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Campaign Leadership

The Paint a Better Future campaign is led by a team of hardworking and passionate individuals who care deeply about animals in Silicon Valley. Thanks to their dedication, and with the generosity of our supporters, Humane Society Silicon Valley’s Paint a Better Future campaign team hopes to complete the campaign on time and over goal to expand the reach and effectiveness of current and future programs.

Sue and John Diekman - Campaign Co Chairs
Humane Society Silicon Valley is honored to have esteemed philanthropy leaders, Sue and John Diekman, as co-chairs for the Paint a Better Future™ comprehensive campaign. Sue and John are dedicated animal lovers who deeply care about giving second chances to homeless pets. With their leadership, HSSV aspires to ensure sustainability and expansion of our lifesaving programs.

Sue Diekman joined HSSV’s Board of Directors in June 2008, and became board chair in July 2012. Sue also serves as chair of the Director’s Advisory Board of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Ballet and the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring program at Stanford. Until she retired in August 1998, Sue was the Director of the AirTouch Communications Foundation. Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in education from Stanford.

John Diekman, PhD is a founder and Managing Partner of 5AM Ventures, a life science venture capital fund located in Menlo Park. Dr. Diekman serves as an honorary board member for HSSV, a charter trustee of Princeton University, and as the chair of the advisory council of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton. He was the chair of the western region for Princeton’s Aspire capital campaign, and is chair of the Princeton University Art Museum Advisory Council. Dr. Diekman earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Princeton, followed by a PhD in organic chemistry from Stanford.

Sue and John have two dogs, Lucky and Jeremy (an HSSV alumnus). They enjoy traveling, the arts, and sports.

Carol Novello - President

Carol joined HSSV as President in September 2010 and previously served on HSSV’s Board of Directors for a year. Through her leadership, HSSV’s mission results have seen significant increases in intake, adoptions, save rate, and in the percentage of animals receiving extended care. Prior to HSSV, Carol spent over 20 years in the high-tech industry. 

Most recently, she worked for Intuit, where she held numerous general management and marketing positions including president of the MasterBuilder Software Division, Vice President/General Manager of QuickBooks Online, and Chief Marketing Officer for QuickBooks.  

Carol received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her bachelor’s degree in economics and English from Dickinson College. Her family includes three rescue animals - German Shepherd Tess and two cats, Langley and Bodie.

Stephanie Ladeira - Vice President, Development 

Stephanie joined HSSV as Vice President, Development, in January 2006.  She has 19 years of development, sales and marketing, and event planning experience. At HSSV, Stephanie oversees a team of ten development professionals who are passionate about building the relationships that enable Humane Society Silicon Valley to save and enhance lives. Stephanie oversees all giving programs at HSSV, including major/inspirational gifts, planned giving, Individual Giving programs, events, and special campaigns, including the completion of a $25M campaign to build the nation’s first Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Animal Community Center opened in 2009. 

Stephanie played a critical role in conceptualizing and planning HSSV’s first ever $55M comprehensive campaign to ensure the organization's sustainability and mission impact far into the future.  That campaign is ongoing and will close in 2017.  

Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree from University of South Carolina in 1992. Stephanie was a past member of the German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue of the San Francisco Bay Area Board of Directors and serves as volunteer counsel for an animal welfare organization in her home state of South Carolina. Under her direction, donor retention for the organization has increased year over year since 2007 and the number of supporters for HSSV has grown almost 30 percent. 

Stephanie shares her home with Eli, a black-and-tan coonhound and Ruby, a teensy Akita/Pekinese mix.

Comprehensive Campaign Committee Members

Marilyn Anderson
Marilyn served on the HSSV Board of Directors from May 2010 to May 2016. She is now the Chair of the Board Alumni Ambassadors. Her love of animals is a lifelong passion, and she has always been involved in securing adoptions and assistance for homeless animals, foster care, animal welfare, and a variety of animal causes throughout her life.

As a graduate of Stanford, Class of ’69, she has remained an active volunteer in the Stanford community and has been a recipient of the Award of Merit for volunteers. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Stanford, Marilyn also holds a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University.

Marilyn’s professional experience has primarily been in the airline industry. She has managed international inflight services operations on the Atlantic and the Pacific routes, as well as managing the development of airline training programs and employee assistance programs. Having been engaged in various nonprofit and volunteer activities from child welfare to advocacy for women throughout the world, Marilyn embraces this opportunity to be a part of the HSSV mission of compassion, outreach and education as it relates to strengthening the human-animal bond and protecting our most vulnerable members of the animal kingdom.

Marilyn currently resides in Atherton, California, and is married to Fred D. Anderson, a co-founder and Managing Director of Elevation Partners. They are blessed with four very spoiled cats in their household.

Sally Hazard Bourgoin
Sally joined the HSSV Board of Directors in July 2014. She is an executive coach and organization development consultant in her own firm, SHB Associates. She consults in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Sally has held senior human resources management positions with Sun Microsystems, Software Publishing Corporation, IBM, ROLM Corporation, and Advanced Micro Devices. Prior to her corporate experience Sally was in educational administration at the college level. She holds a master’s degree in organization development from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Sally previously served on the Tech Museum of Innovation Board of Directors in San Jose, California. She resides in Palo Alto with her husband John, and her two golden retrievers, Bear and Bentley.

Sumita Dutta
Sumita joined the HSSV Board of Directors in June 2010. She is currently Managing Director at Golden Seeds, an angel investing community focused on women-led businesses. She completed her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, India in 1982, after completing her bachelor’s degree in Physics. She previously worked with Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank), working on a wide range of assignments in Overseas Investment Finance, Planning & Research, and Project Finance.

Sumita has two children. Her daughter is a Princeton graduate and is currently fulfilling pre-med requirements, while her son is a Tufts University graduate. Sumita is a widow whose husband, Rajiv Dutta, was a senior executive at eBay. He was greatly admired for his professional accomplishments and his personal commitment to family. 

Sumita also has two dogs - Paco (an HSSV alum from the Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies – PUP - Program) and a golden retriever Duke. She follows a wide range of interests including personal financial asset management, hiking, skiing, and bicycling, as well as being an avid reader and traveler.  

Sue Levy
Sue joined HSSV’s Honorary Board in August 2016, after previously serving on the Board of Directors from July 2004 to July 2010 and again in September 2011 to August 2016. During her first tenure on the Board of Directors, she served as secretary of the board and as chair of the capital campaign leadership committee for HSSV’s Animal Community Center.

In addition, she has completed several terms on the board of directors of Adolescent Counseling Services. Sue is also committed to raising awareness and generating philanthropic support for the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors. For many years, Sue has been a member of Peninsula Volunteers working on behalf of seniors. When her children were growing up, Sue served on the board of the Palo Alto Little League and was president of Palo Alto Babe Ruth. Sue and her husband, Dick, have two grown sons, two grandchildren, and live with their beloved adopted German Shepherd, Sophia.

Kate Mulligan
Kate Mulligan served on HSSV’s Board of Directors from July 2010 to July 2016. She chaired the board for four of these six years, during a critical period of fundraising, planning, and construction that led to the opening of HSSV’s Animal Community Center. Kate is now a member of the Board Alumni Ambassadors. In addition to her commitment to HSSV, Kate serves on the Board of the Foundation for the Future at Menlo-Atherton High School

Previously, Kate worked for 17 years in the biotechnology, diagnostics and life science sectors, holding senior marketing and business development roles.

Kate received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and she holds a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from UC Berkeley. Kate resides in Menlo Park with her husband, David Mack, her two children, Brianna and Garrett, and their two dogs, Stinson and Bear, both HSSV alums.

Geoff Powell
Geoff was a member of the HSSV Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012 and served as its Treasurer from 2006 to 2010. He still serves on HSSV’s Comprehensive Campaign Committee.

Geoff retired in 2004 as President of Axon Instruments and previously held senior management positions with Protein Design Labs and Zoecon Corporation.

Geoff is a graduate of Stanford University and holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Verity reside in Atherton with their two dogs – Bailey (adopted from HSSV) and Kato (a rescue).


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