Senior Director, National Programs
Brent Toellner is the senior director of national programs for Best Friends Animal Society. In this role, Brent oversees all of Best Friends regional teams as well as network partner programming and business intelligence. Brent joined Best Friends in 2016 as the regional director of the South Central and Great Plains regions and was responsible for connecting, consulting and collaborating with animal shelters, advocates, spayneuter groups and rescue groups across the 11 states in the two regions. Prior to joining Best Friends, Brent, his wife Michelle and a few others cofounded the Kansas City Pet Project KCPP. In July 2011, they formed KCPP to bid on the contract to run the pound in Kansas City, Missouri a place where, for decades, more animals died than were saved. Since KCPP took over in January 2012, adoptions have increased by more than 200 percent. KCPP has had a live release rate of more than 90 percent for five consecutive years while remaining an openadmission shelter, making KCPP one of the largest openadmission nokill shelters in the nation. In 2017, KCPP finished the year with a 96 percent live release rate. Brent has a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a masters in marketing communication from the University of Kansas. Brent lives in Kansas City with his wife and they share their home with both dogs and cats.