Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization governed by an experienced board of directors comprised of community and industry leaders who work tirelessly on behalf of HSSV and the thousands of homeless animals that come through our doors. Additionally, HSSV has an honorary board of seven distinguished and committed members who share the organization’s mission to save and enhance lives.
Chair: Sue Diekman
Vice Chair: Sally Hazard Bourgoin
Treasurer: Terry Lee
Secretary: Clinton H. Severson
Board Alumni Ambassadors
W. Stephen Sullins
President: Carol Novello
Vice President, Development: Stephanie Ladeira
Vice President, Human Resources, Volunteer Programs and Humane Education: Jeanne Wu
Chief of Shelter Medicine: Dr. Cristie Kamiya
Vice President, Finance: Candice Balmaceda
Chief of Operations: Joanne Jacobs
About HSSV Board of Directors
Alan Berezin, Ph.D.
Alan joined the HSSV Board of Directors in October 2014. He is currently a software technology and strategy consultant and a lifelong animal lover who has rescued animals for much of his adult life.
Alan was previously a co-founder and CTO of Drilling Info Inc., a leader in SaaS software in the energy space. Prior to that, he led yield enhancement teams at Advanced Micro Devices on the startup of two multi-billion dollar factories and has held other positions in software technology.
Alan holds a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Texas, Austin and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife, Kelli, live in San Francisco with their three dogs Gigi, Berkeley, and Wrigley.
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 formerly 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.
Alison joined the HSSV Board of Directors in September 2015. Having grown up on six acres, Alison had pets of all kinds: dogs, cats, horses, birds, bunnies, and beloved hamster Balki Bartokomous. As a child, her family was frequently “adopted” by stray cats and dogs. These early experiences with animals taught Alison that rescues make the best pets and that every animal deserves a chance.
As a shareholder with the San Jose law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Alison focuses on business litigation and representing lawyers and law firms. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Irvine (class of ’98) and her juris doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law (class of ’01).
Alison’s prior nonprofit and volunteer experience includes serving on the board for a nonprofit independent living facility for the elderly and co-chairing the Amicus Committee for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. She serves on the advisory committee for the Leadership San Jose program and volunteers on various state and county bar association committees.
Alison lives in San Jose with her husband Jeremy and their two rescue dogs Parker (a Pomeranian sheltie mix) and Chloe (a terrier mix and HSSV alum). In addition to caring deeply about animals, Alison loves cooking, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, and traveling. She is thrilled to work with the HSSV and to make a difference for animals in need.
Peter joined the HSSV Board of Directors in January 2016. Mr. Detkin is a founder at Intellectual Ventures. Prior to Intellectual Ventures, Mr. Detkin spent 8 years at Intel Corporation where he was a vice president and assistant general counsel responsible for managing the Intel patent, litigation, licensing and competition policy departments. Before he joined Intel, Mr. Detkin was an intellectual property partner at the law firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, CA. Mr. Detkin was the first patent lawyer hired at this firm and formed the basis of its highly-successful intellectual property practice. While at Wilson Sonsini, he had lead or second chair responsibility for a number of high profile litigations, including the seminal computer copyright case Lotus v. Borland.
Mr. Detkin is the past president of, and spent 17 years on the Board of, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, an organization dedicated to providing legal services to low-income children and families, people with mental and developmental disabilities, AIDS patients and victims of discrimination. Through his extensive involvement with the Foundation over the years, he has worked with others to provide free legal services to thousands of low income families and children through a variety of programs. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Mr. Detkin received his B.S.E.E. with honors in 1982 from the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering and a J.D. in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Mr. Detkin is an inactive member of the State Bars of California and New York, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Detkin lives in Los Altos with his wife Michelle and their with adopted dog, Chloe (HSSV alum) and adopted cats Bayou and Blake.
Sue Diekman joined HSSV’s Board of Directors in June 2008. She became board chair in July 2012 and was previously board vice-chair from July 2009-June 2011. Sue and her husband John (an HSSV Honorary Board member) are co-chairs of HSSV’S Paint a Better Future fundraising campaign. Additionally, Sue's current philanthropic leadership includes serving as chair of the Director's Advisory Board of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and serving on the boards of the San Francisco Ballet and the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring program at Stanford. Past affiliations include the boards of Menlo School, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Business Arts Council in San Francisco and Northern California Grantmakers.
Until she retired in August 1998, Sue was employed by AirTouch Communications, where she was Director of the AirTouch Communications Foundation. Prior to joining AirTouch, Sue was Cultural Program Director of Pacific Telesis Foundation, with responsibility for the foundation's cultural grant-making as well as national and international exhibitions of the corporation's Ansel Adams collection.
Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. She and her husband John are passionate about animals and have two dogs, Jeremy (an HSSV alum) and Lucky. They enjoy traveling, the arts, and sports.
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.
Kurt joined the HSSV Board of Directors in June 2016. As a lifelong animal lover, he is thrilled to be part of a team that impacts the lives of so many pets and families in our community. He also serves on the board of Ignited, a nonprofit focused on transforming STEM education.
Kurt is an executive coach who helps entrepreneurs, technology companies, and nonprofits achieve sustainable growth. In his prior life as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, Kurt led engagements for Fortune 500 clients in media, technology, healthcare, and life sciences. He has also worked in marketing, sales, and product development at Neustar, Tektronix, and Agilent Technologies.
Terry joined the HSSV Board of Directors in February 2013. He is the Associate Head of School of a non-profit independent K-12 school. He previously served as a founding partner of a private equity firm and an executive at several public and private companies. Terry also serves on several boards, an advisory board, and advisory committees of non-profit, for profit, and government organizations. His family includes four cats (three HSSV alums) and three fish.
Lars re-joined the HSSV Board of Director in October 2013. He brings over 20 years of executive-level experience having been a Senior Executive / Chief Information Officer (CIO) with companies such as Skype, Yahoo, Lucent Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Intuit, Redback Networks, Octel Communications and NeXT Computer, and is now serving as CIO for Maddie’s Fund, an animal welfare organization.
At Skype, Intuit, Yahoo and Redback, he was SVP/CIO, responsible for the overall strategic direction and execution of global information technology infrastructure, as well as global data centers and networks. At Yahoo, Lars also led the development of advertising systems and billing systems. His career has spanned more than 40 years of technology management experience in the financial services, retail and software/hardware sectors.
Lars managed groups of over 1,500 employees in over 50 countries with budget responsibility of over $1B. He successfully developed, acquired and implemented large company wide systems in many industries including high tech, financial services, media and retail. Lars has a track record as a change agent in both large and small environments with experience in mergers, acquisitions, as well as outsourcing on-shore and offshore.
Lars was a co-founder of the CISE group, and serves on a number of boards and advisory boards and has served on the Committee for Economic Development (CED) - Digital Connections Council. In addition, Lars is CIO of Maddie’s Fund, a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, whose goal is to achieve a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.
Lars lives in Saratoga. An avowed animal lover, he holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
Clinton H. Severson
Clint joined HSSV’s Board of Directors in February 2016. Both he and his wife Conni's beloved cat Daisy recently passed and they are looking forward to adding a new feline to their family soon.
He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Abaxis, and as one of their directors since June 1996. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in May 1998. From June 1996 until April 2015, he also served as President of Abaxis.
From February 1989 to May 1996, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MAST Immunosystems, Inc., a privately-held medical diagnostic company. Since January 2015, he has served on the Board of Directors of Cutera. Since June 2011, he has served on the Board of Directors of Response Biomedical Corporation. Since November 2008, he has served on the Board of Directors of Trinity Biotech, a biotechnology company. From November 2006 to February 2012, he served on the Board of Directors of CytoCore, Inc., a biotechnology company.
Erin joined the HSSV Board of Directors in October 2011. As Vice President of Toeniskoetter Development, she manages the Property Management division, and her responsibilities include the management of 1 million square feet of the existing portfolio as well as all new developments and acquisitions.
Erin was born in Laguna Beach when her father served in the Marine Corps, and she was raised in Los Gatos. She graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1989 and earned a bachelor's degree in management at Chico State University in 1994. Erin is the eldest of the four children, and the first to join the family company.
Erin lives in Campbell with her dog, Koda and cat, Sam.
Debbie joined the HSSV Board of Directors in August 2014. Debbie and her husband Bill Johanson, a Mechanical Engineer with Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, have lived in Gilroy for more than 10 years. They care for two dogs (Lucky and Bear), two cats (Sophia and K-2) and two turtles (Chard and Zin – Bill is an avid hobby winemaker). Sophia and Bear were adopted from HSSV. In addition to her new role at HSSV, Debbie was Board Secretary and HR Committee Chair of Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley. Debbie's volunteer activities include HSSV ‘s The Fur Ball 2014, Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Debbie is currently a Project Manager at Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates in Watsonville. Prior to joining Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates Debbie was with Novellus Systems (now Lam Research). Debbie earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in business management from Santa Clara University.
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 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.
Jeanne joined HSSV as Vice President, Human Resources in July 2007 after spending many years in various volunteer roles within the organization, while working a high tech career.
Jeanne retired from high tech in 2007, after spending 15 years in software and semiconductor companies. Her experience includes executive-level positions in Human Resources management, organization development and operations management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oakland University in Michigan and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Jeanne is now focused on her passion, animal welfare, and is intent on serving and advocating for animals in need. Jeanne has five cats who own her and is an active foster parent for homeless kittens.
Dr. Kamiya joined HSSV as Vice President, Medical Operations in November 2012. For over a year prior to this role, Dr. Kamiya spent Saturdays in HSSV’s surgery suite as a contract veterinary surgeon. In July 2014, Dr. Kamiya stepped in to the role of Chief of Shelter Medicine, overseeing Shelter and Medical Operations. Prior to HSSV, Dr. Kamiya worked as a shelter veterinarian in humane societies, municipal shelters, and rescues in the Denver-Boulder areas of Colorado, the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona, and Northern California.
In July 2013, Dr. Kamiya completed a 3-year intensive residency-training program in shelter medicine from the University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kamiya is one of just a handful of residency-trained, Shelter Veterinarians in the country. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University.
Dr. Kamiya enjoys traveling and volunteering with organizations that provide veterinary support for underserved areas in the U.S. and internationally. In her free time, Dr. Kamiya delights in fostering underage shelter kittens, and spending time outdoors with her adopted shelter dogs.
Candice joined HSSV as Vive President, Finance in 2014. She is responsible for the organization’s financial planning, billing, and accounting practices. She directs internal treasury staff, and advises management about liabilities and risks while defining and implementing policies and procedures for all of the organization’s finance functions.
Before joining HSSV, Candice was named chief compliance officer in 2014 at Opportunity Fund Northern California in San Jose, where she was chief financial officer since 2007. She started her non-profit career at the Community Foundation Silicon Valley in 2001 and held various positions including Director of Finance and was VP, Finance/Controller in 2007 when the organization merged to become Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In 1993, Candice was an accountant at MIJ International, Ltd. in New York City then moved to California two years later. For the next six years, she was the accounting and Human Resources manager for Delectables, Inc. in Santa Clara.
Candace holds a BSC degree in accounting from De La Salle University, Manila. She lives in Fremont with her family and loves to garden with Kiko, their seven-year old beagle.
Joanne Jacobs recently joined HSSV as Chief of Operations. She is responsible for Marketing, IT, Facilities, and driving cross-functional operational excellence.
Before joining HSSV, Joanne held various executive positions in P&L management, product management, marketing, operations and IT at Intuit and other high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, she began her career at GE and GE Capital in the engineering leadership program and moved on to senior leadership roles in sales, sourcing, and business process management.
Joanne holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Davis, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. A lifelong animal lover, she lives in Los Altos and enjoys spending time with her golden retriever Scout and yellow labrador Ziggy.