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The Federation's Leadership
Board of Directors
Denise McVicker, Humane Society for Tacoma/Pierce County
Hilary Hager, The Humane Society of the United States
Kay Joubert, Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Annette Laico, Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Sara Archer, Blue Mountain Humane Society
Glynis Frederiksen, Regional Animal Services of King County
Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter
Gail Mackie, SpokAnimal CARE
Rachel Bishop, Executive Secretary
Denise McVicker, President
Denise has served on the board since October 2007. She is currently Chair of the Legislative Committee and has also served as Secretary and Vice President. Denise is the Deputy Director for The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County, where she has served in various capacities for the past 34 years, including interim Director. Denise has worked on numerous legislative and community initiatives to improve the lives of animals, including bills to enhance the caging requirements for egg-laying hens and increase funding for low-cost spay/neuter. She is proud to be part of the exciting changes that have occurred in animal welfare in the past three decades, including an 85% decrease in pet euthanasia in Pierce County. Denise is a member of Tacoma South Rotary and is active in the Holiday Rambler RV club. She and her husband Jeff reside in Tacoma with their Rottweiler Parker and Red the cat.
Hilary Hager, Vice President
Hilary is Vice President of the board and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. She has served on the board since 2007. Hilary is the Director of the National Volunteer Center at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), based from her home office here in Washington. Her role is to design and implement organizational structure for volunteer engagement at HSUS, to serve as internal consultant to the various programs to ensure they are in alignment with best practices in volunteer management, and to provide resources and training to managers of volunteers in the larger animal protection community. Prior to joining The HSUS in 2011, Hilary spent over ten years working in companion animal shelters, first at PAWS in Lynnwood, and then at Everett Animal Services, managing volunteer and other various programs and serving in leadership roles. Hilary holds a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and volunteers in wildlife rehabilitation. She lives in Everett with her husband, dog Kellan, and cats Cheddar, Hambone and Sunshine.
Lorrie Kalmbach-Ehlers, Treasurer
Lorrie began her work with the Federation by serving on the Legislative Committee and joined the board in September of 2011. Lorrie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Washington and has conducted research for the Department of Defense and co-produced a publication that appeared in Northwest Naturalist. In addition, she has been employed by many nonprofit organizations, including Kitsap Humane Society, where she has shared her animal talents as adoption counselor, foster parent and volunteer, and Salish Sea Expeditions as Director of Outreach and Operations. Lorrie’s volunteer endeavors also include co-founding BullsEye Dog Rescue in 2004, of which she is currently the Board President. She also currently serves as Executive Director of Coalition: HUMAnE, an organization dedicated to providing the community with low cost, high quality, high volume spay/neuter services. A small farm in Port Orchard is where she calls home with her three permanent resident dogs and an ongoing rotation of foster puppies, two cats, two goats, one 40 year old tortoise, three horses, a flock of chickens and a couple ducks, one young boy that loves them all dearly, not to mention her very patient husband.
Kay Joubert, Secretary
Kay is Secretary of the board and Chair of the Membership Committee. Kay is currently the Director of Companion Animal Services at PAWS and has been with the organization in various capacities since 1995. Kay has a degree from Washington State University in Political Science and enjoyed using her education during the 1999-2001 Washington State legislative sessions, where her primary focus was passage of a bill that allows animal shelters to offer spay/neuter services to low-income clients. Kay has also served on the Boards of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project and Homeward Pets. Kay and her husband Bryan currently live in Stanwood with their dog, Reilly, and two cats, Nero and Stormy.
Sara has served on the board since June 2011. After 15 years as a healthcare fundraising executive in Colorado, Texas and Washington, Sara chose to combine her abilities with her passion for animal welfare in January 2006 by accepting a position as Executive Director of Blue Mountain Humane Society in Walla Walla, WA. Sara is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with experience in capital campaigns and special event planning as well as non-profit board development. She and her husband Peter share their home with two mixed-breed dogs, Jet Li and Sami Sue, and two rescue cats, Winchester and Little Leaning Larry.
Don is the Executive Director of Seattle Animal Shelter and has served on the board of The Federation since 1997. He is currently Chair of the Nominating Committee and recently served as Board President. Don has been in the animal welfare field for 22 years and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA). He was recruited by the City of Seattle in 1990 as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer shortly after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. Don was in charge of Enforcement and Field Services prior to his promotion as Executive Director in 1996. Today, Seattle Animal Shelter is one of the most progressive government funded animal welfare programs in this country, providing over 20 different volunteer programs for 600 volunteers and over 300 foster families. Don has served as a board member from 2001-2006 with the National Companion Animal Advisory Group for the Humane Society of the United States, is a consultant with the HSUS Animal Services Consultation Program, and was past president of the Seattle Management Association. A resident of Snohomish, Washington, Don has been happily married to his college sweetheart for 18 years and has three children and two dogs, “Mickey” & “Minnie.”
Annette is immediate past President of the board. Annette is currently Executive Director at PAWS. Prior to PAWS, Annette was the founding Executive Director of the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. From 1992-1997, she was the Executive Director of Women Executives in State Government (WESG), a national non-partisan organization. Prior to WESG, Annette’s focus was literacy, first as the Executive Director of Washington Literacy, a statewide organization headquartered in Seattle, and then nationally where she created a national education and literacy initiative for United Way of America. Annette’s career began as a classroom teacher, a counselor for at risk youth, and program director for Girls Clubs. Annette currently lives in Seattle with two tuxedo kitties, Rocky and Cosmo.
Gail has served as Executive Director at SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. in Spokane since 1986. She has served for many years on the Federation Board of Directors and has also served on the Board of the Washington Animal Control Association (WACA). In her spare time, she raises Lipizzan horses, manages rental properties, and tries to keep up as chauffer of a 14-year-old athlete.