Meet Our Team

Aleksandra Schiffer
President and Founder

Aleksandra’s life purpose is building a world where animals and humans live peacefully and respectfully.

Her life began in former Yugoslavia during a decade long civil war. As a refugee, she relocated through the Balkans where she regretfully witnessed many atrocities against humans and animals.  Fortunately, her loving mother kept her safe and fed while living in various war zones.

She had the opportunity to grow up living in several countries. Having been exposed to many diverse cultures and languages from a young age, she has learned about animal welfare issues from a global perspective.

Aleksandra’s affection for animals was immediately apparent from birth.  Her earliest memories are rescuing injured wild animals and releasing them back into the wild.  To date, she has rescued over 700 dogs from 10 countries, funded the protection and relocation of many species on the verge of extinction and organized international protests against animal exploitation.

For over a decade, she has worked and volunteered with various international animal welfare organizations. This experience convinced her to become a dedicated animal activist and eventually form her own organization, I Stand With My Pack.

Aleksandra also has worked as a theatrical actress, model and a manager. She studied law and speaks several languages.

Aleksandra lives with African Mastiff Hank and Cane Corso Scout. Aleksandra recently became a mother to a human child Margot, who is now the youngest Pack member.

Jasminka Herceg
Managing Director and International Outreach

When she rescued a pit bull from a dog fighting ranch 14 years ago, Jasminka instantly knew her life was about to change. As a way of thanking her, this puppy named Lina, her new best furry friend, helped her grow emotionally into a strong and kind person full of love and understanding. Since then she has completed several educational programs related to dog training, dog behaviour and therapy.

Although she has worked as an aesthetician and educational expert in the beauty and wellness industry for 20 years, it was very clear that someday she will become an animal rights activist and the voice of all voiceless creatures, especially those on the verge of extinction.

In the last two years Jasminka became an active Rotary International member, trying to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Originally from Croatia, she is also active in the Balkan region, taking care of abused animals, pressuring the system to comply with the law and, of course, educating people.In 2019 she became a proud I Stand With My Pack international outreach and is doing her best to spread the love and caring for animals around the globe.

Jasminka’s dream to help animals and protect them from human cruelty became even clearer and stronger when she visited Sumatra in 2018. Her special bond with magnificent elephants and intact nature showed her amazing wildlife worth fighting for. Her main mission is making human and animal coexistence easier, leaving this world a little better than she found it.

Jessica Kowalski
Director of Rescue

Jessica strives to live her life in a way that gives something back to the world; having empathy and being kind to others is exceedingly important to her.

For the first 15 years of her adult life, Jessica taught English and Theatre at inner-city high schools in Canada. She also worked as a teaching artist for a non-profit theatre company serving at-risk and incarcerated youth. When Jessica moved to Los Angeles from Vancouver, and agreed to give up her teaching career in order to relocate, she made sure her family knew that her goal was to start helping Pitbull type dogs. Since then, she has volunteered and fostered for various shelters and rescues, and opened her home to three adorable rescue Pitbulls named Murphy, Holly, and Truffles. Jessica, and her husband and son, have dedicated their lives to being ambassadors for these misunderstood dogs.

Even as a young girl, Jessica was aware of, and troubled by, the mistreatment of animals. In grade school, her creative writing assignments all ended up being dramatic tales of dogs and cats who overcame great tragedy and lived happily ever after in their new homes! As an adult, Jessica gets to make those stories come true as a Director of Rescue for ISWMP.

Kelli Jacobson
Adoption and Foster Coordinator

Kelli has lived most of her adult life following a quote from Temple Grandin: "Nature is cruel, but we don't have to be."

Born in sunny Arizona, Kelli found herself, at the age of 11, bottle feeding orphaned kittens, saving loose dogs in her neighborhood, and making sure all fledglings she found were safely returned to their nests. It's no wonder advocating for animals has become her life's work. In 2009, Kelli made the decision to cut ties with all forms of animal exploitation and became vegan the very next day.

Kelli found herself thrust into the world of dog rescue in 2012 by a scared yellow lab named Pizza she found cowering in a ditch on the side of the road; upon a visit to the vet, was found to be pregnant with 10 puppies! Since then Kelli has been a strong and proud voice for forgotten and mistreated dogs, working with rescues and shelters both locally and worldwide.  

Her dog Pizza was later joined by Dawson, a tripawd distemper survivor rescued from the dog meat trade, and Victor, a handicapped dog abandoned on the streets of Tijuana. They have shared their home with a slew of fosters, usually ones with medical or behavioral issues that need a little polishing before going to their forever family.  

Kelli has followed ISWMP's work with admiration, and was honored to join a team that not only strives for excellence each and everyday, but shares her highest values: Always putting the dogs needs first and setting them, and their new families, up for a successful and happy life together.

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ISWMP is registered as a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization. Contributions to ISWMP are tax-deductible to extent permitted by law. The ISWMP's tax identification number is 81-4291281