Meet Us

Marin Humane is led by an experienced team of big-hearted people.

Nancy and Daisy
Nancy took the helm of Marin Humane as its Chief Executive Officer in March 2011. Before the move, she worked her tail off as CEO of Seattle Humane for 19 years (and as their PR coordinator for three), executive director for the Foundation, interim manager for King County Animal Care and Control, and as a consultant. Nancy is past president of the boards of the Washington State Federation of Animal Care & Control Agencies, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), and Elder and Adult Day Care Services. Having held numerous positions on several national, statewide, and local boards and committees over the years, Nancy currently serves on two boards – CVNL (Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership) and the Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s Shelter Advisory Board. She also serves on the CalAnimals Emergency Management Committee.

Nancy earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.

Nancy and her husband Jim currently share their home with Fiona, an adopted feline, and Marin Humane alum Daisy, a Sheepdog Poodle mix. They’ve always had shelter pets as family members, despite the fact that Jim is allergic to animals.

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Ashley was thrilled to join Marin Humane in 2016. She manages the Finance, Human Resources, and Volunteer Engagement departments. Ashley has over 10 years of finance experience from a series of companies in the outdoor and active wear branding and licensing industry. Ashley earned a B.A. in Economics from Williams College and an accounting certificate through the University of California, Berkeley.

Ashley lives with her husband and their two energetic dogs (Lucy and Miley) in Novato. They enjoy the beach, hiking local trails, modern and contemporary art, and spending time with their large family.

KeriKeri’s introduction to Marin Humane was in 1998 as a volunteer pet pal. Inspired by the organization’s innovative thinking, Keri transitioned from volunteer to employee in 1999 when she became a Customer Care Representative. Keri’s passion is working with people and in 2005, she was promoted to Director of Customer Care.

As Vice President of Shelter Operations, Keri oversees the Adoption and Animal Care departments, as well as the Veterinary Clinic. Keri attended Sonoma State University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Public Administration.

Keri appreciates the organization’s willingness to think outside the box and to explore new ways to improve the lives of animals and people. She lives in Sonoma County with her two kids, as well as a plethora of shelter animals. She’s known around the office for her love of all things sparkly.

John ReeseJohn joined Marin Humane in 1994 as an animal services officer after serving as the Special Events Coordinator for UCLA. He then moved to the Public Relations department in 1998 and a year later,  became the director of that department.

In 2007, John led the effort to build two dog parks, a fountain plaza, and expanded parking. And more recently, he orchestrated the construction of the Intake Center and complete renovations of the cat and dog adoption areas.

In 2015, John managed the buildout of Marin Humane’s first satellite center, Kitty Corner. As Vice President of Administration, he oversees Behavior and Training, Facilities and Maintenance, Information Technologies, and Master Planning.

John earned his B.A. degree from UCLA. His life is fuller when enjoying live music, cycling, kayaking, and Marin outdoors. He shares his life with an adorable daschund-spaniel mix, Owen, two gregarious cats, Bradley & Sheldon, and his wife Andrea, a registered veterinary technician at Marin Humane.

Matt joined Marin Humane in 2022 to lead its Development team after spending more than two decades building philanthropic programs in higher education, with a focus on public health, medicine and the social and behavioral sciences. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to integrate his commitment to philanthropy with his passion for animal welfare at Marin Humane.

Matt holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University as well as master’s degrees in creative writing and pastoral care from Pacific University and Fordham University.

Matt and his husband currently share their homes in San Francisco and L.A. with two feline beauties; they plan to add a canine to the family in the near future, in hopes of building an agility empire.

He is an avid reader, animal lover, and fan of all sports involving a racket.

Darlene Blackman - Senior Management TeamDarlene has been with Marin Humane since 1991, serving in positions in education, adoptions and the behavior and training departments. As director of community engagement, she manages our Pet Care Assistance, Pet Safety Net, Animal-Assisted Programs, and Share a Book programs as well as Humane Education. She also teaches the Your Dog to Share and the Share a Book specialty classes, which teaches volunteers about animal-assisted therapy and the human-companion animal bond.

Before joining the team at Marin Humane, Darlene worked for 10 years at the Massachusetts SPCA, starting as an animal care technician at the Angel Memorial Animal Hospital, then farm animal care coordinator, humane educator, and volunteer coordinator. She also worked at the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a farm education center, and at a livestock auction where she worked to create a safer, more humane place for the animals.

Darlene graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and studied animal science/veterinary medicine.

Darlene feels blessed to have her dream job which allows her to make a difference for animals and people every day. She is a card-carrying member of the Red Sox Nation and she enjoys gardening, hiking in the beauty of Marin, reading, and traveling home to New England.

Lisa Bloch - Senior Management TeamLisa oversees Marin Humane’s marketing, website, media relations, publications, and social media. She comes to Marin Humane with more than 25 years’ experience in communications in the nonprofit and public sectors, including the Corporation for National Service in Washington, DC, where she managed communications nationally for the AmeriCorps program.

Lisa earned her B.A. degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC, but after too many humid summers, she moved back to her home state of California.

Lisa has been a lifelong animal lover and has always had shelter animals. She shares her home with fur kids as well as human ones.

Juliet joined Marin Humane in the summer of 2021 when Hopalong Animal Rescue became part of the Marin Humane family! A former film producer for 10 years, Juliet has worked in animal welfare for the last 20. She joined IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 20 years ago where she served as a producer, member of the Global Emergency Relief Team, and West Coast Head of Strategic Partnerships. She later joined Hopalong Animal Rescue, the largest animal-foster program in the Bay Area, as their Executive Director.

Juliet holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, and remains an avid sailor and motor-boater on Maine waters. Spelunking abroad is one of her favorite pastimes, and she’s still trying hard not to hug every animal she comes across in public.

Richard BurkettRichard joined Marin Humane in 2022 and leads the Information Technology Department. He has more than 27 years of technical engineering, project management, strategic planning, and IT Department leadership experience. Richard holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

He previously served as the Chief IT Operations Officer at Sonoma State University and was responsible for SSU’s technical strategy, leading the infrastructure and networking services departments, and project management. Prior, Richard served as the Associate Director of Information Technology at North Bay Regional Center and was responsible for leading the IT department, technical strategy, transformational technology initiatives, and facilities management.

Richard is passionate about introducing transformational technologies that support positive and productive experiences for employees and community stakeholders.

He lives with his wife, three children, and two rescue German Shepherds in American Canyon. They enjoy music, spending time outdoors, and going on daily neighborhood walks.

Shiny Caldwell brings over a decade of experience in animal welfare and humane law enforcement.

Her background includes roles with the Humane Society of the United States in animal crime case management and as an investigator. She has also worked as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer for the San Diego Humane Society and in animal services for the County of San Diego, Department of Animal Services. Shiny spent several months interning with ASPCA, researching animal cruelty trends.

Shiny has a master’s in veterinary medicine with a concentration in veterinary forensics, a graduate certificate in wildlife forensics and conservation biology, and is continuing her higher education at the University of Edinburgh in the International Animal Welfare, Ethics, and Law program.

Outside of work, Shiny enjoys hiking, reading all genres, board games, and cooking. She lives in Marin with her husband, daughter, their beloved senior Golden mix, and two Maine Coons.

Belinda Evans - Senior Management TeamA love of animals and science led Dr. Belinda Evans to become a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of California at Davis Veterinary School and worked in private practice for several years before realizing her passion lay in shelter medicine and helping homeless animals on their way to a better life. She has been with Marin Humane since 2003 and has helped the shelter veterinary clinic grow, especially in its ability to rehabilitate sick and injured animals.

Besides the wonderful staff and volunteers at Marin Humane, Dr. Evans draws support from her very tolerant husband, two Marin Humane alumni dogs, and two private practice-rescued cats. She enjoys travel, music, and the rare good night’s sleep!

Dawn has been an integral part of the Behavior & Training team for more than 15 years. She teaches obedience classes, private obedience sessions, and conducts behavior consultations with a specialization in aggressive behaviors. She also works with shelter animals to assess their behavioral tendencies and make recommendations on their ideal home.

Dawn earned her B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. She and her daughter Cassidy share their home with a Belgian Malinois, one mixed breed dog, one Belgian Tervuren, two cats, and numerous chickens. All of her dogs are titled in the canine sport of Flyball and run with the Marin Running Riot Flyball club. Dawn has also competed in Rally & Competition Obedience and trained in Agility and Schutzhund.

Valerie Robbins - Senior Management TeamValerie began her career at Marin Humane working in the Customer Service department and after two years was promoted to licensing coordinator. In this later role, Valerie oversaw a significant increase in dog license revenue for the County. In 2005, she moved to the Finance department to fill the role of accounting and human resources clerk. Valerie particularly enjoyed interacting with staff as a member of the Finance/HR department. In 2008, with the number of full and part-time employees topping 95, Marin Humane realized the need for a dedicated human resources manager and Valerie was a natural fit for the position. Now the director of human resources, Valerie offers support, guidance, and resources to the dedicated staff.

A lifelong cat lover, Valerie became a foster mom to an adoption dog that said “no way” to spending time in the kennel while she was awaiting adoption. “Foster mom” turned into “forever mom” and now Valerie happily shares her home and life with Emma. Valerie enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, film, reading, and the first days of spring.