Board of Directors
Susan Fuller - President
Susan joined Berkeley Humane's board in January 2010. She was nomainated as the Board President in 2012. Susan has worked in executive leadership roles in retail for almost 27 years. The majority of her career has been spent at Old Navy Stores and 20+ years with Mervyn's Dept. Stores which were part of Target Corporation. Her largest role at Old Navy was the operations responsibility and the overall store performance for 220 stores in 13 states with over $1B in annual sales. Her responsibilities include; hiring and staffing, operations, payroll, talent management, and overall P&L for each store, district and region.
Susan has always had a passion for helping non-profit organizations with fund-raising for years. Along with a need to help animal causes, she also has a passion for our military service personnel. She has helped raise awareness and funds for the following non-profit organizations: Berkeley Humane, Operation Care, Comfort, AIDS Walk San Francisco and even the Humane Society in her hometown in Upstate New York by raising funds for an outside dog play area that was built several years ago. Susan has lived in her home in Danville for 13 years and considers Northern California her home. Her family consists of her husband, Mike; a son, Nicholas and a daughter, Vanessa; 1 dog – Riley who is a trained therapy dog, and 2 cats – Spooky and Spice.
Alan G. Shriro, DVM - Vice President
Alan has been on Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors since 1997, and served as president for most of his tenure. He believes in serving our community’s animals and helping to save animal lives. Alan has co-owned Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital for 42 years. He served as President of the Alameda County Veterinary Medical Association for two terms and as the Peer Review and Ethics Chairman. Dr. Shriro currently chairs the City of Berkeley Animal Care Commission. When not working at the Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital, Alan loves to scuba dive and travel the world. He is an award winning photographer and is the proud guardian of 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Stefanie Kraus - Secretary
Stefanie joined Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors in 2011. As a User Experience Designer, she headed up design at a number of tech companies, including Chomp, Bebo, Kosmix, and Snocap. While leading design at small to mid-size startups, she was involved in multiple successful acquisitions and has been responsible for all aspects of the design process, including user research and product design. She has managed and grown design teams, collaborated strategically with CEOs and CTOs and, in addition to startups, worked at large companies such as Apple and Yahoo.
Stefanie has been volunteering as a cat socializer with Berkeley Humane since 2009 and also has helped with mobile adoptions and fundraising events. She joined the board to bring her commitment to Berkeley Humane to the next level and to help as many homeless animals as possible. Stefanie lives in Berkeley with her husband, Michael, and their rescue cats, Jojo and Simon..
Brent Welling - Treasurer
Brent joined Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors in 2011. Brent has over 20 years of experience in the technology and financial services industry. Brent is currently VP of Finance at FirstREX, a private equity firm in San Francisco specializing in real estate investments and mortgage backed securities. Previously, Brent was VP of Finance at QRS, Inc., a publicly traded software company in Richmond, California where he led all finance, strategic planning and M&A activities. Prior to QRS, Brent worked at the Pacific Telesis Group where he held management positions in Finance, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. Brent started his career at the consulting firm of McKinsey and Company, and holds an MBA and a BS of Engineering from Cornell University. Brent has also been involved in the non-profit sector, having provided consulting services to non-profit organizations in education. Brent lives in Lafayette, California with his wife Shereen (a veterinarian technician with Guide Dogs for the Blind) and his "mixed breed" rescue dog, Solo.
Kosin Huang - Development Chair
Kosin is a product marketing manager at HR cloud provider, Workday (CEO Dave Duffield started Maddie's Fund). She has 10+ years of experience managing marketing initiatives and competitive strategy. Prior to moving to the Bay Area and joining the wonderful folks at Berkeley Humane, Kosin was a long-time volunteer with the Animal Care & Control of NYC in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Among her greatest passions are matching homeless animals with loving families. She loves cats and dogs equally and her pet family includes three cool cats: Miso, Nori, Mochi, and two loyal dogs: Bento and Spartacus.
Eric Bohr, EdD - Director
Eric has served on Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors since 2006. He has worked in the field of organization development and change management for many years helping large companies (Cisco and Apple among others) and nonprofits (including animal rescue organizations) plan and manage strategic organization change. Eric joined the Berkeley Humane Board because he believes pets are part of each person’s family and wants us to realize our vision of every adoptable animal being in a life-long home. He supports his beliefs in his own family with his two cats and one dog–all rescues.
Phil Kamlarz - Director
Phil Kamlarz joined Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors in May 2013. He has worked in the public/non profit sector for almost 40 years, over 36 years with the City of Berkeley. He retired in 2011 serving more than 8 years as the Berkeley City Manager. During his service he worked on several major projects including the construction of the new Berkeley Animal Care Serivices (Berkeley's public shelter) building.
Since retirement he has continued community service volunteering for the LifeLong Medical Care advisory finance committee and working to secure housing for homeless families in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.He and his wife Carol currently live with two rescue cats--a beautiful female, Tilac, and a playful male, Occy.
Susan Lin - Director
Susan joined Berkeley Humane's Board in January 2010. She joins us most recently as Director of Business Strategy at BlackRock. Prior to that, Susan was a healthcare investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York. She eventually transitioned into the COO role at a healthcare startup in Texas that subsequently sold to Varian Medical Systems. In her spare time, Susan enjoys dancing, cooking and running and visiting her dog in Texas – a rat terrier named Yoda.
Dale Ogar - Director
Dale joined Berkeley Humane's Board of Directors in July, 2013. Se has worked at UC Berkeley for more than 46 years and although she officially retired in 2006, she continues the work she began in the early 1980s as Managing Editor of the nationally renowned UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. She has more recently also become the Program Director of the Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, a non-profit organization that enables local graduate students to become leaders in providing health care services to members of underserved communities in the Bay Area. She has been a life-long animal lover and a long-time supporter of Berkeley Humane. She lives in Berkeley with Frank, whom she adopted from Berkeley Humane many years ago, and who is a prototypical cat, 80% loving, cuddly, and sweet and 20% just plain crazy.
Tamara Stanley - Director
Tamara has been on Berkeley Humane's Board since May 2012. A marketing and communications professional, she has more than 15 years of experience driving and executing content and creative strategies for an in-house marketing team. She's currently a consultant for Robert Half, where she develops online demand generation and social media programs for the company's largest brands. Prior to moving back to her home state of California, she lived in Boston where she volunteered with several animal rescue organizations, supporting those groups with dog walking and training, fostering, transporting, fundraising and event planning. She's thrilled to combine her professional skills and passion for animals in support of Berkeley Humane. Tamara lives in Oakland with her Dobergirl, Carla, and her princess diva cat, Enzo.
Brooke Wilson - Director
Brooke joined Berkeley Humane's board in 2013. Brooke is an attorney with the law firm of Roisman Henel, LLP in Oakland. She concentrates her practice in the fields of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and federal estate and gift taxation. She advises on all aspects of estate planning, including guiding clients with family-owned businesses on succession planning, assisting clients with their philanthropic goals, and preparing plans for traditional, non-traditional and blended families. A former volunteer with Berkeley Humane's Kitten Nursery pilot program, Brooke joined the Berkeley Humane Board to help improve the lives of shelter animals in the East Bay. Brooke lives in Alameda with her partner, Christina, their two rescue cats, Kafka and Lil Bear, and their terrier mix rescue pup, Flo.
Corinne Lamata - Executive Director
Corinne has a long connection to Berkeley Humane--as an employee, volunteer, and board member--and is now thrilled to be Executive Director. She spent 10 years working in development, most recently at the San Francisco SPCA. Prior to that she held Director of Annual Giving positions at UCSF and Stanford School of Medicine. Corinne is passionate about animal welfare and is very invested in Berkeley Humane. She is excited to lead the organization into a new era of renewal and rebuilding.
Bela Kisamov, DVM - Medical Director
Dr. Bela Kisamov completed her undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Zoology at San Francisco State University. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, located on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Her last year of clinical rotations was held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Through that program she had the opportunity to perform rotations through the Exotics Department and the Knoxville Zoo. Thinking that she wanted to pursue a career in Exotic Animal Medicine, she had the privilege of working with a tiger, penguins, sugar gliders, geese, iguanas, red pandas, and an assortment of other wonderful animals. Upon return to the Bay Area, Dr. Kisamov worked as an associate veterinarian with Campus Veterinary Clinic for 2 years, working with companion dogs and cats. Then, to educate herself about the variety of veterinary practices in the Bay Area, Dr. Kisamov ventured out on her own as a Relief Veterinarian, filling in for doctors in different practices for the next three years. Doing relief work for Oakland Animal Services and Berkeley Humane during that period, she discovered her growing love for Shelter Medicine. Dr. Kisamov excitedly joined the Berkeley Humane team on December 6th, 2010. Her primary professional interest in Shelter Medicine is providing the best possible medical and surgical care for homeless pets (within the organizations' means) with the ultimate goal of having them happily live out their lives in loving, lifelong homes. In her spare time, Dr. Kisamov enjoys traveling, food forest gardening, reading, cooking, hiking, DIY crafting, sewing, and enjoying all the other amenities that the Bay Area has to offer. Dr. Kisamov shares a home with her partner (Josh), a roommate (Adrienne), and two rescued furry friends (Pony, the 4-pound Chihuahua and Rory, the 11-pound wild Abyssinian).
Ellen Monroe - Director of Finance and Human Resources
Ellen began her journey with Berkeley Humane years ago as a volunteer and is now the Director of Finance and Human Resources. She has worked in non-profit organizations for most of her career, most recently as Director of Finance at the Women's Foundation of CA. Ellen has always chosen to work for organizations where she feels passionate about the mission, but coming to Berkeley Humane is her dream job. She holds an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston. When not working, Ellen enjoys exploring the area with her 10 year-old pup, Sami.