Nancy Young Wright, President
Nancy has extensive experience in the public realm with a strong focus on public policy and animal welfare. She was a two-term Arizona State Legislator, where she started a bi-partisan animal caucus. Board service includes the HSUS Arizona Council, the Amphitheater School District Governing Board, the Tucson Audubon Society and the Arizona Historical Society. She has a BA in Journalism from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Nancy has volunteered at Pima Animal Care Center, with Cody’s Friends Charities, and helps organize supplies and volunteers to help groups serving the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
Linda Simmons, CPA, Vice President
Linda is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of experience working with non-profit and for-profit entities in both the public and private sectors. She spent five years as a Customer Care Manager at a pet care facility and does both board and volunteer work with multiple nonprofit rescues and shelters. She serves as Treasurer and member of the board of 4 Paws Rescue Team, Inc., a 501(c)(3) in Northern Virginia, and volunteers regularly at Pima Animal Care Center providing foster care to homeless pets. Ms. Simmons received her BA in Accounting and Economics at The Catholic University of America. She maintains her CPA license in Arizona and Maryland.
Lee Bucyk, Secretary, Development Committee Co-Chair
Lee has more than 25 years of business experience in multiple non-profit and for-profit organizations. Her experience includes sales, marketing and development and her jobs have included working as the Executive Director and as the Development Director of The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary, where during her tenure, she successfully managed a $1,500,000.00 Capital Campaign to fund a new shelter. She also served on the Leadership Committee of the Humane Society of the United States on a recent ballot initiative. Ms. Bucyk has a BA in Journalism from Northern Illinois University and extensive coursework in the Master of Counseling program from University of Phoenix. She is a member of the American Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the board of Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center.
Dr. Jen Becker, DVM, Treasurer
Dr. Jen has more than 15 years of experience working in the Veterinary field. She has practiced as a veterinarian in both a shelter environment and private practice. Dr. Becker has done board and committee work for the past five years and helped raise more than 1 million dollars for the capital campaign to rebuild a 50+ year old cat shelter in Tucson. In addition to her Veterinary work, Dr. Becker has fostered more than 100 animals from several different shelters and rescues and has worked to build relationships with multiple local rescue organizations.
Dawn Vandaveer, Director; Development Co-Chair
Dawn has an extensive background in marketing with a special focus on the pet industry. She’s worked with many nonprofit organizations throughout southern Arizona including Humane Society of Southern AZ, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Friends of PACC, Gabriel’s Angels and Handi-Dogs Inc. She’s worked on large scale local events including Dog Days of Summer Community Pet Food Drive, the Purple Paw Project and Dogtoberfest.