Board of Directors

Scott Paull, Board Chair

Scott Paull, TreasurerScott Paull has been executive vice president, global supply chain and corporate operations, at KLA-Tencor Corporation, the leading manufacturer of process control equipment for the semiconductor industry. After graduating from M.I.T. in 1982 with a degree in materials science and engineering, Scott joined IBM, where for nearly twenty years he held a variety of engineering, management, and executive positions throughout the company. Scott previously served as treasurer of an education-oriented nonprofit. He joined Valley Humane Society’s Board in 2010.

Lori James Rice, Executive Committee Officer

board loriWell-known in the community from her prolific volunteer activities, Lori James Rice brings a wealth of volunteer management, fundraising, and event planning experience to VHS. A member of the VHS Board of Directors since 2006, Lori guided the organization through a capital campaign and the building of our long-awaited adoption center. She served as Board Chair in 2010. Additionally, Lori has co-chaired numerous VHS fundraising events, including Paws in the Park, Jazzed About Pets, and Villa del Sole. In 2014 she stepped down from her Board role to assist as interim Volunteer Program Manager, then rejoined the board in 2015. Among her achievements Lori lists: first woman President of Amador Valley High School’s Athletic Boosters Club and 2008 recipient of the City of Pleasanton’s Juanita Haugen Community of Character Award, service on the PTSA board and School Site Councils for Amador Valley High and Vintage Elementary schools, and service on the Executive Board for the Pleasanton PTA Council. She is also a 1997 graduate of the Leadership Pleasanton program. Lori’s family includes her daughter Catie, son Kevin, dogs Rocky, Izzy, and Walter, cat Julia Roberts, and grand-kitty Vinnie, joined by occasional foster animals.

Diane Paull, Treasurer

Diane Paull, Assistant TreasurerDiane is a graduate of State University of NY, New Paltz with a degree in business and finance. Early in her career, Diane held finance and purchasing roles in industry. Later, she and a partner started a residential decorating business doing murals and faux paintings. Diane is an active teacher and participant in bible study, and enjoys playing and watching tennis. A parent of two college-age children, Diane appreciates the occasional serene environment by having a glass of California wine with her husband. She loves animals, and is currently servant to four cats in her household. Diane joined Valley Humane Society as a volunteer in 2007 and soon progressed to handle the organization’s bookkeeping. She became assistant treasurer of the Board in 2010.

Lisa Hazlewood, Secretary

Lisa Hazlewood, Executive Committee OfficerLisa’s passion for animals and desire to help find long-term solutions to the homeless pet problem in her community has led her to join Valley Humane Society’s Board of Directors in 2012. As a young girl, Lisa was introduced to the harsh reality of pet overpopulation when a box of kittens was abandoned overnight in her parent’s driveway. Although her family adopted two of the kittens and found homes for the others, the experience left a lasting impression helping to shape Lisa’s views on the importance of responsible pet guardianship and the impact that spay/neuter and animal adoption programs have on bettering the lives of companion animals.

Lisa grew up in Pleasanton and moved to Southern California after high school to study music at CSU, Northridge. She relocated to the Midwest where she continued her graduate studies receiving master’s degrees in Music Therapy and Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas. Lisa has worked as a Human Resources professional in the high-tech industry for nearly twenty years and currently manages the employee benefits and retirement programs for Equinix, Inc. in Redwood City. Lisa and her daughter are fortunate to share their lives with three amazing rescue cats: Hailey, Twyla, and Lucky.

Peggy Budnick, Director

Peggy BudnickPeggy has lived in Pleasanton for over 25 years and has been an avid animal lover all her life. She enjoys spending time at animal rescues wherever she travels around the country. For the last 10 years, Peggy has been involved in various fundraising activities for Valley Humane Society.  In 2015, she decided to further her commitment to the animals in our community by joining the Board.

Peggy works as Sr. Director of Business Development at Corporate Visions Inc., a marketing and sales messaging, content, and skills training company that helps companies create more conversations that win. Corporate Visions is a supporter of Valley Humane Society and actively promotes a culture of giving back to the community in a variety of ways.

Peggy and her husband, Dave, currently live with five rescue cats: Charlie, Abigail, Buddy, Sheldon, and Lilly.

Jennifer Hosterman, Director

Jennifer Hosterman My Mutt Poster_editJennifer holds a juris doctorate from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law. She and her husband raised their three daughters in Pleasanton. Jennifer is passionate about her community, and in 2002 was elected to serve on the City Council, and subsequently as the Mayor of Pleasanton from 2004 – 2012. During her public service, she represented the people of Pleasanton on a number of local, regional, statewide and national boards and committees, including Alameda County Transportation Commission, Association of Bay Area Governments, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Local Government Commission for California, co-Chair Water Committee for the United States Conference of Mayors, and served as a member of the Local Government Advisory Committee for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency under Secretaries Jackson and McCarthy, under the Clean Water Act. During her service, Jennifer received numerous awards, but the one she is most proud of came in 2014 when she was recognized as a Local Tri-Valley Hero. She was also awarded the Alumni of the Year from John F. Kennedy School of Law.

Subsequent to her public service, Jennifer joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties as a Realtor. Jennifer is passionate about all animals. As a child, she raised everything from chickens to horses, had goats and cats and dogs, and especially loved snakes. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, Faith, cooking, and flying her Harris’ hawk, Sarraqa. Jennifer is a licensed Master Falconer. Her give-back to her community is her volunteerism with Valley Humane Society. Jennifer also serves on the Board of the California Hawking Club.

Dr. Marianna Juergens, Director

marianna_working22_editDr. Marianna Juergens graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After practicing in a traditional hospital environment for many years, Dr. J established Tri-Valley Mobile Veterinary Service in 2009 to offer a low-stress alternative for pet healthcare. She is passionate about practicing high-quality, comprehensive medicine, which she has provided in the Tri-Valley for over 13 years. In 2006, Dr. J completed a year-long course in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Dr. J has been a long-time volunteer in Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Pet Therapy program, participating in Paws to Read at the Pleasanton Library with her Italian Greyhound, Icy. She joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Dr. J currently shares her home with four beloved rescued pets: Icy, Chihuahuas Esme and Gia, and Daphne the talking cat.

Clyde Ogata, Director

Clyde Ogata_editGrowing up in Honolulu, Clyde began a lifelong journey with pets that included a dog, rabbit, mouse, as well as tropical fish, frogs, chickens, and homing pigeons. He has lived in San Ramon for nearly 20 years with his wife and three children, and they share the house with three cats from Valley Humane Society and other rescue organizations. Clyde began volunteering in VHS’s cat isolation unit in 2011, and joined the Board in November 2016.

Clyde is currently Managing Tax Counsel at Chevron Corporation’s headquarters in San Ramon, and loves his short commute time. Prior to that role, he was a Tax Planning Coordinator for Chevron’s exploration and development operations in Australia, Southern Africa, and the Middle East. He became a CPA in Hawaii and California and received his law degrees from Santa Clara University and New York University. Clyde served on the Steering Committee of Chevron’s Asian Employee Network and was Chairperson of the State Bar of California’s Corporate Tax Committee.

Joi Pentin, Director

Joi Pentin & Cat_editJoi was born and raised in Pleasanton, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and currently works in Business Operations at tech start-up by the name of GuideSpark. She was raised with the motto of ‘Service over Self’ and follows in the shoes of her father, Jerry Pentin, who has played an active role in giving back – whether it be on Pleasanton City Council, Rotary International, or numerous other organizations. Joi spent a large portion of her childhood and young adult life playing competitive golf, where she competed amongst the top players in the nation and at the collegiate level where she played on the Cal Women’s Golf Team. In partnership with that experience she spent a lot of time mentoring junior players in The First Tee and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Organization. Now that she finds herself in the working world she wanted to become involved in helping to act as a voice for animal welfare. Valley Humane Society offered just that – a solid organization in her hometown. Joi joined the Board in 2014.

On the animal front – Joi does not personally own any animals in her small San Francisco apartment, but she considers her pets at her parents’ house to be her own. They have a dog by the name of Chester who is a quite a project but is improving daily. In addition they have two cats – Patrick and Vince. Vince is her favorite, a 22-pound ball of fur who demands full attention of everyone in the room. She looks forward to the day that she can walk into Valley Humane Society and get one of her own.

Gina Piper, Director

Gina Piper_editGina has spent her entire life in Pleasanton and is very passionate about her hometown. A Foothill High School graduate, she earned her degree in Nutritional Science at Cal Poly University. Upon returning home from San Luis Obispo, Gina embarked on her successful career in real estate. During her 18-year career she has assumed many leadership roles, including President of the Valley Marketing Association, President of the Women’s Council of Realtors, and has served as Director of the Bay East Association of Realtors as well as the California Association of Realtors. Among her many accomplishments in real estate, Gina is most honored to have been voted the Best Realtor in Pleasanton for 2012 and 2013 by the readers of the Pleasanton Weekly. Giving back to the community that has given her so much is very important to Gina. She is currently a member of the City of Pleasanton Economic Vitality Committee, a board member of Pleasanton North Rotary, and author of the very popular local Facebook page “Living in Pleasanton,” which she developed in 2008 as a platform to help support and promote local businesses. Her love of animals began with her first boxer, Rico. She now shares her home with two wonderful dogs: Kodiak the boxer, or Kodi, as his friends call him, and Frankie the Chihuahua/Italian Greyhound mix she rescued in 2011.

Chris Schauer, Director

SchauerPack_squareChris has lived in Dublin for over 15 years. A lifetime doggy dad of pound puppies and rescues, he is the founding member of the Schauer-pack comprised of his wife Lori and their two rescue dogs, Skyy and Bosco, as well as the two felines that allow the pack to reside with them, Avery and Sterling. He has been a VHS volunteer for several years and has also served on the board of a local credit union. Chris holds a degree in business administration from CSU Chico and works in the information technology field.

Phillip Vermont, Director, Legal Advisor

Phillip Vermont, Secretary, Legal AdvisorPhillip has been a partner at the law firm of Randick O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP in Pleasanton since June of 1995, practicing as a litigator in the real estate, business, and construction areas. His practice includes complex landlord-tenant disputes primarily on behalf of property owners and property managers. Phillip was awarded the Bay East Association of REALTORS 2011 Affiliate of the Year.

He has lived with pets his entire life and currently lives with two Maine Coon cats, Trooper and Mr. Buddy, who were adopted in 2009 from VHS. Phillip served on the VHS Board for six years and termed out in 2010 as the new VHS building was nearly complete. After one year as an active volunteer and the VHS General Counsel, he is again serving on the Board as of January 2012.

Paul Wankle, Director

Paul Wankle & BuddyA resident of Pleasanton for over 35 years, Paul first became familiar with Valley Humane Society after learning about the Paws to Read program held at Pleasanton’s library.  He and Buddy, his 13 year old rescued Lab/Golden mix, were certified as a Canine Comfort therapy team in 2008, and have been active ever since. Paul was appointed to the VHS Board of Directors in 2012, rejoining the Board in 2016.

During the past 8 years, Paul has been managed a wide range of initiatives on behalf of Valley Humane Society including Camp Erin, an annual children’s bereavement camp; East Bay Stand Down (EBSD), providing therapy dog teams to support 450 Veterans; weekly PAWS to Read Programs; and working with children at local schools.  In 2014 Paul received the “You Make a Difference” award, presented by SELPA for outstanding service to special needs students in the Tri-Valley area.

A native of Chicago, Paul graduated from Lakeland University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and subsequent studies at DePaul University in Chicago.  Paul spent 35 years in management positions with leading commercial insurance and brokerage companies.  In 1992, Paul followed his passion for collectible vehicles, founding Classic Cars Ltd.  For 25 years, Paul has operated the business offering collector cars to buyers around the world.  In 2014 Classic Cars Ltd. was recognized as the “Best Pre-Owned Car Dealership” in Pleasanton.  Paul and Buddy, the V.P Human Relations, welcome visitors to the showroom.

As an avid automobile enthusiast, Paul enjoys his own collection of vintage automobiles, in addition to participating in and observing historic race activities in the USA and abroad.  When he isn’t spending time with Buddy, he also enjoys cooking, fine dining, and visits to wineries during driving adventures in California.