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 Eric Stevens at (360) 692-6977, ext. 1115 or email


Cynthia Bellas

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.

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.

Holly Duggan

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 Fritchman

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 Gibbons

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.

Tony Hinson

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.

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 Morrow

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.

Christine Newbry

Christine owns a general practice law firm in Port Orchard, primarily focused on family law and dependencies; tax law; criminal defense; and estate planning. Prior to her relocation to Kitsap County in 2014, she worked as a criminal defense attorney in Lewis County. In her earlier role as a deputy prosecutor in Lewis County, Christine worked with the local animal shelter on animal cruelty cases.

Christine volunteers with Kitsap Legal Aid Clinic, and she is a member of the Rotary Club of South Kitsap.  She and her husband have four rescue dogs:  Cooper, Boston, Cody and Carlos.

Lori Oberlander

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 Olson

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

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 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.

Kathy Schultz

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.

Sally Tellekson

Sally is a lawyer by training but spent most of her professional career in nonprofit management, development, and Board work. A lifelong Midwesterner (raised in Ohio, graduated from DePaul University School of Law in Chicago,  worked and raised her three children in Minneapolis) she relocated to a sheep farm on Bainbridge Island in 2002.  Sally has served on several Boards in the area, assisting with their fundraising efforts.   She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts at Pacific University and is currently finishing a book of personal essays. She no longer owns the sheep farm, but enjoys spending time with her three dogs and two cats and was thrilled when two of her adult children moved back to Bainbridge. She loves to read, write, and travel, especially to see her third child in New York City.

Erin Thomasson

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.

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 his/her tenure.

Kitsap Humane Society’s Emeritus Board

  • Cary Bozeman
  • Lynn Fleischbein
  • Dr. Cary Hills
  • Shelley Kneip
  • Dr. James Moore
  • Gerry Porter
  • Rosemary Shaw
  • Kevin Sheehan
  • Becky Swanson (posthumous)