Our Board is comprised of Kitsap residents with a wealth of professional experience whose devotion to animals has led them to contribute their time, professional advice and resources to Kitsap Humane Society. Board Committees include Finance and Audit, Facilities, Governance, Development, and Executive.
Interested in serving on the Board? Contact Eric Stevens at (360) 692-6977, ext. 1115 or email email@example.com.
Cynthia is Chief Strategic Officer for IRB Advisors. She is an expert in eRA systems and Process Improvement. Cynthia speaks globally on Research Administration topics of Ethics, Process Improvement, and Crowd Funding. She held the position of Manager of the Office of Sponsored Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Prior to her work with Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Cynthia was the Chief Grants Officer at Anthem Grants and Advocacy in Seattle. She along with Former Secretary of the State of Washington Ralph Munro (1981-2001) worked at Anthem to provide their clients with cost effective contract services designed to secure critical Federal, State and Foundation funding in support of their institutional missions.
Cynthia served on the Eviction Defense Collaborative Board of Directors in San Francisco, CA and One Call for All on Bainbridge Island. She is currently the Vice President of the On the Green Home Owners Association, and a member the Kitsap Humane Society Board of Directors serving on both the Governance and Development Committees. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the prestigious Barnes Foundation.
Ms. Bellas enthusiastically revels living on Bainbridge Island, WA. She enjoys her family, their much adored Yorkshire Terrier, hiking, birding, gardening, and athletic training.
Long-term manager with Nordstrom’s; with experience in multiple departments. “I love bringing teams together, setting goals and helping people achieve results.”
Christine (Tina) Chenevert
Tina recently retired from legal profession, where she initially handled business litigation for large corporations and later an Assistant U.S. Attorney and criminal prosecutor in two California counties . Tina has had nonprofit Board experience and has been a supporter of multiple animal welfare organizations. She and her husband recently moved to Seabeck from California.
Simon Douwes is the Senior Director of Deployment and Itinerary Planning for Holland America Line. He has the responsibility of researching, developing and implementing the deployment and itineraries for all vessels in the Holland America Line fleet.
Douwes began his career at Holland America Line as a navigation officer in 1980, shortly after graduating from the Maritime Academy of Amsterdam. He steadily rose through the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 1993. He served as Captain on most of the Holland America Line ships between 1993 and 2002, including the flag ship ms Rotterdam.
Simon resides on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with his wife Sharon. Simon has 2 children which both pursue a career in Academics . When not at work, he enjoys fly-fishing and riding his bicycle.
Simon Douwes is a Master Mariner, a member of the Nautical Institute and served as a trustee on the board of the world famous Seattle Children’s Theatre.
Holly is originally from The Bronx, New York City, N.Y. and lived in Connecticut, Ulverston, England and Hawaii before moving to Bremerton, WA. She attended Central Connecticut State University and spent 30 years in the field of Communications and Graphic/Print Management. In 2004, Holly’s husband, Gary LaBelle, was seconded to BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness, England by Electric Boat/General Dynamics Corp. While in the UK, Holly worked at BAE Systems, Submarine Division, in the Communications Group and was responsible for event planning and internal communications. Holly and Gary were relocated by EB/GD to Honolulu, HI in early 2013 and then to Bremerton, WA in 2014. Holly is the co-owner of Liberty Bay Art Gallery in Poulsbo, WA. She enjoys art, cooking, hiking, photography and has a strong passion for animal welfare. Her volunteer activities have included Habitat for Humanity, Bremerton Foodline, Animal Welfare (UK) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut.
Kay has 30 years experience as a Registered Nurse. She currently manages a worker’s comp program for a large insurance company. She has many years experience in rescuing animals. Kay is the former President of the Board of PAWS (Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap County). Her experience includes fundraising and fundraising events. She recently completed a certificate program in nonprofit management.
Frank is a dog lover who was a U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and nuclear submarine officer, was educated at Harvard, MIT and the U.S. Naval Academy and has years of business experience. He is currently a consultant providing business development solutions for contractors seeking profitable growth in the government market space.
An attorney with a practice in Poulsbo primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, and estate tax law. A Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy JAG Corps, Tony lives in Poulsbo.
Kevin Kelly is a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where he has been employed since 1990. Kevin was born in Seattle, but moved with his family to Ohio when he was young. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and his law degree from Cleveland State University. Kevin is a graduate of Leadership Kitsap and a past president and continuing member of the Rotary Club of South Kitsap. Kevin is also the handler for Courthouse Dog Kerris. Kerris is a professionally trained service dog used to assist crime victims, witnesses and others during interviews and stressful courtroom proceedings. Kevin and his family reside in the South Kitsap area.
Kathleen (Kati) Lappi
Attorney and owner of Law Firm of Kathleen Lappi. Involved with both Kitsap County and Washington Bar Associations.
Software project manager, jewelry designer, landscape/interior designer
Dr. Scott Menard
After growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Scott moved to Washington to attend UW and made the state his permanent home. With degrees from UW and SPU, Scott‘s career in education included being a science teacher, staff development trainer, junior high and high school principals and assistant superintendent throughout Washington state. He also has consulted and provided workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Scott serves on one other nonprofit board and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with kids who are in dependency with the court system. Now retired from education, Scott enjoys woodworking and several other endeavors as well as traveling with his wife Marie and new puppy, Toby (adopted from KHS). He also has an adult daughter, Maia, who lives in Denver, CO.
Kelly is a CPA, working part-time at Nordstrom and as business manager at Sound Counsel Realty. She brings extensive financial accounting and auditing experience to the board, and a deep passion for animal welfare, including volunteering for the West Sound Wildlife Center.
Currently employed with Department of Labor and Industries, overseeing their Customer Service program for Port Angeles and Bremerton Service locations. Previously served for 12 years as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Kitsap County. Served 6 years in the Navy.
Emily is a lifelong Kitsap County resident and currently lives in Port Orchard with her two dogs and two cats. She works as Risk Manager for Kitsap Bank and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Emily is involved with various community programs in Kitsap Country and works with other non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement and Girl Scouts. Emily is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master’s in Business Administration from Pinchot University. Emily is committed to raising awareness of the issues KHS faces daily and the importance of its services to the Kitsap community
Ryan Ross is the manager of NW Golf Range & Timber Falls Mini-Golf in Bremerton, where he first became involved with the Kitsap Humane Society through the Fore the Animals golf tournament in 2012. Born in Bremerton and raised in Poulsbo and Silverdale, he is the grandson of the late Ron Ross, a prominent land developer and civic leader in the Kitsap region. He is honored to serve his community as an advocate for animal adoption, having met his four-legged partner in crime and company mascot, Bruce, at the Bellingham Humane Society in 2006. He lives in Seattle with his wife Meghan, and enjoys golfing, fishing, and exploring all things outdoors with Bruce by his side.
David is an Executive Vice President at Casey Family Programs in Seattle, responsible for CFP’s public policy work. His work in support of child welfare has included directing the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He brings extensive senior level administrative experience in local government and in balancing complex budgets. He and his wife are ardent animal lovers and have two dogs and two cats.
Kathy is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Kitsap Humane Society. Her interest in serving on the board was sparked by two recent events which brought home to her the importance of animal rescue. She was able to catch a hungry and scared kitten at her home, which was then taken to Kitsap Humane Society for “rehoming.“ She has a rescue dog, Grace. Grace came from an agency which, like Kitsap Humane Society, also focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming. Kathy is proud to be part of an organization that offers such a tremendous service to the community and which prioritizes giving every animal a chance. She currently resides in Port Orchard with her husband, Gary Gretch. When she is not at the office practicing family law, she can often be found at Banner Forest running Grace or at the beach throwing sticks.
Erin is originally from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. An accomplished athlete, she played Division I Basketball at the University of Washington where she graduated with a Business Administration degree. Professionally, Erin worked for 17 years with Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. She was lucky to start with the company when it was young and to have the opportunity to help grow the company into a Fortune 500 organization before retiring as a member of the Senior Management team in 2010. That’s when Erin and her partner, Lisa, decided to add another “child” to their family of Bear (lovable dog rescued from a wheel barrel in eastern Washington), Boo Kitty, (rescued from the Seattle Humane Society) and “Bird” (rescued in their backyard after a crow attack, 12, yes 12, years ago). In 2010, the family was blessed to adopt their then-newborn daughter, Harper who is now 2 ½. Erin and her family enjoy living on Bainbridge Island. She is the former Chair of the Bainbridge Island Ethics Committee, has served as a CASA for the Kitsap County Juvenile Court, and is an avid, if fairly mediocre, member of the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters swim team.
To be eligible to serve as a KHS Emeritus Board member, a member must have actively served at least one full 3-year term on KHS’ Board of Directors and had previously served in a leadership capacity on the Board during his/her tenure.
Kitsap Humane Society’s Emeritus Board
- Kevin Sheehan
- Cary Bozeman
- Lynn Fleischbein
- Shelley Kneip
- Dr. Cary Hills
- Rosemary Shaw
- Becky Swanson
- Gerry Porter
- Dr. James Moore