HSMC: 2515 14TH STREET W., BRADENTON GET DIRECTIONS CONTACT HOURS
CLINIC: 2415 14TH STREET W., BRADENTON GET DIRECTIONS CONTACT HOURS
ADOPTION CENTER: 941-747-8808 X 313

Our Caring Team

    Administration

  • Rick Yocum
    Rick Yocum
    Executive Director
    Rick Yocum
    Executive Director
  • Valerie Bliss
    Valerie Bliss
    Director of Development
    Valerie Bliss
    Director of Development
  • Hildy Russell
    Hildy Russell
    Finance & Communications Director
    Hildy Russell
    Finance & Communications Director
  • Vicki Siddons
    Vicki Siddons
    Office Manager & Human Resources
    Vicki Siddons
    Office Manager & Human Resources
  • Connie Gilliam
    Connie Gilliam
    Connie Gilliam

    Clinic

  • Dr. Lindsay Rollend
    Dr. Lindsay Rollend
    Wellness Director
    Dr. Lindsay Rollend
    Wellness Director
  • Dr. Ashley Gillett
    Dr. Ashley Gillett
    Associate Veterinarian
    Dr. Ashley Gillett
    Associate Veterinarian
  • Terri Romano
    Terri Romano
    Manager
    Terri Romano
    Manager
  • Melissa Whitworth
    Melissa Whitworth
    Melissa Whitworth
  • Racine Guimond
    Racine Guimond
    Racine Guimond
  • Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson
  • Jenna Wanamaker
    Jenna Wanamaker
    Jenna Wanamaker
  • Mila Calandrino
    Mila Calandrino
    Mila Calandrino
  • Estefani Ramos
    Estefani Ramos
    Estefani Ramos
  • Addison Ward
    Addison Ward
    Addison Ward
  • Jessanne  Sheppard
    Jessanne Sheppard
    Jessanne Sheppard
  • Sherry Hines
    Sherry Hines
    Sherry Hines
  • Savanna Carnell
    Savanna Carnell
    Savanna Carnell
  • Mackenzie Higgason
    Mackenzie Higgason
    Mackenzie Higgason

    Shelter

  • Javier Moreno
    Javier Moreno
    Javier Moreno
  • Monica Morgan
    Monica Morgan
    Shelter Manager
    Monica Morgan
    Shelter Manager
  • Tanya Kopp
    Tanya Kopp
    Shelter Supervisor
    Tanya Kopp
    Shelter Supervisor
  • Mora Jordan
    Mora Jordan
    Mora Jordan
  • Debbie Spencer
    Debbie Spencer
    Debbie Spencer
  • Tisha Przbylski
    Tisha Przbylski
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Tisha Przbylski
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Nervely Sainvil
    Nervely Sainvil
    Event Coordinator
    Nervely Sainvil
    Event Coordinator
  • Jillian Yuschak
    Jillian Yuschak
    Jillian Yuschak
  • Terri Haldeman
    Terri Haldeman
    Terri Haldeman
  • Stephanie Nikodem
    Stephanie Nikodem
    Stephanie Nikodem

    Board of Directors

  • David Smith
    David Smith
    President
    David Smith
    President
    David has been active in animal welfare for decades and began with the humane society as a volunteer and cat foster parent nearly 10 years ago. Since then he has spoken at a number of events in support of the Humane Society of Manatee County, is active on a number of committees, and served as board vice president prior to assuming duties as president in October 2018.

    David is the owner and chief strategist at Certified SEO in Bradenton, a digital marketing agency, and graduated from Duke University’s Digital Marketing and Media professional certification program. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Japanese from RIT in Rochester, N.Y. He spent 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard where he focused on cryptography. David lives in Bradenton with his wife, Lissa, their three dogs and a bevy of cats.
  •  Michael Dinsmore, CPA
    Michael Dinsmore, CPA
    Treasurer
    Michael Dinsmore, CPA
    Treasurer
    Michael Dinsmore has been active with the humane society for over 10 years, first as a volunteer, then later as a client (adopting Munchie and Sweet Melissa), donor, committee, and board member. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has served as Treasurer since 2016; he has over 10 years of experience in the Accounting field, including experience as an external /internal auditor and financial analyst.

    Michael holds two B.S. degrees from the University of South Florida, one in Accounting and the other in Finance; he also holds a Master’s of Accounting and Financial Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management.

    Michael currently lives in Palmetto with his wife Rebecca, 2 dogs (Comet and Lani) and the 2 cats listed above (renamed Miles and Missy, respectively). His love for animals is what drives him and his efforts with the humane society. He encourages anyone that is able to help support the humane society's mission with their time and/or financial resources to help "be the voice for the voiceless."
  • Lisa Barnott
    Lisa Barnott
    At Large Member
    Lisa Barnott
    At Large Member
    Lisa has been a member of the boards of Honor Animal Rescue, Manatee County Tiger Bay, and the American Cancer Society’s Manatee County chapter. In addition to her current role as a board member of the Humane Society of Manatee County, Lisa also sits on the Manatee County Animal Services Advisory Board, which considers reports and presentations, advising and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners in matters involving Animal Services and related issues in Manatee County.

    Lisa is the director of marketing and communication for LWR Communities, one of the bestselling master-planned communities in the country, and has been with the company for 12 years. She holds a B.A. in multidisciplinary social science, with political science and psychology concentrations, and a minor in Asian studies, from Michigan State University.
  • Ken Clark
    Ken Clark
    At Large Member
    Ken Clark
    At Large Member
    Ken Clark entered the financial services industry over 20 years ago with one goal: Helping people better understand and navigate the world of personal finance. With a vision to build his firm based on trust and respect, Ken has far exceeded that objective.
    Ken has extensive experience advising individuals, families and small businesses alike. His specialty is breaking down complex issues and developing a concise approach to address the concern of his clients. www.ClarkFinancialPartners.com
    Ken’s love of animals and focus on protecting them from harm is one of his passions.
    Ken and his spouse Annie, relocated from the Vero Beach area and reside in Parrish Florida, along with their Cocker Spaniel & King Charles Cavalier. Ken not only serves his clients, but his community as a Charter Member with the Parrish Rotary Club, serving on the Better Business Council of Manatee Chamber of Commerce and as a Deacon at his church. In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending time with his family boating, sailing and being near the water while vacationing at their home on Peddocks Island, MA.
  • Andrea Diffendal
    Andrea Diffendal
    At Large Member
    Andrea Diffendal
    At Large Member
    Andrea Diffendal has over 9 years of board experience with non-profits since relocating to Manatee County Florida in 2002. While Andrea was in New Jersey she served as chair and committee member on a wide variety of events for non-profit organizations. Andrea is currently employed by Fidelity Bank as a Branch Manager, which is how she was introduced to the Humane Society of Manatee County. With Andrea’s great affection for animals and their wellbeing, becoming a board member for the Humane Society was a perfect match.
  • Lisa Hoffmaster Hess
    Lisa Hoffmaster Hess
    Vice President
    Lisa Hoffmaster Hess
    Vice President
    Lisa is a licensed architect with over 30 years of experience in design and construction, primarily commercial and healthcare architecture. Her experience includes master planning, programming, and schematic design, design development, detailed construction documents- through construction administration, and final occupancy and post-occupancy follow up.

    Throughout her professional career, she has been active in animal rescue on many levels (from working in the trenches on rescues to creating programs on humane education). In 2016, she incorporated Strays and Grays, a non-profit corporation that mutually benefits and serves senior living residents and rescue animals, working together with local humane societies and senior living facilities.

  • Andy Churchill
    Andy Churchill
    At Large Member
    Andy Churchill
    At Large Member
    Andy Churchill has been a Board Member since 2019. He brings more than 20 years of experience in executive leadership and operations experience, from working with many global leaders in various industries including Oil & Gas, Fast Moving Consumer Groups, Healthcare, Mining, Shipping, Cement and Furniture. Delivering change programs that deliver bottom-line results. He is the Founder of Andrew Churchill Solutions, which provides consulting and mentorship to small businesses to help them master their operations and business execution. Primarily focused in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. www.AndrewChurchill.Solutions

    He is very passionate about improving the welfare and health of people and animals.

    When he is not working you can find him swimming, cycling or running as he is passionate about the sport of Ironman. He uses his races to bring awareness and raise funds for charity.

    He is originally from London UK, but now calls Parrish his home.
  • Lorraine Sarnowski
    Lorraine Sarnowski
    Secretary
    Lorraine Sarnowski
    Secretary
    Lorraine Sarnowski is a New Jersey native who moved to Bradenton in 2003. She and her husband, Joe, followed their son, Eric, and daughter, Kristin, to Florida. She is a proud Grammy to Mia and Andrew.

    Lorraine holds a Bachelor's degree from Kean College of New Jersey and a Master's degree in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University. Lorraine retired in 2002 after a 33-year career in education.

    Lorraine has served in various positions on the Board of Directors of her HOA in the Inlets at Riverdale.

    Lorraine is a devoted animal lover who recently lost her beloved pug at the age of 17. She is proud that she and her family have given forever homes to many dogs and cats. She looks forward to working with HSMC to further it's mission to educate, care, and collaborate within the community for the humane treatment of animals.

Effective April 3, visits to the Adoption Center  are available by appointment only.

Please call 941-747-8808 x 313 or email adoptions@humanesocietymanatee.org to schedule.

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