Meet Us

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, veterinary medicine, and more.

Heather Bowker, Chair
Lisa Doran, Vice Chair
Blake Davis
Brian Cooley
Elsie Fletcher-Rosenthal
Shonalie Guinney
Noelle Leca
Monica Martinez
Leilani Pursel
Robin Rodi
Kimberley Schafer
Chip Smith
Bruce Wagman
Linda Witong

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General Position Statements approved by the Board of Directors on November 18, 2015.

Heather Bowker, Chair

Heather Bowker - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Heather is an executive coach and organization development consultant with her own 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. Heather is also a proud graduate 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.

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Lisa Doran, Vice Chair

Lisa Doran - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Lisa is a CPA with a local audit practice, specializing in nonprofit organizations. She has served as a panelist on topics such as internal controls, fraud prevention, and audit planning, and is a member of the California Society of CPAs and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to becoming a board member, she participated on the Audit Committee as a consultant. She has been an acting director at Marin Humane since 2011 and served as chair of the Audit Committee until 2013 when she transitioned to chair of the Finance Committee.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting Emphasis, from San Francisco State University.

Lisa and her husband reside in San Rafael with their two cats, Maximus and Savannah (both Marin Humane alumni), and Rufus the snake. When she is not spending time with her menagerie, she can be found in the dance studio taking hip hop classes.

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Blake Davis

Blake Davis - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

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 an avid sailboat racer and ice hockey player and enjoys riding motorcycles.  He currently serves on the board of his yacht club.

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Brian Cooley

Brian Cooley - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Brian is Editor at large for CBS Interactive CNET.com and a former radio host in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He brings ideas regarding technology, media, and communications to Marin Humane as well as serving as the chair of its Advocacy Committee.

Brian received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and his Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University. He and his wife are long time Marin Humane volunteers and their household includes six rescue cats.

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Elsie Fletcher-Rosenthal

Elsie Fletcher-Rosenthal - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

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.

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Shonalie Guinney

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  Bachelors in Economics from Pomona College.

Shonalie lives in Mill Valley with her husband, two children and have had four rescue dogs over the past 20 years and have long been supporters of animal welfare causes.

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Noelle Leca

Noelle Leca - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Noelle has held executive positions in operations, marketing, sales, finance, engineering, and product development with Sybase, International Network Services, Commerce One, and Genesys Telecommunications. Prior to her work in the software industry, Noelle held a number of engineering and engineering management positions with Texaco.

Noelle currently serves on the Board of Directors for San Francisco Opera, and on the advisory boards of Emerge California and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Previously, Noelle served on company boards of directors for Babybacks Enterprises, Inc., a food franchise company, Optica, Inc., a technology company making interconnection devices for IBM and plug-compatible mainframe systems, 1800wineshop.com, an internet-based wine retailer, Synchrony, Inc., a customer relationship management software company (acquired by divine, Inc.), and Vianeta, Inc., an internet-based medical transcription company. She has also served on the Board of Directors of KQED Public Media* (Board Chair) and Children’s Hospital Oakland Foundation, the Board of Trustees of Holy Names University, and the Community Advisory Board of the San Mateo County AIDS Program.

Noelle holds a BS degree in Mathematics from New Mexico Tech and an ME degree in Chemical Engineering from UCLA.

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Monica Martinez, PhD

Dr. Monica Martinez is the senior school strategist for the XQ Institute, a project of the Emerson Collective. She is also an author, former Senior Fellow to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Presidential appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Her career encompasses major programmatic, management, and executive leadership roles primarily around secondary reform and college readiness. Prior to working at XQ, Monica was an independent consultant, president of the New Tech Network and the vice president for Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks. In Washington, DC, she was a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership and before that worked for Williams College. Her book, Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century, published by The New Press, was released June, 2014, and has received positive reviews. She’s been a columnist for education magazines and a contributing author to other books and independent reports.

Monica received her BA from Baylor University and her MA and PhD from New York University. When she is home, Monica can be found walking her dog around Tiburon, hiking in Marin, or on her Vespa or somebody’s sailboat (if they let her).

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Leilani Pursel

Leilani Pursel - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Leilani has spent 30 years in the technology field including senior assignments in financial services, insurance, and telecommunications companies, as well as CTO in two reinsurance intermediaries. For the last ten years, she has had her own consulting business focusing on corporate contingency planning, strategic planning, risk management, change management, business re-engineering, and large-scale systems implementations.

Leilani has always cared deeply about animal and human rights. Serving on the Marin Humane board of directors has allowed her to follow her lifelong passion by taking on a more active role in advocacy for animals. Working as a Marin Humane adoption counselor prior to her board service showed her the organization goes well beyond animal care to true advocacy – from fostering neonate kittens to fighting animal rights battles in court.

Leilani lives in San Rafael with her two rescue cats Rocky and Leo.

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Robin Rodi, DVM

Robin Rodi - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Robin has been active in the veterinary profession as a practitioner, hospital director and corporate vice president. Robin has spent the last nine years serving as PTA president, chairperson of the Novato School District Parcel Tax Campaign, and organizer of multiple district fundraising efforts.

Some of Robin’s many awards include the 2009 North Marin Council Award for Outstanding Service to Novato Schools and 2008 Novato School District Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Robin received her BS with Honors from Cornell University and her DVM from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Robin has a strong interest in animal welfare and advocacy and has fostered, cared for and adopted numerous “hard luck cases.”

As the parent of two children, Robin has also seen a great need for advocacy, fundraising, and policy making in the public school system. 
She has a strong interest in continuing the success of Marin Humane programs and expanding the organization’s reach into the community. Robin and her family share their home with two energetic boxers, one pit bull, a rabbit, a turtle and 22 fish.

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Kimberley Schafer

Kim is a corporate attorney and serves as the assistant corporate secretary at Bechtel Global Corporation.  Kim 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 B.S. in Management from Tulane University and her J.D. 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 also enjoys a variety of personal activities including yoga, hiking, sailing/boating, stand-up paddle-boarding, skiing, golf, biking, skeet/trap shooting, travel. Kim and her husband, Allyn, live in Peacock Gap with their 30-year-old blue-and-gold macaw, Kelly. They have adopted several cats (and birds) over the years and recently lost their two kitties, but plan to rebuild their furry family soon.

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Chip Smith

Chip Smith - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

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 really likes dogs, and his wife, who really likes cats, live in Mill Valley with their son, who really likes any obscure animal, along with their dog Marmot, leopard gecko  Zip, and fish Taco.

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Bruce Wagman

Bruce Wagman - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Bruce Wagman is a partner in the Schiff Hardin law firm’s San Francisco office, 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 is also passionate about teaching the next generation of animal welfare champions and serves as adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and UCSF, and as a lecturer at Stanford University. 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.

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Linda Witong

Linda Witong - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Linda has served as the Marin Deputy District Attorney for more than 30 years and was involved in many animal welfare cases. Linda currently works cold case investigations, instructs classes at the Marin Humane Animal Law Enforcement Academy, is a delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and is a past president of the Soroptimist Club of Marin.

Linda currently serves on two board committees: Advocacy and Finance.

Linda received her bachelor’s degree from the UC Berkeley and her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. She was born in Marin and still lives in the same Mill Valley house in which she was raised.

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