Our Leaders

The Team That Keeps The Love Pit Running

Leadership Team

The strength of The Love Pit Rescue is our team. Without these wonderful people dedicating their time, experience, and talents we wouldn’t be able to save as many dogs.

Aften Bell

Founder & President

As Founder & President, Aften leads the strategic direction of the rescue. Her vision, kindness, and ability to mobilize people for a great cause enabled The Love Pit to become what it is today.


Krista McAnally

Vice President & Director of Development

Krista came to The Love Pit after leaving her local Humane Society as executive director for 7 years. As Vice President, she is responsible for our rescue development, fundraising, and volunteer recruiting.


Cassandra Padilla

Rescue Director

Fueled by losing her childhood pit bull to BSL, Cassandra is an advocate for bully breeds and a proponent of early dog training. As our rescue director, Cassandra is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the bully buddy, adoptions, guest dog, and training programs.