Board of Directors

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

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

Heather Bowker, Chair

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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Lisa Doran, Vice Chair

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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Blake Davis

Blake is a CPA and works in the tax department of Williams-Sonoma where he addresses the company’s international tax and accounting for income tax matters. Blake spent most of his 23-year career in public accounting, beginning with Arthur Andersen and then Deloitte, where he specialized in international taxation. He brings financial and accounting skills to
the MHS 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 is Editor at large for CBS Interactive's CNET.com and a former radio host in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He brings ideas regarding technology, media and communications to MHS as well as serving as the chair of its Development Committee.

He and his wife are long time MHS volunteers and their household includes 6 rescue cats.

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Elsie Fletcher- Rosenthal

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 has worked with the Marin Humane Society since 2012 serving on both the Investment Committee and the Audit Committee. A life-long 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 -June Carter Cash.

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.

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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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Leilani Pursel

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 reengineering, and large-scale systems implementations.

Leilani has always cared deeply about animal and human rights. Serving on the MHS Board of Directors has allowed her to follow her life long passion by taking on a more active role in advocacy for animals. Working as an Adoption Counselor at MHS prior to her board service showed her that MHS is an organization that 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 has been active in the veterinary profession as a practitioner, hospital director and corporate vice president. As a parent, she saw a great need for advocacy, fundraising, and policymaking in the public school system. She has spent the last nine years serving as a PTA board officer, Chairperson of the Novato School District Parcel Tax Campaign, and organizer of multiple district fundraising efforts. She has a strong interest in continuing the success of MHS programs and expanding the organization’s reach into the community. 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.

She and her family share their home with two energetic boxers, one pitbull, one rabbit, a turtle and 22 fish.

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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, whales, 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, founder and chairman of the board of Project Chimps, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Georgia, and a board member of the U.S. Equine Rescue League. He is a co-editor 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 farm animals (Prop 2), the ban on sale and possession of shark fins, the ban on sale of foie gras, and on multiple legal efforts to prevent horse slaughter for human consumption and to keep wild horses on the range.

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Linda Witong
Linda began her service in April and is a member of two board committees, Advocacy and Finance. Linda was born in Marin and still lives in the same Mill Valley house in which she was raised. She 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 MHS Academy, is a delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and is a past president of the Soroptimist Club of Marin.

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