Board of Directors

Pamela Ott, Board Chair

Pamela Ott, Board ChairPamela is the Economic Development Director for the City of Pleasanton, where she works with local businesses to ensure a healthy economic climate in the Tri-Valley. Optimistic and always upbeat, Pam has a passion for creating positive change in our community. She is married to Jim Ott, an English teacher at Las Positas College, and she is stepmom to two wonderful teenage girls. Pamela has enjoyed the company of several dogs in her family over the years, and is now happy to share her home with a Boston Terrier named Simon, whose nicknames include “Little Man” and “Short Stuff.” Pamela joined the board of VHS in 2012 to share her organizational experience and community connections. She cares deeply about the mission and good work of our organization.

Lisa Hazlewood, Executive Committee Officer

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 the VHS 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.

Scott Paull, Treasurer

Scott Paull, TreasurerScott Paull is 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 the VHS Board in 2010.

Diane Paull, Assistant 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 VHS as a volunteer in 2007 and soon progressed to handle the organization’s bookkeeping. She became assistant treasurer of the Board in 2010.

Phillip Vermont, Secretary, 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.

Charli Hyden, Director

Charli Hyden, DirectorBorn and raised in St. Louis County, Charli spent five years in Kansas City, Kansas teaching school and earning her master’s degree in elementary education. She came to California with a job selling advertising for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, but landed in Pleasanton (by calculation) through her love of real estate. Charli has been a broker for more than 25 years. Her first involvement with VHS was in 2005, when she approached the organization with a unique fundraising idea. Since then, she has spearheaded the annual Hidden Gardens of the Valley tour, which continues to be a much-anticipated successful event. Charli loves gardening, bridge, dancing, traveling and yoga. The latest love of her life is Sydney, a beautiful, charming, social, proud, cool cat who looks forward to meeting people. Charlie joined the VHS Board in 2009.

Dr. Sue Marshall, Director

Dr. Sue Marshall, DirectorSue graduated from U.C. Davis Veterinary School in 1989. She has been an active volunteer for VHS since 1991, serving as the medical director for 15 years and sitting on the Board of Directors both past and present. Dr. Marshall is a co-owner and veterinarian at Feline Medical Center in Pleasanton.


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.

Lori Rice, Director

board loriWell-known in the community from her prolific volunteer activities, Lori 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. Now she has stepped down from her Board role to assist as interim Volunteer Program Manager. 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 1998 graduate of the Leadership Pleasanton program. Lori’s family includes her husband, Mike, daughter Catie, son Kevin (both of whom attend Chico State University), dogs Rocky and Izzy, cats Cricket, Groucho and Julia Roberts, and grand-kitty Vinnie, joined by occasional foster animals.