Board of Directors
Julie Pitt, President
Julie Pitt is an independent consultant specializing in strategic counseling and tactical support for the ecommerce & digital technology sector. Her primary interest is in helping nascent businesses become market leaders. She discovered the Seattle Animal Shelter on her way home from work and has been a volunteer for close to a decade. She became increasingly involved in shelter and was instrumental in helping the shelter shift towards a more positive and reward based method of dog handling. In addition to being a serial foster parent, she shares her home with four dogs and a cat. When not working or volunteering, she can be found competing locally and nationally in the sport of dog agility.
Megan Bhattacharyya, Vice President
Megan Bhattacharyya is a Senior Marketing Manager in the Small Business division at Intuit. During her 6 years at Intuit, she has held many marketing positions including marketing for its mobile payments product and running end-to-end creation and production of TV advertising spots. After moving to Seattle recently, Megan and her husband adopted a dog, Ricky Ricardo, from the Seattle Animal Shelter. Megan is excited to be working with SASF, which offers a great opportunity to combine her passion for rescue animals, her desire to get involved in the Seattle community and her marketing expertise. When not working or volunteering, you can find Megan baking a sweet treat in the kitchen, running with Ricky Ricardo along Lake Union or exploring the city with her husband.
Heidi Beck, Secretary
Heidi Beck is a real estate attorney at Perkins Coie. As a transactional lawyer, she brings project management, writing, communication, analytical and organizational skills to her work on the Board. Heidi is also a devoted fan of the Seattle Animal Shelter. She has been volunteering at the shelter for over 15 years, mainly as a member and team lead of Get Fit With Fido, a group that takes shelter dogs running in Myrtle Edwards Park, but she has also fostered multiple cats, served as a day-of-race volunteer for the Furry 5K every year and had stints as a dog-walker, a member of Fabulous Felines and a Match Maker. She brings both her passion for the animals, and her hands-on knowledge of the Shelter and its programs, to her service on the Board. Heidi’s other interests include travel, the arts (she is also serving as a Trustee of the Henry Art Gallery and chairs Perkins Coie’s art committee) and cooking.
Amanda Parsons, Treasurer
Amanda Parsons is a longtime fixture in the Seattle hospitality scene. As General Manager of the Hotel Vintage, she successfully navigated the property through a multimillion-dollar transformation and name change. Running a wine-themed hotel is only fitting for this member of the Washington State Wine Commission Marketing Committee and wife of a local sommelier. Amanda began her career with Kimpton as a sales manager at the Alexis Hotel, working her way up to Director of Sales and Marketing, and then Assistant General Manager of the Hotel Monaco Seattle. She also helped open the Hotel Palomar Chicago and served as General Manager of the Minneapolis Grand Hotel, during which she was named one of the 25 Women to Watch by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Amanda’s community involvement includes membership in the Downtown Seattle Hotel Association, the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) at the University of Washington and the Ronald McDonald House. Amanda, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter. She enjoys running marathons, going to concerts and playing with her dog Lady.
Whitney Allen, Development Committee Chair
Whitney Allen brings more than 6 years of nonprofit fundraising and event experience to the board, as well as her longstanding passion for animal welfare. Formerly the Event Coordinator for PAWS and Auction of Washington Wines, Whitney currently serves as Major Gift Officer for Food Lifeline in Seattle. According to her, working with the most generous people in the community – donors – is the best profession in the world. Whitney approaches all projects with a vision for exceptional donor experience and seamless execution. Her strengths include strategic planning, project management, donor-centered communications, and volunteer training and evaluation. Whitney is currently mom to two rescue creatures: Kessa the cat and Nico the dog. In her off hours, Whitney enjoys cooking (and eating!), skiing, hiking, yoga, science fiction and crime dramas.
Shawna Kelley is the Regional Recovery Executive with Rosewood Ranch, an eating disorders and chemical dependency residential program in Wickenburg, Arizona. Shawna brings a wealth of experience both in marketing and nonprofit work. She holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Communications from California State University, Chico. She previously worked in the nonprofit field for a domestic violence agency as well as being the Education Director for Animal Samaritans SPCA. During her time at Animal Samaritans she worked with children in pre-K through 5th grade teaching them how to care for animals, as well as educating the community on a variety of animal rights issues. Shawna also headed up a volunteer committee that put on an annual fundraiser for the Humane Education Program. As well as her work experience, Shawna has been very active volunteering at various shelters walking dogs and fostering kittens. She has fostered over 75 kittens over the past 15 years, beginning with a feral litter in her back yard. Shawna is passionate about animal welfare and in spite of fostering so many adorable little kittens, only has one sweet grumpy 18 year old cat, Oscar. She is very excited to be part of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation board and the opportunity to serve the animals in a new and challenging way.
Seth Terrell, IT Committee Chair
Seth Terrell is a professional IT consultant and has been the IT committee chair for SASF since 2012. He has nearly twenty years of experience in information technology and brings an intimate understanding of the technologies, best practices and approaches to solving varied business problems. Seth has been a consultant for several large organizations including Microsoft, Starbucks, Expedia, T-Mobile, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has volunteered as a website administrator for a local meditation group, fed homeless kids early in the morning in the U-District, and helped other nonprofits address their technical needs. Originally from Texas, Seth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University. His beloved dog, Squid, holds a place of honor in the SASF Calendar as Mr. June 2014.
Laura Walker, Marketing Committee Chair
Laura Walker is a devoted animal rights proponent and dog lover. She has been working in the marketing and advertising fields for eight years. She currently works as a project manager at GMI Lightspeed, a market research firm. She brings to the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation a background in brand management, customer service and client relations. Originally from St. Louis, Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She has volunteered since 2012 as an Adoption Assistant at the Seattle Animal Shelter. When she isn’t volunteering or working, Laura is spending time with her 7 year old rescued Beagle mix, Maebel Jean. Laura’s other interests include hiking, traveling, wine tasting & exploring the great Pacific Northwest.
Sue Boivin is a Creative Director with 19 years’ experience, including digital, TV, print and mobile. She has led B2B and B2C integrated omni-channel campaigns and building brands for Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard, General Foods, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Johnson & Johnson and Nautilus. She is currently a Creative Director at Williams Helde. When she was looking to adopt her next furry running partner, she discovered the Seattle Animal Shelter. Since then, she’s stayed involved, volunteering on the marketing committee and as a volunteer dog walker. When she isn’t working you can find Sue hiking the backcountry with her dogs, skiing, cycling, sailing, traveling and enjoying the northwest lifestyle.
Gina Bonifacino is a lifelong animal and nature lover. As a volunteer Adoption Assistant for the Seattle Animal Shelter, she brings a passion to the SASF Board for the Shelter’s work to connect animals and people. Gina has over 15 years of experience in governance, public outreach and education, grants/funding and project management as a grants and environmental program manager in the public and nonprofit environmental sectors. She is a Lean Greenbelt and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Philippines 97’-00’) and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Penn State University, a Master of Environmental Science, and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on the Seattle Sounders, running, hiking, cooking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her partner Jeremiah and dog Lucas.
Hayley Rogers is a consulting healthcare actuary at Milliman, Inc. Her primary clients include private insurance companies with Medicare plans, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Washington State Public Employee Benefits Board. Hayley adopted her two cats, Calvin and Jackson, from the Seattle Animal Shelter shortly after moving to Seattle. You may recognize them as the extremely handsome May 2015 models in the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation calendar. To give back to the shelter, Hayley began fostering cats and kittens for the Seattle Animal Shelter and working on the IT committee for the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation. When not working or volunteering, she can be found on a ski slope or travelling the world!
Tamra Strentz is an executive vice president with Edelman, and an instructor with the University of Washington’s Continuing Education Program. With her public relations and communications marketing expertise, she works with clients and brands in the lifestyle, outdoors and food/beverage space. She is a passionate advocate for shelter and rescue animals, and first connected with the Seattle Animal Shelter in 2008 as a dog adoption ambassador, Furry 5k volunteer and later as human volunteer trainer. After living in London from 2012-2014, she returned to Seattle and got involved with the Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League to help coach independent, clever and free thinking mals as they look for their forever homes. Outside of work and volunteering, Tamra enjoys international travel, snowboarding, hiking, FlyWheel and Pilates.