2011 HUMANE SOCIETY OF PAGOSA SPRINGS BOARD CANDIDATE BIOS
Board of Directors Election Scheduled for January 18, 2011
Nita has resided in Pagosa Springs for fifteen years. She feels her time here has given her an understanding of the growth potential and future needs of the community, with reference to goals and services that would best serve Pagosa Springs and its Humane Society. Her background vocations consist of Office Management and service in public related fields. Nita has been a volunteer at the Humane Society for fifteen years, providing tax receipts, thank you letters, participates on fund raising committees such as the Chocolate Auction and the Auction for the Animals and has been serving on the Humane Society's Board of Directors since 2008 as Secretary. Her own pet is a dog she adopted from the Katrina Hurricane animals sheltered by the Pagosa Springs Humane Society. Working with these animals gave her a sense of accomplishment that will last for a lifetime.
William "Rex" Shurtleff
Rex is a former President of the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs and has volunteered as a dog walker and trainer. He is a former co-chairman of the grants committee and the committee generated over $20,000 in grants for HSPS. Rex retired as a department manager from Sandia National Laboratories in 1997 after 32 years. He subsequently worked for Iowa State University for two years as executive director of a program for the Federal Aviation Administration. Rex has also volunteered for the USFS and as a county planning commissioner.
Bonnie and her husband Bob moved from the Tampa Bay area to Pagosa Springs in 2007 after purchasing their property in 1995. Bonnie earned her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and two years of graduate work in Freshwater Biology at USF. She worked for a large engineering firm in Tampa as a private environmental consultant before marrying Bob and partnering in an online business in Tampa named The Media Factory. She still works for the company writing green building courses for continuing education for building and design professionals as well as co-owns Kinship Productions (film and video production) with her husband which specializes in environmental documentaries.
While in the Tampa Bay area she started an animal shelter with three others called Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) in Ruskin, FL in 2001 and served as V. President and then President of the Board for 3 years, was responsible for a monthly newsletter, web site design and maintenance, oversaw employees prior to hiring of shelter director, and was a weekly regular and WFLA-TV's morning television show "Daytime" for the Pet of the Week segment for two years. Bonnie worked for several weeks with United Animal Nation's Emergency Animal Rescue group in central Florida during the 2004 hurricane disasters and coordinated supplies to LA after Katrina for the group and remains active with the organization. She also served as Chair for the Citizen's Advisory Committee for the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program.
Bonnie currently serves on the Board of St. Francis Wildlife Rehabilitation in Arboles and is a regular volunteer at the Hershey Ranch coordinating with Audubon and our elementary school kids to teach nature studies every fall.
Bonnie is a active volunteer with the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs and has been serving on the Advisory Council since 2008. She has also helped with several fundraising events, grant writing and dog walking throughout the years.
Bob and Bonnie live with their two dogs, six cats and three parrots (nine of which are rescues) and looks forward to continuing volunteering in our area.