Board of Directors
Carole Hyde serves as the organization’s Executive Director and an ex-officio board member. Carole has been an integral part of PAHS since 1991, giving a constant, compassionate voice to animals in our community. She is a founding member of the Stanford Cat Network and creator of Mow Wow Animals, an innovative humane educational program for California schools.
David Rutan has served on the PAHS board since 2011. He is the founder of the technology company Wizdom On Wheels and was one of the original Mac Geniuses at various Bay Area Apple Stores. His passion for technology and education is as strong as his compassion for people and animals. With more than 16 years of experience in the technology industry, David is bringing about creative ways of using technology to help fulfill our multiple missions in education and outreach.
Colleen Gerstner is Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton, Westin Palo Alto, and The Clement Hotel Palo Alto. Before joining the Sheraton and Westin in 2003, she was Director of Business Travel for seven years at the Fairmont San Jose. Colleen served as a Palo Alto Chamber Board Member from 2008 to 2014 where she worked on several Chamber committees including the Tall Tree Silent Auction. She currently volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and Humane Society Silicon Valley. Colleen has a feline companion named Huey, her friend of 20 years.
Laura Jason is a fundraising consultant specializing in institutional giving. Her professional experience includes staff positions at three Bay Area museums, a nonprofit hospital, and a Silicon Valley arts think tank devoted to cultural vitality. She has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2002. Previously, Laura received an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and founded the Bay Area Writers Workshop. Laura and her husband, Bruce Henderson, share a home with Fifi, a Maine Coon mix who was rescued by PAHS.
Gabe Burke is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield, where he specializes in corporate real estate. He has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley; a BA in Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Certificate in Accounting from UC Berkeley Extension. He is interested in developing a corporate partners program for PAHS with the goal of increasing PAHS’ financial resources and growing the organization’s assets. Gabe lives in Palo Alto with his wife Kara and their dog Belle, a Rat Terrier/Jack Russell mix.
David Dang heads Corporate Functions Finance and Real Estate Finance at Intuit. Prior to joining Intuit, he managed Technology and R&D Finance at LinkedIn. David also volunteered for 10 years with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, escorting parade floats down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day. He received an MBA from the University of Southern California, a BS in Accounting from the University of La Verne, and a Certificate in Strategy/Risk from Stanford University. He is interested in helping PAHS manage its financial resources while growing its organizational reach within the local community through educational programs.
Steven Shpall is a long-time Palo Alto resident who, after retiring from his career as a physician, spends his time traveling and working on his photography. Steve is also passionate about promoting the adoption of rescue animals and developing and expanding the Palo Alto Humane Society’s educational programs. Steve’s children attended Palo Alto schools and grew up with dogs in the house (just like he did) so he knows, firsthand, the positive effect learning and caring for animals can have on child development, especially in elementary school-age children.