at a forever home. Being able to work at HCWS to stop pet overpopulation and educate the community about spay & neuter has been a great learning experience for her. In her free time, Amanda loves spending time with her family, friends, and most of all her fur babies.
Ryan was born in Maryland and came to Las Vegas in 2004. He started volunteering with Heaven Can Wait because he loved animals, and started working here in 2017.
Ryan has two dogs - Steve & Bugg - and although he loves cats, he is sadly allergic. In his free time enjoys listening to music and finding different artists.
Kathy grew up in Seattle. She was inspired to make a career change in service of animals after spending an impressive 30 years with Nordstrom working in customer service & management. She has a sweet pup named Diego, a rescue dog from Mexico. She loves travel, and her favorite destinations are Hawaii and New Orleans.
Nathaly is originally from Peru, and lived in Los Angeles before moving to Las Vegas, where she's spent most of her life. She loves animals, and is affectionately called "the cat whisperer" by the rest of the staff. Nathaly started volunteering for a trap-neuter-return program when she noticed a feral cat colony in her backyard, which is how she got started with Heaven Can Wait. In addition to her kitties, she has a sweet dog named Goldy.
Jane emigrated from England in 1998 after meeting her American husband who was based in the UK with the US Air Force. She loves cats and dogs, and has pets of her own at home.
Jane started volunteering at HCW's Sunday Clinics several years ago. When a job opportunity came up, she jumped at the chance to join the team.