Humane Society of Midland County Board of Directors

Update December 2017

The board of directors worked hard this year to not only accomplish our mission but to also keep an eye on the bottom line. The organization brought on a handful of new board members and is already benefiting from the connections, non-profit experience, marketing and financial experience of those members.

Three of the current board members are currently up for re-election in January 2018. Hillary Mellema, Mark Lollar, and Ann Horowitz would love the opportunity to continue serving the people and animals of Midland County. The board is looking forward to having all three back as it will provide the board with continuity, and continue the forward momentum that started in 2017!

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President – Neil Wackerle
Elected for term 2017

Mr. Wackerle is a Michigan native having lived in the Tri-City area his entire life. Retired from Dow Chemical. President of HSoMC, May 2009- August 2011. Re-elected January 2012. Led efforts to change Animal Control of Midland from using the gas chamber to euthanasia by injection and then led efforts to transition the county shelter from the Sheriff to HSoMC management. Mr. Wackerle has been in animal rescue and advocacy since the early 1970s. 

Vice President – Kara Gordon
Elected for term 2016

karagordonKara has extensive experience in animal rescue and considers her volunteer work leading an all-volunteer non-profit Bulldog rescue organization (2003-2015) to be her greatest accomplishment.  The group rescued, rehabilitated, fostered and rehomed an average of 150+ Bulldogs annually and Kara fostered 200+ Bulldogs during that time.  The group was funded through donations and creative events, such as the annual BullyFest (500+ people and their dogs), OctoBULLfest, and the Valentine’s Day Bulldog Kissing Booth.  Kara established and built valuable relationships with shelters, veterinarians’ offices and other groups across the U.S., using social media to educate the public about rescue, encourage and recruit volunteers, develop foster homes and raise funds.

Kara is the Global Director of Ethics & Compliance and Asst. General Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company, with responsibility for ethics-related matters affecting 50,000+ employees.  A Philadelphia native, Kara relocated to Midland in 2012.  She was appointed the National Rescue Liaison for the Bulldog Club of America, and has served on the Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network Board and as a delegate to the American Kennel Club. 

As the HSoMC’s Vice President, Kara provides leadership in a variety of areas and is the Board’s Liaison to the Membership Chair.  Kara initiated and drafted the HSoMC Directors’ Code of Conduct and has begun work updating the bylaws. She is involved with Ties & Tails, fundraising and is particularly interested in helping to prepare and position the HSoMC for a successful capital campaign for the construction of a new shelter. 

Treasurer – Mark Lollar
Appointed in 2016

Mark Lollar

Mark retired from Dow in 2015 after working more than 30 years as a finance professional.   He has prior experience as a board member and treasurer with other non-profit organizations in Midland County.  Since joining the HSoMC board, Mark has been active with the fundraising committee, grant committee, and the Ties & Tails Gala.  Mark and his wife Leah reside in Sanford.  In addition to supporting HSoMC, they have been involved in parrot rescue for more than 6 years.  Mark and Leah currently have five rescued parrots and two rescued cats in their household.

Secretary – Jessica Robison
Elected for term 2017

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Jessica Robison received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University in 2007.  In 2011, Jessica received her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. 

Jessica Robison is an associate attorney at Wilson Law Office, P.C. in Midland, practicing family law, estate planning and estate administration. 

Currently, Jessica serves of the board of directors of the Humane Society of Midland County as Secretary.  Previously, Jessica served on the board of directors for the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network and previously served on the board of directors of the Midland County Bar Association as Vice-President.  In 2016, Jessica was elected to the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. Also, she was a volunteer for the Legal Services of Eastern Michigan “Ask a Lawyer” program and for the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce Ready, Set, Get Hired! program. 

Jessica has deep roots to Midland County and currently resides in Midland County with her three rescue cats and English Bulldog.

Director – Karen Brines
Elected for term 2017

Karen retired from the City of Midland in 2016. She has been involved with HSoMC since 2010. Karen has fostered many animals including rabbits, pigs, goats, dogs and cats. In addition to being a foster, Karen chairs the HSoMC rummage sale and has volunteered in our annual Ties and Tails Gala. 

Director – Dana Hill
Elected for term 2016

dana hDana is part of the Digital Marketing Team with Garber Management Group in Saginaw. She and her husband, Chris, live in the Midland area with their two dogs. The couple have been members of the Humane Society of Midland County since 2011 and have been part of the foster program focusing on dogs with special medical needs or behavioral issues. When time allows, Dana enjoys walking dogs at the shelter, assisting with adoption events, and participating in the Annual Ties and Tails Gala. 

Director – Clark Kreutzberg
Elected for term 2016

Over 30 years experience sales and marketing. Manages and tracks kennel sponsorship, active in events, fostering and fundraising. 

Director – Ann Horowitz
Appointed in 2017

Ann HorowitzAnn is a Business Development Manager for Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. She has served on a number of boards in the Great Lakes Bay Region and has more than 7 years of non-profit board experience. A HSoMC member since 2015, she is a volunteer dog walker and occasional foster dog-mom. She and her husband live in Midland with their dog and three cats. She joined the HSoMC board in 2017. 

Director – Hillary Mellema
Appointed in 2017

MellemaHillaryHillary Mellema is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Saginaw Valley State University. She and her husband have rescued two dogs and two cats and have some experience dealing with behavioral issues. Prior to living out of state for several years, Dr. Mellema volunteered as a dog walker at HSoMC. Returning this year, she has filled a vacancy on the board to assist with long-term fundraising efforts. With her expertise in marketing, She generates and posts fundraising-related digital content through the HSoMC website, e-newsletters, and Facebook page. As a learning experience for her students, Dr. Mellema provides hands-on marketing and advertising experience with local businesses.