The people behind Mutual Rescue, inspired by their companion animals

 2021/08/Tectonic-filming@3x.jpg Tectonic Video crew filming Mutual Rescue's “Keema & Her Pack”
Tectonic Video crew filming Mutual Rescue's “Keema & Her Pack”
 2021/08/Carol-with-Bode@3x.jpg Photo by Jessica Ashley
Photo by Jessica Ashley

Carol Novello

Founder & Author

Carol Novello is the founder of Mutual Rescue and author of Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too (Grand Central Publishing). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Dickinson College and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Novello held several senior executive positions at Intuit before shifting her focus to animal welfare as the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley for nearly a decade. Her family includes three rescues: cats Herbie and Porchini and mixed-breed mutt Daisy.


David Whitman

Executive Producer

David Whitman is Mutual Rescue’s executive producer, based in the Southwest. As a youth, he spent several transformative years abroad—in Belgium with A.F.S. and in St. Lucia with the Peace Corps. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, he returned to the campus to manage Hertz Concert Hall for 14 years before pursuing arts-related interests in Brazil, Europe, and Florida. A decade later, Whitman returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to coordinate a monumental exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci in partnership with the Uffizi Gallery and other major Italian cultural institutions. He went on to design and direct eight annual multimedia galas for Silicon Valley’s global Tech Awards. The pure joy of sharing life with his companion basenjis, Djiki and Jack, led him to join forces with Carol Novello, in 2015, to create Mutual Rescue. 


Finnegan Dowling

Program & Social Media Manager

Finnegan Dowling is Mutual Rescue’s program and social media manager, and a regular contributor to the Mutual Rescue blog. She has been poking around animal welfare for more than 25 years and has worked in shelters in Washington, Colorado, California, and Nicaragua. Prior to Mutual Rescue, she was the social media manager for Humane Society Silicon Valley, where her work was honored with Shorty and Communicator Awards. Dowling’s writing has been published in The Bark, Bay Woof, and Huffington Post. She lives in coastal Texas with an opinionated dog and her husband. When not working, you can usually find her reading, writing, or running around Latin America.


Kurt Krukenberg


Kurt Krukenberg leads the Mutual Rescue initiative in his role as the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley, where he is also a longtime Doggy Day Out volunteer. Previously, he spent 20 years helping companies and nonprofit organizations create sustainable growth in a variety of operating and advisory roles. Kurt received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University and MBA from Harvard Business School. He is eternally grateful to have been rescued by his wife, Charu, and their dogs.


Blythe Jack

Strategic Adviser

Blythe Jack—a lifelong animal lover and a proud pet parent to her dog, Roxie, and guinea pig, Melvin—is Mutual Rescue’s strategic adviser. As a board member at Humane Society Silicon Valley, she fell in love with Mutual Rescue and its mission at first meeting in 2017. Her support is reflected in every facet of the initiative, including Mutual Rescue’s two most recent films, “Kimo & Jazz” and “Keema & Her Pack.” Jack is a managing director at TSG Consumer Partners, where she leads investments in consumer-branded companies such as BrewDog, Backcountry, and Dutch Bros. Once she retires and travels less, she hopes to build her pack with lots of rescues.  



Mutual Rescue’s Film Subjects

Love and respect to the people who’ve shared their inspirational stories in Mutual Rescue’s films: Kimo Pokini, Shakeema Hutcherson, Bhuvana Hariharasubramanian, Abhishek Raut, Jade and Jessica Allen, Kim and Brian Rose, Sarah Coletti, Patrick Donovan, Michael Uy, Jessi Burns, Josh Marino, Tracy Campion, Robin and Mark Myers, and Eric O’Grey, and to their companion animal co-stars: Jazz, Kubo, Keema’s pack, Lollipop, Trubs, Lana, Domino, Grace, Abbie, Andi, Scout, Jack, Liza, Jake, and Peety.

Tectonic Video

Tectonic Video is a Chicago-based video strategy and production company that works exclusively with nonprofits. “We’ve partnered with Mutual Rescue from the beginning,” says Tectonic’s founder and CEO, Doug Scott. “We’re humbled to have created more than a dozen award-winning Mutual Rescue films together. We’ve seen how shelter animals and their people do indeed rescue one another, and we’re inspired by the tireless efforts of animal-shelter employees and volunteers to save lives.”

Advocate Creative

Advocate Creative is a branding and design agency for nonprofits and foundations. Since their inception in 2012, Advocate Creative has made it their mission to advance their clients’ missions. They help create brands, build websites, design print pieces, and launch campaigns for today’s most impactful organizations. Advocate Creative’s work is reflected in Mutual Rescue’s website design and the signature illustrations—by art director Jessie McGrath—in Mutual Rescue’s films and Coloring Pages For All Ages.

Alex Williamson

Alex Williamson is a composer, producer, and arranger for film, television, and games. As a frequent collaborator with Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin, Williamson has composed and arranged for a variety of films and games, including the blockbuster Civilization VI, PGA Tour 2K21, and the mobile hit Rise of Kingdoms. His advertising work has been featured in campaigns for such clients as Coca-Cola, Ford, Bud Light, and LG. Most recently, he provided the score for the political documentary “Price Wars.” His work with Mutual Rescue includes the films “Kimo & Jazz,” “Keema & Her Pack,” “Bhuvana & Abhishek & Lollipop,” and, with Christopher Tin, the memorial montages “Still Yours” and “Silent Paws.”


Fenwick provides legal advice and assistance to Mutual Rescue, principally for intellectual property protection. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, the law firm’s clients are leaders in the technology and life sciences sectors who are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.