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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

    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
  • Nadiya  Reinacher
    Nadiya Reinacher
    Nadiya Reinacher
  • Estefani Ramos
    Estefani Ramos
    Estefani Ramos
  • Jessanne  Sheppard
    Jessanne Sheppard
    Jessanne Sheppard
  • Michaelann  VanderWoude
    Michaelann VanderWoude
    Michaelann VanderWoude
  • Andrea Bird
    Andrea Bird
    Andrea Bird
  • Annie Vidal
    Annie Vidal
    Annie Vidal
  • Sherry Hines
    Sherry Hines
    Sherry Hines
  • Nervely Sainvil
    Nervely Sainvil
    Nervely Sainvil

    Shelter

  • Jessica Bowers
    Jessica Bowers
    Manager
    Jessica Bowers
    Manager
  • Dani Zeris
    Dani Zeris
    Dani Zeris
  • Debbie Spencer
    Debbie Spencer
    Debbie Spencer
  • Vicki Perkins
    Vicki Perkins
    Vicki Perkins
  • Javier Moreno
    Javier Moreno
    Javier Moreno
  • Mariah King
    Mariah King
    Mariah King
  • Mora Jordan
    Mora Jordan
    Mora Jordan
  • Shannen Wacker
    Shannen Wacker
    Shannen Wacker
  • Tisha Przbylski
    Tisha Przbylski
    Tisha Przbylski
  • Cynthia Zarlenga
    Cynthia Zarlenga
    Cynthia Zarlenga
  • Jillian Yuschak
    Jillian Yuschak
    Jillian Yuschak

    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."
  •  Kristeen Ezell
    Kristeen Ezell
    Secretary
    Kristeen Ezell
    Secretary
    Kristeen Ezell has served as a board member for 9 years, three of those years as the Board Secretary. Kristeen also serves and chairs on a wide variety of HSMC committees. She is also an HSMC Facebook Marketing and Advertising admin.

    Kristeen transferred from Connecticut with Time Warner to Bradenton Florida in 1997. Kristeen has been a Producer, Videographer and Video Editor for 24 years with extensive expertise in the television and video marketing industry. She is the owner of Visual Harmony Productions, professional video marketing and advertising. http://www.visharmony.com Kristeen also has a wide range of graphic design and business experience. She also provides in-kind services for the HSMC shelter and Veterinary Clinic.
  • Xtavia Bailey
    Xtavia Bailey
    At Large Member
    Xtavia Bailey
    At Large Member
    Xtavia Bailey is originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut but has lived here in Manatee County since she was nine years old. She is a product of the Manatee County Schools, graduating from Manatee High School. Xtavia’s education includes an A.S. in Medical Assisting and a B.A. Criminal Justice from Masters in Criminal Justice Leadership. She also is a graduate of the MTI's Police Academy.

    She is married to Edward Bailey, a former Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps., they share two children Amara Bailey age 14 and Edward Bailey Jr. age 11 who attend Manatee County Schools. Xtavia has dedicated her time and talents here in Manatee County for more than 15 years.

    She is the former Director of the Bradenton Boys & Girls Club. Financial Advisor/Trainer at JPMorgan Chase Bank Credit Card Division, Accounts Manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank Mortgage and Automobile Dept. ,ADT Customer Service Trainer, Asset Management Investments Procurement Specialist.
  • 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.
  • 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
    At Large Member
    Lisa Hoffmaster Hess
    At Large Member
    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.

  • Rebecca Neal
    Rebecca Neal
    At Large Member
    Rebecca Neal
    At Large Member
    Past President of the Board of Directors
    Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Rebecca Neal began her career as a dog trainer and behaviorist, where she was first exposed to animal welfare issues.

    She served her first of four terms on the Humane Society of Manatee County’s Board of Directors in 2007. Through the years she has served as Secretary, Vice President, and President in addition to many committees, and has been deeply involved with the growth of the Humane Society’s facilities and mission. She lives in Bradenton, Florida with her husband and two young daughters.

  • Cody Oelker
    Cody Oelker
    At Large Member
    Cody Oelker
    At Large Member
    Cody is an owner at search engine marketing company Relativity SEO in Bradenton, FL. With over 10 years of experience providing high-quality Internet Marketing with proven results in global markets, he is an asset to any marketing strategy. Working with every kind of client from small businesses to large, multinational corporations, he has offered his expertise and skillset to improve the Internet presence and overall marketing strategy of over 300 brands globally.

    Cody joined the board in 2018.
  • 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.
  • Larry Ferguson
    Larry Ferguson
    At Large Member
    Larry Ferguson
    At Large Member
    Larry Ferguson has over 20 years in commercial insurance and is currently vice president at McGriff Insurance Services. Larry holds a BA from USF and an MBA from the University of Tampa.

    Larry joined the board in 2019.