Board of Directors

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 Lee Harper at


Sherry Appleton

The Honorable Sherry Appleton served as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing much of Kitsap County from 2005-2021. A passionate animal lover and advocate, Sherry’s work in Olympia has been key in transforming animal welfare in Washington state, including reversing breed-specific legislation targeting pit bull-type dogs. In 2018, Sherry was awarded the Humane Legislator of the Year from the Washington state chapter of the Humane Society of the United States, honoring her for her work on behalf of animals, specifically her successful efforts to have bittering agents introduced into antifreeze sold in retail-size containers. Sherry lives in North Kitsap and her furry companions, including Bear, a 130-pound Rottweiler who she adopted from KHS!

Sandra Butler

Sandra joined the Kitsap Humane Society Board of Directors in 2019. She was born and raised in Germany and moved to Hawaii in 2002 to complete her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Hawaii Pacific University. In 2005, she met her husband Charlie, and in 2006, they were stationed in Kitsap County. Sandra and Charlie now live in Poulsbo with their four dogs Limo and Sophie (rescues from Texas), and KHS alumni Jax and Lucy. Sandra works as a Program Analyst at Trident Refit Facility Bangor. Sandra is very passionate about animal welfare and the crucial role Kitsap Humane Society plays in our community for homeless pets, pets in need, and their human companions.

Katherine De Bruyn

Katherine retired as Chief Information Officer at Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based international law firm, and has since served on nine nonprofit boards, including Martha & Mary Health Services in Poulsbo.   She derives some of her greatest enjoyment from engaging with her community and from observing and supporting animals, both in the wild and as pets.  She would happily share her house with more dogs and a cat, but neither her husband nor Border Collie-cross Misty, who presides over their home after a stint in an Idaho shelter, are on board with this.

Glynnis Klinefelter Sio

Glynnis is a Filipino-American human resources executive with 20 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors. She specializes in centering employee and organizational wellness through an equity-intuitive lens and compassionate leadership. When Glynnis is not working as the WA State Bar Association’s Director of HR & Chief Culture Officer, you can find her Polynesian dancing, going on food adventures with her family, or hiking with her two dogs.

Scott Menard

Scott grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and has dual citizenship. He came to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and attained two degrees there (BA science and doctorate in education). Scott retired in 2005 after 30 years in education as a teacher, staff development trainer, high school principal, and central office administrator (assistant superintendent). He has over 20 years in human resources and has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations. Scott is a returning KHS Board member, having previously served from 2012 to 2018, including two years as board president. Scott has always been an animal lover, having dogs and cats as pets his entire life. He and wife Marie (also a volunteer at KHS) have two dogs they adopted from KHS.

Kelly Morrow

Kelly is a CPA, an Accounting Reporting Manager at Nordstrom, and Business Manager at Sound Counsel Realty. She brings extensive financial accounting and auditing experience to the board and a deep passion for animal welfare and pet adoption. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her beloved rescue pups Violet and Willie, daughter Ruby, and husband, Adam.

Ronald P. Morse, D.D.S.

Ron is a dentist and retired as Rear Admiral and Chief of the Navy Dental Corps in 1995 after 36 years of distinguished service, including directing dental care for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Ron was an Affiliate Professor of Restorative Dentistry after his naval career at the University of Washington from 1995-2005. Ron cares deeply about companion animals and the welfare of pets in our community.

Lori Oberlander

Lori currently manages the Customer Service program for the WA Department of Labor & Industries Port Angeles and Bremerton service locations. She previously served for 12 years as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Kitsap County and honorably served in the Navy for six years.

Shannon Orr

After spending almost a decade working various finance positions in Silicon Valley, Shannon moved back home to the Puget Sound area. She immediately went to work for Starbucks Coffee Company and, after 20+ years, retired as the Chief Financial Officer for the Americas. Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner Melanie and rescued Blue Heeler, Toby. Both Melanie and Shannon are animal lovers and huge supporters of KHS.

David Sanders

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.

Denise Steele

Denise first got involved with Kitsap Humane Society at an early age. Her first kitten was adopted from KHS when she was just 7 and her love for animals grew from there. She started dog walking as soon as she was old enough with parental supervision, and then her family adopted that first dog they walked. She continued to volunteer with dog walking, cat cuddling, fostering, customer service, adoption outreach, and anywhere else where needed. Denise is an Independent Scentsy Consultant and enjoys being a mompreneur while taking care of her family – Garrett, her husband, and their daughters, Abigail and Octavia. She loves helping solve unpleasant smells by using safer scents (here’s looking at you, litterboxes and stinky dog smells) and uses her business as a platform to give back to the community by donating baskets and being an event sponsor for many organizations.

Russ Young

Russ retired as CFO of a company with high employee morale, Lyondell Chemical. Before Lyondell, Russ was a financial executive with ARCO and served as Treasurer of the ARCO Foundation. Russ and his attorney wife, Linda, totally love KHS and are long-time supporters, including Linda sewing blankets over the years to keep the animals warm. Their household on Bainbridge is dominated by three rescued Shih Tzu mixes, older Mindy, and a pair of bonded rascals from KHS. Russ and Linda are eternally grateful that KHS’s compassionate staff helped the super-glued pair, Rosie and Molly, so they could joyfully spend the rest of their lives together.

Lee Harper (Ex-officio)

As Executive Director of Kitsap Humane Society, Lee serves as an ex officio (non-voting) member of the board.  Lee has been our executive director since April 2021. Lee brings more than two decades of executive leadership, strategic planning, financial oversight, fundraising, and capital campaign experience, as well as a passion for community engagement, and an emphasis on collaborating with staff and volunteers. Most recently, she led the Phinney Neighborhood Association in Seattle as Executive Director for ten years.

Lee graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in accounting. She then attended Seattle University where she received her master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Drawn to the culture and lifesaving mission of KHS, Lee is a huge believer in the connection between people and pets. Lee and her partner, David, have two dogs named Columbo and Sticks. In her spare time, Lee is a dog trainer, and with her dog Columbo, they are a therapy dog team for Project Canine.

Emeritus Board

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 their tenure.

Kitsap Humane Society’s Emeritus Board

  • Cary Bozeman
  • Lynn Fleischbein
  • Kay Fritchman
  • Frank Gibbons
  • Dr. Cary Hills
  • Shelley Kneip
  • Kathy Schultz
  • Rosemary Shaw
  • Kevin Sheehan
  • Erin Thomasson

In Memoriam

  • Gerry Porter
  • Dr. James Moore
  • Becky Swanson