Board of Directors

The Regina Humane Society is a non-profit registered charity governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Directors are elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting and when vacancies occur through the year, are appointed by the Board.

  • Leadership

    The role of the Board is to provide governance oversight for the Regina Humane Society (RHS). In all but exceptional circumstances, Directors are not expected to carry out a hands-on management role.

    The Board of Directors hires the Executive Director who hires the Management Team to run the day-to-day shelter operations and implement the strategic plan. The RHS Board of Directors is a volunteer board and no member of the Board receives compensation to perform their Board role.

    In addition to demonstrating a base of compassion for animals, the Board of Directors is actively recruited to bring a wide range of specific competencies and professional expertise to the organization.

    They are elected to the Board at the annual general meeting and when vacancies occur throughout the year, are appointed by the Board.

  • Board of Directors – 2017/2018
    President Louise Yates, B. V/T Ed., M.B.A Partner, K-Lane Kennels
    Vice-President Timothy F. Huber, B.A., J.D. Counsel, Law Society of Saskatchewan
    Treasurer Karen Mayne, CPA, CMA Chief Financial Officer Paradigm Consulting Group Inc.
    Directors Glenn Fradette, CPA, CA
    Gayl Hipperson Non-Profit Professional, Retired
    Dr. Melissa Hunchak, DVM Veterinarian, Airport Animal Hospital
    Andrea Johnston, B.Comm., J.D. Director of Admissions and Education, Law Society of Saskatchewan
    David Kim Jones, B.A.(Hon), M.A., LL.B Senior Crown Prosecutor Saskatchewan Justice
    Cathy Joyner HR Professional, Retired
    Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly Associate Professor of Education, First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina
    Jennifer Zalusky Medical/Surgical Sales Representative, Medtronic
    Chris Taschuk, P.Eng., PMP Senior Vice President Farm Credit Canada
    James Youck, B.A., B.Arch., MSAA, MMAA, RAIC, AIA Int’l Associate Principal, Architect, P3 Architecture Partnership (P3A)
  • Board Committees

    Governance Committee

    Assists the Board of Directors and Management to fulfill its oversight responsibilities by reviewing all aspects of the Board’s governance framework to ensure that the Board functions in an effective and efficient manner that successfully supports the operations of the Regina Humane Society (RHS).

    Board Committee Chair (President)
    Louise Yates, B. V/T Ed., M.B.A.

    Board Committee Member
    Vice President, Tim Huber, B.A., J.D.

    Management Committee Member
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.

    Audit and Finance Committee

    Provides oversight of RHS accounting and financial reporting processes, systems of internal accounting and financial controls, risk management, investment policy and the audits of the Company’s financial statements.

    Board Committee Chair
    Treasurer, Karen Mayne, CPA, CMA

    Board Committee Members
    Glenn Fradette, CPA, CA

    External Committee Members
    Lou Beatch, CPA CA, CMA
    Brenda Johnson, CPA, CGA

    Management Committee Members
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.
    Steve Battistolo

    Human Resources Committee

    Assists RHS by providing guidance and counsel first to the RHS management team, and secondly to the Board regarding human resources (HR) functions as they pertain to the day-to-day operations and strategy of the RHS respectively.

    Board Committee Chair
    Cathy Joyner, HR Professional, Retired

    Management Committee Members
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.

    External Committee Members
    Shelley Lichtenwald, CPHR
    Dawn McKibben, B.Admin
    Bobbie-Lee Zeiben, BA, CPHR
    Betty Rogers, B.Ed., CPHR *Joined September 2016

    Animal Advisory Committee

    Reviews existing RHS position statements on issues pertaining to the treatment of animals and recommend revisions where appropriate; and further to broaden the scope of issues and develop position statements for review and approval by the Board of Directors.

    Board Committee Chair
    Kim Jones, B.A. (Honours), M.A., LLB

    Board Committee Members
    Louise Yates, B. V/T Ed., M.B.A
    Gayl Hipperson
    Jennifer Zaluksy
    Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly

    Management Committee Members
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.
    Steve Battistolo
    Karen Mercier, CFRE, B.Ed.

    Supervisor Member
    Lindsay West, B.Sc.

    Capital Steering Committee

    Provides oversight to the construction and operationalization for Regina’s new animal shelter, including fundraising and stakeholder engagement.

    Board Committee Chair
    Louise Yates, B. V/T Ed., M.B.A

    Board Committee Members
    Tim Huber, B.A., J.D.
    Karen Mayne, CPA, CMA
    James Youck, B.A., B.Arch., MSAA, MMAA, RAIC, AIA Int’l Associate
    Jennifer Zalusky

    Management Committee Members
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.
    Steve Battistolo
    Karen Mercier, CFRE, B.Ed.

    RHS Management Team

    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.
    Executive Director

    Steve Battistolo
    Director of Operations

    Karen Mercier, CFRE, B.Ed.
    Director of Development

    Dr. Brie Hamblin, DVM
    Director of Veterinary Care

    Bill Thorn
    Director of Marketing and Public Relations

    Don Simons
    Director of Gift Planning and Stewardship