Leadership

We are dedicated to providing quality compassionate service to animals and our community. At Seattle Humane, our leadership team reflects the values we embrace.

Lynne Aspin

Chief People & Culture Officer

Lynne has worked in Human Resources with mission-driven organizations for more than 20 years. Her career has taken her from Philadelphia to Southern California, then Boston to Seattle. As Chief People & Culture Officer, Lynne’s priority is to take care of the people who take care of the animals and pet lovers in our community. She brings a deep understanding of how to build and develop organizations to fulfill their purpose and succeed long term. When away from the shelter, Lynne appreciates the beauty of the Pacific Northwest where she loves to camp, garden, paddle and stop at every bookstore along the way. Lynne’s favorite companions are her daughter, Cece and Seattle Humane alum, Scooter.

Kristy Magyar

Chief Financial Officer

Kristy has over 25 years of financial leadership across private industry, government and nonprofit organizations. She honed her skills as a financial leader for Microsoft and several leading nonprofits ranging in budgets from $16M – $300M. These experiences have focused her on innovation, commitment to excellence, tracking key initiatives and leading people. Combining business acumen with her love and compassion for animals is a dream come true. Kristy and her husband have two rescued pups and a cat, and when not at work, you’ll find her out camping in the beautiful PNW. 

Christopher Ross

President & Chief Executive Officer

Christopher has over 25 years of leadership positions in service-based organizations, delivering strategic planning, relationship management, and always anchored in the art of change management. Christopher began his career with Starbucks in 1991 when they had only 87 stores, and left 16 years later when they topped more than 15,000 stores worldwide. Since then, he has served as CEO, COO, and VP for nonprofit and for-profit organizations with increasing complexity levels. In 2009, Christopher pivoted to nonprofits, choosing to focus on mission-based work. Most recently, Christopher was the COO for Compass Housing Alliance, a local nonprofit focused on providing housing and services for low-income individuals and shelters for homeless persons. Now at Seattle Humane, Christopher is shifting gears to help address another challenge dear to his heart, the care and sustainment of animals in our region and across the country. Christopher has always had two constant through-threads in his life: being a caregiver, and his love and devotion to animals. Those two elements have defined him over the decades. Joining Seattle Humane becomes his career capstone, allowing him to bring the two defining aspects together with a great organization. Christopher shares his life with his husband and two golden retrievers. When not working, you can usually find the four of them walking around Seward Park.

Jessie Swisher Spiers

Chief Advancement Officer

Jessie has worked in development and non-profit management at vibrant cultural organizations in Washington, DC, London, New York City and now Seattle! Most recently, she served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Events at The New York Public Library. In her role as Chief Advancement Officer at Seattle Humane she brings a wealth of experience in fundraising, marketing, board development, team building and a personal passion for helping others. Jessie and her husband, Matt, are proud parents to two delightfully ornery cats, Bean and Busby, and one cuddly brown pup, Leia. Jessie is an avid reader, quick with a book recommendation, and when not at work, you can find her hiking, biking, cooking, or exploring Seattle’s local delights!

Seattle Humane Board Leadership

Leanne Webber
Chair

Global Head of Tax, Russell Investments
Executive Committee; Ex Officio of All Committees

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Janette Adamucci
Vice Chair

Community Volunteer
Chair, Donor Development Committee; Executive Committee

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Peter Segall
Vice Chair

Energy Services Director, ATS Automation
Executive Committee; Strategic Planning Committee; Donor Development Committee
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Phil Sorgen
Treasurer

Venture Partner, Tola Capital
Chair, Finance Committee; Executive Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
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Kelly Wittman
Secretary

Community Volunteer
Executive Committee; Donor Development Committee
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Jeff Betts

Head of Business Development, Spur Reply
Strategic Planning Committee; Technology Committee
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Kathy Connors

Community Volunteer
Governance & Nominations Committee
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Colin Duffy

SVP – Specialty Lending Group, Columbia Bank
Finance Committee

Nipun Dureja

Group Vice President, DocuSign
Chair, Technology Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
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Debbi Gillotti

Chief Operating Officer, nVoq Incorporated
Chair, Governance & Nominations Committee; Audit & Risk Management Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
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Cristin Flynn Goodwin

Founder and CEO, Advanced Cyber Strategies
Audit & Risk Management Committee; Finance Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
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Ann Johnson

Corporate VP of Security, Compliance, & Identity Business Development, Microsoft

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Nate King

Principal, Investor Relations, Amazon
Finance Committee; Strategic Planning Committee

Val Parrish

Community Volunteer
Donor Development Committee; Strategic Planning Committee

Clare Pedersen

Management Consultant, A London Lady LLC
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee; Donor Development Committee; Technology Committee
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Karen Raines, J.D.

Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Compliance, Costco
Chair, Audit & Risk Management Committee; Strategic Planning Committee
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Darcy Roennfeldt

Head of Strategy & Fiduciary Solutions, PNC Private Bank
Donor Development Committee; Governance & Nominations Committee

Dr. Cherice Roth

Chief Veterinary Officer of Digital Pet Health, Mars Veterinary Health Strategic Planning Committee; Technology Committee

Lynda Silsbee

Founder and Principal Consultant, Performance Dimensions Group
Strategic Planning Committee

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John Wenstrup

Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Strategic Planning Committee; Finance Committee
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John "JB" Williams

Principal, Becker Williams, LLC
Donor Development; Strategic Planning Committee
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Bonnie Towne

Community Volunteer
Board Emeritus
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