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Board of Directors

Kati Aho, Board President
Kati is the Director of Operations and Programs for the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. The EBC is a local community center and school for people with sight loss. Prior to the EBC, her focus was in the electronics industry. She was the COO at a small startup, and was with Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies for 24 years. Kati is a native Californian, born and raised in the Sebastopol area, and a graduate of USF with a BS in Informational Systems Management. Her passion focuses on organizational development and the creation of synergistic, self-managed work teams. Kati is an avid SCUBA diver, animal lover and loves to garden.
Kristen Trisko, Board Secretary
Kristen and her husband David own HeadgearPlus Promotional Marketing in Petaluma where she handles human resources, payroll and credit card reconciliation. She has a BS in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis, where she attended because of her love of animals. Animal Science was her first major but required visits to the slaughter house which resulted in a change of major as well as a dietary change. Kristen volunteered with Canine Companions for Independence in the East Bay for 33 years - she helped raised a dozen puppies, started up and led a local chapter of volunteers and was responsible for annual fundraisers and community outreach events. When Kristen moved to Sonoma County five years ago, she decided to look for other ways to give back to her community where her love for animals and volunteer experience would be useful. Although a relative newcomer to Sonoma County, Kristen has fallen in love with the beauty and culture that make this area unique. Kristen and Dave have three grown children and live in Sebastopol with their dog Lilac, a rescued feral cat Shadow and a horse named Coco.
Darlene Brazil, Treasurer
Darlene is a Sonoma County native. She had nineteen years of public and private accounting experience prior to joining the accounting firm at HACCPAs in San Rafael. She is a graduate of Sonoma State University and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Darlene is also a member of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise group. She enjoys all the wonders that Sonoma County has to offer, including traveling, outdoor activities, live theatre, and of course, spending time with her cats & dogs. Darlene has been a board member since 2009.
Jim Barnes, Board Member
Jim is a lifelong resident of Sonoma County, attending local schools and graduating with a degree in Mathematics from Sonoma State University in 1969. He and his wife Claudette reside in Santa Rosa with their adopted cat, Beatrice, where they raised their children Kimberly and James. Jim has been an independent insurance broker since 1977, specializing in life insurance and employer/employee benefit packages. Outside of work, when he's not on the golf course, Jim is an active volunteer. He's been on a number of local boards, including the Redwood Empire Food Bank where he served as Board President. Jim became interested in helping the Humane Society of Sonoma County after adopting their beloved cat Punkin in 2008. He plans to work with the board and the management team to insure that the organization continues to be successful and continues to find forever homes for all the animals that come through its doors.
Sandy Chute, Board Member
Sandy has a background in interior design and taught home economics in Washington DC. She opened a clothing store in Maryland which she quickly grew to eight stores. After selling her business to a multinational corporation, she moved to California and began a new career of building, remodeling and furnishing homes for resale. Here, she also fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning a horse and was involved with the early days of the natural horse training movement and the concepts behind horse communication. Sandy has volunteered with a wide range of nonprofits for over 40 years, including 35 years as a site manager for the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Festival and as co-chair for the Sonoma County Medical Alliance Garden Tour. She has two horses, a tuxedo cat, and a Havanese named Harley who enjoys playdates with dog friends and training in therapy classes with Canine Companions for Independence.
Johnny Drake, Board Member
Johnny Drake was born in SF, the youngest of 14 children. Johnny’s big family were loving and firm believers in the merits of hard work. These values were instilled in Johnny early in life and have carried him through his various careers, pursuits and passions. When Johnny was 18, he moved out of the family home to go to college at Sacramento State to study Poly-Sci. While not studying Political Science, Johnny started a carpet cleaning business. Four years later he and his brother began a baking company that eventually turned into Johnny’s Java. Johnny moved to Sonoma County in 1989 and developed Johnny’s Java into a storied Sonoma County coffee shop with 9 locations and over 80 employees. After twenty successful years, Johnny was ready for a new challenge, so he pursued his long time interest in real estate. While Johnny is a heart centered business man, talented marketer and an experienced entrepreneur, his real passion is helping people create community. Johnny’s history of service and giving back to the community includes contributions of time, money and support to Canine Companions, the Sonoma Humane Society, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County High School Athletics and Little League. Whether cleaning carpets, running coffee shops, selling homes at Artisan Sotheby's International Realty or doing community service, Johnny takes a collaborative, hands-on and focused approach to his endeavors. He is an active member of NorBAR, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Sonoma County Alliance and the former Vice President of The Volunteer Center Board of Directors. He is a lover of animals, especially dogs. He has two mini-schnauzers, Roxy and Milly.
Frank Kulbertis, Board Member
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Grace Lucero, Board Member
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Chris Kittredge, Board Member
Chris has been a professional photographer for the past 40 years specializing in unique and meaningful portraits of animals and their families. She has a BA from The University of Michigan. For the last 26 years she has been deeply involved, and continues to be involved, with Canine Companions For Independence, but several years ago she decided to devote additional time and her expertise to helping animals whose lives were less fortunate. Chris and her husband, Bob, live in Santa Rosa with their three Labrador retrievers, Adah, Taya, and Dory, and two fun loving rescue cats, Sully and Sawyer. She has been an HSSC Board Member since 2014.
Marty Olhiser, Board Member
After 48 years in the Redwood industry, Marty is semi-retired as Senior Vice President of Mendocino Forest Products. He and his wife Cheri have lived in Sonoma County for over 41 years. They enjoy country living with their Boxer Cooper, cat Mittens, and several farm animals. Marty is a Vietnam Veteran who served as a Dog Handler on a Combat Tracker Team assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. Marty and Cheri have two married sons and 6 grandchildren. Marty served on the Board of Directors of the California Redwood Association for 7 years, two as Board Chair. He served for 9 years on the Board of Directors of TrueGuard, Inc., a sister company of Mendocino Forest Products, and also served a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the Treated Wood Council, a Washington, D.C. based group representing the Pressure Treated Wood Industry. Marty is currently working as Senior Advisor for Mendocino Forest Products, and Humboldt Redwood Company. He also represents large timberland owners for his 13th year on the Timber Advisory Committee to the California State Board of Equalization.
Robert Quail, Board Member
Bob is a shareholder with the law firm of Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy in Santa Rosa, with a practice focused on business and real estate transactions. Bob previously served as Vice President/General Counsel for a large winery based in Sonoma County and has lived here since 1994, where he and his wife, Julie, raised two daughters around too many cats, dogs and horses to count. Bob also serves as an advisor to the board of KRCB Public Media, the PBS and NPR affiliate in the North Bay, and is a former member of the Oak Grove Union School District Board of Trustees and the Boards of Children & Family Circle of Sonoma County and the Lattice Education Foundation. Bob has been an HSSC Board Member since 2009.
Vee Solter, Board Member
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Kelly Stromgren, Board Member
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Shannon Tracey, Board Member
Shannon is a Mortgage Broker and Real Estate Investor with 19 years’ experience. She has a BA in Economics from Sonoma State University. Shannon is active in many aspects of community affairs. She is the former president of the Redwood Empire Mortgage Lenders Association and a former member of Redwood Empire Active 20/30. As a life-long Sonoma County resident, Shannon is committed to serving the people and animals in our community. Her keys to success include integrity, persistence, hard work, and a sense of humor. An avid backpacker, CrossFitter and hiker, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets. She has been an HSSC board member since 2009.
Tim Wingard, Board Member
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Senior Management Team

Wendy Welling, Executive Director
Wendy has been an integral part of HSSC’s success for the last 8 years. Her previous roles included marketing and community relations as well as public program management. Her background includes advertising, marketing strategy, brand development, leadership, public relations and customer service. Her commitment to the animals and their guardians fuels her desire to be at the forefront of the animal welfare community and to be the ultimate resource for Sonoma County residents and their pets. Wendy shares her home with her four dogs (including two HSSC alumni), a cat, two house rabbits, her husband and their two daughters.
Priscilla Locke, Director of Development and Marketing
Priscilla joined HSSC in October of 2018. Her background includes extensive experience in fundraising, board development, marketing, communications, public relations and performance improvement. Originally from the East Coast, Priscilla has been a proud Sonoma County resident since 1986. She currently lives in Bennett Valley with her HSSC alums: a boxer mix named Midge and two cats named Stanley and Francine. A lifelong animal lover and animal welfare advocate, she feels extremely fortunate to serve our community as part of this extraordinary locally founded, locally funded organization.
Rick Pearson, Director of Finance
Rick joined the Humane Society of Sonoma County in October, 2016 after sixteen years in accounting and finance with MarketLive, Inc., a tech firm in Petaluma. He is very excited to be part of the HSSC management team. Rick earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and an MBA from Dominican University in San Rafael. His interests include music, food and wine, tennis, and the SF Giants. He and his girlfriend Julie live in Penngrove with their dog Baxter, who shares Rick’s office and has become very popular with HSSC staff and volunteers.

Department Directory

Executive Director 707.577.1912
Wendy Welling, Executive Director

Development, 707.577.1911
Priscilla Locke, Director of Development and Communications

Finance, 707.577.1900
Rick Pearson, Director of Finance

Facility Operations, 707.396.3052
David Kerwin, Facility Operations Manager

Shelter Medicine, 707.577.1907

Adoptions/Shelter Manager, 707.542.0882 x267
Meagan Dallas, Interim Shelter Manager

Community Engagement Manager, 707.542.0882 x262
Nina Caputo, Community Engagement Manager

Dog & Puppy Training, 707.542.0882 x247
Mollie Souder, Dog Training Manager

Foster Care, 707.577.1919
Ashley Armstrong, Foster Program Manager

Communications, 707.542.0882 x261
Signe Ross-Villemaire, MarComm & Grants Manager

Volunteer Program, 707.542.0882 x
Katie McHugh, Volunteer Coordinator

Healdsburg Shelter, 707.395.8373
Karrie Stewart, RVT, Healdsburg Shelter Manager

Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services, 707.577.1913
Carol Rathmann, Farm Director

Humane Education
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HSSC In the News

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Humane Society of Sonoma County announces executive director hire

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More than 100 pets still at shelters after North Bay wildfires

Humane Society offers free veterinary services for county fire victims

5 heartwarming stories of pets who survived the deadly California fires

Missing cats after North Bay fires found, up for adoption

These Stories About Pets And Animals Being Helped During The California Fires Are So Heartbreakingly Sweet

Amid Sonoma’s ashes, family is overjoyed to find their dog Izzy — alive, well and wagging her tail

Sonoma Humane Society opens free wellness clinic, urges reporting of lost and found pets

Sonoma Humane Society offering free, basic, burn care for pets

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Bunfest was hopping with bunny lovers

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Member Spotlight: Sonoma Humane Society

Santa Rosa Junior College students win Sonoma Humane Society advertising campaign

Healdsburg Center for Animals Begins a New Life

True Love: Adopt a special-needs pet from Sonoma Humane Society

Sonoma Humane Society Announces Executive Director 

Sonoma Humane Society aims to open new Healdsburg animal shelter by spring

Karmann Ghia Does Good for Homeless Animals

Beloved Princess Fiona

Sonoma Humane Society 2015 Best Nonprofit of the North Bay

Princess Fiona Huffington Post

Princess Fiona ABC 7

Princess Fiona Press Democrat

Sonoma Humane looks to transform ‘complicated’ animal shelter project

Good News for Healdsburg Animal Shelter

Healdsburg animal shelter board dissolves

Sonoma Humane Society to move into Healdsburg Animal Shelter building

Healdsburg Shelter eyes opening after settlment

Two out-of-town animal agencies partner with Healdsburg shelter

Lapphund Rescue Press Democrat

Lapphund Rescue

Healdsburg Center Coming Soon

Healdsburg council approves animal control, shelter deal

A Lifesaving Partnership: Sonoma Humane Society & Petaluma Animal Services Foundation Awarded Healdsburg Sheltering and Animal Control Contract

LandmarkAgreement Brings Hope and Second Chances to County Animals

Best Sonoma County Non-Profit 2013 Press Democrat

Best of the North Bay 2012


Press Releases

Sonoma Humane Society Announces Executive Director 

North Bay No-Kill Shelters Save Shelter Pets Displaced by Rocky Fire


Position Statements

Rodent Control

Pets As Gifts April 2015

Beagle Freedom Bill Oct 2014

Predator Control Statement Sept 2014  For more detailed information on this issue click here.

Aversive Dog and Animal Training_Jan 2014

Breed Specific Laws Oct 2013

No Kill Aug 2013

Low Cost Adoption April 2013

Offsite Adoptions March 2013

Limit Law Jan 2013

Building Partnerships for Animals in Need

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Financial Reports

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Annual Financial Audit 2016/2017

FY2017/18 Form 990

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