San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Leadership

Dr Gary Weitzman, DVM

Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO

Gary is top dog at this animal-loving organization. He is a seasoned animal welfare professional with more than 20 years of experience, and he is a licensed veterinarian, so he speaks dog and cat too!

ANIMALS: Betty is a lovable pit bull who lives for belly rubs, kisses and long naps filled with snoring. Jake is a three-legged German Shepherd who was once abused and now lives the high life by the beach.

IF HE COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER IT WOULD BE: "Ability to Fly"


Katherine Shenar
Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement

Howling our message and flexing her creativity are all in a day's work for Katherine. Whether it's sharing heartwarming animal stories or crafting memorable messages, she makes sure our friends in the community know who we are and what we do. And every dog in the office knows she keeps a cozy dog bed under her desk!

ANIMALS: Katherine and her husband share their home with four dogs, two cats, and an endless stream of foster kittens.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? "Jennifer Coolidge (c'mon that's funny!)"


Kelly Riseley
Chief Financial Officer


Kim Shannon, CAWA
Chief Operating Officer

As the master of orchestrating all moving parts within our organization, Kim Shannon is affectionately known as "the jack of all trades," "juggler extraordinaire," and simply "unbelievable." She is highly skilled at thinking outside the box and making our guests, both two-legged and four-legged, feel like they are part of our family.

ANIMALS: 2 dogs: Buddy (10 year old blonde shepherd) and Kaiser (4 month old black/tan shepherd); 1 cat: Kiko (18 year old black short hair).

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE? "Drew Barrymore"


Sally Costello
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Sally guides the San Diego Humane Society toward achieving its strategic goals. Keeping our mission on track while keeping a smile on her face is all in a day's work for Sally!

ANIMALS: Rumpus, a Great Dane/Ridgeback/Boxer mix who thinks he's a pony. Skye, a Westie/Schnauzer mix who thinks she is queen, and Sam and Lucy, two tabbies who really do own the house and the world.

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, YOU'D BE: "A meerkat because it is so fun to be part of a large family (and they are just too dang cute)!"


Shelly Stuart, CSPG, CFRE, CAWA
Chief Development Officer

Shelly is our head fundraising guru, in charge of raising our vital funds, overseeing the spectacular events we have, and making sure our donors and supporters know how much we love them.

ANIMALS: Tuna, an adorable white cat that is deaf and has three legs is the newest addition to her home. Shelly says she melted the moment she saw him. She also has Puff, a brown tabby, and Baby Mona, the master cat of the house.

IF SHE WAS AN ANIMAL: "I would probably be a cheetah because my day is so fast-paced!"


Stephen MacKinnon
Chief of Humane Law Enforcement

Cats, dogs, mice, hamsters, rabbits, goats, horses... Steve is a hero to all animals, big and small! He works tirelessly to ensure that all animals stay safe and are well cared for. If there was a "saint of animals" award, we're sure Chief would win, paws down!

ANIMALS: Sam, a Chocolate Lab; Cricket, a Catahoula; Kiera, the friendliest pit bull ever; and Dawson and Goose two lovable but unidentifiable mutts - all from shelters.

IF HE WAS AN ANIMAL: "Since I can already fly, I'd like the ability to make loose dog hair disappear."


Trish Wagner, SPHR
Vice President of People Development

Trish leads both Employee Engagement and Volunteer Engagement for the San Diego Humane Society. A tireless advocate of all things people, Trish keeps the energy high, ensures staff is rewarded for their hard work, and keeps our policies and benefits up to date. She can also be seen walking someone's dog at least once on any given day!

ANIMALS: Ms. Panda, a 6-year old Boston Terrier mix, and Duke, an 11-year young, Lab mix. At home he is nicknamed "Marley's Ghost," due to his mischievous behavior. Both are alums of the San Diego Humane Society.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER WHAT WOULD IT BE? "The power to heal others; animals and people."


Board of Trustees

Chair: Susan Davis

Chair - Finance Committee: Debra Patterson, CFP

Chair - Board Governance Committee: Dr. Judith Muñoz

Secretary: Colleen Blackmore Reilly

Trustees:

Sandy Arledge
Eve Benton
Allen Blackmore
James C. Brailean, Ph.D.
George Coles
Diane Glow, Ed.D.
Wayne Hanson
Marsha S. Hester
Jason Kulpa
William Lafleur
Lisa Miller, M.D.
Robin Muck
Matthew O'Connell
David Sear

Life Members:

John Parker
Vi and Dan McKinney

 
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