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 – 2024-25
    President Chris Taschuk, P.Eng. Senior Vice President, Farm Credit Canada, Retired
    Vice-President Timothy F. Huber, K.C.,B.A., J.D. Counsel, Law Society of Saskatchewan
    Treasurer (Acting) Lou Beatch, CPA, CMA, CA Lou Beatch, CPA, Professional Corporation
    Directors Patricia Warsaba, K.C. Lawyer, Retired
    Kim Carroll, CPA, CMA Independent Consultant
    Dr. Melissa Hunchak, DVM Veterinarian, Careport Animal Hospital
    Steve Miller, B.Admin, PMP Human Resources, Health & Safety Manager, Degelman Industries
    David Kim Jones, B.A.(Hon), M.A., LL.B Senior Crown Prosecutor, Saskatchewan Justice, Retired
    Cathy Joyner, BHEc, MPA HR Professional, Retired
    Jennifer Zalusky Medical/Surgical Sales Representative, Medtronic
    Svetlana Cooney, MBA Digital/Marketing Professional, Sask Energy
    Michelle Hunter Business Consultant
    Terry Bachinski Project Manager, Retired
  • 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 
    Chris Taschuk, P.Eng.

    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, Lou Beatch, CPA, CA, CMA

    Board Committee Members
    Kim Carroll, CPA, CMA

    External Committee Members
    Brenda Johnson, CPA, CGA

    Management Committee Members
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.
    Sharon Swanson, CPA, CA


    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, BHEc, MPA

    Management Committee Members
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.

    External Committee Members
    Bobbie-Lee Zeiben, BA, CPHR
    Cortnie Jacobson, B.Admin., CPHR
    Donna Kane, B.Ed., CPHR, CEC
    Dawn Anaquod, MHRM, BBA, CPHR, ACC
    Deanna Milton, BAdmin, CPHR


    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
    Gayl Hipperson
    Jennifer Zaluksy

    External Committee Member
    Louise Yates, B. V/T Ed., M.B.A.

    Management Committee Members
    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.
    Lindsay West, B.Sc.


    RHS Management Team

    Lisa Koch, B.Ed.
    Executive Director

    Bill Thorn
    Director of Marketing and Public Relations

    Lindsay West, B.Sc
    Director of Operations

    Dr. Katherine Ball, DVM, PhD
    Director of Veterinary Care

    Sharon Swanson, CPA, CA
    Director of Finance and Administration


    Capital Campaign Director
    Karen Mercier, CFRE, B.Ed.