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About the Seventh Heaven Rescue Team

Jana Reiss and Seven

Jana Dosztan-Reiss, President and Co-founder

Seventh Heaven Rescue President and Co-founder Jana Dosztan-Reiss has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years, focusing for the last 10 years on the geriatric population. Her love for dogs led her to become a volunteer for a large New York City rescue and subsequently become the co-chair of the rescue’s New York City ACC team.

Over the past five years she has helped countless dogs that were homeless and at risk of being euthanized to find happy loving homes. She has been the voice of many dogs in need, including her beloved dog Seven for whom this rescue is named.

Jana lives in upstate New York with her husband Steve. Together they have carried out their shared passion of fostering and adopting countless dogs over the past 10 years. Average 30 hours per week worked with the rescue. Duties include making decisions about which dogs to rescue, managing the business of the rescue, managing the contingent of volunteers and ensuring critical functions are covered.

Alix Coursen and Seven

Alix Coursen, Vice President and Co-founder

Seventh Heaven Rescue Vice-President and Co-founder, Alix Coursen has been working with animals as long as she can remember. She works actively in the animal health industry.

Following her dream to help animals in need, Alix has fostered and adopted several dogs from New York City rescues over the past three years. Alix also takes in many local animals in need including but not limited to horses, cats and even pigs.

Alix lives in upstate New York with her husband Matt on a very large horse farm. Average 30 hours per week worked with the rescue. Duties include managing the operation of the rescue and ensuring the quality of services provided to the animals.

Steve Reiss and Ben

Steve Reiss, Treasurer and Logistics Manager

After a 20 year career as an engineer, Steve Reiss left the manufacturing industry to pursue his interest in working with animals. He currently works at a local veterinary hospital.

Steve has fostered and helped countless dogs on their journeys while they waited for their forever homes. He gave them hope when there was none in sight.

Steve lives with his wife Jana in upstate New York where together they pursue their shared passion of helping animals in need. Their family currently includes seven adopted dogs of various shapes and sizes.

Steve serves as the Treasurer for Seventh Heaven Rescue. Average 20 hours per week worked with the rescue. Duties include managing the finances, managing compliance and managing logistics.