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MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

The executive team at Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) shares an endless love for animals and works tirelessly to build a compassionate community that enriches thousands of lives. Learn about the people leading our mission to save and enhance lives!

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.

 

Jeanne Wu

Vice President, Human Resources, Volunteer Programs and Humane Education

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. Cristie Kamiya

Chief of Shelter Medicine

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 Balmaceda

Vice President, Finance

Candice joined HSSV as Vice 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.

Candice 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

Chief of Operations

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.