Board of Directors

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

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Robin Rodi, DVM, President

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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Heather Bowker, Vice President

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, 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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Leilani Borenstein

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 husband Rick and their two rescue cats Rocky and Leo.

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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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Laura Goff

Laura is Vice President for Information Technology with the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). She joined MCF in 2006 after more than 20 years of for-profit experience, including more than 15 years with IBM in sales, consulting and business development management positions. Laura is a CPA (inactive) and taught as adjunct faculty for several years at Dominican University of California's School of Business and Leadership. She holds both an M.B.A and B.S. from the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley. Laura joined the MHS board in 2007 and has enjoyed two terms as Treasurer as well as membership in several committees. In addition to MHS, she is a member of the board for Technology Affinity Group (TAG), a national non-profit organization of foundations that promotes the application of information and communications technology to further philanthropy.

Laura has been a life-long adopter of stray and rescued kitties – her most recent addition to the household is Lucy, an MHS alum from fall of 2013. Lucy has been providing great entertainment to the senior resident cats, Lexie and Frankie. Laura tries to take advantage of the incredible Marin hiking opportunities as often as possible and enjoys cooking, dining and wine country adventures.

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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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John Thompson

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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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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