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, and more.

Sandy Monticelli 2023Sandy, 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, Mia.

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.

Robin has enjoyed the veterinary profession since 1994 as a hospital director, advisor and corporate vice president. For the last decade, she’s focused on animal welfare and advocacy, working on legislation and education efforts. She has held leadership positions on the board of directors at Marin Humane for over ten years and focuses her work on strategic planning, finance and advocacy for the organization. She received her BS with Honors from Cornell University and her DVM from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Robin also serves on the executive committee of the Veterinary Angel Network (VANE), supporting innovation in the animal health and veterinary industries through funding and mentorship. Robin serves on the Presidential Council of Cornell Women with the goal of advancing women students, faculty, staff and alumni at Cornell. She has also been deeply involved with both public and private education, serving on numerous educational boards and advisory committees and leading major fundraisers and a successful parcel tax campaign.

Robin is passionate about Marin Humane’s goal to end pet homelessness in the Bay Area and is focused on developing best practices and collaboration with other shelters. She shares her home with several humans, two charming pitbulls, and a beloved red-eared slider.

Erin Bennett DVMDr. Erin Bennett is a veterinarian and co-owns San Marin Veterinary Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. Bennett served as Chief of Public Medicine at Sonoma Humane Society. She also volunteers her time to provide veterinary care at Marin Humane’s mobile, free community clinics.

Dr. Bennett attended the University College of Veterinary Medicine Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, where she then worked as a veterinarian for over three years. She and her husband and their two kids live in Sonoma County, with seven cats, three dogs, three goats, and two sheep–and the list continues to grow. In her spare time…well, she cleans up after her kids and animals.

Jackie Broad began her career in finance and planning for major retail and apparel companies including Target, The Gap’s Old Navy division, and Levi Strauss and Company. She later focused her efforts on supporting quality K-12 public education and has extensive nonprofit leadership and development experience. Jackie was an executive board member with Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, for more than 10 years in various roles, including Board Chair. She later joined the Kiddo! staff, managing their Business Partners Program, promotions, and business campaigns. Jackie has also served on the Tam High Foundation Board as their Grants Chair.

Jackie sits on the advisory committee for SchoolsRule-Marin and is a member of Colgate University’s Women’s Leadership Council. She also enjoys working directly with students as a part of the Targeted Learning Lab staff, teaching literacy and math, in the Mill Valley School district. She has an undergraduate degree from Colgate University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

In 2016, Jackie and her family adopted a fluffy, shy kitten with big, green eyes named Quattro from Marin Humane. Quattro has brought much love and joy to their lives. Jackie is very proud to be a part of a wonderful organization that is devoted to making the lives of animals — and humans — happy.

Blake Davis - Board of Directors, Marin Humane Society

Blake is a CPA with 30 years of experience in public accounting and industry where he has specialized in international tax 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.

Lisa Doran - Board of Directors, Marin Humane

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, Lisa served on the Audit Committee. She served on the Marin Humane Board of Directors from 2011 through 2019 then rejoined the Board in 2022. Lisa currently serves on the Audit and Finance Committees. Past roles include Board Vice Chair, Board Treasurer, Chair of the Audit Committee, and 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 three cats, Savannah, Leonardo, and Azalea, Melody the rabbit (all 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.

Maribeth Doran - Board of Directors, Marin Humane

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.

Amy FarrowAmy Farrow is an award-winning Chief Information Officer with 20+ years of experience. She is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Infoblox, where she leads the Information Technology and Security teams. Prior to that, she served as Lyft’s first CIO. Amy is both a mentor and advisor and enjoys giving back through various organizations such as Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and ALS TDI. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science & Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University.

Amy lives in Corte Madera with her husband and two children and has two cats adopted from Marin Humane, Popcorn and Oreo.

Shonalie is the Controller/CFO at 3rd Stone Design. She has a BA degree in Economics from Pomona College.

She has worked with a number of consulting firms, in a wide range of roles, from finance, business, employee compensation, and benefits. In addition to serving on the board of Marin Humane, Shonalie is the Board Treasurer of Hatch Technologies, a nonprofit which helps distribute neonatal medical equipment in Africa. Shonalie began serving as an advisor on the Marin Humane Finance Committee before being elected to the board of directors in 2017. Past roles include Board Chair, Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Shonalie lives in Mill Valley with her husband and two children. They have adopted many dogs over the years, and the current crew includes two Marin Humane alum turtles!

Dr. Marcella Harb-Hauser

Marcella has enjoyed the veterinary profession since graduating from U.C. Davis in 1992. She completed a one-year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and a three-year residency in Internal Medicine at U.C. Davis before completing a rigorous credentialing and examination process to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has practiced as a veterinary specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin since 2005.

Marcella has been an active Marin County volunteer serving in San Rafael school leadership positions and serving multiple years as a vestry member on church boards including co-organizing the start of the Marin Food Bank location in Corte Madera. She is currently co-chair of the student Scholarship Committee at the San Rafael Elks Club.

Marcella grew up in the Bay Area, married her high school sweetheart, and they have launched two children into the world. They now share their home with one miniature sized cat and one huge Golden Retriever.

Deborah HolleyDeborah is a land use and environmental planner with over 25 years of experience. She helps nonprofits, schools, developers, and architects negotiate the environmental and development review process. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Deborah has extensive fundraising and advocacy experience having served on the boards of Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, and the Tam High Foundation. She has been involved with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Castro Theater Conservancy Working Group, and Election Protection.

Deborah lives in Mill Valley with her husband Scott and her adopted lab/shepherd mix Stella, and you’ll often find her hiking with them on Mount Tam. Deborah is grateful to serve on the Marin Humane Board because they protect and bring happiness to animals and people.

Sahana JayaramanAs the founder of Zagging Goats brand communications consultancy, Sahana serves as a fractional CMO for startups. With 18 years of experience as a creative strategist, Sahana helps companies access relevant insights to connect creatively with audiences. Holding executive roles at top consultancies like Omnicom, Edelman, and Hotwire Global Communications, Sahana drove business innovation for her agencies while solving unique communications problems for clients including Facebook, Samsung, Visa, AT&T, TJ Maxx, Kaiser Permanente, and Bayer. Sahana graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Arizona State University.

Sahana is dedicated to supporting women, children, and animals in her community. Before her board role, Sahana served on Marin Humane’s strategic planning committee. She also volunteered with the Marin Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Bay Area chapter of ColorComm, the America India Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona.

On weekends, Sahana enjoys yoga, dog parks, reading, social content creation, and scrolling through silly dog videos for fun. Sahana resides in San Rafael with her husband and their 9-year-old adopted Shepherd mix, Jaanu.

Tom Ladt has a long career history in management, strategy, and operations. He has served as CEO and Board Member of PetSuites of America, Ventas REIT, and Golden Brands. Tom was a Senior Administrative Assistant and Deputy Commerce Commissioner for Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. He is currently on the board of Vigilent and has served on the board of Atria Senior Living, Chairmen’s RoundTable, Compliance.ai, HEALTHCAREfirst, and the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center among others.

Tom earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and resides in Tiburon with his family, which includes Luna, a three-year-old Pomeranian.

Michael LevineMichael 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.

Cheryl 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.

Kim is a corporate attorney and currently serves as Director, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Mitsubishi Financial in the Americas. Prior to this role, Kim served as Assistant Corporate Secretary and Manager of the corporate governance team at Bechtel Corporation, and previously at Chevron Corporation. Kim earned her BS in Management from Tulane University and her JD from South Texas College of Law.

Kim has served in numerous leadership roles throughout her career, as well as in a volunteer capacity, including 20+ years at Corinthian Yacht Club. Over the years at CYC, she chaired several committees, served as secretary (2006-2010), then as director (2011-2015) and, ultimately, Commodore in 2015. She has now come full circle, reprising her role as Secretary beginning in 2021.

Kim enjoys a variety of personal activities including yoga, hiking, sailing/boating, stand-up paddle-boarding, skiing, golf and travel. Kim and her husband, Allyn, live in Peacock Gap with their beloved 7-year-old terrier mix, George (a Marin Humane adoptee!) and 36-year-old Blue-and-Gold Macaw, Kelly. They have also adopted several cats and birds over the years.

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, a 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 focuses on improving the lives of shelter animals, and represents over thirty shelters across the state.

He has extensive experience representing individual pet owners in 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 every case he takes on.

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, UC Law San Francisco, and Stanford Law School) 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.