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.
Sue Klapholz serves as President of the Board of Directors. Sue joined the PAHS Board in January 2018. She is Vice President of Nutrition and Health at Impossible Foods. Sue also has a jewelry and nature photography business, Spritely Finch, which donates all of its proceeds to humane causes. She is passionate about animal welfare and recently adopted a sweet senior dog named Sebastian.
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.
Teeda T. Stiles joined the board in September 2016 after moving to the Bay Area with her husband and adopted senior dog, Portia. Since then, Penne, another rescue dog, has joined the family. Teeda is a lifelong animal lover; her love for rescue and advocacy was born when she worked and volunteered at an animal shelter in the Midwest, where she grew up. A Mobile Growth Analyst at Facebook, Teeda brings more than 10 years of traditional and digital marketing experience to PAHS.
David Dang is the Head of Global Product Finance at GoDaddy, where he manages the P&Ls of the various business units and product offerings. Prior to joining GoDaddy, he had held various finance leaderships roles at Intuit (Corporate Finance), LinkedIn (Tech/R&D Finance) and Amazon.com (Pricing/Promotions). 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.
Leigh Glerum has lived and worked on the Peninsula since 2000. She is a partner at Sage Centers—a veterinary specialty and emergency clinic—where she is a board-certified small animal surgeon in the Redwood City facility. A fair amount of Leigh’s free time is spent volunteering in the community, ranging from the library to the open spaces. She hopes to contribute her perspective and knowledge as a local veterinarian to the PAHS board and the organization’s many initiatives.
Meghan Duff is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Impossible Foods. She received her B.A. in Organizational Communications with a minor in Leadership Studies from California State University, Chico. Meghan’s interest in the welfare of animals has been life long. She recently became acquainted with the good work of Compassion Without Borders, where she undertook an initiative to collect donations and supplies to support the organization’s mission. In the process, she fell in love with and adopted Pepper, one of their disabled rescued Mexi-mutts. Closer to home, Meghan has promoted the Palo Alto Humane Society’s Daisy Fund. She plans to use her extensive event-planning skills and explore social media as a means to engage with a broader audience to promote the important work of the Palo Alto Humane Society and build upon its great following.
Jaci Kassmeier moved to the Bay Area more than 10 years ago to pursue a job in animal welfare, applying her skills in large-scale event planning and fundraising. The granddaughter of Nebraska farmers, she grew up loving every animal she saw. For the past eight years, Jaci has worked in the sustainable food tech space, with a focus on start-up scaling and people operations. Her introduction to PAHS came through her participation in planning the Daisy’s Day fundraiser for PAHS’ veterinary assistance program, a cause close to her heart, having seen firsthand the cost and value of providing extensive medical care for her beloved dog. Jaci is excited about contributing her skills and passion to helping people and animals share loving homes.
Andrea Gandolfo is an Investment Counselor at Bailard Inc., where she works to help individuals and families with their financial planning and wealth management needs. Andrea has been at Bailard her entire career, and as such is now working with the third generation in some of her client relationships. Andrea is a Palo Alto native, who with her husband Steve, raised two daughters there. When the girls were young, they adopted their first dog, with the goal of teaching them to love and respect animals. Their current dog, Gigi, rules the roost, making the empty nest not so empty. Her non-profit experience has been with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, from 2004 to present. Andrea looks forward to engaging with the PAHS leadership and stakeholders to help the organization continue to thrive and grow.