Board of Directors

A talented, experienced and active Board of Directors manages Unleashing the Possibilities, Inc. Board members reflect the talents and diversity of Yolo County, and are committed to building a state-of-the-art facility that will offer the programs and services necessary to allow Yolo County to strive for a no-kill community. Directors cover a wide spectrum of talents and interests including law, accounting, business, marketing, county government, animal rights and animal care.

Contact the Unleashing the Possibilities, Inc. Board at
info@unleashingyolo.org

Directors

Janis Rosenberg

Director and Founder

Janis Rosenberg has been a life long advocate for unwanted animals in Yolo County. Rescuing several dogs her self as well as encouraging others to adopt from local shelters. She’s involved with doing extensive research on current sheltering practices to better understand the needs in her own community as it relates to sheltering including visits to shelters with outstanding practices and outcomes. Actively involved with rescue groups, Yolo County Pet Animal Welfare Society, and attending meetings with the stakeholders from the cities of Yolo County during the JPA process and Yolo Country shelter evaluations.

Janis is deeply invested in positive outcomes and state of the art sheltering services as she was born and raised in Davis and has been a business owner in Yolo Co. She is dedicated to the well-being of all animals owned and sheltered and believes that they should live without cruelty, neglect and in stable, healthy environments. She clearly states her mission to end the suffering for unwanted animals while they wait for forever homes. Shelter animals be treated with diligent care and housed in a comfortable manner that is clean and as stress free as possible. That every animal be treated with respect and has a chance to be matched with home who has support to see them through from adoption to old age. The public be offered services to end overpopulation with affordable or free spay neuter and low cost vaccine clinics. Feral cats are dealt with. Behavioral support is offered to the community with difficult breeds and behavioral cases that may end the dumping of animals on the streets or in shelters by providing education to the owners.

Janis started her nonprofit out of the love for animals and her strong beliefs that we as a community can do better in providing a safe, healthy space for animals to recover from being displaced. That we as a community can better support its animal owners with the services they need to be the very best pet owner they can be. We can reduce overpopulation and the senseless killing of healthy pets in Yolo County. The solutions are there and together we can do it!

Beth Dovi

Director and President

Beth Dovi is a lifelong animal lover. She has a particular passion for the German Shepherd Dog breed, and has been an active volunteer with several German Shepherd rescue groups over the past 10 years. She works full time for a local robotics manufacturing company, and in addition to her rescue work, Beth is an active member of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 and Rebekah Lodge #253. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking, listening to live music, and has recently started playing her flute again after a 30 year hiatus. She lives in Davis with her husband and three German Shepherd Dogs.

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Dave Rosenberg

Director and Chairman of the Board

Dave Rosenberg brings decades of experience in chairing meetings and moving projects forward to successful completion. He has served as Mayor of Davis, Chairman of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, a member of the California Judicial Council, and as senior adviser to two California Governors. Rosenberg also served as Chair of the California Lottery Commission, Chair of the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (the former Board of Control), Chair of the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, Chair of the California Law Revision Commission, Member of the California Commission on State Mandates, and Grand Master of California Odd Fellows. He is a nationally renowned expert on parliamentary procedure and the author of Rosenberg’s Rules of Order, a treatise on parliamentary procedure used by hundreds of cities, counties, special districts, companies and corporations throughout the United States.

Lisa Gaynes

Director and Vice President

As Practice Manager of The MIND Institute at UC Davis Health, Lisa is devoted to growing and reaching the goals of this internationally recognized center for the study and diagnosis of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Prior to her tenure at UC Davis Health, Lisa spent more than 25 years as principal of Gaynes Consulting, where she earned national recognition for the many unique sales and marketing programs they developed. Her work in industry, as a sales trainer, and successful creator of integrated marketing programs and business development campaigns, includes a client list that represents some of the world’s largest media organizations, including Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Cox Communications and Reuters USA. Other notable clients include The National Forest Service, California Parks & Recreation, California Travel Association and the California wine industry. Lisa has a passion and history serving on non-profit boards including the California Building industry & Diversity Council and numerous animal rescue organizations.

Lea Rosenberg

Director and Secretary

Lea Rosenberg has a 40-year history of service to the community, and is the epitome of “community volunteer”.   She has been awarded the coveted “Citizen of the Year” award in Davis, and six separate times has been chosen “Most Effective Community Volunteer” in the annual poll of Davis Enterprise readers.   She serves on the Board of Directors of the Yolo County SPCA, the Sutter-Davis Hospital Board of Trustees, and the Trustees of the Davis Odd Fellows.   Lea is a Past President and remains an active member of the Davis Soroptimists, the Davis Odd Fellows, the Davis Rebekah Lodge, the Davis Encampment, and Canton Davis. 

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Brian Christison

Director and Treasurer

Brian Christison is an accounting professional working at Vic Bucher Accountancy in Davis since 1999. Brian has extensive experience in non-profit accounting and tax report and helping non-profits get IRS approval for non-profit. He has always had a love for animals. He lives in Woodland with his wife two kids and many pets.

Julielani Chang

Director

With an educational background in biology and genetics, science is a big part of Julielani’s life but working with dogs has a bigger presence. In 2014, she was on the board of directors of a rescue in Nevada and was driven to learn and understand more about the inner work of sheltering dogs. She became astutely aware of the many obstacles faced by many shelters such as overpopulation of abandoned pets, affordable vet/pet care and behavior rehabilitation. She believes the shelters culture is changing for the better finding new ways to solve these chronic problems. She is a volunteer at SFSPCA and at Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah. She is a member of Pet Professional Guild and is pursuing a certificated program with the Academy of Dog Trainers. She is interested in behavior modification, stress reduction for shelter dogs and integrating evidence and science based best practices to sheltering and dog training. She supports education of the public to help strengthen the human-animal bond.

Sheltering Education

  • Board member @ Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, Nevada 2014-1015
  • Clicker Expo Karen Pryor – Animal Behavior Jan. 2016
  • SFSPCA Symposia on sheltering 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • Volunteer at SFSPCA 2016 – current
  • The Shelter Summer Institute in Helena, Montana. The Art and Science to Shelter Dog Welfare Aug. 2017
  • Pet Professional Guild behavior and training workshop @ Best Friends – Shelter pet Management & Rehabilitation for Adoption and Successful Family Integration April 2018
  • The Emotional World of Dogs: New Insights into Behavior and Training by Dr. Daniel Mills presented by The Academy for Dog Trainers. July 2018

Heidy Kellison

Director

Heidy Kellison is a writer who specializes in political and non-profit communication. Heidy was the Founding President of Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. She resumed that role in 2013 and led the successful effort to save the nursery from closure. She is the District 4 Commissioner for First 5 Yolo, which is charged with the local implementation of Proposition 10, a statewide initiative that increased taxes on cigarette sales to fund programs promoting early childhood development for children ages 0-5 and their families. A member of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services State Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Victim Services, former Press Secretary for the State Senate, and former board member/direct services volunteer for WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), she has over 25 years of experience serving public policy needs to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse/neglect. As a mother, she has been active in K-12 educational policymaking including local parcel tax campaigns and homework policy reforms. In her spare time, Heidy is a competitive ballroom dancer and enjoys time with her family, including her SPCA lapdog, Beazley, who is a small, special blend of all things loving and ridiculous (and yes, he knows he spells his name incorrectly).

Nancy Lea

Director

Nancy Lea is licensed to practice law in California and also, with her husband Bob, farms walnuts north and west of Woodland in Yolo County.

Nancy has had extensive experience assisting nonprofits, including board memberships on the Sacramento YWCA, San Francisco Hearing and Speech, and the Roseville Hospital Foundation (Founding Chair). She was also the founding chair of Mother Lode Savings and Loan, which was subsequently sold to US Bank. She served the children of Yolo County for 21 years as a Trustee (5th District) on the Yolo County Board of Education. She was a member of the Yolo County Planning Commission. She served on the board, and chaired, Alta California Regional Center, a State funded but privately run agency that provides services for the developmentally disabled in 10 northern California counties, for 7 years, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee, and chair of the Tax and Land Use Committee, of the Yolo County Farm Bureau.

Nancy’s interests are delivering the best services possible to constituent groups, always mindful that funds must be handled carefully in the interests of the taxpayers or donors, as relevant.

Nancy and Bob enjoy ranch living with their 6 dogs and 15 cats.

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Betsy Marchand

Director

Betsy Marchand served on the Board of Supervisors for 24 years, and was a Gaming Commissioner for Yocha deHe Wintun Nation for over 10 years. She is now Chair of Dignity Woodland Healthcare Community Board and serving on numerous non-profit boards such as Yolo Basin Foundation, Capay Valley Vision, and the Ag Issues Center Advisory Board for the University of California.
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Sally Ozonoff

Director

Sally Ozonoff, PhD is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis. At the MIND Institute, she runs a research lab, provides clinical services to young children with autism and their families, and educates undergraduate, medical, and doctoral students. She is also a lifelong animal lover and animal rescue advocate. She volunteers approximately 10 hours a week at the Yolo County Animal Services shelter, where she works on the dog adoption floor and sees firsthand the need for a new facility. She loves the community of volunteers at the shelter and her many dog friends. She fervently wants to improve the shelter’s physical environment, services, and infrastructure. She has two college-aged children and lives with her husband and multiple rescued pets in Davis..

Helen Thomson

Director

Helen M. Thomson, a registered nurse, has served in a number of elective offices: the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, and the 8th District of the California State Assembly.

As a California Legislator, she chaired the Assembly Health Committee, and the Assembly Select Committee on Mental Health. She served on the leadership teams of four Speakers, as Majority Floor Whip and Assistant Speaker Pro Tem. Thomson authored 81 bills signed into law by both Democratic and Republican Governors. She led legislative efforts to end discrimination against those who suffer from mental illness. AB 88, the mental health “parity” ended historic discrimination in insurance benefits for those who suffer from mental illness. End of life care, pain management, narcotic prescriptions, traumatic brain injury, and nursing education were all successfully legislated. AB 1421, “Laura’s Law”, established a court-ordered program of assisted outpatient treatment, currently being implemented in counties throughout counties in California.

As a Yolo County Supervisor she continued to provide leadership on many issues. She served as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Chair of the First 5 Commission for Children and Families, Chair of the Future of the Safety Net Collaboration, Chair of the Children’s Alliance of Yolo County, Chair of the Yolo Natural Heritage Program, and as Chair of SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments). She was a member of the California Words to Deeds leadership group working to end the criminalization of the mentally ill. She also served on the California Coalition for Compassionate Care as the Chair of the POLST Task Force.

Helen M. Thomson retired at the end of her term in December 2010. She continues her community service as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at U.C. Davis, as the public member of the Yolo Housing Commission, and is a member of the Sutter Health Valley Area Board of Directors where she is a member of the Boards’ Executive Committee, member of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee, and chairs the Medical Affairs Committee.

She lives in Davis with her husband Captane P. Thomson MD.

Associate Directors

Deberah Bernstein

Lori Lubin

Lori Maloney

Bobby Mann

Jean Rabinowitz

Susan Strachan

Eileen Tutt

You Can Start Building For The Future

Your support now will provide a new future for animal care & welfare in our community.

Unleashing the Possibilities, Inc. is a California Corporation, a 501(c)(3) entity, approved by the IRS, and your gift may be tax deductible. Tax ID No. 81-1840295

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