What We Do : Staff Leadership

Seattle Humane Staff Leadership 



David Loewe
Chief Executive Officer


David Loewe joined Seattle Humane in November 2006. He has held the position of Director of Facilities, Director of Operations, Chief Operations Officer, and is now Chief Executive Officer. David also acts as the Safety/L&I liaison and leads our Disaster Response and Recovery Program.

Prior to the Seattle Humane Society, David spent over 20 years in management operation roles in commercial nuclear power with Kansas Gas & Electric, high speed European passenger rail with Talgo-America, and GPS-Data collection systems with Connected NW-Nextel.

David, and his wife Judy, have volunteered at the Seattle Humane Society as foster care coordinators, on special events teams, and in the web photo program to help the shelter animals put their best paws forward. At home, David and Judy have three cats.


David Loewe


Brynn Blanchard
Vice President of Development

Brynn joined Seattle Humane staff after working for six years at the Point Defiance Zoo Society in Tacoma, where she led the organization's largest capital campaign in its 103-year history. At Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, she held a variety of fundraising positions including Deputy Director, Interim Executive Director and Major Gifts and Grants Manager. She is a founding board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, South Sound Chapter, and a member of South Sound Planned Giving Council. Brynn Blanchard


Ken Farmer
Chief Financial Officer


Ken joined Seattle Humane in 1984 as an accountant. He has held numerous financial positions since then including Controller and Finance Director. Currently Ken serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Ken originally came to Seattle from Chicago to attend Seattle Pacific University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, and he has lived in the region ever since. His family includes two black labs, Traveler and Trecker, two cats, Thomas and Taz, an American Saddlebred mare, Autumn, and two Morgan horses.


 Ken Farmer


Rhonda Parks Manville
Vice President of Marketing

Rhonda Parks Manville came to Seattle Humane from the international relief and development organization World Concern, where she led the agency's strategic communications for donor development, special events, branding and marketing. Prior to working in nonprofit, Rhonda was an award-winning journalist covering culture, politics, and social justice issues. She earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University and her Master's in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband Todd, daughter Chloe, two shelter dogs, one shelter cat, and 5 laying hens.


Rhonda Manville

Katie Olsen
Chief Operations Officer


Katie was born and raised in Seattle. She began working at Seattle Humane in 2003 as an adoption advisor. During her time at the shelter, she has supervised the foster program and served as the Kennel Manager and as the Shelter Manager. Previously, she worked at a vet hospital for three years and was a certified dog trainer. Katie shares her home with Jager and Jack, 3 year old Weimaraners both adopted from the Seattle Humane Society; Brownie, a toy Fox Terrier also adopted from the Seattle Humane Society; Sammy, a Jack Russell Terrier; and Buddy, a Siamese mix cat.


Katie Olsen


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