Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization governed who work tirelessly on behalf of HSSV and the thousands of homeless animals that come through our doors. Additionally, HSSV has an honorary board comprised of eight distinguished and committed leaders who share the organization’s mission to save and enhance lives.
Chair: Sue Diekman
Vice Chair: Sally Hazard Bourgoin
Treasurer: Terry Lee
Secretary: Clint Severson
Debbie Vander Zwaag
Board Alumni Ambassadors (BAA) are former Board Members who rolled off the Board of Directors after January 1, 2016. BAA also include former Board Members who rolled off before 2016 who are still involved on Board committees as community members. BAA are known for their enthusiastic support of HSSV and their continued financial support of its mission.
W. Stephen Sullins
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 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.
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.
Sue Diekman joined the HSSV 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.
Kurt holds a BSEE from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Kurt and his wife Charu reside in San Jose with their dogs Luna (a mischievous Norwegian Buhund) and Piet (an adopted American Eskimo Dog).
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 of which are HSSV alums) and three fish.
Lars re-joined the HSSV Board of Directors 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.
Clint joined the HSSV Board of Directors in February 2016.
He has been serving 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.
Debbie Vander Zwaag
Debbie joined the HSSV Board of Directors in August 2014 and serves on the HSSV Fur Ball Gala committee and co-chaired the Fur Ball in 2016. Debbie and her husband Bill Johanson, a Mechanical Engineer with Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, have lived in Gilroy for more than 10 years. They have two dogs (Lucky and Bear), two cats (Sophia and K-2) and two turtles, (Chard and Zin, whose names were influenced by the fact that 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 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.