Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization governed by a board of directors 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 distinguished and committed leaders who share the organization’s mission to save and enhance lives.
Board Alumni Ambassadors
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.
About HSSV Board Of Directors
Although Andrea joined the HSSV’s Board of Directors in February of 2019, her involvement with the organization started years ago when the family adopted guinea pigs from the organization’s former location in Santa Clara. HSSV always has held a special place in Andrea’s heart, and the Borch family currently has HSSV alums Cody the dog and Indy the cat in their menagerie of five rescue pets.
Andrea earned her BS and MS in journalism from Northwestern University. After finishing school, Andrea worked on Capitol Hill. She then wrote for trade publications and newspapers, in the US and in Asia. Once this chapter was complete-and after spending 10 years overseas-Andrea focused on her family of four children and their school activities (room parent, book fair co-chair, art docent, field trip driver) and community organizations (Scouts, Little League, church). Today, community activities receive more of Andrea’s time, including service on the Southwest YMCA’s Board of Managers and as a drive leader for the Familys Giving Tree’s annual backpack and holiday drives. Andrea and her husband enjoy walking their dogs, spending time with family, traveling and supporting various philanthropic efforts.
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 nonprofit 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.
Sue Diekman re–joined the HSSV Board of Directors in July 2018 after taking a one year hiatus. She originally joined 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) were 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 and Benny– both HSSV alums. They enjoy traveling, the arts, and sports.
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 adopted dog, Hershey (an HSSV alum) and adopted cats Bayou and Blake.
Blythe is a Managing Director at TSG Consumer Partners where she is responsible for originating new investment opportunities, diligencing new business opportunities, structuring transactions and working with portfolio companies as a Board member, including BrewDog, IT Cosmetics (sold to L’Oreal), Sweetwater Brewing, Backcountry.com, and Canyon Bicycles GmbH. She is also a member of TSG’s Investment Committee.
Prior to joining TSG in 2011, Blythe was a Managing Director at Rosewood Capital where she sourced and structured investments across the consumer & retail sector, including investments in Under Armour (NYSE: UAA), Clarisonic (sold to L’Oreal), Cobalt Boats (sold to Malibu Boats), among others. She has also served as a National Judge for Ernst & Young’s acclaimed Entrepreneur of the Year® program. Blythe received a BA, with honors, in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.
Blythe resides in Menlo Park with her husband and daughter and their beloved dogs, Monty and Bozie, and adorable guinea pigs, Herbie and Melvin.
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 feisty Norwegian Buhund), Piet (an adopted Eskie), and Cooper (an HSSV alum).
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.
Rebecca Ranninger Owen
Becky joined the HSSV Board of Directors in October 2017. She is a lifelong animal lover, and has been volunteering with the HSSV cats for many years.
As Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Symantec Corporation, Becky managed the planning, direction and implementation of Symantec’s global personnel programs and policies for over 22,000 employees, and participated in the overall executive management of the company. She also acted as secretary and corporate liaison for the Symantec Compensation Committee, which dealt with all aspects of employee, executive and board of director compensation.
Before taking the helm in Human Resources, Becky served as Director of Litigation for Symantec. Her trial work covered all aspects of the high tech industry, including mergers and acquisitions, international sales, intellectual property and software licensing issues. She also served as President of the Symantec Foundation, which administered Symantec’s charitable activities.
Before joining Symantec, Becky was a business litigator with the San Francisco–based law firm Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, where she gained front line experience in intellectual property and securities litigation.
Becky holds a juris doctorate from Stanford University, a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University, and a bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University. She has also completed the Human Resource Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and the Stanford Directors College at Stanford Law School.
Becky lives with her husband Marc, and their pampered geriatric cat, Mia.
Brenda Swiney joined the HSSV Board of Directors in November 2017.
Brenda has many years of financial and operational experience in emerging, growth, and public companies. She now focuses on providing CFO–level expertise to emerging technology companies through her firm, mieCFO.
Brenda’s finance leadership experience comes from companies that range from newly–funded (Aruba Wireless Networks, Chava) to established multi–nationals with hundreds of thousands of employees worldwide (Lucent Technologies, DellEMC). Early in her career, Brenda spent over eight years in financial consulting, including over six years at PwC. She maintains an active CPA license, as well as CMA and CGMA certifications. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Brenda lives in San Jose with her husband Jim and their three adopted dogs, PooChi, Muffin, and Grr–Ly (an HSSV alum).
Christy N. Richardson
Christy Richardson is the Director of Private Investments of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, with direct responsibility for $3 billion global portfolio of venture, buyout, and natural resource investments. Prior to joining the foundation in 2005, Christy was a Partner in the private equity group at Thomas Weisel Partners, co-managing the private equity fund–of–funds and secondary investing practices from 2000 to 2005. For the preceding five years, Ms. Richardson handled global private equity fund selection at Mercury Capital Management, a family investment office for a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Ms. Richardson started her career in investment banking at Alex. Brown & Sons. Ms. Richardson received her A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College.
The $10 billion Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1966 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation’s granting efforts are concentrated on some of society’s most intractable problems such as reducing global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students across America, improving women’s health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, and advancing the field of philanthropy.
Christy lives in Los Altos with her husband, three kids, and their black lab Zeke.
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 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.
Shannon joined the HSSV Board of Directors in September 2019. Shannon was raised in the Willamette Valley area of Oregon and studied Theater Arts at the University of Oregon. She moved to California in 2005 and began a career in residential Real Estate. After retiring, Shannon became very involved as a volunteer with many non-profit organizations. She began volunteering with HSSV in the kitten nursery and as a feline foster parent in 2013 and now serves as a Feline Foster Mentor and is a member of the Donor Relations Committee. She also serves as the Board President for the San Francisco 49ers Academy. Additionally, Shannon is a member of the Walt Disney Family Museum Advisory Committee.
Shannon and her husband, Dan, both spend many of their evenings and weekends playing ice hockey at Sharks Ice in San Jose. She is the captain of 2 teams and a member of several additional teams. They also love to spend their time traveling, especially to Disneyland! They live with their 5 cats-3 of which are HSSV alumni.