Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer
Meet our fearless leader for all things fundraising! Brian oversees a team of incredibly talented individuals who are tasked with raising the vital donations that enable San Diego Humane Society to fulfill its mission. With more than twenty years of experience in philanthropy and an unwavering passion for animal welfare, Brian’s guidance plays a critical role in our ability to “Inspire Compassion” in our community, every day.
If he were an animal, what would he be?
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Balancing the books, having fun forecasting and making certain our finances are flawless all comes second nature to Michael. As a seasoned financial and accounting executive, he spends most days digging through reports, crunching numbers (not kibble) and curiously exploring with his calculator in hand, of course.
If he was an animal, what would he be?:
Interim Chief Operating Officer
Beau is a mastermind at guaranteeing the quality of animal care is never compromised and that operational processes are streamlined, effective and consistent. He ensures the animals – and people – are taken care of at San Diego Humane Society, and always with a smile on his face!
Animals: Gigi the greyhound and cats Lawanda, Chester and Izzy.
If he could have one superpower, what would it be?
Interim Chief of Humane Law Enforcement
Cats, dogs, mice, hamsters, rabbits, goats, horses...Bill is a hero to all animals big and small! He works tirelessly to ensure that all animals have the protection they deserve. If there was a 'saint of animals' award, we're sure he would win, paws down!
Animals: Bill and his family currently have one dog, Finbarr (Best guess, a Lab/Shepherd mix) who was adopted from a rescue shelter in Alabama, and two cats, Scout and Arya, who were adopted from their local animal shelter in New Hampshire.
I’ll bet you didn't know...
Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, DABVP
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Hedge brings an impressive resume of veterinary expertise and is one of only 28 in the world who hold the distinction of being certified in shelter medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has saved and improved the lives of thousands of animals when they needed care and compassion the most.
Animals: Pez, a senior golden retriever, and cats Nica, Nora, Lilian and Mr. Cuddles.
I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW… I took a 16 month DVIDA® Ballroom Dance teacher training course when I lived in Los Angeles, where I learned both leader and follower parts for 16 different dances. My favorite dances are Viennese Waltz, American Tango, Latin Hustle and Salsa.
Vice President for Community Engagement
Stacey is affectionately known as “the rock” of the Community Engagement department. Stacey's teams engage the community with volunteer opportunities, adult and youth classes, Pet-Assisted Therapy interactions and resources that support them keeping their pets. Her nickname comes from the unwavering support and expert guidance she provides to her team, as well as her reputation for never missing a deadline or detail!
I'll bet you didn't know:
Jessica Des Lauriers
Interim Director for Animal Welfare
Jessica is the go-to guru for all things animal-related. Overseeing campus operations in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside. Jessica’s leadership is crucial to ensuring that animals entrusted to us receive the continuity of care they need.
If you were an animal, what would you be?:
Ayeshah Al-Humaidhi: Campus Director, Oceanside Campus
Andy Blue: Campus Director, Escondido Campus
Jerrica Owen: Interim Campus Director, San Diego Campus
Danielle Xavier: Interim Campus Director, San Diego Campus
Jane Elliot-Hughes: Senior Director, Support Services
Jennifer Grantham: Senior Director, Annual Giving
Kim Soto: Senior Director, Volunteer Engagement
Carol Spychalski: Senior Director, Philanthropy
Geraldine D’Silva: Director of PAWS San Diego
Lauren DuBois: Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Amanda Kowalski: Director, Behavior Center
Board of Trustees
Kenneth M. Cohen: Chair
David Lynn: Secretary
Susan Davis: Chair – Board Governance Committee
David Lynn: Chair – Finance Committee
Dee Anne Canepa: Chair – Philanthropy Committee
Colleen Blackmore Reilly
Sharon Blanchet, JD
Dana Di Ferdinando
Esteban Villanueva, JD