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”.
Humane Education: Kimberly Kaznowski
As a board member and animal lover, Dr. Kimberly Kaznowski is responsible for High Sierra Animal Rescue’s Humane Education mission and education program development. Dr. Kaznowski holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Counseling and Psychology and spent her career as a teacher and school psychologist working with children in the Washoe County School District in Reno, NV.
Currently, Dr. Kaznowski is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) child advocate volunteer and a business owner. Chico, one of Dr. Kaznowski’s rescue dogs, is a trained therapy dog who frequently accompanies her when visiting local hospitals and schools. Dr. Kaznowski lives in Clio, CA with her husband, 4 dogs, 3 cats and 2 horses.
Finance: Lori Lomas
Lori Morrell Lomas has been a financial professional in Plumas County for 24 years. Lori's company provides tax accounting for businesses and individuals as well as retirement planning, business accounting and benefits management. Lori and her husband Curtis have long been animal lovers and staunch supporters of animal rescue groups.
In 2010 they adopted their dog Rollie from High Sierra, which led to Lori being recruited to the board as their financial professional. Serving on the board has brought Lori a lot of joy and she looks forward to many years helping the animals in our area.
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.
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 Techs and Administrative Staff at the shelter who do the daily cleaning of kennels, two feedings, and medications including the boarding animals.
The Executive Director also focuses on marketing and fundraising activities, to increase adoptions for the homeless animals in our region: northeastern California and northern Nevada. Responsibilities include communications across multiple platforms, event management, and project/program development that will foster new partnerships, raise "brand" awareness for HSAR, promote HSAR’s Humane Education and other programs, and increase community awareness of the benefits that HSAR brings. The goal is to reduce animal neglect/abuse, teach responsibility, and save more pets from local shelters.
The Executive Director works closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and Board of Directors and reports directly to the HSAR President. A very important duty is to oversee all adoptions at the shelter, assure a good fit with the adoptive family and follow up, as necessary, to assure the dog is in a loving, permanent home. Dog assessments and behavioral training, as needed, are two other important responsibilities at the shelter.
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 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, and is passionate about animal welfare. She joined the High Sierra team in 2017 and looks forward to making a positive impact in her community through her work here.