The Staff and Board of the Humane Society of Ventura County are pleased to welcome two new members to their Board of Directors. This past January, John Talley and Dr. Lee Baker, DVM joined the team to help strengthen the growing eighty five year old nonprofit animal welfare organization.
DR. LEE BAKER, DVM
Dr. Lee Baker has been a practicing Veterinarian for over 40 years and has worked closely with many animal welfare agencies throughout California. When asked what attracted him to serve on the Board of Directors he replied, “I have always been attractedto the Humane Society of Ventura County and the work it does. When invited to join the Board of Directors, I was both honored and eager to join their group. I look forward to assisting in continuing the good work that they do.”
As a veterinarian who has practiced in both emergency and general practices since 1972, Dr. Baker has a unique understanding of animals and their needs. His background in Veterinary Medicine and love and affection for pets of all kinds will be a welcome asset to the nonprofit organization.
John Talley and his wife Nancy have been volunteering at the Humane Society of Ventura County since 2011. John recalls when they came to volunteer for the first time, “it was obvious that the staff and volunteers really cared about the animals and worked very hard for their welfare. We wanted to be a part of that and do whatever we could to help them”.
Since that first day, both John and Nancy have been involved with multiple areas of the shelter. John has been a great asset to making sure the shelter and it’s grounds are well maintained. This level of continued participation at the ground level gives John a unique perspective on the organizations needs. John’s experience as a heavy equipment mechanic in the Army, a production controller for Seabee base construction, a professional ballet dancer and teacher, and a manager of the Department of Navy’s oil spill response program, makes him adept at developing strategies and solutions.
The Staff and Board feel very fortunate to welcome both of these accomplished community members to the team and are excited about the direction the shelter will continue to grow with their leadership and guidance.