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Elsa Kohlbus – Program Director

Elsa began working with Animal Balance as a volunteer in 2013 with Operation

Potcake in Nassau, Bahamas. As a lifelong animal lover and avid world traveler, she

jumped at the opportunity to combine her two passions while doing some good.

Elsa earned her Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of

Massachusetts - Amherst in 1999 and a Master's degree in photojournalism from

Boston University in 2005. She has gone on to hold staff reporter and

photographer positions for multiple newspapers. Her freelance work has been

published in newspapers and magazines nationally.

After a very sick puppy named Fairy unexpectedly entered her life in 2009, Elsa

found herself on a new career path as a veterinary technician, earning a certificate

from the Austin Community College Veterinary Assistant Program in 2012. She has

spent the last several years working in animal welfare and high volume

spay/neuter, as both a technician and clinic manager. Elsa currently lives just

outside of Austin, Texas with her husband and family of 3 dogs and 1 cat, including

Fairy, who is now a very healthy 9 years old.

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