We have a rock solid group of dedicated, passionate professionals helping to guide us.
These volunteer board members bring expertise in the fields of finance, nonprofit leadership, law, technology, strategic planning, and more.
Chip Smith, Chair
Kimberley Schafer, Vice Chair
Cheryl Elizabeth Popp
Chip is the owner of Verdigris, an architectural firm specializing in light commercial, residential, and multi-family housing. Over 20 years, his involvement with projects as both architect and developer has provided experience with design, construction, entitlements, financing, and the regulatory environment. Chip’s peripheral interests in technology and the environment led to ownership positions with one of the first internet service providers in the Bay Area, as well as the first fully compliant grid powered solar plant in California.
Chip holds a BA degree in History from Carlton College and Masters in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon. Working with the PTA for his son’s school, Chip helped complete a long running campaign to create play fields and a wetlands teaching area. He also worked on ballot Measure C for Mill Valley.
Chip, who lives in Tiburon, really likes dogs, especially Marmot, and has been known to associate with his son’s leopard gecko, Zip.
Kim is a corporate attorney and currently serves as deputy corporate secretary, vice president for MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Prior to this role, Kim was a manager and assistant corporate secretary at Bechtel Global Corporation. She spent the first part of her career with Chevron Corporation in various roles including marketing, legal, international sales, chartering and scheduling, logistics and trading, and corporate governance. Kim earned her BS in Management from Tulane University and her JD from South Texas College of Law.
Kim has served in numerous leadership capacities, including 10+ years with the board at Corinthian Yacht Club. She chaired several committees, served as secretary for several years, then became a director and, ultimately, Commodore in 2015. She enjoys a variety of personal activities including yoga, hiking, sailing/boating, stand-up paddle-boarding, skiing, golf, biking, and travel. Kim and her husband, Allyn, live in Peacock Gap with their beloved 3-year-old terrier mix, George (a Marin Humane adoptee!) and 32-year-old blue-and-gold macaw, Kelly. They have also adopted several cats and birds over the years.
Nancy Baird has had a long career in advertising, marketing, executive search, and account management. She is the owner of Novato-based Creature Comforts, which designs and manufactures wholesale high-end products for pets and their people. It also employs adults with disabilities to assemble products as training to enter the workforce.
Nancy manages the Creature Comforts Foundation, served on the development board of PAWS in Chicago, and as president of the Colgate Club in Chicago. She is a graduate of Colgate University. Nancy lives in Novato with her husband Wyllys and her three adopted dogs.
Heather, now retired, had her own executive coach and leadership development consulting business in San Rafael. Heather’s career in human resources and talent management consulting in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America spans more than 30 years. She moved from Europe to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1986, on a three-year work assignment, and never left!
Heather has a BA from the University of Warwick in England and a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. She and her dogs are also proud graduates of the Marin Humane Canine Behavior Academy I and II. Heather and her husband Dennis are passionate about animal protection and advocacy, supporting global, local, and grassroots organizations for all types of animal—wild, domesticated, and farm animals. In her spare time, Heather enjoys walking with her two adopted German shepherds, tending to her vegetable garden, hiking, swimming, reading, and going to the theater.
Blake is a CPA and the Vice President of Tax at Williams-Sonoma where he addresses the company’s global tax and accounting for income tax matters. Blake spent most of his career in public accounting, beginning with Arthur Andersen and then Deloitte, where he specialized in international taxation and accounting for income taxes. He brings financial and accounting skills to the Marin Humane board. Blake received a BSBA in Finance from the University of Arizona and a MS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Blake is a Corte Madera resident and enjoys sailboat racing, playing ice hockey and riding motorcycles. He is a Past Master of Mill Valley Masonic Lodge and a Past Commodore of Corinthian Yacht Club.
Maribeth Doran is Senior Integrated Media Strategist with iHeartMedia Markets Group. Her background is primarily in media but also includes the wine business, working at Cline Cellars & Jacuzzi Family Vineyards as a Lead (Manager), handling VIP and trade groups, and social media.
She earned a BS degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Novato with her husband. They are pet parents to Molly and Dashiell Hammett, both adopted.
Elsie has worked with Marin Humane since 2012, serving on both the Investment Committee and the Audit Committee, and now currently chairs the Finance Committee. Elsie has over 25 years of experience in the investment management and finance industry. She joined Tukman Grossman Capital Management as director of client services in 2000 after serving as chief investment officer (CIO) for Bank of America’s pension plans. Elsie also served as CIO for Bank of America’s Private Bank.
Elsie earned a Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) designation in 1995 and serves on the Board of the CFA Society of San Francisco and on the Education Advisory Board for the CFA institute. She is also a member of the St Francis Hospital Foundation Board where she currently chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Investment Committee. Elsie is a member of the Northern California Chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD).
Elsie received her MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Chemistry and Physics at Louisiana State University.
A lifelong supporter of many animal rescue groups, Elsie and her husband, Don Rosenthal, have rescued several hound dogs and volunteered their time at various shelters. They currently share their home with a red bloodhound named June Carter Cash and Scooter, a treeing walker coonhound.
Shonalie is the Controller/CFO at 3rd Stone Design. She has worked with a number of consulting firms, in a wide range of roles, from finance, business, employee compensation, and benefits. Shonalie began serving as an advisor on the Marin Humane Finance Committee before being elected to the board of directors in 2017. She has a BA degree in Economics from Pomona College.
Shonalie lives in Mill Valley with her husband and two children. They’ve had four rescue dogs over the past 20 years and have long been supporters of animal welfare causes.
Michael Levine is the CEO of Tastes on the Fly, Inc., a boutique airport restaurant developer and operator with 26 locations in four major airports. He founded Events West, a premier culinary and music event production company. He also owned Faire Foods, a catering company for fairs and festivals statewide.
Michael served on the board of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and has been an active supporter of Marin Humane for many years, including adopting several pets. He earned his BA degree in Humanities and Philosophy from UC Berkeley and lives in Greenbrae, while caring for six adopted kitties who live with his former wife in San Anselmo.
Sandy, a longtime donor to Marin Humane, is a financial advisor to hedge funds and other clients. She has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial sector, having served as Chief Operating Officer and Partner at Seneca Capital Management, as Director of Finance for the San Francisco Newspaper Agency, and as a Senior Audit Manager with Ernst and Young. She earned her BS in Accounting from UC Berkeley.
Sandy served on the boards of the Narada Michael Walden Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marin. She lives in Novato with her husband Ray and her Yorkshire Terrier, Lola.
Cheryl Elizabeth Popp
A long-time Sausalito resident, Cheryl is a marketing communications specialist by trade. Her last corporate gig was director of communications for Credit Suisse First Boston. She is now the happy owner of Sausalito Books by the Bay – an independent, community-supported bookstore on the waterfront in Sausalito.
In addition to serving on the Marin Humane board, she chairs the Sausalito-Cascais Sister City program and its youth sailing exchange program between the Sausalito Yacht Club and Clube Naval in Cascais, Portugal. Cheryl is also a founding director and curator for the Sausalito Film Festival. An active member of the Sausalito Woman’s Club, she was the 2011 recipient of the Spirit of Marin award.
A published writer, former radio talk show host, and journalist, Cheryl is a native of the Bay Area and graduate of UC Berkeley. Her Lancashire Heeler, Sparky, is her constant canine companion.
Roxanne Sheridan-Purcell provides client lien resolution and management at Brayton Purcell LLP, the largest Plaintiff’s law firm in California. In that capacity, she administrates, negotiates, and resolves medical liens involving MediCaid, Veterans Administration, and private entities on behalf of the firm clients and families.
Roxanne is active in many charitable efforts including functions at The Pines in Sausalito, a 1888 Queen Anne Victorian, which she worked to restore from 2003 to 2013. She is a member of several nonprofit boards and an active fundraiser. She previously served on the boards for Polly Klaas Foundation, North Bay Children’s Center, and The Friends of the Sausalito Library.
Roxanne earned a BS Degree in Nursing with a Minor in Psychology from Dominican University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She shares her home with Gil Purcell, and their eight rescued felines.
Bruce Wagman is a lawyer with Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila in San Francisco, with an almost exclusive focus on animal law matters, including litigation, legislative drafting and counseling, education, and private consultation.
Bruce has dedicated his career to defending and improving animal lives. He’s the only lawyer in a leading United States firm focusing solely on animal law. Bruce is the author of Animal Law: Cases and Materials, the main casebook for law school courses, and the lead author of A Worldview of Animal Law, the only global survey of animal law. He focuses on using his legal experience and creativity to foster a kinder world for all species.
Bruce has experience in virtually every aspect of the law pertaining to animals. He takes on issues including the use of animals in entertainment, biomedical research, animal agriculture/food production, animal cruelty, and wildlife control. He also has experience in individualized cases involving dog bites, animal custody disputes, and injuries to, and caused by, animals. Bruce’s forte is his passion for each of his cases and his proven ability to turn that passion into winning arguments. He takes an “eyes on the prize” approach to litigation matters, always seeking to avoid trial while working toward a positive result for his clients.
Bruce also is a tireless lecturer and presenter on topics covering all aspects of animal law, and has been teaching animal law at three Bay Area law schools (Berkeley Law/Boalt Hall, UC Hastings, and Stanford Law) since 1996. He earned his BS from Cornell University, his BSN from Columbia University School of Nursing, and his JD from University of California Hastings College of Law.
Kathy has had a long career as a management consultant and strategy executive working primarily in healthcare to help a broad range of companies innovate and prosper. In addition to working in corporate strategy for Kaiser Permanente and McKesson, Kathy ran her own consulting firm for a dozen years.
Kathy has been active in school-related activities in Mill Valley, and previously served on the board of the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club of San Francisco.
She earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, a graduate degree from the London School of Economics, and a math degree from the University of Texas.
Kathy enjoys the great outdoors and numerous sports, especially playing and coaching volleyball. Kathy and her family live in Mill Valley with their two adopted tabbies.