Leadership

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Some of the most dedicated and talented individuals in the animal welfare community comprise our leadership team. Through their efforts to further our mission, we are creating more innovative programs and saving more pets’ lives than ever before.

Executive Team

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    Dr. Steven R. Hansen
    President and CEO
  • Dr. Steven R. Hansen

    As the Arizona Humane Society’s top dog, Dr. Steven R. Hansen oversees AHS’ organizational operations and leads the implementation and execution of its strategic plan as AHS and its partners strive to transform Maricopa County into one of the best places to be a pet. By leveraging innovation, compassion and excellence, AHS has collaboratively led transformational change within its own shelter, leading to a dramatic reduction in euthanasia (two paws up from our pets!) and a renewed focus on treating the sick, injured and abused animals who need AHS’ help the most.

    Prior to joining AHS, Dr. Hansen spent 16 years with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), most recently as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Hansen also served as Director of Veterinary Research and Support for Wellmark International and practiced clinical veterinary medicine in Houston and Chicago. He serves on a variety of mission-critical boards, including the Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Legislative Advisory Committee, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, the American College of Animal Welfare, Arizona State University’s Community Advisory Council and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Community Advisory Board.

    Dr. Hansen received his BS and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Iowa State University and received an MS and MBA from the University of Illinois. Dr. Hansen is board certified by the American College of Animal Welfare and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. Our animals constantly talk about how smart they think he is and how grateful they are that he is their greatest advocate!

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    Matthew Johnson, CPA
    Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
  • Matthew Johnson, CPA

    Matt’s favorite color is green and he makes sure our pets don’t go overboard buying too many treats and toys. Matt is responsible for managing all financial affairs at AHS, which includes Accounting, Finance and Purchasing. He also oversees our Facilities department. Matt received his BS of Accounting at Brigham Young University and is a registered Certified Public Accountant.

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    Lauren Martich, CFRE
    Vice President of Development
  • Lauren Martich, CFRE

    Lauren is tasked with bringing in dollars for our dogs and cash for our cats. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization’s full range of fundraising efforts to support a $26 million annual fundraising budget, $2.5 million annual thrift operations budget and $35 million campaign to build the new Papago Park Campus. Lauren oversees the planning and implementation of all development and thrift operations activities and works directly with individual, corporate and foundation donors to secure leadership gifts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Merchandising from Northern Arizona University, holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Arizona Chapter.

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    Debbie McKnight, MS, CAWA, CPDT-KSA
    Vice President of Field and Animal Welfare
  • Debbie McKnight, MS, CAWA, CPDT-KSA

    The most vulnerable pets in our community couldn’t ask for a better champion than Debbie, who serves as Vice President of Field and Animal Welfare. She oversees our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ who rescue the Valley’s sick, injured and abused pets. She also manages our Behavior team, which works with our shelter animals, and our Public Pet Training program which provides training and behavior solutions to the public for both dogs and cats. Debbie is a certified, professional dog trainer and has 15 years of training and behavior experience and has a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis focused in dog behavior. She also has an Animal Cruelty Investigation certification and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine. She helps advocate for pets in case of disaster by serving as the Chair of the Maricopa County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (MCCOAD), as well as serving on the board of the Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AZVOAD). In addition, Debbie has received her received her Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation from the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, as well as her Advanced Professional Series certificate from FEMA and graduated from the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy.

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    Kelsea Patton, CAWA
    Vice President of Strategy, External Affairs and Service Operations
  • Kelsea Patton, CAWA

    As head cheerleader for our most innovative ideas, Kelsea drives the key strategic initiatives that help advance the mission of our organization and save more lives. She is also responsible for overseeing efforts to help our pets find homes, promoting our programs and engaging our community in our lifesaving impact. Kelsea manages our Adoptions & Retail, Alternative Placement, Foster, Pet Resource Center and Admissions Departments, as well as all Marketing, Advocacy and Education and Outreach efforts for the organization. Kelsea earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Baylor University and a Master of Arts degree in Innovative Leadership from Western International University. Kelsea was named one of the 2017 Women Who Move the Valley by Arizona Foothills Magazine, and was named as one of 2018 Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She has also received her Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation from the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

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    Jill Santa
    Vice President of Human Resources
  • Jill Santa

    Our pet’s favorite people person, Jill oversees human resources and volunteer engagement for the organization. Jill is the greatest champion of AHS’ core values of innovation, compassion and excellence, and knows that happy people lead to happy animals. Jill has a BS in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds certifications in Human Resources (PHR and SHRM-CP) and Project Management (PMP).

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    Melissa Thompson, DVM
    Vice President of Medical Operations
  • Melissa Thompson, DVM

    Whether it’s a cat suffering from a broken leg or a dog just looking for a new home, Dr. Thompson helps ensure that animals in need are given a second chance at happiness. Dr. Thompson oversees our shelter animal health programs and veterinary clinics, including our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, Margaret McAllister Brock Veterinary Clinic and Marge Wright Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Thompson’s professional interests include trauma medicine and reducing pet overpopulation. She is a 2008 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences.

Directors

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    Linda Anderson
    Director of Animal Care & Experience
  • Linda Anderson

    Linda oversees our Animal Care and Experience teams and is driven to challenge archaic shelter practices and raise the bar on care to make every interaction, every day as positive as it can be and provide the best standards of care for our pets while they await their forever homes. Linda is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and her programs have been showcased on national platforms and incorporated into teaching materials for future veterinarians. When she isn’t ensuring our pets receive the best care possible, Linda spends time in the outdoors and gardening. She has an eclectic mix of pets including dogs, cats, birds, a bearded dragon, pot-bellied pig, Central American Dwarf Boa, and a Fantasy Pacman frog.

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    Dr. Mindy Bemmerl
    Director of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Mindy Bemmerl

    Mindy oversees our shelter veterinarians who help care for and save the lives of our community’s most vulnerable pets. She has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego and received her veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.  She has two young daughters, two dogs and one cat and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and being outdoors.

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    Teresa Butterbredt
    Controller
  • Teresa Butterbredt

    Whenever our pets have questions about finances, they know to go to Teresa for answers. She oversees the Accounting and Purchasing teams and is responsible for financial reporting, budget preparation, and financial audit coordination. Teresa received a Master’s in Accounting and an MBA in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. She enjoys taking family trips and spending time outdoors with her husband and rescue pups – two French Bulldogs and a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu mix.

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    Lisa Donimari
    Director of Veterinary Services
  • Lisa Donimari

    Lisa oversees our public veterinary clinics and is committed to connecting pet owners with affordable medical services that help keep pets and people together. Lisa has more than 27 years of experience in the veterinary field, primarily focusing on emergency medicine, oncology and leadership. She has three degrees from Grand Canyon University, including a B.S. in Biology, M.Ed in Educational Administration and MS in Organizational Leadership, and is currently working to obtain her MBA. Lisa is an Arizona native and she and her son enjoy spending time with their hobby farm, which boasts dogs, horses, goats, tortoises, bearded dragons and a cow.

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    Michael Hempel
    Director of Technology
  • Michael Hempel

    Michael is our resident computer whiz who ensures our pets have the best technology at their disposal. Michael, who has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, oversees our information technology strategy and drives new IT innovation. Michael is a proud parent to both two-and four-legged children with a son serving in the U.S. Navy and two recently adopted kittens, Tally and Cleo. When he isn’t watching over our servers and ensuring our software is up-to-date, he enjoys mountain biking.

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    Tracey Miiller
    Director of Field Operations
  • Tracey Miiller

    Tracey oversees AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ and Animal Cruelty Investigators. Tracey came to AHS with over 20 years of experience in law enforcement and coordinates AHS’ efforts with twelve contracted cities throughout Maricopa County. Tracey also oversees the Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team, the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters, and is an instructor for the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board which provides training to law enforcement across the state. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from NAU, and is a Graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program at ASU. Tracey has four rescue dogs and a Sulcata tortoise. Mountain biking, trail running, kayaking and golf are a few of things she does to stay busy outside of work.

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    Serena Ness
    Director of Shelter Medicine
  • Serena Ness

    Serena oversees the heart of our organization, managing our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ medical team that is responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. She also heads up our Shelter Surgery and Admissions teams and manages special medical projects such as our Parvo Puppy ICU and Kitten Nursery. Serena, who has been with AHS since 1997, is a graduate of Long Medical’s veterinary technician program.

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    Kimberly Ring
    Director of Marketing, Media and Outreach
  • Kimberly Ring

    Kimberly is the brains behind promoting our amazing pets and sharing our lifesaving story with the community. Kimberly oversees our Marketing, Media and Outreach departments and focuses on raising the awareness of AHS as an innovator and leader in animal welfare. Kimberly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Buffalo and numerous industry awards from national advertising and marketing organizations. She is mom to a Shepherd/Pittie mix, Jolene, and three cats, Charlie, Zoe and Raj.

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    Greg Virga
    Director of Thrift Operations and Vehicles Sales
  • Greg Virga

    After owning several for-profit stores, Greg sold them in 2008 and moved into the nonprofit sector where how now oversees our Thrift Operations and Vehicles Sales. Greg was instrumental in starting our Wheels for Wags Vehicle Donation program, one of the most successful nonprofit vehicle donation programs in the country. Greg is married with two children, two dogs and a cat, including two AHS alums. Greg enjoys cooking and traveling when not working.

Board of Directors

The Arizona Humane Society’s Board of Directors is a group of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to help advance the mission of AHS and advocate for the organization. The Board focuses on organizational governance and strategic planning and entrusts the operation of the organization to the AHS staff.
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    Dr. Craig Thatcher, Chair
    College of Nursing and Health Innovation, ASU
  • Dr. Craig Thatcher, Chair

    As a veterinarian, Craig champions animal health and welfare and is passionate about the mission of the Arizona Humane Society. He is also actively involved with Florence Crittenton of Arizona, which serves girls at risk, and is President of the School Board of Florence Crittenton’s Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona. Craig’s other philanthropic activities include Arizona State University and the Desert Botanical Garden. Craig and his partner, Ken, love to travel and enjoy spending time with their dogs, Noah, Lola, and Rufus.

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    Bryan Albue, Vice Chair
    Community Supporter
  • Bryan Albue, Vice Chair

    Bryan has long been advocating for animals and has served on the Boards of The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Friends of Animal Care & Control. He has also fostered cats for Maricopa Animal Care & Control and other rescue groups. Bryan also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Phoenix Community Alliance and on the Board of Jazz in Arizona, Inc., a non-profit organization that owns and operates The Nash jazz club on Roosevelt Row. He is deeply committed to his animal companions, and when not practicing law, likes spending time with his rescue family – Hanna, an Australian Cattle dog, and cats, RonRon, Logan, Chismosa and Johnny-B.

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    Julie Johnson, Secretary
    Exec VP, Healthcare and Seniors Housing Services, Colliers Int
  • Julie Johnson, Secretary

    Animals have always warmed Julie’s heart and enriched her life and she loves helping pets and providing them with the opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives since they bless us with their presence. Julie is also a strong advocate for education in Arizona and bridging the education gap and preparing every child for success in life. Julie has two dogs, Ruger, a 9-year-old brindle boxer and Duke, a 6-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Julie is passionate about her husband, family and friendships. She enjoys the great outdoors while biking, hiking, skiing and walking the dogs, and loves to cook, read and share good food and wine with friends.

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    Matthew Waller, Treasurer
    Principal, Henry+Horne
  • Matthew Waller, Treasurer

    Matt has been a lover of all things four-legged since he was a small boy growing up in Glendale. His past and present have been filled with the love and care for a litany of different animals which serves as the foundation for the support he brings to AHS. He is also a committee member supporting Arizona State University and the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. Matt’s dog Hershie, an AHS alumni and Shar Pei mix, is one of his closest companions and can be found getting walked on many different hiking trails throughout Arizona. When he’s not helping clients, Matt enjoys golfing, traveling, cooking on the grill and spending time with family and friends.

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    Andrea Marconi, Past Chair
    Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
  • Andrea Marconi, Past Chair

    When not advocating on behalf of her clients as a commercial litigator, Andrea focuses her charitable and community efforts working to support animal welfare and children/education issues. Through her work at AHS, Andrea is committed to giving companion animals a voice they do not otherwise have. When she isn’t busy at work or in the community, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons as well as her four-legged kids, Tank the Great Dane, and AHS alumni, Maggie May the Boxer, Greta, a loving Boxer mix, Ralphie, the one-eyed cat, and Russell, the guinea pig.

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    Anthony Alfonso, Board Member
    Principal, BDO USA, LLP
  • Anthony Alfonso, Board Member

    Tony is a lifelong animal welfare advocate, with a passion towards homeless and less-fortunate animals. Tony has six rescue family members, three dogs and three cats (three are AHS alums). Tony also serves as mentor to new college graduates and young professionals on how to be successful in their new careers through self-reliance and dedication. When not leading and managing the Valuation & Business Analytics practice nationwide, Tony is an avid collector of guitars and a self-proclaimed music junkie. Tony and his wife enjoy leisure travel and going to concerts.

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    Yvonne A Betts, Board Member
    Community Supporter
  • Yvonne A Betts, Board Member

    Yvonne is passionate about all causes related to animals and believes AHS is making a difference in the community, for both animals and the people who love them. Yvonne has also volunteered with the Phoenix Zoo for more than 20 years and now serves on the Board of Trustees. She has three rescue dogs, Twiggy a Rat Terrier mix, Blue an Australian Cattle Dog mix and Wiley a Chihuahua mix, who are all AHS alumni, as well as six box turtles, a bearded dragon and a leopard gecko. Reptiles are one of Yvonne’s true animal passions, as she loves to advocate for the scaly animals that people aren’t necessarily immediately drawn to. Yvonne enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, volunteering, watching football and baseball, and scanning the AHS website for her next dog.

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    Andrea L. Claus, Board Member
    Attorney – Partner, Morris Hall, PLLC
  • Andrea L. Claus, Board Member

    Andrea is an attorney practicing in estate planning, probate, and trust administration. She is active with several community organizations and enjoys assisting clients with philanthropic strategies and planned gifts. She is actively involved with the Arizona Humane Society and UMOM New Day Centers. Andrea is passionate about providing critical services for vulnerable human and animal populations. Andrea and her husband have three daughters and two sweet rescue dogs, Daphne, a Chihuahua-terrier mix who is an AHS alumni and Lucy, a Dalmatian-shepherd mix. The family enjoys all things outdoors and camps whenever they get the chance.

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    Ann Damiano, Board Member
    Sr. Manager, Inside Cloud Sales, VMware
  • Ann Damiano, Board Member

    Ann is a dedicated cat and horse enthusiast, whose passion for supporting the Arizona Humane Society is driven by the belief that we can save the lives of more animals in our community through education, advocacy and comprehensive spay/neuter initiatives. Ann’s philanthropic service in animal welfare dates back to 2001 when she became involved in Maricopa County’s Animal Care & Control’s fundraising arm. She served on the board of directors of Friends of Animal Care & Control for eight years, including two as chair of the board. She has served on the Arizona Humane Society Board of Directors for over 10 years and is a past Chair of the Board. Ann’s four-legged family includes three rescued cats, and three horses that she trains and shows in the equestrian sport of dressage.

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    Dyan Getz, Board Member
    N2 Publishing, Lily Pond Luxury Travel
  • Dyan Getz, Board Member

    Dyan, a wife and mother of three is passionate about a variety of causes, including prevention, sustainability, history preservation, and health and wellness for both humans and animals. In addition to serving on AHS’ Board, she is also a member of Barrow Neurological Foundation Women’s Board, Desert Foundation Auxiliary of Scottsdale, and a regent for the George Washington Foundation Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dyan is a Mayo Clinic certified Health and Wellness coach and a Lily Pond Luxury travel designer specializing in multi-generational and wellness trips.

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    Lisa Grayson, Board Member
    Owner, Pinnacle Mgt., LC
  • Lisa Grayson, Board Member

    Lisa is passionate about the impact spay/neuter can make in a community and believes the Arizona Humane Society has helped transform animal welfare in the Valley. Lisa has a pair of Brittanys, Brett and Beau, and a cat, Anya, who she adopted from AHS. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spoiling all of her kids – both two- and four-legged.

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    Suzanne Hensing, Board Member
    Community Supporter
  • Suzanne Hensing, Board Member

    Suzanne is a local philanthropist dedicated to shaping a better Arizona, and has a passion for pets, family, science and health care. In addition to her work with AHS, Suzanne, who spent more than 30 years in the health care industry as a Registered Nurse and then in hospital administration, also engages the community through leadership roles on various committees, boards, and high-profile events, including the Dean’s Circle at ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Women Inspiring Scientific Progress (WISP), Charter 100 Arizona and Social Venture Partners (SVP). Suzanne has an Irish Setter, Casey, who she loves to walk, run and work on obedience and agility training. In her spare time, she also enjoys all types of exercise and cooking great meals with the fresh vegetables she grows in her own garden.

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    Susanne Ingold, Board Member
    Attorney, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
  • Susanne Ingold, Board Member

    Susie, a native Phoenician, recalls visiting the Arizona Humane Society with her family as a child and adopting their first pet, Taffy, a mixed breed puppy. As a lifelong animal lover and supporter, Susie is an advocate for the protection and welfare of all animals and is passionate about the impact that the AHS has on the community. Susie lives in Phoenix with her husband Randy Norton, a partner with Deloitte, and their newest addition – a precious chocolate lab.

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    Suzy Juneau, Board Member
    Community Supporter
  • Suzy Juneau, Board Member

    After a 42 year corporate career, Suzy is now focused on giving back to our beloved animals. Suzy, whose mother was the founder of a local humane society, has had animal compassion instilled in her from a very young age and is passionate about supporting AHS, particularly our EAMT rescue team and animal cruelty investigators. She and her husband, Christopher moved to Arizona in September of 2020, and have a rescued German Shepherd named Lexi. While living in Seattle, Suzy was Chair for a homeless shelter but her first love has always been animals, and serving on the AHS Board will fulfill a lifelong goal of hers.

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    Chad Makovsky, Board Member
    Director of Aviation Services, City of Phoenix
  • Chad Makovsky, Board Member

    Chad is a passionate supporter of animal welfare and is proud to be part of an organization that is educating, advocating, and caring for the most vulnerable animals in our community. Chad provides executive leadership and strategic direction for the Phoenix system of airports, including Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT), and Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR). Chad is the proud owner of three rescue dogs – Peanut, Rosco and Rusty – and when he and his wife, Stephanie, aren’t spoiling their dogs, they love to get out, travel, and explore. They are especially fans of “staycations,” visiting random communities in Phoenix and throughout Arizona to learn more about Arizona’s history and culture, and to shop local.

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    Edgardo Rivera, MD, Board Member
    Medical Director, Kingman Regional Medical Center Cancer Center
  • Edgardo Rivera, MD, Board Member

    Dr. Rivera has more than 24 years of experience at renowned cancer treatment hospitals. In addition to serving as the Medical Director for the Kingman Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, Dr. Rivera has also served as a Professor of Medicine on the faculty of the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Breast Medical Oncology Department since 1997. He has conducted extensive medical research, authored over 60 published cancer research papers and is considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities on breast cancer. Additionally, Dr. Rivera has received numerous awards acknowledging his skill and commitment to cancer care, which include recognition by Arizona Business Leaders, Valle Del Sol, Health and Fitness Magazine, the Breast Cancer Network of Strength, and Bristol Myers Squibb.

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    Ann Siner, Board Member
    CEO and Founder, Eco-Chic Consignments, Inc.
  • Ann Siner, Board Member

    Ann has always been a lover of animals and nature and has given back to those without voices for more than 20 years. Since opening My Sister’s Closet, now the largest designer resale store brand in the country, in 1991, Ann and her company have donated more than $1 million in unsold goods to the thrift stores of local animal shelters, including AHS’ thrift operation. In addition to AHS, Ann has also served on the boards of the Friends of Animal Care & Control, The Nature Conservancy, Phoenix Art Museum, Fresh Start and the National Council for Defenders of Wildlife. When Ann isn’t running My Sister’s Closet’s 15 stores or doing community work, there’s no place she’d rather be than on the couch with her four-legged kids, which include six dogs and three cats, or hiking in the mountains surrounded by nature.

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    Kristin Slyker, Board Member
    CEO, Vortex Doors
  • Kristin Slyker, Board Member

    Kristin is passionate about helping those that cannot help themselves and greatly enjoys helping animals in need receive proper care and find loving homes. Kristin and her family are huge lovers of Golden Retrievers, and their current Golden, Kelvin, is a 1-year-old pup who is always ready for a ride in the car to a fun adventure. In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing tennis, traveling (18 countries and counting!) and spending time at her home in northern Arizona hiking and enjoying the fresh air.

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    Brian Stoll, Board Member
    Community Supporter
  • Brian Stoll, Board Member

    Brian is committed to supporting the often-forgotten animals in need in our community as a member of the AHS Board of Directors. He is also passionate about several other causes, including Thunderbird Charities, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and PANDA. Brian has a wife, two children and two mini Australian Shepherds. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, riding his Peloton bike, socializing and spending time with his family.

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    Patricia Tate, Board Member
    Chief Fin Officer and Sr VP, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona
  • Patricia Tate, Board Member

    Patricia is extremely passionate about giving a voice to animals and children. In addition to championing for AHS’ homeless pets, she also volunteered as an advisory member for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Red Mountain Branch and Lehi Branch of the Boys and Girls Club and served as a Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. Additionally, she has served as the chairwomen for Salt River Financial Services Institution which is dedicated to offering financial services and education to Community Members of SRPMIC, as a Board Member of Salt River DEVCO which focuses on a commercial development and on the Board of Florence Crittenton ,which serves at risk girls (10-21) who have issues of abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy, and behavioral and/or mental health problems. In her free time, Patricia loves spending time outdoors with her 6-year-old daughter, including trips to the zoo, park and walks.

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    Dr. Steven R. Hansen, Ex-Officio Board Member
    President and CEO, Arizona Humane Society
  • Dr. Steven R. Hansen, Ex-Officio Board Member

    As the Arizona Humane Society’s President and CEO, Dr. Steven R. Hansen oversees AHS’ organizational operations and leads the implementation and execution of its strategic plan as AHS and its partners strive to transform Maricopa County into one of the best places to be a pet. By leveraging innovation, compassion and excellence, AHS has collaboratively led transformational change within its own shelter, leading to a dramatic reduction in euthanasia (two paws up from our pets!) and a renewed focus on treating the sick, injured and abused animals who need AHS’ help the most.

    Prior to joining AHS, Dr. Hansen spent 16 years with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), most recently as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Hansen also served as Director of Veterinary Research and Support for Wellmark International and practiced clinical veterinary medicine in Houston and Chicago. He serves on a variety of mission-critical boards, including the Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Legislative Advisory Committee, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, the American College of Animal Welfare, Arizona State University’s Community Advisory Council and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Community Advisory Board.

    Dr. Hansen received his BS and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Iowa State University and received an MS and MBA from the University of Illinois. Dr. Hansen is board certified by the American College of Animal Welfare and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. Our animals constantly talk about how smart they think he is and how grateful they are that he is their greatest advocate!

AHS Board of Directors posing with shovels at groundbreak

Our Board of Directors at the groundbreaking of our new Papago Park Campus, November 4, 2021.