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IHS 

Leadership

Jeff Rosenthal, DVM

Chief Executive Officer

2021 marks Jeff’s 21st year with the Idaho Humane Society. After graduating from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he practiced as a small animal practitioner in Southern Oregon for 7 years prior to becoming Medical Director for the IHS’s Veterinary Medical Center in 2000. In 2002, he transitioned to become the Chief Executive Officer of IHS.

During his time in leadership, the organization has seen dramatic improvement in the save rate for sheltered pets alongside the creation of innovative programs such as our correctional facility-based dog training program, expansion of spay and neuter efforts, our Pet Food Pantry, and the expansion of full-service low-cost veterinary care for public clients. The number of employees has more than doubled, and he oversaw a successful 16 million dollar Capital Campaign to complete our new Adoption, Veterinary Medical, and Humane Education Centers. He is also credited for significant improvements to Idaho’s animal welfare laws including a crucial law providing for the forfeiture of abused animals from those who treat them with neglect or cruelty, a felony animal fighting statute, and the State’s at-risk and dangerous dog statute.

An unusual feature of his role at the Idaho Humane Society comes from a career-long interest and extensive training in veterinary orthopedic surgery. In addition to fulfilling all the responsibilities of CEO, each and every week Jeff continues to provide advanced orthopedic procedures for shelter and publicly owned pets. This expertise within an animal shelter is unique and allows us to restore pain-free mobility to hundreds of pets each year.

Jeff’s family moved to Boise in 1980, and he was excited to return to our community. His entire immediate family lives in Boise. The current pet contingent of his household includes three Idaho Humane Society rescue dogs: Fritz, Helga, and Widget.

DEE DEE BOWRING

ADOPTIONS MANAGER

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 currently oversees out of state transfer program, the foster program and more! Dee Dee studied Management and English at Rio Salado College.

When not at work, Dee Dee spends time with her family and four dogs: Liviana, Piggle, Bindi and Gibby. In her spare time, she loves to read and write.

LAURIE DART

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 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. Together they camp, fish, hunt and do 3D archery shoots.

Leann Gilberg

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.

Vanessa Grenier

Dog Trainer

Vanessa Grenier is a certified professional dog trainer who has been training dogs for over a decade. She is an Animal Behavior College graduate, certified in shelter training and enrichment by Karen Pryor Academy, certified in evaluation techniques for detection dogs and has hundreds of CEUs in a variety of other training methods and techniques.

She is always attending new seminars and classes to remain up to date in the most effective training methods and loves learning more ways that she can help pets and their owners. Vanessa has been involved in training at the Idaho Humane Society for 8 years, helping with our public training programs as well as providing staff training, dog evaluations, and building our training and enrichment programs for shelter animals.

Brittany Jenks

Pets for Life Program Manager

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.

Alia Kelley

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, country swing and social dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Morris McCall

Facilities Manager

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.

Krystal McGough

Shelter Manager

Krystal is an Idaho native, raised in Colorado. She studied animal science at Washington State University and moved back to the Treasure Valley in 2013. She joined the Idaho Humane Society animal care team with the goal of becoming a veterinarian while advocating for animal welfare and championing those in need.

A lover of animals, Krystal adopted her Catahoula mix Phoenix from the shelter; his favorite things on the planet (besides food!) are spicy kittens when he isn’t getting to know other dogs are the shelter. Krystal also has a wild child BLM mustang named Hiccup, and a tiny black panther, aka cat named Peaches. Krystal enjoys fostering stressed-out medical cats and, when not working, enjoys reading, camping, hunting, playing softball, and traveling to places she’s never been.

 

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).

Nadia Novik

Chief Operations Officer

Nadia started working with animals as a veterinary technician and quickly realized her passion was with homeless animals. She began her career in animal welfare working with veterinary students as part of the Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. From there, she became the Shelter Manager at Tompkins County SPCA in Ithaca, NY before finding her way to Idaho. After 11 years with Mountain Humane, Nadia joined the team at IHS.

From working within underserved communities to help people keep their pets, looking for ways to decrease the time animals spend within shelters and making sure animal welfare organizations are working together in order to best help animals, Nadia enjoys the multi-faceted roles she plays within the field. While she recently joined the team at Idaho Humane, she is looking forward to working with such a committed and progressive organization.

When she’s not working, Nadia can be found running with her German Wirehair Siri, riding her horse June, or meeting every need of her two cats, Bunny and Paw Paw.

Kristine Schellhaas

PR and Digital Media Manager

Kristine joined the Idaho Humane Society in late 2017. After her husband retired from the US Marine Corps, their family moved back home to Boise where she was able to realize her goal of working to make a difference for animals.

Previous to joining IHS, Kristine founded and sold a digital media company. 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 with friends.

Kendall Schreiner

Development & Events Specialist

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.

 

Tiffany Shields

Director of Animal Control Services

Tiffany comes to the Idaho Humane Society with over 25 years of experience in the Animal Care and Control field. She spent 19 years at the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, where she attended their Animal Control Academy in 1999 and served on the Dangerous Dog Task Force and the P.A.C.T. Team.

Tiffany grew up in Colorado and recognized her passion for animals at a young age. At age 15, she took her first job bathing dogs in a grooming shop. She has volunteered for Road Dogs & Rescue based in Los Angeles for bulldogs in need.

Tiffany and her husband moved to Boise in 2017 and began working at the Ada County Sheriff Office until 2020. During that time, she fostered and volunteered for several local non-profit rescue groups, including BBBR, MCR, and Friends Furever.

Since joining IHS, Tiffany has already adopted Nova (pictured with Edgar); she joins Alistair and Jubilee, both adopted from Road Dogs & Rescue. She loves reading, hiking, running, karaoke, being on or near the river, and fostering shelter animals. She is also obsessed with all things French Bulldog, currently owning 3.

Courtney Thompson

Volunteer Services Manager

Courtney brings more than 12 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector to the Idaho Humane Society. Many of those years have been spent working with volunteers creating programming and fun for youth in outdoor settings. Courtney has two degrees from Northern Michigan University, where she spent all of her free time focusing on her outdoor passions: kayaking, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

Growing up in Northern Michigan, Courtney had almost every small pet you can think of: hermit crabs, goldfish, parakeets, gerbils, hamsters, and two cats named Tigger and Pooh. She started volunteering at her local animal shelter when she was ten years old, wanting nothing more than to have a dog of her own, but until that came to fruition, she spent a few days a week cleaning kennels and walking dogs at the local shelter.

Courtney and her husband have been living in Boise since 2015 with their two rescue dogs: Atlas, a Pekingese/English Staffordshire mix, and Scout, a “Pure Rez dog.” They welcomed their daughter Pippa to their pack in 2018, who loves that her mom works with so many doggies!

Matt Woller

Operations Manager

With IHS since 2020, Matt Woller began his tenure as the Adoptions Manager and now serves as the Operations Manager. He leads the teams responsible for shelter and medical operations as well as adoptions and customer care.

He brings over thirteen years of management experience as well as experience at the Oregon Humane Society and Born Again Pitbull Rescue.

Originally from Tigard, Oregon, Matt moved to Boise in 2017, meeting his wife shortly after. They have a Border Collie Husky, Winnie, and two cats, Franklin and Blanche.

When he is not at the office, Matt enjoys swing dancing, cooking with his wife and throwing the ball for his pup.

Lauren Wong

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.

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