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Staff & Board of Directors

Great Leadership = Great Success

Berkeley Humane is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors
which works on behalf of Berkeley Humane and the animals in our community.

Leadership Team

JEFFREY ZERWEKH - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society is one of the oldest and most trusted animal welfare organizations in the country. As Executive Director, Jeffrey works tirelessly to continue and grow this legacy. In a short amount of time, he has assembled a talented and dedicated team of volunteers and employees who focus their energy on providing outstanding care to the people and pets. Together, with our Leadership Team and Board of Directors, we are making a significant and meaningful impact on the dogs and cats throughout the East Bay. Before joining 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 board development, 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.


KRISTEN LOOMER - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kristen joined Berkeley Humane as the Director of Operations with over 15 years of experience in animal welfare and a strong commitment to the Bay Area community—where she has lived her entire life. Prior to joining Berkeley Humane, she spent four years as the division manager of Animal Shelter for the County of Napa and nearly ten years at the Marin Humane Society in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. Kristen has a strong focus on leadership, customer service, and dedication to animals and humane ethics. Kristen enjoys all the wonderful amenities the Bay Area has to offer—from the coast to the mountains—and she currently resides in wine country with her partner Sam, canine companion Dory, and feline friend Bunchy.


TOM ALTHERR- DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS

Thomas joined Berkeley Humane as a canine volunteer in 2014, and has served as marketing chair and co-chair of the Pints for Paws volunteer committee. Thomas also brings a solid background in business strategy balanced by a professional career in marketing. He received his Bachelor Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has since amassed over 20 years of executive experience, marketing a variety of technology products into high-growth markets. Thomas grew up with a German Shepard, and while his living arrangement currently doesn’t accept animals – he’s excited to enjoy daily socialization with the four-legged friends at Berkeley Humane.

Board of Directors

Linda Goldstein - President

Linda Goldstein is the Vice President of Channels and Partner Marketing for CSAA, Insurance Group. Linda is responsible for overseeing partner club and direct marketing including digital, direct response and phone sales. Linda has a full-time team of 150 employees and is accountable for a budget of $25 million. Prior to joining CSAA Lind was the Director/Business Manager of CITIGROUP Credit Card Services. Linda works in Walnut Creek and lives in San Ramon.


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.


MIRAN LIU - Secretary

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.


Mike Laughlin- Treasurer

Mike Laughlin is a Portfolio Consultant with BlackRock in San Francisco. Mike is responsible for multi-asset class, multi-structure portfolio construction and detailed risk analysis partnering with wealth managers across the country. Mike has been a Bay Area resident since 2013 and is originally from New Jersey. Growing up, the first thing he wanted to be was a veterinarian. While his professional career took a different path, he has always loved animals He’s had a guinea pig, turtle, fish, hamster, and beloved beagle rescue named Homer as pets.  Mike received a B.A. degree in Management form Gettysburg College. He is also a CFA Charterholder. His fiancé and he are both dog lovers and plan on adopting a rescue once they purchase a home. 


DALE OGAR 

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.


Jason Terry

Jason Terry is a Vice President at Addo Investor Relations where he provides full-service strategic communications advisory services specializing in investor relations, initial public offerings, and capital markets transactions support.  Prior to this position, he was a VP of Corporate Strategy for Banc of California, and also held positions with Maxim Integrated in San Jose, CA and JPMorgan in Chicago, IL. He earned his MBA from The University of Chicago and his BA at The Ohio State University.  Jason, his wife, and son currently live in Long Beach, CA with their three cats, Camille, Fizz and Fuzz.  They enjoy family time, both indoors and outdoors and also visiting cat cafés wherever they can find them.


Phil Kamlarz 

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 HARNESS 

Romy joined Berkeley Humane’s Board of Directors in 2014. A Product Operations Manager 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.


Daniel Lang

Daniel is a business executive/entrepreneur in the areas of Human Capital Management (HCM), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) and risk management. He currently serves as the CEO of Centricity Solutions, Inc., an HRO firm he co-founded in 2007. Centricity helps small and mid-sized companies (from pre-revenue to +$500M) control costs, minimize risk and relieve administrative burden by expertly managing each key aspect of the human resources lifecycle – including hiring, payroll, benefits, compliance and termination – through customized enterprise-level technologies and a high-touch service model. Daniel obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from The University of Iowa. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), as well as a multi-state licensed insurance broker. Daniel lives in Moraga, California with his partner Jennifer, sons Evan & Jack, and their four-legged family members – including puppy Riley and feline sisters Cali & Lulubelle.


Debra Crow 

Debra Crow is the former Vice President & Treasurer of Yahoo Inc. where she led the global team responsible for investments, capital markets, cash management, foreign exchange, and insurance. Prior to Yahoo, Debra spent 10 years working in consulting as a Principal at EY, based in San Francisco. She earned her MBA from St. Mary's College of California and her B.S. in Economics from the University of San Francisco. Debra divides her time between Alameda and St. Helena where she also volunteers as the Treasurer and Board member of Cinema Napa Valley (Napa Valley Film Festival). In her spare time, she is checking off all the destinations on the travel bucket list and hiking the dog-friendly parks in the Bay Area with a goofy Golden Retriever named Molly.


Jason Abrams

Jason Abrams is a Head of Sales for LinkedIn Learning at LinkedIn San Francisco. Jason leads a team at LinkedIn that helps bring LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com content to the market. Before moving to San Francisco he was a Manager at LinkedIn in New York as well as PGI and Dell. Jason earned his bachelors degree from Georgetown University. Jason's devotion to animals has been a lifelong passion - his aunt runs a dog rescue in Louisiana and he actively fostered pit bulls while living in New York. He currently resides in Oakland and enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with his fiance' and two rescue kittens, Tyson and Romeo.

 

 

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