The High Sierra Animal Rescue (HSAR) Board of Directors is a group of skilled business and professional people who volunteer to provide strategy for the organization. Each member brings many years’ experience in their field. Current members include:
President: Doug Rodrigues
Doug and his wife, Betty were Co-Founders of HSAR in May of 1999. They saw a need in the community where 500+ adoptable cats and dogs needed their help. Doug holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the University of Southern California. HSAR was a perfect opportunity to apply Doug’s education and 18 years of experience at Intel Corporation to a worthwhile cause.
Vice President: Chuck Franck
Charles “Chuck” Franck has volunteered at HSAR since 2004, later becoming a board member in 2007, and currently serving as vice president. Prior work experience included 32 years with Hormel Foods where he held various management positions in sales, marketing, production, and distribution. Chuck’s love for animals and with his vision for improved education toward responsible pet ownership is his passion. He is currently organizing a county-wide grant- subsidized Spay & Neuter program for those who otherwise may not alter their pets. Chuck and his wife Cathe currently have two cats adopted from HSAR.
Secretary/Treasurer: Betty Rodrigues
Betty is co-Founder of HSAR. As an English major in college and a legal secretary, Betty put her skills to use as Board Secretary. Driven by her compassion for all animals, her greatest reward in rescue work is seeing them adopted into their “forever homes.”
Volunteers: Carole Scott
Carole joined the board in 2013 and will manage the volunteer activities which include recruiting, and training. Carole has managed a small San Francisco law firm for the past 16 years. Currently, she manages it remotely as she now lives in Portola. She and her husband have two rescue cats, three rescue dogs, and two rescue horses. Carole also fostered kittens for another rescue foundation while living in the Bay Area.
Public Relations: Doug Hart
Doug retired in 2006 after serving thirty-seven years in the military. He is passionate about giving back to the community and making a difference. His love of animals connected him to the High Sierra Rescue team where he has been there as a board member since 2008. Both Doug and his wife Debbie feel that an organization can provide more services than any one individual can do on his/her own. Doug and Debbie will continue to be volunteers at HSAR as long as there are animals that need help.
Stephanie was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley in California, spending 18 years of that time in the farming community of Hanford. She graduated from Hanford High and attended the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Stephanie has owned several businesses over the years and currently co-owns The Auto Clinic/Mill Street Tire in Reno, NV, with her husband Mark. She and Mark split their time between the Reno area and Graeagle, CA.
She and Mark have fostered and rescued dogs for close to 10 years, and have volunteered extensively at several no-kill rescues, including High Sierra Animal Rescue. Focusing primarily on helping small dogs, they are lovingly called "the Chihuahua whisperers."
Stephanie has a passion for helping special needs and senior dogs find homes and she and her husband have been "Hospice Fosters" to several senior dogs, as they believe every dog should be able to live their last days loved and cared for in a home.
Their couch is currently covered by a pack of cuddly rescue Chihuahuas: Moe, Gigi, Poppy, Cassie (from HSAR) and most recently, Lucy, a special needs dog from HSAR, as well as a steady rotation of fosters.
Executive Director: Heidi Rose
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall welfare of the rescue animals while they are at the shelter and until they are successfully adopted into their “forever homes.” This includes maintaining the physical shelter and managing the kennel technicians and administrative staff at the shelter who perform the daily cleaning of kennels, feedings, care, and medications, including the boarded animals. Dog assessments and behavioral training, as needed, are two other important responsibilities at the shelter.
The Executive Director also focuses on marketing and fundraising activities, to ultimately increase adoptions for the homeless animals in our region: northeastern California and northern Nevada.
The Executive Director is also responsible for maintaining a healthy, safe and pleasant environment for all animals, employees, volunteers, and visitors at the rescue facility and at any related events.
Heidi Rose grew up in northern California and has lived in eastern Plumas County since 2013. She has a background in non-profit marketing and development, management, event planning, and volunteer coordination. She has volunteered extensively at animal rescue organizations, is passionate about animal welfare, and is committed to helping make America no-kill. She joined the High Sierra team in 2017 and enjoys making a positive impact in her community through her work here. She and her husband have adopted three dogs from HSAR, and currently live with two dogs, two rabbits, and two parakeets--all rescues.