Board of Directors
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Lisa Kingsley, CPA, Chair (2016-17), brings extensive experience in finance, accounting and operations for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including National Public Radio, the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the National Association of Social Workers. Before her retirement last year, she was controller with the Association of Public Health Laboratories in Silver Spring, Maryland. Lisa holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Maryland (music) and Rutgers University (political science) and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is a long-standing supporter of several animal welfare organizations, and lives in Silver Spring with her husband Roger and three rescued cats.
Alison Presti, Vice Chair (2016-17), brings 25 years of banking experience, having worked with such local banks as Maryland National Bank, Crestar Bank, F&M Allegiance Bank, M&T Bank and Sandy Spring Bank, where she is Segment Team Leader specializing in small business lending in the DC Metro area. She has been involved in animal welfare for many years, including transporting animals from abusive situations to new homes. She holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond, an M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore, and an Executive J.D. from Concord Law School. She is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking with the American Bankers Association. Alison is most interested in helping MCHS raise funds through events and other initiatives. She and her husband live in Potomac with their dog, Tasha.
Pamela Easson, Secretary (2016-17), is a career Federal manager and is currently a Branch Chief in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. Pam is accustomed to overseeing large budgets and resolving a variety of human resources, information technology and customer relations issues. As a result of her experience, she understands the factors necessary for the smooth operation of an organization and is able to apply this knowledge to positively affect overall organizational change. She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Behavior Disorders. Pam has volunteered for MCHS for the past 15 years as an adoption volunteer, and has served on the board since 2008. She shares her life and her home with her beloved Siamese cat, Jules B. who was adopted from MCHS.
Brandee Van Eekelen, CPA, Treasurer (2016-17) is a senior manager at Snyder Cohn, PC in North Bethesda, Md. , where she has worked since January 2000. She is also a volunteer at SEEC in Silver Spring, serving as a member of the board and the finance committee, and previoulsy as the treasurer for 6 years. Ms. Van Eekelen is a CPA in Virginia, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as of MCHS and the Boykin Spaniel Society. She has two pets, a 14-year-old Calico cat named Kiera and a 3-year-old Boykin Spaniel named Bentley.
Valerie Barrish is an attorney at the FCC, focusing on legal issues affecting wireless spectrum access and auctions. Prior to that, she served for over nine years in the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel, providing legal advice on telecommunications and technology regulatory, legislative, and policy matters. Prior to her government service, she worked at three Washington, D.C. law firms representing clients on a wide range of telecommunications regulatory, compliance and other matters. She earned her law degree from American University and her B.A. from Brandeis University. She has been an active MCHS volunteer since 2006, and has served since 2010 on the planning committees for numerous MCHS special events, including the Love Ball and Paws in the Park. She also served for five years as the Co-Director of the in-house non-profit charitable organization at one of her law firms. She lives in Rockville with her husband and her Maltese-Poodle mix Shayna.
Rick Bellman has volunteered and supported MCHS and its programs for nearly 16 years, including four previous terms on the board of directors. His main interests are fundraising, public relations, and marketing. He has owned and operated a retail wine and spirits business in Chevy Chase for more than twenty years, and organizes a wine tasting fundraiser to benefit MCHS each year. He works closely with MCHS to achieve its goals of public recognition, donor network building and raising funds to benefit the animals in its care. Rick and his wife share their home with several companion animals, all of which have been adopted from MCHS.
Abraham Birch is a real estate sales agent with 24 years of experience in Montgomery County. A retired Flying Crew Chief and Pneudraulics Specialist who served 21 years in the United States Air Force, Abraham had responsibilities for acquisition, a was a member of the Alternate Base Recovery and Chemical Warfare Team and worked in more than 45 countries flying U.S. lawmakers and foreign dignitaries. He has degrees from the University of Maryland, University College and the Community College of the Air Force. He has five Air Force Commendation Medals to include support during 9/11. He and his wife live in Gaithersburg with four dogs and three cats, and actively contribute to various causes to help companion animals and wildlife.
Lynda Gargan, Ph.D. brings extensive experience in a range of management disciplines, including organizational development and operations, program management, financial and strategic management and regulatory compliance. Dr. Gargan currently serves as the Executive Director for the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Madison, a M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.S. from Texas A&M University. Dr. Gargan and her husband Glenn belong to two beautiful Buggs (Boston Terrier/Pug mix), Benne and Bella, rescued from a breeder. Her passion for animals lead her to MCHS.
Jo Ann Hoffman brings a background in association and business management, golf tournament management, and fundraising. She was chief operating officer of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) until 1996, where she received the AABB Distinguished Service Award twice. She has served on many boards, and received the Professional Convention Management Association Foundation Professional Achievement Award while serving as president. Meeting News selected Jo Ann as one of the 25 Most Influential People in The Meeting Industry, and she received the American Society of Association Executives In Honor of Women Who Advance Excellence in Associations Award. She first volunteered with MCHS in 1990, and since has helped establish the first MCHS Golf Tournament, worked in the kennels, served on and chaired the annual gala committee, and has served as on the board of directors since 2004. She also received the MCHS Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2004. Jo Ann resides with her two dogs adopted from MCHS: Tommie, a West Highland Terrier and Ollie, a Coton de Tulear.
Piper Moffatt is a longstanding supporter of MCHS, and is interested in doing more to help MCHS save more animals and educate the public on the proper care of pets. She has held several senior positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, as well as with a trade/investment consulting firm. Recently retired, she most recently served as Vice President, International Relations – Policy Group for the Export-Import Bank. Piper holds an MA degree in information systems, an MBA in finance and investments from George Washington University, and a BA in economics from the University of Miami. She lives in Potomac with her husband and two rat terriers.
Patricia Murphy (Trish) brings a background in business development and project management, having held various executive positions at IBM since 2000, including Senior Project Executive and US Sales Director. She has worked for clients in education as well as local, state and federal government. She holds a B.S. in computer science from Oswego State University, is a graduate of the business management program at Pace University, and has completed coursework in the IBM Senior Management and Executive Sales programs, as well as the Harvard Premier Program Class sponsored by IBM and Harvard University. Trish is the proud parent of two rescue dogs, Jake and Sadie, and is a long time advocate for animals, providing donations to various animal support organizations and looks forward to providing more hands on support through MCHS.
Daniel C. Negola, DVM, DABVP received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tuskegee University, and then began his career at Norbeck Animal Hospital, before opening the first of several hospitals in Montgomery County. In 1984, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in canine and feline medicine. He also is a former president of the Montgomery County Veterinary Medical Association, and has received awards for his veterinary work, as well as Hospital of the Year from Veterinary Economics Magazine for excellence in architecture and design. Dr. Negola and his wife live in upper Montgomery County with llamas, alpacas, mini donkeys, emus, geese, goats, ducks, swans, koi, two dogs and four cats. He is currently volunteering his time to care for MCHS rescue animals.
Ms. Bombaugh is a Washington, D.C. area native who began her career in marketing communications in the for-profit sector, but soon discovered her love of cause-related work through non-profits. She has served as an executive with several national and international trade associations, and was president of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, where she was closely involved in the transformation of downtown Silver Spring. A lifelong animal lover, she volunteered with MCHS between 1999 and 2008, and joined the organization as President & CEO in January 2009. Ms. Bombaugh holds a B.A. from Towson University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband and four cats.
Admin and human resources, Javier Baquero, ext. 100
Animal care and rescue programs, Brian Glover, ext. 110
Car donations, Kathi Alexander, ext. 104
Director of Development, James Nolan, ext. 113
Humane education, Addie Soares
Memorial and honorarium gifts, Kathi Alexander, ext. 104
Special events, Kathy Dillon, ext. 102
Volunteers, Kathy Dillon, ext. 102
Wagging Tails thrift store general manager, Irene Tercy (301) 279-0345
Website and AnEmail, Kathi Alexander, ext. 104