Kit grew up in San Jose, CA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a Masters in Public Administration. She has dedicated her career to public service and volunteering. She is a former 15 year volunteer at Peninsula Humane Society, and currently enjoys volunteering for Companions in Waiting and Berkeley Animal Care Services. She has also volunteered briefly for San Jose Animal Care Center in support of dog playgroups and SF Animal Care & Control. Kit is a huge fan of Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL) and the paradigm shift this model represents in the quality of life and increase in live outcomes of shelter dogs. She learned to run large-scale dog play groups through a DPFL mentorship at Longmont Humane Society where she met staff and volunteers from shelters across the nation who share a passion for the well being of animals in the public’s care.
Pam Manuel was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, now residing in El Granada, CA with her husband Kennet Manuel and raised two fine young men. She has always been an animal lover from the start, as a youngster always bringing home injured, orphaned creatures. She has had 2 horses, 10 dogs, 1 cat and many other pets sharing her life with her. Her greatest passion in life was working at Half Moon Bay Veterinary Hospital and Camino Real Pet Clinic as a Veterinary Technician. She also was a volunteer at Peninsula Humane Society working with the shelter dogs for 7 years and during that course of time educated herself taking Trish King's courses in Canine Behavior and attended several Canine Science Symposia.
Chris grew up in San Jose and has lived on the San Mateo coast for the last 20 years. She spent the majority of her career in publishing, where she was the Production Director for InfoWorld magazine. She’s always been passionate about animals and, as a kid, would bring home and help out any strays she found. Chris was involved with her daughter in 4H for many years, and also took on the role of being a project leader for the program. She is a previous Veterinary Assistant who owns four rescue dogs of various sizes, ages and breeds. She’s fostered approximately 35 dogs for Petaluma Pet Pals over the last 4-1/2 years, and finds it extremely rewarding to help homeless animals gain confidence and skills, so they’re ready to be adopted into a permanent home.
Beth grew up in the Bay Area and has lived in San Mateo for over 20 years. Throughout the years she has volunteered at several animal shelters beginning at the Peninsula Humane Society in 1974. In the early 80’s she worked for a time as PHS’s Volunteer Coordinator. Raising and homeschooling her two children meant stepping back from animal welfare work for a time, returning to PHS in 2010 and volunteering for 8 years with the dogs at the Coyote Point shelter. Caring for 3 rescue dogs, working as a dog walker and chasing the grandson around with her husband, Chuck, keeps her very busy.
Alicia is a Bay Area, California native. She served as Director of the Leonard X. Bosack & Bette M. Kruger Charitable Foundation for more than ten years. Alicia's role included the management of multiple projects in the areas of animal welfare and wildlife protection. One of the many projects she spearheaded involved the collaboration of several non-governmental organizations and INTERPOL. The outcome of this project led to an anti-poaching operation, ongoing today, protecting elephants and rhinos in more than sixteen African countries. Alicia has traveled extensively, mostly for her jobs in the area of Philanthropy, and served on the Animal Grantmakers
Board of Directors from 2008-2011. She is currently an advisor to several 501c3 animal welfare organizations.