Founder & Director: Love from Luke was established in 2018, by Melissa Anne Sweeney (Lissa) . She has 25 years experience working with rescued animals. Her mission is to have the rescued dogs help to emotionally heal as many people as possible. There is a special comfort that only animals can offer us and that is why they are blessing. Melissa is the author of the Love from Luke book series. In her spare time, which is very little, she continues to write books about the dogs she has worked with and the lessons they have taught her. She is originally from Milford, MA and has resides in Tampa, FL.
Director of Volunteers & SEO: Sharon Paini has been with us for the past three years. Since 2001 she has worked with various dog rescue organizations as a foster mother, home checker, and fund raiser. She is a moderator on the Love From Luke FB page and is active with our Bright Futures Scholarship high school volunteer program. She lives with her husband, son and two rescued fur children. Both Luna, a German Shepherd mix and Caesar, an Australian Cattle dog mix have their AKC Canine Good Citizen titles and continue to train in obedience and therapy. Caesar has also expressed an interest in entering the competitive world of agility.
Grant/Fundraising & Media Writer: Hello, my name is Kaitlin Wilson. I'm pursuing a Master's in Nonprofit Management degree and Fundraising Certificate from the University of Central Florida. I love animals, and have experience volunteering for numerous nonprofits that specialize in protecting them. I have an elderly disabled dog named Jake. Jake is completely blind, so like Melissa and Sharon, I have a special place in my heart for special dogs. In my free time I like riding horses and traveling. I am excited to be interning with Love from Luke!