Board of Directors

John Thompson, President
Robin Rodi, Vice President
Lisa Doran, Treasurer
Laura Goff
Leilani Borenstein
Heather Bowker
Brian Cooley
Noelle Leca
Chip Smith
Bruce Wagman

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John Thompson, President


John is currently President of The Animals & Society Institute which sponsors academic studies of our relationship with animals, teaches therapists how to intervene in the link between animal cruelty and human abuse, and provides templates for stricter animal protection laws.

Before joining the MHS Board John spent two years volunteering in the shelter’s Animal Care department. There he saw the sadness of broken trust expressed in the eyes of discarded pets. At the same time he learned to appreciate the many ways that MHS goes beyond its basic mission of rescuing and re-homing animals to serve and enrich the lives of a wide spectrum of human and animal clients. He also recognized MHS’s uniqueness in its ability to reach beyond county boundaries to help animals in other communities, and to function as a living international classroom that teaches innovative practices to other shelter professionals.

John is a former investment banker and magazine publisher. He was also a cofounder of a small business investment company.

Two dogs and two cats, all shelter animals, infuse John’s Marin County home with spontaneity and joy.

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Robin Rodi, DVM, Vice President


Robin has seven years of experience in veterinary medicine as a practitioner, hospital director and Corporate Vice President. As her children grew, she saw a great need for advocacy, fundraising, and policymaking in the public sector. She spent the last eight years in the public school system as PTA board officer, Chairperson of School District Parcel Tax Campaign, and organizer of multiple district fundraising efforts. Her interest in helping continue the success of MHS programs and looking for ways to reach out to our community make her a strong advocate for MHS.

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.

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Lisa Doran, Treasurer


Lisa has served on the MHS Audit Committee over the last several years and chaired the committee in 2011. She is a CPA with her own audit practice which specializes in nonprofits. She adds financial and accounting skills, especially regarding nonprofits, to the board.

Lisa and her husband reside in San Rafael with their rabbit, Honey Bunny, their two cats Maximus and Savannah, and Rufus the snake.

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Laura Goff


Laura is Chief Information Officer for the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). She joined MCF in 2006 after more than 20 years of for-profit management experience, including several years as a senior manager in consulting services with IBM. Laura is a CPA and is adjunct faculty at Dominican University of California's School of Business and Leadership.

Laura's off-work hours are managed by her two kitties, Lexie and Frankie.

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Leilani Borenstein


Leilani's career in information technology included senior assignments in financial services, insurance and telecommunications companies. These led directly to CTO positions at two insurance intermediaries. From there Leilani started her own corporate contingency planning consulting business. Her projects included systems and business strategic planning, systems and business recovery planning, risk management, change management, large scale systems implementations, and business reengineering.

Leilani has volunteered as an Adoption Counselor for four years at MHS. She is now retired and lives with her husband in San Rafael with their two rescue cats, Rocky and Leo (an MHS alum and picture boy for the MHS "We Have Kittens" banner).

 

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 Heather Bowker


Heather is an Executive Coach and Organization Development Consultant with her own business in San Rafael. She has a Masters Degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. 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 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. Heather is a graduate of the MHS Canine Behavior Academy I and II, and has always wanted to get more involved in MHS activities.
 
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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Brian Cooley


Brian Cooley is the Editor at Large for CBS Interactive and Association VP/Program Director at CNET.com. Brian and his wife Stacy have both volunteered at the Marin Humane Society. He brings great skills and ideas regarding technology, media and communications to MHS.

The Cooley household in Corte Madera includes seven cats.

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Noelle Leca


Noelle Leca 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, Ms. Leca held a number of engineering and engineering management positions with Texaco. She holds a BS degree in Mathematics from New Mexico Tech and an ME degree in Chemical Engineering from UCLA.

Ms. Leca 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, Ms. Leca has 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 Boards 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.

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Chip Smith

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. 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, and their dog – Marmot, leopard gecko – Zip, and fish-Taco.

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Bruce Wagman

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. He has been active in animal law since 1992.

Bruce’s clients include numerous animal protection organizations as well as private individuals. He has worked on behalf of birds, cats, chickens, chimpanzees, cows, deer, dogs, dolphins, ducks, elephants, elk, gorillas, horses (domestic and wild), lions, mice, monkeys, pigs, sharks, turkeys, and wolves, on issues including the use of animals in entertainment, biomedical research, animal agriculture/food production, animal cruelty, horse slaughter, wild horse management, and wildlife control, as well as individualized cases involving injuries to, and caused by, animals. He is a founding board member of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, home to seven chimpanzees rescued from decades of biomedical research, and a board member of the U.S. Equine Rescue League. He is a coeditor of Animal Law, the first casebook for animal law courses, now in its fifth edition. He is the coauthor of the 2011 book A Worldview of Animal Law, which provides a broad perspective on the similarities and differences of animal laws around the world. He has been teaching Animal Law since 1996 and currently teaches at Hastings College of the Law, Berkeley Law, and Stanford Law School. He has been involved in the defense of California’s law prohibiting cruel confinement of animals (Prop 2), the ban on sale and possession of shark fins, and the sale of foie gras, and legal efforts to prevent horse slaughter for human consumption and to keep wild horses on the range.

Bruce is kept by three dogs, five cats and one wife.

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