For nearly two decades Rebecca worked in banking and finance. She was the Vice President of Operations for an independent $44 million bank during some of the nation’s most trying financial times, with responsibilities including internal audits, embezzlement investigations, emergency response and stockholder relations. She was an instrumental part of a bank holding company that was on the FDIC short list when banks began failing on a weekly basis, worked in the secondary mortgage market and learned skip-tracing, and even studied at the American Institute of Banking. Eventually Rebecca opened her own small business consulting firm with customers ranging from lawyers to real estate agents, developers, doctors, and even building managers – many of whom are well-known in business and politics today.

Along the way, Rebecca began volunteering in animal rescue, and it wasn’t long before she decided it was time to use her skills and her contacts to make a difference in the lives of animals. Rebecca worked with Animal Rescue New Orleans and Alley Cat Allies rescuing cats after Hurricane Katrina. She was appointed to the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission in 2007 and served nearly 8 years. During that time, Rebecca chaired the Dallas Companion Animal Project, that city’s No Kill Task Force and later co-founded the non-profit of the same name. Rebecca began managing the Dallas Animal Services social media program beginning in 2012, and was instrumental in helping coordinate the City’s response when Bentley, Nina Pham’s beloved dog was exposed to Ebola. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Texas Unites, writes occasionally for local and national animal welfare industry publications, and presents on social media and crisis control at industry conferences and events.


Want more information?  Contact Rebecca directly at rpoling1@swbell.net.