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IHS 

Leadership

Jeff Rosenthal, DVM

Chief Executive Officer

2022 marks Jeff’s 22st 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.

LEAH CLARK

DEVELOPMENT AND STEWARDSHIP MANAGER

Leah Stephens Clark joins the Idaho Humane Society with a background in education, the arts, and nonprofits. A native of Boise, Leah’s fondness for the city she calls home is profound and her love of the community is clear to those who meet her. One of the things she loves about development work is meeting new people and learning how IHS has impacted their lives. There are so many great stories to tell! She is grateful for a work-life balance that allows her to spend time in her 1979 Dodge Transvan (jealous?), teaching dance, and planting in her garden. She has two cats, Benjamin and Mae Mobley, and a dog named Julian who were all adopted from the Idaho Humane Society over the years. Her pets bring her almost as much joy as her children, Rafferty and Matilde.

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.

Dr. Adrian Dannis

shelter medicine manager

Dr. Dannis joined the Idaho Humane Society in 2021 after graduating from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts. There she was the president of the Shelter Medicine Club and Feline Medicine Club. One of her highlights while in vet school was traveling to Africa as a fourth year with Kenyan & Danish veterinary students sterilizing Kenyan free-roaming dogs.

Dr. Dannis has owned various pets since childhood, including dogs, cats, chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs, and a turtle; she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. After a year-long rotating internship at a Boston veterinary hospital, she moved to Boise to work at the Idaho Humane Society without visiting the state. She has since fallen in love with biking the greenbelt, trying not to kill her garden, hiking, exploring downtown Boise and attending various events.

She currently has two shelter cats at home, Juniper and Snooki, and two dogs, Birdie (a Shiba Inu) and Rory (an Australian Shepherd). Dr. Dannis is most passionate about access to veterinary care and providing shelter animals with the same compassion and care she would want for her own pets.

Sarah Fuqua

Adoptions Front Desk Manager

Sarah is an Idaho native, having lived in Meridian her entire life. She is a full-time college student but still finds time to fit ballet into her lifestyle. Joining IHS was an impulse decision as she originally planned on having a carefree summer but wanted to contribute to animal welfare, so she took a chance and applied. She was hired and quickly rose to assistant manager, then manager at the front desk. This career path certainly wasn’t planned, but she has greatly enjoyed the opportunities provided and meeting her new best friend at work. In her off time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and hiking.

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

Behavior Manager & Lead 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.

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

Intake 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.

 

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.

Idaho Humane Society

Laura Pegram

Volunteer Services Manager

Originally hailing from West Virginia and Ohio, Laura moved to Idaho in 2007. She is a graduate of Bishop Kelly and later went on to earn a BA in Public Administration from Cedarville University. She joined IHS in late 2021 to follow her passion for helping animals. “I loved animals as a young child and wanted to be a herpetologist when I grew up.

Professionally, I pursued avenues in social services, and IHS allows me to help people and animals in a job that makes a real difference in our community,” says Laura.

Laura loves working with people daily in her role as the Volunteer Manager. It’s especially rewarding for her to see animals connected to their forever homes. She is a big believer in rescue. She and her husband have adopted 2 dogs, Zeus and Chiron (who you can find napping in her office most days!), 4 cats, Magnus, Little Foot, Narcissa, Neville, and 5 rats: Swiss, Smudge, Wishbone, Nick Viall, and Juan Pablo. They also foster animals regularly for the Idaho Humane Society.

When Laura is not busy providing love, care, and enrichment for her animals, you can find her watching Gilmore Girls or the Bachelor, eating Mexican food, and gardening.

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.

Amy Schultz

Events Coordinator

Amy was born and raised in Wyoming, and has lived in Idaho for the last 17 years. She attended Idaho State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University.

Amy was excited to join the Idaho Humane Society working on events, saying, “it’s a great way to foster community engagement and is an exciting way to work with animals and people alike.”

Amy has been married for 13 years and has children, aged 13 and 7. A big proponent of rescues, their family has adopted all their pets, including three dogs, Scooter, Max, Jewels, and three cats, Fat Kitty, Oliver, and Comet. When not at work, Amy enjoys cooking, hiking, backpacking, and gardening.

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.

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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