Executive Vice President
Katherine is a master visionary who keeps the organization moving forward by working to increase the capacity of our President/CEO by handling complex, time-sensitive issues that intersect public, organizational and animal welfare industry dimensions. She works across the organization and helps our leadership team meet goals especially as they relate to our strategic plan. Affectionately called “the Fixer” by some, Katherine’s leadership in problem-solving, issue analysis and program development ensure that the CEO’s point of view is shared in the process while ensuring the strategic goals of the organization are met. Best of all, every dog in the office knows she keeps a comfy dog bed under her desk and plenty of treats on-hand!
Who would play Katherine in a movie?
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 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...
Dr. Cynthia Mitchell
VP for Shelter Medicine and Chief Medical Officer
With more than 30 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Mitchell has saved and improved the lives of thousands of animals when they needed care the most. She has a natural knack for showing care and compassion to everyone she meets (both two and four-legged).
Animals: Two dogs and one cat. The dogs were both adopted from shelters, and the cat was brought into an emergency vet clinic as a kitten with severe injuries.
I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW… that I used to skate competitively in outdoor in-line speed skating events with San Diego’s own San Diego Street Elite.
Vice President of Animal Welfare
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?
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:
Senior DirectorsJessica Des Lauriers: Senior Director, San Diego Campus
Geraldine D’Silva: Director of PAWS San Diego
Lauren DuBois: Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Jane Elliot-Hughes: Senior Director, Support Services
Loren Fish: Administrator of Vet Hospitals
Jennifer Grantham: Senior Director, Annual Giving
Amanda Kowalski: Senior Director, Behavior Center
Kim Soto: Senior Director, Volunteer Engagement
Carol Spychalski: Senior Director, Philanthropy
Board of Trustees
Kenneth M. Cohen: Chair
David Lynn: Secretary
Eve Benton: Chair – Board Governance Committee
David Lynn: Chair – Finance Committee
Richard Bockoff: Chair – Philanthropy Committee
Colleen Blackmore Reilly
Sharon Blanchet, JD
Dee Anne Canepa
Esteban Villanueva, JD