San Francisco SPCA Strengthens Organization with New Appointments
Interim Co-Presidents, New Board Chair and Additional Board Members Will Help the SFSPCA Build on its Mission to Save and Protect Animals
San Francisco, May 25, 2010 – The San Francisco SPCA Board of Directors announced today several appointments that will greatly strengthen the organization’s ability to save and protect animals. Effective immediately, seasoned SFSPCA leaders Jennifer Scarlett, DVM, and Jason Walthall will serve as interim co-presidents as the board continues its search for a permanent president. In addition, the board announced that Jennifer Chung will assume the role of board chair and three highly accomplished Bay Area executives have joined the board.
"I speak for all of the board when I say we are thrilled to have Jennifer Chung, Jennifer Scarlett and Jason Walthall lead us through this transition and further our mission of saving and protecting animals,” said Catherine Brown, outgoing SFSPCA board chair, who recently completed her three-year term. Brown, who has been a board member since 1997, has been appointed co-vice chair of the board.
According to the board, the appointments are reflective of the significant contributions Walthall and Scarlett have made to the SFSPCA, as well as their proven leadership skills.
Co-President Dr. Scarlett will be responsible for all shelter medical and adoption services. For the past three years, Dr. Scarlett has served as director of shelter medical services for the SFSPCA. Prior to joining the SFSPCA, Dr. Scarlett served as a lead veterinarian for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Field Services (HSVMA/FS), leading field clinics in the United States and abroad.
Co-President Walthall, who has served as chief financial officer of SFSPCA since 2009, will be responsible for all financial and operational matters. Walthall has nearly 15 years experience managing complex organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. His background includes management consulting experience at Deloitte where he advised numerous clients on financial and operational issues.
In addition to their internal roles, both Walthall and Dr. Scarlett will be responsible for building and strengthening relationships with the local animal welfare community.
As the newly appointed board chair, Chung will be responsible for governing board decisions. She joins the SFSPCA from Genentech, Inc., where she served for five years in product management and marketing roles. Most recently, she served as senior product manager in oncology marketing, where she led the development and execution of marketing initiatives targeting physicians.
“The mission of the SFSPCA has always been very near and dear to my heart, so I couldn’t be happier about using my professional skills to serve as a leader for an organization with so many passionate supporters,” said Chung. “I want to thank Catherine for her three years of leadership, as well as her mentorship during my time on the board. I’m honored to be surrounded by such a talented and experienced board team helping guide the organization.”
Three Bay Area Executives Join Board
Entrepreneur Ken Fulk of Ken Fulk Design, Inc., Russ Nelson and Jill Nash, senior executives at Salesforce.com and Levi Strauss, respectively, joined the SFSPCA board. Their participation brings additional depth and diverse expertise to the group.
According to Chung, the SFSPCA is committed to a comprehensive search to find the right candidate who can most effectively lead the organization long-term, with the ultimate goal of improving the health and welfare of animals and improving relationships with the greater Bay Area animal welfare community.
About The San Francisco SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SFSPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. For more information, visit www.sfspca.org.