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Jeff Rosenthal, DVM
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff has been leading the Idaho Humane Society in the roles of Executive Director and CEO for the last 16 years. Previously, he spent 2 years as IHS’s Medical Center Director. Overall, Jeff has been a professional in the field of veterinary medicine for more than 25 years. The Idaho Humane Society’s mission also defines Jeff’s personal mission: to advocate for the welfare and responsible care of animals, protect them from neglect and cruelty, and promote humane education, awareness, and compassion. Jeff has always loved working with animals and is especially proud of the abundance and variety of programs and projects the Idaho Humane Society has to offer.
Jeff spent part of his youth in New Mexico before moving to Boise in 1980. Jeff finished college at the University of Oregon before graduating from Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Outside of work, Jeff spends much of his time with family as his parents and daughter, Sarah, still reside in the Boise region. Jeff and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of two dogs (Widget and Fritz) and a cat (Orangey). When Jeff has the opportunity to get away, he’s out camping, hiking, running, fishing, etc.…basically most anything outdoors.
Human Resources Manager
Lauren has been with the Idaho Humane Society since 2017. She loves working with employees who care so much about the organization – and says playing with all the cute dogs and cats is also a plus.
Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and marketing from Florida State University, along with PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. She moved to Boise in early 2017.
Lauren has three rescue animals: Boris, a Russian Blue cat; Duke, a mutt (a DNA test says he’s primarily miniature poodle and American Staffordshire Terrier); and Savannah, a Chihuahua-Aussie-Yorkie adopted from IHS. In her spare time, Lauren likes to travel, check out local restaurants and breweries, and spend time with friends and family.
Dee Dee Bowring
Director of Shelter Programs
Dee Dee found her calling in animal welfare. Her early experience came as a volunteer in Arizona animal shelters before she moved to Boise in 2001. She began working for the Idaho Humane Society in 2004, holding front desk and shelter positions prior to taking over as the shelter manager in 2008. She studied management and English at Rio Salado College.
Dee Dee has four dogs of her own: Liviana, Piggle, Bindi and Gibby. In her spare time, she loves to read and write.
Veterinary Medical Center Front Desk Manager
Kaitlyn is originally from a small town in northwest Iowa and moved to Idaho with her mother and 3 siblings. She set up roots in Boise at a young age, studied a variety of interests and traveled before coming aboard the IHS team as a receptionist in our Veterinary Medical Center in 2017. She enjoys working with doctors and clients to ensure they receive the best care for their pets.
Kaitlyn has a fur family that consists of IHS alumni; Emma, a small Staffordshire Terrier mix, and 2 cats, Charming and Parker.
Outside of work, you will most likely find Kaitlyn on long walks with Emma, hanging out at the dog park for hours at a time, or hiking and spending time with her family.
Veterinary Technician Supervisor
Laurie started volunteering for the Idaho Humane Society through a veterinary assistant program in 1991, when she was 21 years old. When she completed her volunteer hours, she was offered a job as a veterinary assistant and eventually became a veterinary technician. Laurie has had her CET license since 1993 and received her CVT license in 2003. In addition to her work at IHS, she has filled in and worked part-time at other veterinary hospitals around the valley.
Laurie has one cat (Cosmo), two dogs (Libby and Opie), one black Angus cow (Dorkiss), three horses (Gypsy, Poco, and Arizona) twenty-five chickens and two Bourbon Red turkeys. Outside of work, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family and her daughter Kimber, who she describes as her pride and joy. They camp, fish, hunt and do 3D archery shoots.
Chief Financial Officer
When Leann came aboard as the Idaho Humane Society’s CFO in 2012, she’d already been involved with the organization for over half a decade, previously serving on the board of directors as well as the finance committee. Leann grew up with animals and loves working for a cause so near and dear to her heart. She and her family live with three IHS alums – two dogs, Bella and Jackson, and one cat, Callie.
Originally from Montana, Leann has called Boise home for more than 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in political science from the University of Montana and has been a CPA since 1992.
In addition to watching her kids play sports and coaching her daughter’s lacrosse team, Leann likes to play tennis in her spare time.
Chief Development Officer
Jimmy brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to his role at the Idaho Humane Society. He joined our team in 2017 and loves that his job combines his passion for strengthening communities with his love of animals and the communal bonds they forge.
Jimmy grew up in Washington DC but moved to Anchorage, Alaska after college and spent 17 years exploring its natural beauty. In 2010, he was named one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy moved to Boise in 2016, seeking a place to settle permanently. He enjoys living close to downtown and the foothills so he can trail run and bike to all the great shops and restaurants.
Jimmy earned his MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland in 2014 and holds a BA from Loyola University Maryland.
Brittany was born and raised in Boise. She’s been with the Idaho Humane Society since 2008, holding front desk and shelter positions before becoming the animal care manager in 2014. She’s received training through Humane Society of the United States Animal Care expos, Dogs Playing for Life, ASPCA emergency response deployment, BAD RAP Rescue Jam and Kelley Bollen seminars. She loves helping people and pets not only locally, but also in surrounding areas and out of state.
Brittany has two dogs, Dante and Doogie, and two cats, Dre and Daenerys. In her spare time, she loves hiking, traveling, crafting, photography and managing her dog’s Instagram.
Shelter Front Desk Manager
Alia joined the IHS team in 2015 after years of traveling the globe as a professional ballet dancer. It was her love of all animals that brought to the shelter:
“Since I can remember, I have always wanted to save animals. So much to the extent that my parents may have ended up in the principal’s office for a discussion a few times.”
Prior to the Idaho Humane Society, Alia worked for The Wild Bird Fund and the Ruth Melichar Wild Bird Rehab Center where she is presently a regular volunteer. Alia has three dogs (Lady, Maurice, and Mr. Smee) and a cat named Tiger Lilly. Originally from Lewiston, ID, Alia now calls Boise home. She loves to hike and backpack in the foothills and the Sawtooths. Additionally, Alia enjoys fostering animals, reading, and finding great under the radar movies. She refers to herself as a “vegetarian archery enthusiast.”
Director of Veterinary Medicine
Mike has been a veterinarian since 1986, the same year he moved to Boise. He served on the Idaho Humane Society’s board of directors in the early 1990s and joined the staff as veterinary director in 2007. He wanted to apply his veterinary knowledge and experience to as many pets as possible – especially those that have nowhere else to go.
Mike received his bachelor’s in biology from Iowa State University in 1978, then went on to grad school at the University of North Dakota before receiving his DVM from Iowa State in 1986.
Mike loves to hike, fish and spend time in the mountains. He currently has one dog, Bernie the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
Director of Volunteer Services
Melanie’s childhood dream was to be part of the Idaho Humane Society and she began volunteering in the hopes of becoming employed here. That dream came true in 2003, and over the years Melanie has worked as an assistant finance director and bookkeeper, clinic front desk receptionist, clinic front desk supervisor, and human resources manager before heading up the volunteer program in 2008.
Melanie has five pets: Murphy, a powderpuff Chinese crested rescued from a hoard of 200 dogs in 2007; Romey, a rat terrier-Chihuahua who came through IHS many times before he found his forever home; Mickey, a miniature pinscher-Chihuahua mix who was once so skinny he slid under the kennel doors; IHS Alum Max, a miniature poodle; and Turtle, a tortoiseshell mix kitty who holds her own among her canine brothers.
Melanie was born in Boise and now lives within 2 miles of where she grew up. Prior to coming to IHS, Melanie spent time in the banking industry and was the office manager for an architectural firm and a congressional field office. She loves spending time with her grandson, Quinn, and the rest of her family and friends. She dabbles in quilting, pastels, watercolors, and gardening.
Behavior and Adoption Program Coordinator
Although Stefanie spent many years working as a fisheries biologist, she always had a strong interest in companion animals – in fact, she originally intended to become a veterinarian. When she started volunteering at IHS in 2008, her passion for working with dogs and cats was reignited, and she got to see the many ways the organization serves the community. When the opportunity to become employed at IHS presented itself, Stefanie knew it was where she was meant to be. She took over as behavior and adoption program coordinator in 2015.
Stefanie is originally from Santa Rosa, California, and received her bachelor’s in wildlife and fisheries biology from the University of California at Davis in 1998. She moved to Idaho in 1999.
Stefanie has two pets: Radar, an Australian cattle dog mix, and Stella, a gray domestic shorthair. In her spare time, she loves walking with Radar, gardening, photography and spending time with friends and family.
Morris has been with the Idaho Humane Society since 1985, working on the shelter staff and then as an animal control officer before becoming the supervisor in 2003. He has Idaho Fish and Game chemical capture, FEMA community emergency response, shelter operation manager, and large-scale seizure certifications.
Morris has lived in Boise for 52 years. He has two dogs and loves to enjoy the outdoors.
Dr. Alix McGrath
Director of Shelter Medicine
Alix has been with the Idaho Humane Society since 2018. Prior to joining the team here in Idaho, she completed a shelter medicine internship at the San Diego Humane Society. Her passion as a veterinarian has always been shelter medicine, with particular interests in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, infectious disease, and neonatal medicine (bottle baby kittens!). Alix’s calling has always been to help improve the welfare of homeless pets, and to strengthen the human-animal bond through community outreach.
Alix has a degree in Animal Sciences from Penn State University and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University.
Originally from Philadelphia, Alix is enjoying all of the outdoor activities our area has to offer. She and her husband, a fellow veterinarian, enjoy hiking, camping, and going on long walks with their three dogs (Sully, Roo, and Madden), and enjoying quality time at home with their cat (Bijou).
Humane Education Coordinator
Teaching youth is where Kelly’s passion lies and she brings a wealth of youth-focused experience to the Idaho Humane Society. Most recently, she helped facilitate youth camps for Treasure Valley YMCA. She feels (and we agree) the opportunity to focus on pet safety, awareness, and youth development is a great combination!
Kelly is always looking for new ways to help aid in youth development. Additionally, she is certified in First Aid/AED/CPR, OSHA 10, ServeSafe, Red Rover Readers, and Psychological First.
Originally, from New Rochelle, NY Kelly relocated to Idaho in 2015. Kelly loves spending time with her lab mix named Riley and her two cats, Kahleesi and Blue. Favorite things to do outside of work include renovating and working on projects around the house.
PR and Communications Manager
Kristine joined the Idaho Humane Society in early 2018. After her husband retired from the US Marine Corps in 2017, their family moved back home to Boise where she was able to realize her goal of working to make a difference for Treasure Valley animals.
Previous to joining IHS, Kristine founded and sold a digital media company which reached millions of people each month. She is also a published author, keynote speaker, and has dedicated more than 10,000 volunteer hours serving the military community. She has served as a national board member for several charities to include the Military Family Advisory Network, Military Officer Association of America’s Spouse Advisory Council, and several local non-profits.
Kristine’s family has three dogs: Piper, a black Cocker Spaniel; Bella, a Chiweenie; and Auggie, a Lab-Griffon mix… all of them can be found most days napping in Kristine’s office. She holds a master’s degree from Gonzaga University and two bachelor’s degrees from Boise State. In her spare time, Kristine enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and celebrating life and red wine with friends.
Kendall, our donor database and recognition specialist, brings a wealth of animal welfare experience to her position. She spent time growing up on a farm raising animals and fostering kittens. Her passion for animal welfare led her to lend her time and expertise to several organizations throughout Idaho before joining IHS.
Kendall joined IHS in 2013 and previously held positions as an Animal Care Attendant, Adoption Center Supervisor, and Foster Coordinator. Kendall loves seeing the great variety of animals come through the doors at IHS and helping them connect with our fantastic community members to find the perfect forever home.
Kendall studied Health Sciences at Boise State University. In her off time, she enjoys getting outside and hiking, camping, gardening, crafting, and recycling with her husband and daughter. The Schreiners have two dogs, Doodle & Lilith, a cat named Grizabel, one fish who goes by Blue Jeanne, three chickens, Miriam, Periwinkle, & Costanza, and six turtles, Cocina, Shelly, Midge, Snapper, Miss Shell, & Princess Peach.
Special Events and Corporate Relations Coordinator
Kristy is our in-house special events and corporate relations expert. She’s lived in Idaho for over 19 years and joined the IHS team in 2017. Previously, she worked on several grass-roots benefit fundraisers for terminally ill friends in the Treasure Valley. In addition to planning numerous local charity events, she has also served on the board of various agricultural organizations throughout the state of Idaho.
Ever since she was a young child, Kristy has always had a family pet. Today, she has two Pudlepointers (Ivie and Rubi), two cats (Rowan and Myst), and a Chihuahua named Stella. One of her favorite things about working for the Humane Society is seeing the staff’s care and dedication to the thousands of animals that come through IHS’s doors each year.
“I believe that if we have the tools as individuals to help others, then that is what we need to be doing. Working alongside people who love animals as much as I do makes this truly a dream job.”
Animal Control Manager
Karen’s love of animals and the outdoors brought her to the Idaho Humane Society. Originally from Georgia near Savannah, she dedicated more than 21 years as a police officer. During her police career, she worked as a patrol officer, detective, patrol shift sergeant and finally as the detective division commander. She specialized in crime scene processing and special victims crimes (child and elderly.) She later moved to the Pacific Northwest where she spent several years teaching Criminal Justice at Spokane Community College.