BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patti Loverink - Co-Chair. joined the Fences For Fido board in 2011, focusing on marketing and fundraising for the organization and serving today as Board Chair. As the owner of MESH Communications Group, Inc., a marketing communications agency, Patti applies her experience in working in businesses to enhance the public-facing image of non-profit organizations and help improve structure and process.
La Donna Sullivan | Co-Chair. La Donna has been with Fences For Fido since 2010, and has served on the Board of Directors since January 2014. La Donna’s professional career includes managing large teams of employees at Kaiser Permanente. She started out with Fences For Fido setting posts and building fences in the Portland area where she served as a Client Outreach Coordinator, and then she built and delivered dog houses. La Donna moved to Central Oregon in November of 2013 and become the Director of our Central Oregon Crew.
Michele Coppola | President A veteran radio personality and writer, Michele is currently the Creative Director for Entercom Radio Portland. She has been involved in companion animal welfare since 1992, serving as a volunteer, foster care provider, board member, and interim shelter manager for the Southern Oregon Humane Society; volunteer and foster care provider for Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter; volunteer and foster care provider for Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter and Family Dogs New Life Shelter; and as a volunteer for Fences For Fido since 2011.
Don Wayne | Vice President. Don joined Fences for Fido in 2014 as a volunteer consultant to the Board of Directors. He worked in the technology industry in Silicon Valley for 25 years before retiring in 2006. After leaving California, Don moved to Redmond, Oregon, and joined the then Humane Society of Redmond Board of Directors. During his four years on the Board, including a term as President, he oversaw the operations of this inspiring Animal Shelter with approximately 1,000 animals passing through its doors annually. Don’s first foray into animal advocacy helped the now Brightside Animal Center stand as a model for other shelters as they embrace their High Save philosophy. Two years ago Don moved to Portland and resides in Sellwood.
Kelly Peterson | Founder, Emeritus Board Member In addition to founding Fences For Fido in 2009, Kelly also serves as Vice President of State Affairs for The Humane Society of the United States where she works with HSUS state directors throughout the country supporting animal welfare legislation, fighting animal cruelty, and engaging like-minded citizens to promote the protection of all animals.
Larry Buchanan | Treasurer. Larry joined the Fences For Fido Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2013. He also serves as a Crew Leader for the organization. Larry has been a volunteer with Fences For Fido since 2009 and is an active member with other local animal non-profit agencies. His professional background in the utility industry has provided him the opportunity to wear many hats, thus giving him a diverse background that spans from field operations, process improvement/implementation, management and project management. Larry’s uses his skills in a supportive and sustainable manner for the organization, while providing a better life for as many animals as possible.
Sue Heublein | Social Media Director. Retiring in 2009 from the rigors of being Chief Financial Officer for a major medical center gave Sue the time to do even more volunteering. When she learned of Fences For Fido, it resonated fully with her love for animals and her sensibilities for dogs having safe fenced-in areas. Add in helping others do better and she was fully on board from her “fence one” in December 2010. The following May, Sue accepted the challenge and responsibility of being primary Facebook manager for Fences For Fido, a duty she continues to the present time.