Kurt Krukenberg

President

Kurt joined HSSV as President in January 2020 after previously serving as Chair of the Board of Directors. He is thrilled to lead a talented and passionate team that is saving lives, keeping families together, and advancing animal welfare. Prior to HSSV, Kurt spent 20 years helping companies create sustainable growth. As an executive coach, he worked with business and nonprofit leaders to design effective organizations, build high-performing teams, and develop their own leadership skills. As a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, Kurt led engagements for Fortune 500 clients in media, technology, healthcare, and life sciences. He also has operating experience in marketing, sales, and product development at industry-leading technology companies including HP/Agilent and Tektronix. Kurt received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rice University. Kurt is eternally grateful to have been rescued by his wife Charu and their adopted dogs.

Joanne Jacobs

Joanne Jacobs

Chief of Operations

Joanne Jacobs joined HSSV as Chief of Operations in 2016. She is responsible for Marketing, IT, Facilities, and driving crossfunctional 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 her rescue Rottweiler mix Ruby.

Dr. Cristie Kamiya

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 DenverBoulder areas of Colorado, the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona, and Northern California. In July 2013, Dr. Kamiya completed a 3year intensive residencytraining program in shelter medicine from the University of CaliforniaDavis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kamiya is one of just a handful of residencytrained, 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.

Yvonne Saucedo

Yvonne Saucedo

Vice President, Human Resources, Volunteer Programs and Humane Education

Yvonne joined HSSV in June 2017 as Vice President, Human Resources, Volunteer Programs and Humane Education after spending time as a corporate volunteer and supporter. When Yvonne learned about HSSV during a corporate experience event, she knew immediately that this was the place she wanted to support and eventually work.  Prior to HSSV, Yvonne held various executivelevel Human Resources positions in the high-tech industry.  In her 20 years of experience, she primarily focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, Human Resources Operations, Organizational Development, Talent Acquisition and building G&A functions within startups. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Francisco State. Yvonne volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors for Warm Winters. She has combined her lifetime support of animals and her love of world travel by continuing to transport and escort rescue animals back to the US from less developed countries to find their forever homes. As appropriately noted by her dear friend, her 3 cats (Bonnie, Clyde and White Paw Kitty) currently share their home with Yvonne and her husband.

Jason Walthall

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Jason stepped in as interim CFO in July 2022 to ensure a smooth transition while a national search is conducted. Prior to HSSV, Jason spent seven years as Co-President and CFO of the San Francisco SPCA where he led two major capital projects and put the organization on a growth path. During his tenure, both the budget and endowment of the organization roughly doubled. Before transitioning to nonprofits, Jason was a management consultant for Deloitte, a CFO for Jamba Juice, and a co-founder and CFO of the airport wine bar chain Vino Volo. Jason received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He splits his time between Marin and Napa where he and his husband have a dog, two goats and eight chickens.