Shelter Director: Jolene Hoffman
Jolene Hoffman came to the Humane Society as a volunteer when the shelter opened in 1982 and worked her way up to becoming the shelter director in 1985 and has remained in that position to date.
Jolene is dedicated to overseeing all shelter staff and animals. She councils the public and performs euthanasia for the public’s animals when they are suffering. She also works all major disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes to assist with animal rescues.
When Jolene began volunteering in 1982, she felt that she had found her purpose. She loves coming to work with like-minded people who are all here for the same reason. Jolene knows the humane society is a safe place for the animals of Ventura County. Jolene says it is her job, along with the rest of the staff, to rehome pets by placing these special creatures in their forever homes. She strongly believes the key to ending suffering for all animals is education, spaying and neutering. To contact Jolene, please email JoleneH@hsvc.org or call 805-646-6505 x.109.
Assistant Shelter Director: Arlene MacSween
Arlene MacSween started at the Humane Society of Ventura County in 2002 as Office Manager. In 2014 she was promoted to Assistant Shelter Director.
She oversees all office staff to ensure that all customers and residents are treated with compassion.
In addition, Arlene works hard to partner people with the right animals. She counsels new adopters, prospective adopters and provides support for those who have recently lost a pet. She also brings in animals that can no longer be cared for and provides support for both the animal and the owner.
Because of her outstanding leadership qualities, she was promoted to Assistant Shelter Director, where her skills could be used to help the Shelter Director in many areas around the shelter.
Here at the Humane Society, we are lucky to have an individual that cares so deeply for both people and animals. She listens, understands and works to help all. To contact Arlene, please email ArleneM@hsvc.org call 805-646-6505 x.101.
Director of Veterinary Services: Dr. Christina Sisk
On March 1st, 2019, the Humane Society of Ventura County welcomed Dr. Christina Sisk to the team as the new Director of Veterinary Services. Dr. Sisk will oversee our spay and neuter clinic as well as the health and wellbeing of all animals in our care.
Dr. Sisk, a native of McHenry, Illinois, completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences in 2000 from the University of Illinois and Veterinary School at the University of Illinois in 2004. Following Veterinary School, Dr. Sisk worked in private practice outside of Chicago for seven years. During this time she started doing relief work for a large shelter doing spay and neuter surgeries and shelter medicine and found that she enjoyed working in shelters and wanted to pursue her career in that direction. From 2011 until February of 2019, Dr. Sisk worked at the Santa Barbara Humane Society as their Director of Veterinary Services, serving the shelter and community with outstanding results.
Research has continuously shown that areas with strong spay and neuter programs, along with community support, have dramatically reduced shelter populations. Dr. Sisk will be working towards increasing the spay and neuter capacity at the Humane Society of Ventura County so that we can better serve the needs of our community.
When Dr. Sisk is not helping to improve the lives of animals in need, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Dr. Sisk has two rescue animals of her own, a dog adorably named Chester Copperpot, and a one-eyed rescue cat named Rammers.
To contact Dr. Sisk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Community Outreach: Greg A. Cooper
Cooper began his relationship with the HSVC in 1990 while working as a photographer for the Ojai Valley News. Since then, Cooper has worked as a volunteer photographer for the shelter documenting their animals, staff, facilities and fundraising events such as the annual Santa Paws.
Cooper, a native of Ojai, Calif., graduated in May 1996 from Western Kentucky University with a double major in photojournalism and anthropology.
After leaving Western Kentucky, he returned to Southern California, where he worked at the Ventura County Star as an assistant picture editor. The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch lured him away to work as their Sunday picture editor.
In 2003 Cooper returned once again to Ventura County, this time to pursue his Master’s degree in Photography at Brooks Institute where he graduated in December of 2004. Cooper was hired as faculty in the Visual Journalism program where he taught until Brooks’ closure in 2016.
Cooper continues to work in education as an adjunct instructor for Ventura College and Santa Barbara City College. Cooper lives in Ojai with his wife Cláudia and their HSVC-rescued dog Biskit.
To contact Greg, please email GregC@hsvc.org or call 805-646-6505.
Director of Development: Diane Duncan
This past June the Humane Society of Ventura County was pleased to welcome Diane Duncan as Director of Development for the 87-year-old, private, nonprofit. In her new position, Diane will oversee and help guide all development efforts, strengthen donor engagement, and create an impactful personalized experience for each of the Shelter’s supporters.
Originally from Santa Barbara, Diane has called the Ojai Valley home for the past 14 years. Diane brings with her a rich background that includes fundraising and development experience in a variety of industries. Recently Diane successfully helped Loyola Marymount University lay the groundwork for their $300 million Right Place, Right Time Campaign. Besides her deep love for animals, Diane is passionate about theater and has acted in many Broadway hit shows. Diane has had dogs her whole life and currently shares her home with a Miniature Pinscher named Ace “Bandito” Ventura.
Diane looks forward to finding new and innovative ways to get the community involved with the Shelter’s many programs and services. The Humane Society of Ventura County has many ambitious plans for the future including expanding its spay and neuter services and the construction of a new state-of-the-art dog kennel.
Diane would like to encourage those interested in supporting the HSVC through a variety of giving opportunities, including our annual fund, major and leadership gifts, foundations, corporate relations, planned giving, bequests, and fundraising events, to contact her at DianeD@hsvc.org or call 805-646-6505 ext. 121.
Media & Marketing Manager: Franki D. Williams
Franki joined the staff at the Humane Society of Ventura County in October of 2013. As the Media & Marketing Manager, Franki manages all aspects of branding, advertising, communication, and design. As well as producing all in and out-of-house advertising, Franki supervises daily content, including photos and videos, for the Shelter's different media sites and weekly e-newsletters. Franki oversees the organization’s website and social media accounts and all its content with high-quality subject matter that is relevant to our audience and their needs. Franki works closely with local news and government agencies providing updated information during times of crisis or other significant events.
Franki attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she focused on Media Arts and earned her BA in International Studies with an emphasis on Human Rights from Portland State University. Franki is currently working on her M.S. in Integrated Communication and Advertising.
Franki can be contacted at FrankiW@hsvc.org or call 805-646-6505 x 112.
Grant Associate: Ralph Saccomano
Ralph joined the staff at the Humane Society of Ventura County in 2015 as the grants associate. Previously, Ralph worked in the environmental industry writing grants and technical reports for a municipal government agency outside of Dallas, Texas. He earned his BA in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a graduate degree with an emphasis in nonprofit and government management.
Ralph can be contacted at RalphS@hsvc.org or call 805-646-6505 x115.
Director of Investigations: Jeff Hoffman
Since 1983, Robert Jeff Hoffman has been an integral part of animal rescue throughout Ventura County. Hoffman’s training includes a certificate as a canine behavior specialist and has attended the HumaneOfficer training academy and advanced Officer Academy, 832 PC search, seizure, firearm and arrest, livestock training, animal hoarding, dog and cockfighting training, and numerous other training throughout the years.
As Director of Investigations, Hoffman investigates cruelty and neglect throughout Ventura County. If a case is found to be severe then he will prepare cases for the District Attorney’s office for review. And if there is enough evidence they will prosecute. In the many years at HSVC Humane Officers have investigated Circuses, rodeos, and the very disturbing animal crushing videos. Animal abuse comes in many forms. And Humane Officers are the ones called to investigate. Hoffman has written numerous articles for the Ojai Valley News and wrote a story called “Kept Chained Life and Death of an Untrained Dog” which was published around the world.
Hoffman retired from the Humane Society of Ventura County in 2012 and returned in 2014. Hoffman says “Working for the HSVC is a great experience and it has enabled me to continue to assist our Officers in this valuable work”.
J. Hoffman can be contacted at JeffH@hsvc.org or call 805-646-6505 x 105.
Humane Officer: T. Vail
Tracy began her career as a Humane Officer at the Humane Society of Ventura County back in 2005. Tracy has a long history of working with animals, including domestic, livestock, and exotic, and is happy to have such a rewarding career working with animals and helping people. Her favorite part of the job is being able to rescue an abused or neglected animal and later adopting them out to a loving home.
In order to become a badged Humane Officer, Tracy had to complete an 832 P.C (Penal Code) Arrest Search and Seizure, Attend the Basic Animal Law Enforcement Academy, The Advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy, and The Humane Society of the United States Animal Fighting course. She continues to attend several workshops, conferences, and training at the academy over the years.
Throughout her years as a Humane Officer, Tracy developed several programs at the Humane Society to ensure the animals are set up to succeed and be matched with the perfect adopter.
Officer Vail can be contacted at email@example.com or call 805-646-6505 x 108.
Humane Officer: K. Winwood
K. Winwood joined the Humane Society staff in January of 2014 as an adoption counselor. As a lifelong animal lover, Winwood knew that a career in animal welfare was for her. After studying anthropology and criminal justice at Ventura College she began extensive training to become a humane officer, completing the Animal Law Enforcement Academy at the San Diego humane society in October 2015. In July 2016, Winwood was officially sworn in by Judge Henry Walsh at the Ventura County Courthouse.
Winwood is a Ventura County native, growing up horseback riding and surfing she is proud to serve as a voice for creatures that would otherwise have none, as well as helping the people within her community.
To contact officer Winwood, please email firstname.lastname@example.org call 805-646-6505 x.106.
Humane Educator: Robin Satnick
Robin joined the Humane Society in 2018 when inquiring about volunteering. As a retired science teacher and professional curriculum writer, she reached out to the Humane Society because of her deep love of animals. It didn’t take long for her to be persuaded to become the Humane Educator of Ventura County. A long-time 4-H'er, Robin has experience with all kinds of livestock but has always had a special affinity for rabbits. Ironically, her educational career began with being the Humane Education Director for the Santa Barbara Humane Society.
Robin is enjoying developing new curriculum material to share with students of all ages. She would love to be invited to your classroom or youth group sharing her knowledge on pet care and responsibility, wild animals, endangered animals, animal behavior, and comparing the senses of many of our pets with human senses. She earned her degree in Environmental & Systematic Biology and an M.S in Biology with a minor in Education from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Please contact Robin at email@example.com or (805) 364-1350 for more information or to schedule a visit.
Office Manager: Betty Jo MacCaughtry
After a 25 year career in health care and human resources, Betty Jo thought it was the right time to start volunteering with the Humane Society. In January of 2012, she started as a volunteer. She then completed the animal ambassador program, hoping to fulfill her lifelong dream of helping animals.
When the opportunity arose to become an employee, that goal was achieved. As an adoption counselor, she can now help find homes for those lost, abandoned and abused animals and hopefully connect them with their “forever homes.”
Here at the Humane Society, Betty Jo charges herself to the care of all of the animals of Ventura County and the people that care for them. She helps match people with the right animal and makes sure that all animals at the shelter are accounted for. She provides rescue numbers and referrals when needed and helps intake animals that can no longer be kept by their owners. In addition to all of this, she also manages the HSVC gift shop.
To contact Betty Jo, please email BettyJoM@hsvc.org call 805-646-6505 x 100.
Kennel Manager: Angela Hanline
Angela Hanline came to the Humane Society to use her skills and training to help the animals of Ventura County. She is a lifelong animal lover who from a young age was charged with helping sick animals. Here, she makes sure that all animals receive proper nutrition, have clean bedding, freshwater, and are bathed. She also assists in making sure that all animals receive proper veterinary care and medication.
Next time you come in to look to adopt a new family member be sure to say hello to Angela. She will be either upstairs or downstairs making sure that all of the animals are cared for.
To contact Angela, please email AngelaH@hsvc.org call 805-646-6505.
Assistant Kennel Manager: Sean McCaskill
Sean joined the Humane Society team in November of 2017, bringing with him 2 years of shelter experience as a volunteer with Sacramento Animal Control. Sean received his Bachelor of Arts in History from UC Davis and looks forward to attending Graduate School to receive his PHD in History.
Besides working with animals in a shelter environment, Sean also has experience with his own cat named Freyja. Sean's experience with animals makes him the perfect addition to the Humane Society team. As well as making a positive impact on the lives of animals in need here at the shelter Sean also helps match and place homeless animals into loving homes.
Veterinary Technician: Megan Smart
Veterinary Assistant: Christina Malleck
Christina joined the staff at the Humane Society of Ventura County in 2014 as a kennel attendant before becoming our newest veterinarian assistant in the summer of 2016. Christina assists the veterinarian during surgery, advises the public on the importance of spaying and neutering, and assures that all animals in the clinic are well cared for. Christina has been around horses and other animals all her life. Christina continues to work hard to further her animal-related career by learning all aspects of the shelter.
For information on spaying and neutering your pet please call Christina at 646-6505.
Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant: Natalie Pagnusat
Natalie began working at the Humane Society of Ventura County at the beginning of Summer 2017. Besides her pets at home, Natalie has always been interested in caring for animals and recently obtained a certificate as a certified veterinary assistant.
Natalie is currently attending courses to become a veterinarian and is looking forward to attending University in the Fall of 2020. Here at the Shelter she works one on one with the animals and ensures that their stay with us is a positive experience. Next time you get ready to adopt a new family member, Natalie will be more than happy to help you with her vast knowledge of the animals in our care.
Volunteer Coordinator: Amanda Volden
Amanda originally joined the Humane Society of Ventura County as a volunteer back in January of 2015. As a student at California State University Channel Islands, Amanda was part of a program that required students to donate 90 hours of community service to a local non-profit. Amanda had always wanted to work with animals. She describes choosing to volunteer at an animal shelter because "my pets have always been there for me and I wanted to be there for other animals”.
Amanda has big plans for the program. She explains, "I really want to create an environment where the volunteers enjoy helping. I’m working towards more training opportunities, more volunteer appreciation, and more opportunities for the volunteers to do things they enjoy doing to help the shelter. It warms my heart to see so many people willing to help make all of our animal’s lives better. Every day is a new and exciting day and I learn so much from everyone at the shelter. People from all walks of life and circumstances join together to help dogs, cats, horses, and the occasional bunny to find new homes".
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can contact Amanda at 805-646-6505 ext. 110 or email Volunteer@hsvc.org.
Adoption Counselor: Sue Siebenthal
Sue Siebenthal joined the staff as an Adoption Counselor in January of 2018. Sue brings with her many years of experience working with the public and a passion for animals. She was born and raised in Hollywood and after 40 years working in retail and customer service is happy to be back to her first love, working with animals. In 2015, Sue began volunteering at the shelter, and in 2017 she worked her way up to Animal Ambassador before becoming an official staff member. Sue works diligently to match animals with the right families and says that her favorite part of working as an Adoption Counselor is "seeing an animal go home".
Adoption Counselor: Jennifer Davidson
Jennifer Davidson joined the team at the Humane Society in 1990 as a kennel attendant because of her sincere love of animals. You can hear Jennifer down the halls lavishing the animals housed at the shelter with hugs, kisses and lots of love. She assures that the animals have clean housing, makes sure that animals have proper nutrition and are kept clean, groomed and healthy. She also assists with the administration of medications and vaccinations as needed. She also helps partner prospective adopters with the right animals and assists in safely introducing the animals here at the shelter to the prospective adopter’s pets and family.
Next time you get ready to adopt a new family member, Jennifer will be happy to help you pick out the right pet!
Adoption Counselor: Josephine Maxson
Josephine has worked at the Humane Society of Ventura County since May of 2018 after relocating to Ojai from Michigan. As an Adoption Counselor, Josephine works with the public to help provide a variety of services, including making appointments for spay and neuter surgeries and processing applications for potential adopters. Josephine enjoys spending time with the animals to get to know their personalities better to help match them with the right family.
Josephine was interested in working in an animal shelter after the passing of her shelter dog, Rocko. Rocko showed Josephine how life-changing adopting a shelter dog could be and inspired her to help animals that may be misunderstood or often overlooked.
When Josephine isn't helping animals in need here at the shelter she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs Zeta and Xabi, and cat Miss Kitty. She enjoys painting and playing guitar in her free time.
Kennel Attendant: Alexis Kutbach
Alexis started at the Humane Society of Ventura County in March 2018. As a Kennel Attendant, Alexis is responsible for the everyday care of the animals that call the shelter home. Besides the animals' regular care, she also makes sure the dogs get plenty of exercise out in our agility yard or taking them on regular walks.
Alexis graduated from Valley Oak Charter School and hopes to one day become a veterinarian or a Humane Officer. She has had animals her whole life and currently has a young German Shepherd she enjoys taking to the park and beach.
Kennel Attendant: Jose Ramos
Kennel Attendant: Carli Blitzer
Carli joined the Humane Society of Ventura County in March of 2019 as a Kennel Attendant. Animals have always played a big part in Carli's life after growing up with horses, dogs, and cats. She particularly enjoys helping with horses and even happy to much stalls.
When asked what Carli thinks other people should know about the organization, she replied, "I think other people should know that the HSVC is made up of true animal lovers and can provide the care that we do thanks to the donations and support of fellow animal lovers." Carli hopes to eventually be able to help animals in need even more by becoming an Animal Control Officer.
Kennel Attendant: Taylor Escareno
Taylor began working at the Humane Society of Ventura County in March 2019 as a Kennel Attendant. Taylor enjoys helping to socialize the animals and helping keep the Shelter organized. She has always loved animals and is especially fond of horses. Eventually, Taylor would like to go to school to study Equine Science.