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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
  • Samantha Harris
    Samantha Harris
    Event & Volunteer Coordinator
    Samantha Harris
    Event & Volunteer Coordinator

    Clinic

  • Dr. Lindsay Rollend
    Dr. Lindsay Rollend
    Wellness Director
    Dr. Lindsay Rollend
    Wellness Director
  • Terri Romano
    Terri Romano
    Manager
    Terri Romano
    Manager
  • Cassandra Johnson
    Cassandra Johnson
    Client Services Coordinator
    Cassandra Johnson
    Client Services Coordinator
  • Natalya Umana
    Natalya Umana
    Natalya Umana
  • Racine Guimond
    Racine Guimond
    Racine Guimond
  • Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson
  • Jenna Wanamaker
    Jenna Wanamaker
    Jenna Wanamaker
  • Mila Calandrino
    Mila Calandrino
    Mila Calandrino
  • Jessanne  Sheppard
    Jessanne Sheppard
    Jessanne Sheppard
  • Sherry Hines
    Sherry Hines
    Sherry Hines
  • Kayla Wackerbauer
    Kayla Wackerbauer
    Kayla Wackerbauer
  • Jennifer Jones
    Jennifer Jones
    Jennifer Jones
  • Elise D'Eufemia
    Elise D'Eufemia
    Elise D'Eufemia

    Shelter

  • Alana Ruszczyk
    Alana Ruszczyk
    Shelter Director
    Alana Ruszczyk
    Shelter Director
  • Tim Ramsland
    Tim Ramsland
    Shelter Supervisor
    Tim Ramsland
    Shelter Supervisor
  • Skylar Bevis
    Skylar Bevis
    Skylar Bevis
  • Erica Willard
    Erica Willard
    Erica Willard
  • Nikita Ilyenko
    Nikita Ilyenko
    Nikita Ilyenko
  • Gayle Wengelewski
    Gayle Wengelewski
    Gayle Wengelewski
  • Cashmiere Martin
    Cashmiere Martin
    Cashmiere Martin
  • Jakelin Aleman
    Jakelin Aleman
    Jakelin Aleman
  • Sophia Nygaard
    Sophia Nygaard
    Sophia Nygaard

    Board of Directors

  • Tom Grier
    Tom Grier
    Board President
    Tom Grier
    Board President
    A Bradenton native and a United States Marine Corps Veteran, Tom has served in different capacities for a variety of organizations and boards over the past 15 years.

    Tom is currently the General Manager for Entech’s Bradenton location providing IT Support & Security for medium to large businesses and Non-Profits throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties. In this capacity, Tom is very active in the local communities and passionate about volunteering

    Married for 25 years, Tom and Nicole have 2 sons attending college at USF (Tampa) and live in Bradenton with their 9-year-old boxer Miller.
  • 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.

  •  Michael Dinsmore, CPA
    Michael Dinsmore, CPA
    At Large Member
    Michael Dinsmore, CPA
    At Large Member
    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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael Maddaloni
    Michael Maddaloni
    At Large Member
    Michael Maddaloni
    At Large Member
    Michael has over 36 years of finance experience, first as a NY-based CPA for 11 years, and then as a finance executive for Beall’s, Inc. for over 25 years. Michael’s primary roles at Beall’s are in the areas of tax, treasury, and investments, and is currently the Vice President of Tax & Shareholder Relations. Michael holds a BBA in Accounting from Siena College.

    Michael moved from Albany NY in 1996 and currently lives in Parrish with his wife Amy, daughter Emma, and their 3 dogs (Winston, Rocky, & Ralphie) and 3 cats (Peanut, Reese, & Jill). They also are caregivers for their daughter Elise’s dog (Casper) while she finishes up College. The Maddaloni family (Michael, Amy, Brooks, Elise, Chloe, and Emma) clearly loves animals and Michael hopes to leverage his financial knowledge to assist the humane society in achieving their mission.

    When not working Michael enjoys reading (primarily military history), rooting for Tampa’s sports teams, and staying active.
  • Julie Bynum
    Julie Bynum
    At Large Member
    Julie Bynum
    At Large Member
    Julie Bynum moved to Florida in 1988, settling in Parrish on 5 acres, with her partner, George Dorsey, and their Akita, Cash. She and George are avid animal lovers, who have had five Akitas over the years, she lost her best girl in June 2020 at the age of 15. They would have many more if time allowed.
    She was on the Board of Directors of Animal Rescue Coalition for 6 years, serving as Treasurer for 3 years, and previously served as Treasurer on the Board of the Cat Woman’s Shelter (now defunct). She has served on various other boards in the Manatee and Sarasota area over the years.
    She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner©. She has over 40 years of experience in the taxation of businesses and individuals, with a focus on multistate taxation and high net worth returns.
  • Jane Pfeilsticker
    Jane Pfeilsticker
    At Large Member
    Jane Pfeilsticker
    At Large Member
    Jane retired from State College of Florida after 22 years as a professor of biology and microbiology. During her term at SCF, she served as teaching faculty, chair of the Natural Science Department, and as founder and Director of the Biotechnology Program. She also served as a Manatee County School Board member from 2006-2010, and as chair of the board for the 2009-2010 school year.
    Jane’s education includes undergraduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. During and after her schooling, she participated in biomedical research that covered fields of virology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology. The research institutes at which she served include medical schools at the University of Pittsburgh, Baylor University, and the University of South Florida. She brought this research experience to SCF (then MCC) and used it to modernize the curriculum taught within the Natural Science Department.
    Jane has devoted much of her spare time to serving her local community as a volunteer with Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, and as a member of the Governing Board of Just For Girls organization that assists and educates young ladies facing life challenges.
    In her private life, Jane is married to Ed Valley and has 4 amazing children, ranging in age from 30 to 44, and 4 grandchildren (so far) who brighten her world. She is a lifelong animal lover and equestrian, having shared her life with dozens of dogs, cats, and horses over many decades. In retirement, she is working within the community to improve the lives of animals and children whenever the opportunity arises.
  • 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.