Leeann Lorono, Executive Director
As leader of the team, CCHS is very excited to have Leeann as our Executive Director. Leeann has an extensive background in non-profit administration including organizational planning, managing fundraising events and program development. Her experience also includes volunteer management, staff development public relations and marketing.
Prior to joining CCHS, she served as Executive Director for Main Street Martinez and most recently as an Economic Development of Housing analyst for the city of Oakley. She also served on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance and the Tri-City Economic Development Alliance.
“Leeann has the vision and leadership skills that CCHS needs as we enter our next phase of organizational growth,” says Ruth Rosenberg, President of the Board of Directors. At home, Leeann leads a busy life with her husband, sons and adorable little dog, Oscar.
Chrissy Wilberg, Adoption Program/Office Manager
Chrissy has been with CCHS since February of 2005 and manages the agency’s Adoption, Foster Programs, and Kitty Corner. She's always known she wanted to be involved in working with animals and finds placing needy animals in permanent homes particularly rewarding.
Chrissy graduated from Sonoma State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a concentration in Zoology. After graduating she was a front-office manager for a companion animal veterinary practice. On weekends she often worked as an animal keeper for a wildlife rescue center and volunteered working with a wide variety of wildlife at the Oakland Zoo.
Chrissy and her husband are owned by a playful Pitbull mix and an energetic young cat. Her interests include outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping and waterskiing; yoga; traveling and spending plenty of time with her friends & family.
Carol Lombard, Volunteer Manager
Carol joined CCHS as a volunteer in 2009 to work in the SNAP Program. She was hired as the part time Volunteer Coordinator in October 2010. Retired, Carol has brought over 25 years of corporate & private business experience in Operational & Administrative Management to our organization. She volunteers the majority of her free time to CCHS and manages the bookstore at St Paul’s Church in Walnut Creek.
Carol lives in the small community of Clyde and enjoys whatever free time is left working in the garden, reading and caring for her “brat cat” Casey!
And for those of you in the know, Clark is just fine!!
Sue Klingler, Adoption Program Assistant
Sue has been a CCHS volunteer since early 2012 working at Kitty Corner as a crew member and Adoption Counselor, as well as being a dog foster (with her husband, Gary). She's a great fit for the newly-created role of Adoption Program Assistant. Sue is the after-hours go-to person for fosters and Kitty Corner volunteers, as well as the person who will manage after-hours adoption meetings and weekend adoption events.
When home, Sue loves spending time with Gary, their "big baby" pitbull Tug, a foster dog, and three cats. Her interests include reading, reading, and more reading, as well as hanging out with friends and family, visiting her favorite spots in Mendocino County, and singing.
Ruth Rosenberg, President
Ruth joined the CCHS board of directors in 2008 and became president in 2009. Since joining the board she has initiated the annual Paws for a Cause Walk-a-thon and implemented a new branding strategy.
After retiring Ruth wanted to get more involved in the community and began with the American Red Cross following hurricane Katrina. She served three years on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Bay Area. Ruth and her husband Guido live in Lafayette. Their family became associated with CCHS with the adoption of their dog Jazzmine in 1996. Jazzmine was 17 years old when she passed away in 2012. They love to travel, downhill ski and cook.
Christine Burke, Treasurer
Christine joined the CCHS board of directors in 2009 and has been in charge of the Organization’s Spay/Neuter Assistance Program which provides financial assistance to low-income county residents looking to have their companion dog or cat altered.
Christine received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of San Diego and holds an MBA in Finance from California State University East Bay. She spent 20 years working in a variety of finance and accounting positions with Longs Drug Stores before the company was acquired by CVS. She has recently joined Central Garden and Pet as a Senior Financial Analyst.
Christine lives in Walnut Creek with a house full of pets including 2 dogs, 4 cats, and a one parrot. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, golfing, and hiking with her pups.
Anita Taff-Rice, Secretary
Anita joined the board in 2010 and is helping to develop CCHS' AniMeals program distributing pet food to eligible limited income pet owners in Contra Costa County.
She is the founder of her own law firm, iCommLaw, specializing in technology and telecommunications matters for competitive and wireless carriers and broadband providers. She also works with independent film makers and mobile content providers. Anita received her law degree /magna cum laude/ from Georgetown Law Center. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Anita was a journalist in Washington, D.C. covering public policy, technology and regulatory issues in the computer and telecommunications industries.
Anita volunteers her time for other non-profits providing pro bono legal counsel and food and housing assistance for disadvantaged women. Anita has had the joy of sharing her life with wonderful four-legged people over the years and agrees with the wise words of Louis Sabin, "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich."
Marty joined the Board of Directors in 2011. From 2004-2010, she was on the Board of Directors of Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton. A retired attorney, Marty continues to handle animal related cases on a pro bono basis. She is also an active member of Assistance League of Diablo Valley.
Marty's ranch upbringing instilled in her a lifelong love and respect for all animals. Marty's life is brightened by her wiggly yellow lab, Dolly Parton, who was rescued from a shelter at the eleventh hour. Marty is an avid Bay Area sports fan and a proud member of the Raider Nation. She also enjoys tennis, hiking and water sports.
Marcy is a writer/editor, author of several books, former journalist and syndicated columnist and long time animal advocate. She was a member of the Contra Costa Grand Jury, served on the board of the California State Grand Jury Association, is a founding board member of the San Francisco/East Bay Wellness Community and served on the board of the Contra Costa March of Dimes. She has been a member of the CCHS board of directors since 2005.
In her spare time Marcy loves to cook, travel and follow baseball and football. She and her partner Bill share their Danville home with three rescued animals, Hannah, a German Pinscher, Gracie, a Maltese/Lhasa mix and Dash, an independent cat.
Jarrod is a former NFL Football Safety who has played with the Oakland Raiders and the Carolina Panthers and is a well-known animal lover. Jarrod began volunteering with the Oakland Animal Shelter in 2007, financing the construction of outdoor kennels for dogs often recovering from abuse and neglect. He's learned to recognize working animals (police, rescue, etc.), which has increased placements for these homeless animals. Jarrod started the non-profit, Help Code 597, dedicated to helping the animals of Oakland.
Kevin is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and President/CEO of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS). Prior to PAWS, as the VP/Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of the Central Bay Area, Kevin oversaw individual, institutional and capital fundraising efforts.
Originally from New York, Kevin has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years including senior management and fundraising positions with the Chicago Youth Symphony, Navy Pier and the Sierra Club.
He joined the CCHS board in 2011 and lives in Alameda with his partner Anthony and their dogs Bailey, a Shepherd mix and Parker, a Pit Bull Terrier mix.
Michele has owned and operated Landes Studios, a custom photography studio in downtown Danville specializing in children, family and animal photography, for 25 years. She has been active in the real estate business in the Bay Area for the last 3 years after many years of investing in property. She is a prior board member of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and as such participated in many downtown events.
Landes Studios has been involved in many fund raisers for non profits, including CCHS, Sonrise and Xenophon therapeutic riding programs, as well as the local schools. She is a big believer in the wonderful connection between animals and humans. Her focus at CCHS is working with the animals and potential parents for them.
She and her husband Jerry live in Diablo with their springer spaniel Jazzy (her personality fits her name) and their two horses King and Bear. Her favorite pastimes are cooking and trail riding with Jazzy and her horses.
Michael Saenz is the Executive Director of the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA in Pleasant Hill. As a Y employee since college, Michael has a passion for non-profit organizations that work to improve communities. Michael is an active Rotarian and is looking forward to his term as president of the Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill beginning in July of 2013.
Michael is a prior board member of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Pleasant Hill 4th of July Commission – he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with the wonderful people of Pleasant Hill.
Michael and his partner Ken live in Walnut Creek with their dog, a 1 year old mixed breed named Milo.