Ranise Coppens - President, ALIVE Rescue Memphis

Ranise Coppens - President, ALIVE Rescue Memphis

Before moving to Memphis, Ranise was involved in rescue in Chicago for a little over 5 years. She started out doing events and raising money, then moved on to volunteering with handling and dog walking, and eventually became a board member for another rescue for more than 2 years. She then became a foster coordinator for ALIVE.  Ranise took what she learned in Chicago and has started our very first “branch” to help reduce the extensive overpopulation problem in Memphis. Ranise shares her home with Zelda, the very first dog rescued by ALIVE Rescue Memphis, and has two other foster failures from the program in Memphis, Patty and Sprout. Ranise’s previous dog, Anita Riot, was her inspiration for getting into rescue.  

Contact Ranise: ranise.aliverescue@gmail.com


Kristen Gerali - President, ALIVE Rescue

Kristen Gerali - President, ALIVE Rescue

As a child, Kristen spent time on her uncle’s farm in Wisconsin, where she developed a lifelong love for animals.  When Hurricane Katrina hit, she went to New Orleans to help the rescue effort. The week she spent there changed her life and led to more rescue volunteer work in Chicago and ultimately the founding of ALIVE Rescue. Kristen founded ALIVE Rescue in 2008 and remains the life and breath of ALIVE today. Kristen currently shares her home with four animals, all rescued from Chicago and in need of an understanding home.

Contact Kristen: kristen.aliverescue@gmail.com


Bella - Board Member, ALIVE Rescue Memphis

Bella - Board Member, ALIVE Rescue Memphis

From the time she was old enough to DEMAND a puppy, Bella has been a dog trainer and over-the-top intense pup lover. She is a lifelong student of behavior and psychology--which is clear in her choice of sharing her home with "stubborn breed" dogs (three Siberian Huskies and a German Shepherd).

Contact Bella: bella.aliverescuememphis@gmail.com


Cynthia-Board Member, Alive Rescue Memphis

Cynthia-Board Member, Alive Rescue Memphis

Cynthia didn’t mean to fall in to rescue this hard. Like many things in life, it just happened. She found herself searching for something to fill time and went to an Alive fundraiser with a friend who was fostering. What she thought was just a night out ended up giving her a drive and purpose that was missing in her life. She watched a video of Ranise sharing her mission to make Memphis a better place for dogs-one at a time. Ranise was out there making a difference and that was exciting.

Cynthia lives with her two rescue mutts, Zoe and Millie.

Contact Cynthia: cynthia.aliverescuememphis@gmail.com