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The Board of Directors is chosen by election at the annual meeting of the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs. The supervision, direction and management of the affairs of the Society shall be vested in the Board. More specifically, board members will:
  1. Determine and uphold the organization's mission following the organization's by-laws.
  2. Hire, monitor, and, if necessary, dismiss the employees who report directly to the Board.
  3. Review the performance of the employees who report directly to the Board.
  4. Ensure ongoing organization planning, including approving long-range goals.
  5. Ensure adequate resources-financial and human.
  6. Establish fiscal policies, financial controls, and annual budgets that ensure the effective management of resources.
  7. Set and monitor overall goals and services.
  8. Serve as a link to the community-promoting the work of the organization and interpreting the needs of the community.
  9. Annually assess the performance of the organization and the Board.

And commit to:
  1. A two-year term
  2. Nine meetings of the Board per year
  3. Annual membership in the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs

2017 Directors and Officers include:

Lauren Wolan-Zak - President
Lauren Wolan-Zak is a registered nurse currently working at the Pagosa Springs hospital in the OR and setting up the chemo/infusion unit. Most of her previous volunteer work centered on school and medicine. While her children were growing up, she was very involved in school activities including being president of the PTA. Under her guidance the PTA significantly expanded and diversified membership. She chaired a number of successful fundraisers that brought much needed money and improvements to the school system. She organized and assisted with numerous fundraisers during her medical career. She assisted with a fundraiser that helped open a hospice house in CA, raised money for breast cancer on numerous occasions, and help raise money for patient assistance. During her time as a hospice nurse she helped patients find homes for their animals prior to their death. Lauren describes herself as a fierce animal advocate, and she has cared for, nursed back to health, and found homes for the numerous stray animals that have arrived on her doorstep over the years. Lauren has been a dog walker at the HSPS shelter over this past year.

Gerry Cepon - Vice President
Gerry was born and raised in Waukegan, IL, home of Jack Benny. He studied Illustration and Design at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and after graduation worked as an Illustrator for a national magazine based in Chicago. After the company moved to Los Angeles, Gerry became a firefighter/paramedic for a Northern Illinois Fire Department. He retired in the early 2000's. Gerry has always had a love for all animals and has volunteered for Illinois and Wisconsin humane societies. After he and his family moved to Pagosa Springs in November, 2014, he has been active in volunteering for the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs. Gerry looks forward to many years of service to our shelter animals.

Shirley Keno - Secretary
Shirley moved to Pagosa Springs in 1994 from Sylmar, California where she had worked as a legal secretary for four years. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant in the commercial real estate industry. Upon arrival to Pagosa Springs, she became involved with the Humane Society almost immediately and became active in fund-raising events. She served on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000 and held the office of Secretary and later as Vice Present. In addition, she worked as a Customer Service Representative for Parelli Natural Horsemanship for seven years and later worked as a Marketing Coordinator for Wyndham Vacation Resorts for ten years where she was awarded for outstanding performance. Shirley returned to the Humane Society in 2011 as a volunteer and dog walker and became Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. She was elected to the Board of Directors in January 2016 and will continue on as Volunteer Coordinator. Shirley adopted her beautiful Siamese cat, Hunter, from the Humane Society in 2012. She has been an animal lover her entire life and wants to continue to make a strong contribution to the welfare of companion pets. Shirley is now semi-retired.

Robbie Schwartz - Treasurer
Robbie has a long and robust history working with the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs stretching back to 1996; when the love of the great outdoors brought Robbie and her husband, Steve, to Pagosa Springs. Starting as a volunteer, Robbie's skills quickly elevated her to manager of the original Humane Society thrift store, aptly named the "Pack Rat". Under her guidance she dramatically increased revenue through fundraising, solid leadership, and the introduction of an e-business model. From this success, the Humane Society was able to purchase a much larger building allowing for even more growth. In 2002 Robbie was asked to lead at a higher level within the Humane Society by first taking on the role of Director of Operations and later, Executive Director; from which she retired in 2010. Robbie's talents have helped the Humane Society to grow to record levels allowing the formation of community outreach programs, the construction of a new modern animal shelter, and ultimately helping an increasing number of animals in need. Her love and dedication to the Humane Societies' mission is evident in her hands-on dog training classes, founding of the 4 Care Animal Group , and lending her expertise to help other out-of-state humane societies open their own thrift store to better serve their communities. Robbie and her husband Steve are actively involved in the local Red Cross and continue to serve Pagosa Springs building custom homes through their company, Spectrum Construction. They spend their free time enjoying the beauty of Colorado and the laughter of their grandchildren.

Janet Karn - Board Member
Janet Karn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Whittier College and a Masters Degree from California State Fullerton. She is a retired schoolteacher and has taught in such capacities as Home Economics, Special Education and Chairperson of Department at Charter Oak High School. Janet is a retired substitute teacher at Pagosa Springs High School and provides leadership and teamwork. Janet possesses a broad spectrum of volunteer positions such as Women's Auxiliary President for the San Gabriel Valley Pharmaceutical Association, State Secretary for the Pharmaceutical Association Woman's Auxiliary where their goals were fund raising for Pharmacy students. Over the years, she has given her time to many causes and was voted P.T.A. Life Membership Award and Teacher of the Year at Charter Oak High School. Janet and her husband Norm moved to Pagosa Springs in 1999 and Jan has been a volunteering for the humane society since 2000.

Diane Maun - Board Member
Diane and husband John and son Zachary along with 3 dogs and 3 cats moved in an RV from New Hampshire to Pagosa Springs into a new home in August, 2004. In New Hampshire, she was the Director of Finance for the Nashua Housing Authority and previously was the Assistant Finance Manager at the City of San Buenaventura Housing Authority in California. Diane now works as the Deputy Treasurer for Archuleta County. Previously, she has been involved with food service beginning as a small child since her parents owned a Chinese Restaurant on Long Island, N.Y. She has worked at a few restaurants here in Pagosa Springs doing cooking and catering. With her background, Diane has volunteered for the Auction for the Animals in the kitchen and has eventually taken charge of the food service over the past 12 years. She is a weekly dog walker at the Humane Society Shelter and a member of the Humane Society Advisory Board. Diane joined the Board to help with animal adoptions, reuniting pets with their owners and to stop the abuse of innocent animals. The Maun's currently have 2 dogs and 4 cats - 2 were adopted at the Humane Society, and the rest are rescues.

Leslie Sargeant - Board Member

Mike Stoll - Executive Director
Mike Stoll was selected as the new Executive Director of the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs effective as of December 1, 2010. He and his wife, Anne Lincoln, and their two children have been active members of our community since their arrival 12 years ago. Mike has worked as an educator, a computer programmer and analyst, a rock climbing instructor and mountain guide, and an award-winning realtor. Additionally, Mike and his wife owned and operated an outdoor clothing design and manufacturing business for a decade.

"Our mission is to provide a safe haven for animals in need, promote adoptions, reunite lost pets with their owners, and humanely reduce pet overpopulation through community education and aggressive spay/neuter programs."

Animal Shelter -
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm
Address: 465 Cloman Blvd., PO Box 2230,
               Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)731-4771 FAX: (970)731-5552
E-mail: sheltermanager@humanesociety.biz
Thrift Store -
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm
Address: 279 Pagosa St on Hwy 160, PO Box 2230,
  Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)264-6424 FAX: (970)264-5593
E-mail: hsthriftstore@humanesociety.biz
Administrative Office -
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm
Address: 279 Pagosa St on Hwy 160, PO Box 2230,
  Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)264-5549 FAX: (970)264-5593
E-mail: hsadmin@humanesociety.biz