JEFFREY ZERWEKH - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jeffrey joined Berkeley Humane in 2013 as our Director of Development and Communications. During his tenure he has made a significant and positive impact on our organization. Before coming to Berkeley Humane, Jeffrey served for many years as the Chief Operating Officer for the American Red Cross Bay Area which encompassed emergency, programmatic and fundraising operations in a 6 county jurisdiction. In addition to his work at the American Red Cross, Jeffrey’s background includes volunteer recruitment, community organizing, and fundraising for the March of Dimes, and the American Heart Association. Jeffrey also currently serves as a member of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Jeffrey likes to say that he now has the best job in the world – and we agree with him!
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ELLEN MONROE - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES
Ellen began her journey with Berkeley Humane years ago as a volunteer and is now the Director of Finance and Human Resources. She has worked in non-profit organizations for most of her career, most recently as Director of Finance at the Women's Foundation of CA. Ellen has always chosen to work for organizations where she feels passionate about the mission, but coming to Berkeley Humane is her dream job. She holds an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston. When not working, Ellen enjoys exploring the area with her 10 year-old pup, Sami.
EMILY LINES - DIRECTOR OF ADOPTIONS
After spending two years as an analyst for a large investment firm on Wall Street, Emily earned her Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy from the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Emily then interned at the SF SPCA and later consulted with the American Humane Association. She joined Berkeley Humane in Fall 2012 and managed our marketing and individual giving programs for two years. Her unique background in both animal welfare and business has set her up to provide leadership to a successful Adoptions team and direct strategic planning and operations for the Adoptions Department. Emily shares her home with her husband, Sam, son, Jackson, and dog, Bondi.
Keelee Wrenn - DIRECTOR OF Development & Communications
Keelee recently joined Berkeley Humane as the Director of Development and Communications. After several years in corporate sales, Keelee earned her MBA in Nonprofit Management and finally matched her passion for animals with her career. Prior to joining the Berkeley Humane team, she worked in development at several nonprofits, including her most recent position as Director of Development at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. As a life-long lover of animals, she could not be happier in her new role.
Board of Directors
Susan Fuller - President
Susan joined Berkeley Humane's board in January 2010. She was nomainated as the Board President in 2012. Susan has worked in executive leadership roles in retail for almost 27 years. The majority of her career has been spent at Old Navy Stores and 20+ years with Mervyn's Dept. Stores which were part of Target Corporation. Her largest role at Old Navy was the operations responsibility and the overall store performance for 220 stores in 13 states with over $1B in annual sales. Her responsibilities include; hiring and staffing, operations, payroll, talent management, and overall P&L for each store, district and region.
Susan has always had a passion for helping non-profit organizations with fund-raising for years. Along with a need to help animal causes, she also has a passion for our military service personnel. She has helped raise awareness and funds for the following non-profit organizations: Berkeley Humane, Operation Care, Comfort, AIDS Walk San Francisco and even the Humane Society in her hometown in Upstate New York by raising funds for an outside dog play area that was built several years ago. Susan has lived in her home in Danville for 13 years and considers Northern California her home. Her family consists of her husband, Mike; a son, Nicholas and a daughter, Vanessa; 1 dog – Riley who is a trained therapy dog, and 2 cats – Spooky and Spice.
Alan G. Shriro, DVM - Vice President
Alan has been on Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors since 1997, and served as president for most of his tenure. He believes in serving our community’s animals and helping to save animal lives. Alan has co-owned Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital for 42 years. He served as President of the Alameda County Veterinary Medical Association for two terms and as the Peer Review and Ethics Chairman. Dr. Shriro currently chairs the City of Berkeley Animal Care Commission. When not working at the Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital, Alan loves to scuba dive and travel the world. He is an award winning photographer and is the proud guardian of 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Brent Welling - Treasurer
Brent joined Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors in 2011. Brent has over 20 years of experience in the technology and financial services industry. Brent is currently VP of Finance at FirstREX, a private equity firm in San Francisco specializing in real estate investments and mortgage backed securities. Previously, Brent was VP of Finance at QRS, Inc., a publicly traded software company in Richmond, California where he led all finance, strategic planning and M&A activities. Prior to QRS, Brent worked at the Pacific Telesis Group where he held management positions in Finance, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. Brent started his career at the consulting firm of McKinsey and Company, and holds an MBA and a BS of Engineering from Cornell University. Brent has also been involved in the non-profit sector, having provided consulting services to non-profit organizations in education. Brent lives in Lafayette, California with his wife Shereen (a veterinarian technician with Guide Dogs for the Blind) and his "mixed breed" rescue dog, Solo.
BROOKE WILSON - Secretary
Brooke joined Berkeley Humane's board in 2013. Brooke is an attorney with the law firm of Roisman Henel, LLP in Oakland. She concentrates her practice in the fields of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and federal estate and gift taxation. She advises on all aspects of estate planning, including guiding clients with family-owned businesses on succession planning, assisting clients with their philanthropic goals, and preparing plans for traditional, non-traditional and blended families. A former volunteer with Berkeley Humane's Kitten Nursery pilot program, Brooke joined the Berkeley Humane Board to help improve the lives of shelter animals in the East Bay. Brooke lives in Alameda with her partner, Christina, their two rescue cats, Kafka and Lil Bear, and their terrier mix rescue pup, Flo.
Dale joined Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors in July, 2013. Se has worked at UC Berkeley for more than 46 years and although she officially retired in 2006, she continues the work she began in the early 1980s as Managing Editor of the nationally renowned UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. She has more recently also become the Program Director of the Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, a non-profit organization that enables local graduate students to become leaders in providing health care services to members of underserved communities in the Bay Area. She has been a life-long animal lover and a long-time supporter of Berkeley Humane. She lives in Berkeley with Frank, whom she adopted from Berkeley Humane many years ago, and who is a prototypical cat, 80% loving, cuddly, and sweet and 20% just plain crazy.
Eric has served on Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors since 2006. He has worked in the field of organization development and change management for many years helping large companies (Cisco and Apple among others) and nonprofits (including animal rescue organizations) plan and manage strategic organization change. Eric joined the Berkeley Humane Board because he believes pets are part of each person’s family and wants us to realize our vision of every adoptable animal being in a life-long home. He supports his beliefs in his own family with his two cats and one dog–all rescues.
Miran Liu is a Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships with Adobe Systems in San Francisco. Miran is responsible for managing the corporate business development relationships with Apple and Amazon across Adobe’s product teams and business units. Before moving to San Francisco Miran was a Senior Consultant for Deloitte LLC and worked in advertising in New York. Miran earned her MBA from Johnson at Cornell University. She currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys spending time outdoors whenever possible, which is her favorite thing about moving to the west coast.
Phil Kamlarz joined Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors in May 2013. He has worked in the public/non profit sector for almost 40 years, over 36 years with the City of Berkeley. He retired in 2011 serving more than 8 years as the Berkeley City Manager. During his service he worked on several major projects including the construction of the new Berkeley Animal Care Serivices (Berkeley's public shelter) building.
Since retirement he has continued community service volunteering for the LifeLong Medical Care advisory finance committee and working to secure housing for homeless families in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.He and his wife Carol currently live with two rescue cats--a beautiful female, Tilac, and a playful male, Occy.
Romy joined Berkeley Humane’s Board of Directors in 2014. An Executive Assistant at Workday, Romy brings 15 years of professional organizational skill to her role as Director. Her background includes three years as a canine volunteer and dog training assistant at Berkeley Humane, giving her valuable insight into the organization from a volunteer’s perspective as well as a board member’s. A lifelong animal lover, she has lived with cats, dogs, fish, birds, lizards, and turtles, though she now focuses her attention on her three wonderful cats: Pepe, Rocky, and Bucci.
Susan joined Berkeley Humane's Board in January 2010. She joins us most recently as Director of Business Strategy at BlackRock. Prior to that, Susan was a healthcare investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York. She eventually transitioned into the COO role at a healthcare startup in Texas that subsequently sold to Varian Medical Systems. In her spare time, Susan enjoys dancing, cooking and running and visiting her dog in Texas – a rat terrier named Yoda.
Tamara has been on Berkeley Humane's Board since May 2012. A marketing and communications professional, she has more than 15 years of experience driving and executing content and creative strategies for an in-house marketing team. She's currently a consultant for Robert Half, where she develops online demand generation and social media programs for the company's largest brands. Prior to moving back to her home state of California, she lived in Boston where she volunteered with several animal rescue organizations, supporting those groups with dog walking and training, fostering, transporting, fundraising and event planning. She's thrilled to combine her professional skills and passion for animals in support of Berkeley Humane. Tamara lives in Oakland with her Dobergirl, Carla, and her princess diva cat, Enzo.