Our Team

Lindsay McCall

Lindsay McCall, Executive Director

Lindsay has been an integral part of HSSC for many years. She joined us in 2016 as our Director of Animal Care and was appointed as our Director of Operations. Her career in animal welfare began in Bay Area emergency veterinary practice and, prior to moving to Sonoma County to join HSSC, she worked for many years with a large private shelter in southern California. Her background in shelter management includes oversight and practice in neonatal kitten care, foster program management, and pursuit of animal abuse and neglect cases alongside veterinarians and animal control.

Since her early days with HSSC, Lindsay has focused on furthering our progressive initiatives aimed at moving rescued animals from the shelter into their new home as quickly as possible – including streamlining adoption processes and providing support for owned and stray animals through multiple channels. All of these efforts have enabled us to take in more animals who may be facing euthanasia at overcrowded shelters across the Bay Area, Central California and beyond.

Lindsay shares her home with two rescue dogs and a cat. An avid nature lover, when she’s not at the shelter Lindsay can be found enjoying the Sonoma Coast or hiking on local trails.

Priscilla and her dog Harvey

Priscilla Locke, Director of Development & Communications

Priscilla joined HSSC in October of 2018. Her background includes extensive experience in fundraising, board development, marketing, communications, public relations and performance improvement. Originally from the East Coast, Priscilla has been a Sonoma County resident since 1986. Her HSSC alums, cats Stanley and Francine and dog Harvey, kindly allow her to share their Santa Rosa home. A lifelong animal lover and animal welfare advocate, Priscilla feels honored to be part of an organization with such an amazing legacy and grateful to serve our community alongside such an extraordinary team.

Meagan Cirivello, Director of Shelter Initiatives

Meagan Cirivello, Director of Shelter Initiatives

Meagan’s animal welfare journey began at a small humane society in Butte County in 2015. Her career experience includes companion animal rescue, small and large animal disaster and emergency response, low-cost spay/neuter efforts and farm animal rescue. She joined HSSC many years ago, first serving as our Adoptions Program Manager, then as our Shelter Manager before becoming our Director of Shelter Initiatives. Her commitment to animal welfare and working in the shelter environment stems from her love for both animals and people. She’s especially passionate about keeping pets in their home with their people and is so excited about HSSC’s community programs. Meagan lives in Santa Rosa with her husband Eliot and their four rescued pets: Maia, a lab mix (pictured) and three cats, Snickers, Bean and Poe.

Erica and her dog Roland

Erica Munsel, Director of Finance

Prior to joining HSSC in the fall of 2023, Erica was the Finance Director for a national nonprofit focused on financial counseling and education. Previously she worked as an auditor with a focus on nonprofit clients. She has a master’s degree in accounting from UC Davis and is a licensed CPA. Erica loves animals and is very excited to be part of the HSSC team. She currently lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and four pets: senior Chihuahua, Roland, Golden Retriever, Poppy, and two cats, Opal and Hazel. Erica enjoys hiking, taking her dogs to the beach, Frisbee golfing, and trying local breweries.

Albert and his cat Ziggy

Albert Escobedo, RVTg, Director of Veterinary Operations

Before joining HSSC in early 2023, Albert served as Shelter Clinic Manager at the Stray Cat Alliance in Los Angeles and as Program Director for the Veterinary Assistant Program at the American College of Healthcare. Originally hailing from Indiana, Albert earned his bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University. In addition to his experience in the veterinary health care field, Albert has led classroom teaching in both U.S. and international settings. Albert and his wife share their Santa Rosa home with their son Sebastian, senior pup Angelita, their cat Pebbles and a very special “foster fail” kitty named Ziggy, who is paralyzed from the waist down. When Albert is not caring for all the critters, you can find him hiking with his family, or performing and enjoying stand-up comedy.

Tressa Fessenden-McKenzie, KPA-CTP

Tressa Fessenden-McKenzie, KPA-CTP, Director of Operations, Animal Programs

Tressa is a Sonoma County native and attended the University of California in Santa Cruz. Tressa attended the Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Professional program in 2016, became a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator in 2018, and worked for several years as a dog trainer and daycare provider. She previously worked at HSSC in the Behavior & Training Department before relocating to Sacramento and working as the Behavior Specialist at the Sacramento SPCA for two years. In 2021 she moved to Oakland to take on the Behavior and Training Manager role at East Bay SPCA. Tressa is thrilled to return to her hometown once again to rejoin the HSSC team! She will be relocating along with her husband, two children, two dogs, and cat.

Kristen Trisko, HSSC Board of Directors

Kristen Trisko, Board President

Kristen and her husband David own HeadgearPlus Promotional Marketing in Petaluma where she handles human resources, payroll and credit card reconciliation. She has a BS in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis, where she attended because of her love of animals. Animal Science was her first major but required visits to the slaughter house which resulted in a change of major as well as a dietary change. Kristen volunteered with Canine Companions for Independence in the East Bay for 33 years – she helped raised a dozen puppies, started up and led a local chapter of volunteers and was responsible for annual fundraisers and community outreach events. When Kristen moved to Sonoma County five years ago, she decided to look for other ways to give back to her community where her love for animals and volunteer experience would be useful. Although a relative newcomer to Sonoma County, Kristen has fallen in love with the beauty and culture that make this area unique. Kristen and Dave have three grown children and live in Sebastopol with their dog Lilac, a rescued feral cat Shadow and a horse named Coco.

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Sophia Grossi, Board Vice President

Born and raised in Northern California, Sophia grew up on an Arabian horse ranch and can’t remember a time when she didn’t have at least one dog. The family farm also included pigs, chickens, cows, goats and cats, which all contributed to Sophia’s love of animals and drove her to obtain a B.S. degree in Animal Science from UC Davis. After a long career as a veterinary technician in general and specialty practices, Sophia has recently left the field to pursue a career as a writer. When she isn’t at her computer writing Sophia can be found on her five acre farm in Santa Rosa with at least one of her five dogs by her side.

Kelly Stromgren, HSSC Board of Directors

Kelly Stromgren, Board Treasurer

Kelly was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, eventually migrating west to the “City by the Bay”. She entered the world of Wall Street when she relocated to Santa Rosa in the late 80’s and is a Financial Advisor with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company. She lives with her husband Brent and their miracle cat Cabo, who is a cancer survivor. Kelly’s quest for a dog brought her to HSSC as a volunteer dog walker because Cabo was just not interested in sharing her home with a dog. Along with her passion for animals, she is an avid golfer and a self-proclaimed DIYer. In addition, she is a past member of the Active 20-30 Club of the Redwood Empire.

Kati Aho, Board Secretary

Kati is the Director of Operations and Programs for the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. The EBC is a local community center and school for people with sight loss. Prior to the EBC, her focus was in the electronics industry. She was the COO at a small startup, and was with Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies for 24 years. Kati is a native Californian, born and raised in the Sebastopol area, and a graduate of USF with a BS in Informational Systems Management. Her passion focuses on organizational development and the creation of synergistic, self-managed work teams. Kati is an avid SCUBA diver, animal lover and loves to garden.

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Lisa Barnes, Board Member

Lisa has dedicated her life to helping others find their forever home. From a young child, she has been a pet parent to numerous wonderful rescued cats and dogs. Professionally, she is a partner at Fragomen, the world’s largest immigration firm, where she has dedicated her career to helping companies hire and transfer their critical talent where needed around the world, and their employees and families find their forever home in the country of their dreams. She has also dedicated the past 15+ years to promoting and protecting the rule of law and a just society through the American Bar Association’s International Law Section, an organization of 14,000+ members in more than 100 countries, which she ultimately chaired. Originally from New York, Lisa and her husband Ian have made Sonoma County their home since 2015, with their two rescue dogs, Gumbo and Nero. Lisa joined the HSSC Board in 2024 to help transform the lives of some of our most vulnerable and those whose lives they will enrich.

Sandy Chute, HSSC Board of Directors

Sandy Chute, Board Member

Sandy has a background in interior design and taught home economics in Washington DC. She opened a clothing store in Maryland which she quickly grew to eight stores. After selling her business to a multinational corporation, she moved to California and began a new career of building, remodeling and furnishing homes for resale. Here, she also fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning a horse and was involved with the early days of the natural horse training movement and the concepts behind horse communication. Sandy has volunteered with a wide range of nonprofits for over 40 years, including 35 years as a site manager for the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Festival and as co-chair for the Sonoma County Medical Alliance Garden Tour. She has two horses, a tuxedo cat, and a Havanese named Harley who enjoys playdates with dog friends and training in therapy classes with Canine Companions for Independence.

Johnny Drake

Johnny Drake, Board Member

Johnny Drake was born in SF, the youngest of 14 children. Johnny’s big family were loving and firm believers in the merits of hard work. These values were instilled in Johnny early in life and have carried him through his various careers, pursuits and passions. When Johnny was 18, he moved out of the family home to go to college at Sacramento State to study Poly-Sci. While not studying Political Science, Johnny started a carpet cleaning business. Four years later he and his brother began a baking company that eventually turned into Johnny’s Java. Johnny moved to Sonoma County in 1989 and developed Johnny’s Java into a storied Sonoma County coffee shop with 9 locations and over 80 employees. After twenty successful years, Johnny was ready for a new challenge, so he pursued his long time interest in real estate. While Johnny is a heart centered business man, talented marketer and an experienced entrepreneur, his real passion is helping people create community. Johnny’s history of service and giving back to the community includes contributions of time, money and support to Canine Companions, the Sonoma Humane Society, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County High School Athletics and Little League. Whether cleaning carpets, running coffee shops, selling homes at Artisan Sotheby’s International Realty or doing community service, Johnny takes a collaborative, hands-on and focused approach to his endeavors. He is an active member of NorBAR, California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Sonoma County Alliance and the former Vice President of The Volunteer Center Board of Directors. He is a lover of animals, especially dogs. He has two mini-schnauzers, Roxy and Milly.

Neville Hormuz

Neville Hormuz, Board Member

As lifelong Sonoma County resident, musician and animal rescue advocate, Neville has deep ties to this community. He owns Loud and Clear Music in Cotati, a musical instrument retail store that’s helped raise over $120,000 for local animal non-profits and schools over the past 14 years. He’s a licensed contractor and has a commercial Audio-Visual design/installation company called Loud and Clear Audio Visual. He plays guitar and sings in an 80’s Tribute Band called Choppin’ Broccoli. He’s passionate about animal rescue. He wants to help inject love into the world by helping animals and the people who love them.

Chris Kittredge

Chris Kittredge, Board Member

Chris has been a professional photographer for the past 40 years specializing in unique and meaningful portraits of animals and their families. She has a BA from The University of Michigan. For the last 26 years she has been deeply involved, and continues to be involved, with Canine Companions For Independence, but several years ago she decided to devote additional time and her expertise to helping animals whose lives were less fortunate. Chris and her husband, Bob, live in Santa Rosa with their three Labrador retrievers, Adah, Taya, and Dory, and two fun loving rescue cats, Sully and Sawyer. She has been an HSSC Board Member since 2014.

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Steve Maass, Board Member

Steve Maass is the Founder and President of Oliver’s Markets, which locally owns and operates four supermarkets in Sonoma County. Steve’s vision when he opened the first Oliver’s Market location in Cotati in 1988 was to create a store where customers truly enjoyed shopping. Oliver’s proprietary combination of offerings includes food and wellness products produced in Sonoma County, along with a wide assortment of natural and conventional groceries. Oliver’s purchases goods and services from over 600 Sonoma County businesses and sells over $45M per year in Sonoma County products. Steve began his retailing career in 1972 as the Founder of Maass Produce that operated roadside produce stands around the San Francisco Bay Area. Steve was also the Produce Manager at the Santa Rosa Food 4 Less before opening the first Oliver’s Market in Cotati in 1988. Steve has lived in Sonoma County for over 40 years. He is a former board member of Redwood Empire Food Bank, and currently serves on the boards of Humane Society of Sonoma County and Green Music Center. A lifelong animal lover, Steve has two horses (one rescue), two dogs (both rescues and one born deaf), one friendly feral rescue cat, five chickens and one rescue rooster.

Robert Quail

Robert Quail, Board Member

Bob is a shareholder with the law firm of Clement, Fitzpatrick & Kenworthy in Santa Rosa, with a practice focused on business and real estate transactions. Bob previously served as Vice President/General Counsel for a large winery based in Sonoma County and has lived here since 1994, where he and his wife, Julie, raised two daughters around too many cats, dogs and horses to count. Bob also serves as an advisor to the board of KRCB Public Media, the PBS and NPR affiliate in the North Bay, and is a former member of the Oak Grove Union School District Board of Trustees and the Boards of Children & Family Circle of Sonoma County and the Lattice Education Foundation. Bob has been an HSSC Board Member since 2009.

Boardmember Ana Suarez

Ana Suarez, Board Member

Ana, along with her husband John and dog companion Lilie, splits her time between Graton and San Francisco but she is a country gal at heart. She was born and raised in a small coastal town in Puerto Rico surrounded by sugarcane fields and palm trees. She arrived in the “mainland” 40 years ago to pursue higher education. She obtained a Masters in Public Health and worked over 10 years as a survey and public policy researcher for various entities and non-profit organizations. She decided to retire early in order to care for her elderly parents, a role she cherished despite its many challenges. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross (ARC), Sonoma/Napa Chapter, since the 2017 Tubbs Fire and after being inspired by the work the ARC did in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria just a month prior. In her current role as Red Cross Disaster Client Services volunteer caseworker, she provides guidance and support to individuals and families, many with companion animals, during their recovery after being displaced from their home because of an emergency, from a single family house fire to a large scale disaster such as wildfires or floods. Her work with the Red Cross, and as a caretaker herself to a rescued dog, has given Ana a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of making sure our companion animals have a safe and caring home, and that their humans have the resources and information they need to be able to provide one. As a HSSC Board member, her goal is to help the organization continue to successfully serve companion animals and their humans in our community, specially during their time of greatest need.

Department Directory

Executive Director 707.577.1912
Lindsay McCall, Executive Director
lmccall@humanesocietysoco.org

Development and Communications, 707.577.1911
Priscilla Locke, Director of Development and Communications
plocke@humanesocietysoco.org

Finance, 707.577.1900
Erica Munsel, Director of Finance
emunsel@humanesocietysoco.org

Facility Operations, 707.396.3052
David Kerwin, Facility Operations Manager
dkerwin@humanesocietysoco.org

Shelter Medicine, 707.577.1907

Adoptions, 707.542.0882 x267
adoptions@humanesocietysoco.org

Community Engagement Manager, 707.542.0882 x262
Nina Caputo, Community Engagement Manager
ncaputo@humanesocietysoco.org

Dog & Puppy Training, 707.542.0882 x247
Lynnette Smith, Dog Training Manager
dogtraining@humanesocietysoco.org

Foster Care, 707.577.1919
Nicole Gonzales, Foster Program Manager
ngonzales@humanesocietysoco.org

Volunteer Program, 707.542.0882 x201
Katie McHugh, Volunteer Coordinator
kmchugh@humanesocietysoco.org

Healdsburg Shelter, 707.395.8373
Karrie Stewart, RVT, Healdsburg Shelter Manager
kstewart@humanesocietysoco.org

Humane Education, 707.542.0882 x 276
Kathy Pecsar, Humane Educator
kpecsar@humanesocietysoco.org