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Meet the Team

Founder Lynn Nixon

Lynn Nixon

Chairman, CEO, and Founder

Lynn is a brand and marketing executive in the financial industry. She has lived with dogs and cats most of her life and got hooked on tiny breed dogs when she adopted her Peekapoos Ernie and Ozzy. She started fostering and volunteering for numerous rescues and through that process, took in a senior Pekingese named Ginger who was on her last leg. Little Ginger stole Lynn’s heart and ignited her passion for saving tiny seniors. Her home quickly turned into a sanctuary for senior and hospice Pekes and thus, The Gingerbread House was born. She chairs our board of directors and oversees all facets of the rescue. Lynn lives with her pups in northwest New Jersey and continues to foster and take in sanctuary pups.

Vice President Glen and Dog Stella


Vice President

Glen is a life-long dog owner of mostly black Lab mixes. He recently retired from his career in the entertainment industry and while he swore he was not going to get another pup, he foster-failed! Glen is our board VP and is enjoying retirement with his chocolate boxer-pittie pup Stella in south New Jersey.

Secretary Jean Wiskowski and Dog Marconi



Jean is a marketing executive in the financial industry and our board Secretary. Her passion is animal rescue and therapy dog work. She has raised two service dogs and two therapy dogs and has fostered countless puppies and kittens over the years for several rescues. She lives with her husband and a menagerie of cats and dogs in central New Jersey.

Treasurer Maureen Hansen



Maureen is a marketing director in the financial industry and sadly travels too much to have a dog of her own. Instead, she puppy sits for her family and friends and hopes to have her own Shih Tzu someday in the future! She lives in northeast New Jersey and is our board Treasurer.


“We had been looking for a while for a pup to adopt and even sent in a few applications. When we were contacted by Gingerbread House, it was quickly evident that they take rescue seriously and really want the best home for each dog. The interview process was thorough and fairly extensive … all to ensure the right match was being made. Lynn was readily available and spoke with us for quite some time, answering all questions we had, again insuring a good fit. She made the process painless, from application, to the meet and greet and then finally house visit and adoption. We would definitely recommend this rescue to anyone looking for a pup that needs a new home.”

–Nicky F.