Shelter Director: Jolene Hoffman
Jolene Hoffman came to the Humane Society as a volunteer when the shelter opened in 1982 and worked her way up to becoming the shelter director in 1985 and has remained in that position to date.
Jolene is dedicated to overseeing all shelter staff and animals. She councils the public and performs euthanasia for the public’s animals when they are suffering. She also works all major disasters such as fires, floods and earthquakes to assist with animal rescues.
When Jolene began volunteering in 1982, she felt that she had found her purpose. She loves coming to work with like-minded people who are all here for the same reason. Jolene knows the Humane Society is a safe place for the animals of Ventura County. Jolene says it is her job, along with the rest of the staff, to recycle pets that have been thrown away and place these special creatures in their forever homes. She strongly believes the key to ending suffering for all animals is education, spaying and neutering.
Of what she and the staff do at the Humane Society everyday, Jolene says, “We make a difference in the lives of the animals and families we help. What more can you ask for?”
Humane Officer: Alina Hoffman
Alina Hoffman came to the Humane Society in 2007 with a great amount of experience in assuring that the law is upheld. She worked as an Animal Control Officer for both the Cochese County Sherriff’s Department and Ventura County Animal Services.
Here at the Humane Society Alina does it all. She investigates abuse and neglect cases, impounds animals that are being mistreated, educates the public, fosters animals, helps people find the right animal for adoption and is a euthanasia technician for the public’s animals when they are suffering.
Alina is an absolutely amazing individual who works hard to assure that the animals of Ventura County are well cared for. Be sure to say hello when you come in to look for a new forever friend. She will be happy to help you find the right animal for your family.
Humane Officer: Lucy Mrvichin
From a very young age Lucy knew that she wanted to spend her life with animals. Lucy got her first rescued dog on her 8th birthday, and from that point on she developed her love of animal rescue and training. When she was sixteen she began volunteering at a local dog rescue group where she learned about dog behavior and problem solving. She has worked at two veterinary hospitals, a boarding kennel, grooming shop and has volunteered at the Wildlife Care Center.
In addition to an animal lover and rescuer, Lucy is also quite the scholar. She graduated from Humbolt State Universtiy with a Masters Degree in English Literature and has recently been taking classes in law enforcement.
“I am excited about working at the Humane Society of Ventura County. I love combining my volunteer experience and animal knowledge to help our wonderful animals find new homes and I am eager to work with volunteers to develop programs that support our mission.”
We are all very excited to have Lucy on board! Stop on in and meet her and find out how you can become a volunteer!
Humane Educator: Dawn Reily
Dawn Reily began her love of arts and career in education and animal care at very young age. As little girl she was always outside marveling at the wonders of nature in her backyard in Ventura. She was constantly bringing some kind of insect or small critter inside to find out more facts and information about it, draw or take a picture of it, and when she was finished with her study she would release it. Dawn would even check on the outdoor spiders to make sure they were finding bugs in their webs to eat. In addition to studying the creatures in her backyard, with the encouragement of Joyce George, (now a board member at the shelter), she began volunteering her time at the shelter in Ojai to help socialize the animals and rescue stray cats in the neighborhood.
As a teen her passion blossomed and she followed her interests in the arts, animals, and education in college. While in college she began volunteering her time at Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, fostered for many animals, and then worked as a care taker for the cats at the shelter. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts and Education. Her career paths included, private cat kennel manager, a humane society volunteer coordinator and public relations event planner, cat clinic veterinary technician, pre-school art and science teacher, high school art teacher, and she is a professional artist.
Dawn now resides in Ventura again with her family, daughter Jade, and her many beloved pets and education animals. She has a tabby cat named Rocky, a black Maine Coon cat named Licky, a bearded dragon named Apep, two corn snakes, two red-eared slider turtles, a pink zebra knee tarantula, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, mice, diamond doves, frogs, a variety of insect pets, and fish. You’ll either still find her outside in her vegetable garden examining the flora and fauna, around town taking her trained Maine Coon cat and bearded dragon for a walk or ride in a stroller, or working on an animal painting or her glass art jewelry at her studio in the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura.
For the Humane Society, Dawn is here to teach about how to love, respect, protect, and know about all animals from the tiniest spider ling to the great blue whale. Please email Dawn at email@example.com for more information or schedule a program visit. She will even be happy to answer why Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches make great pets.
Development Director: Lynn Malone
After over ten years serving three other Ojai nonprofit organizations in operations, marketing and development capacities, Lynn was hoping to find a cause near and dear to her heart to share her experience. The Humane Society proved to be just that place. Lynn loves knowing that the work she does to communicate with all of our friends and supporters helps the many homeless animals we serve each year.
Lynn professes to be a “dog person” as evidenced by the fact that homeless dogs just seem to find her when she least expects them. As much as she has wanted to adopt a dog from the Shelter, since she has been working here, two little dogs have found their home with her so her house is currently filled with all the doggie love she can currently manage. She loves to go down to the kennels and get to know the dogs in our care, and enjoys the days when a dog is lounging in the office too.
Lynn’s duties here at the Shelter and Adoption Center are to produce the HSVC newsletter, enews, website, press releases and other correspondence, to enhance member relationships and inspire others in the community to help too. She also manages special events including fundraisers and helps out with other special projects as needed.
Lynn and her husband George have lived here in Ojai for over three decades and have set down deep roots in the community. They raised their four children and a grandchild here, along with several family dogs, cats and other pets throughout the years.
Veterinary Assistant: Tami Brown
Tami Brown came to the Humane Society in 2002 as a veterinary technician because of her love of animals. She assists the veterinarian during surgery, checks in clients, orders supplies for the clinic and assures that all animals in the clinic are well cared for. She also helps administer vaccinations and medications to animals that are being sheltered at the Humane Society.
Tami is also a Euthanasia Technician. She is tasked with helping humanely end the lives of animals who are suffering and counseling the families going through the grieving process.
Tami is a Nordhoff High School graduate. She has trained closely with Dr. Lewis here at the Humane Society in his techniques and procedures. She has studied in a variety of fields, but has found much satisfaction working with animals here at the shelter.
Here at the Humane Society we are fortunate to have someone who cares so deeply for the animals. When you are ready to have your animal spayed or neutered please call 646-6505. Tami will make sure that they are well taken care of.
Veterinary Assistant: Cindy Mason-Williams
Cindy Mason-Williams came to the Humane Society in 2007 as a volunteer with a strong passion for helping animals. She was regarded as the volunteer that would do anything, fix anything and provide unconditional love to the animals. In 2010 she was hired as a Veterinary technician.
She assists the veterinarian during surgery, advises the public on the importance of spaying and neutering, and assures that all animals in the clinic are well cared for. She has studied in a variety of fields, but has found much satisfaction working with animals here at the shelter.
For information on spaying and neutering your pet please call Cindy at 646-6505. Not only will she be happy discuss the benefits of these procedures, but will be happy to set up an appointment as well. Once your animals are in the clinic you can rest assured that they will be well cared for in her loving and very capable hands.
Office Manager: Arlene MacSween
She supervises all office staff to ensure that all customers and residents are treated with compassion. In addition, Arlene works hard to partner people with the right animals. She counsels new adopters, prospective adopters and provides support for those who have recently lost a pet. She also brings in animals that can no longer be cared for and provides support for both the animal and the owner.
Here at the Humane Society we are lucky to have an individual that cares so deeply for both people and animals. She listens, understands and works to help all.
Next time you get ready to adopt a forever friend Arlene will be there to help you!
Adoption Counselor: Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Brown began her work at the Humane Society of Ventura County in 1982 when the current building opened. She originally served as office manager for two years before moving to Northern California. During the interim, Cheryl worked for the Humane Society of Napa County as office manager. She also ran day care from her home and was a homemaker for her children.
As an adoption counselor, Cheryl is responsible for partnering the right people with the right animals, answering telephone questions, educating prospective adopters about proper care of animals and assisting with grief counseling.
Outside of the Shelter, Cheryl enjoys many water sports including swimming and snorkeling. She also loves horseback riding, dining and watching a good movie. More than anything, Cheryl loves spending time with her three wonderful grandchildren.
Here at the Humane Society we are lucky to have such a wonderful individual. Cheryl always has a smile on her face and joke to tell. You can hear her laughter throughout the shelter. Come by and visit Cheryl and her faithful companions, Fancy and Lily, when you get ready to adopt your next family member. They will be more than happy to help you!
Adoption Counselor: Linda Allison
Linda has been a dedicated member of the Humane Society since 1990 when she came in looking for a job and ended up finding her life’s love and purpose. She is a lifelong animal lover who has two black and white tuxedo cats who she lovingly calls her “Orcas;” one dog, “Hero Joe;” and Sassy Sally, who is not just a Mustang, but the love of her life.
Here at the Humane Society, Linda charges herself to the care of all of the animals of Ventura County and the people that care for them. She helps match people with the right animal and makes sure that all animals at the shelter are accounted for. She provides rescue numbers and referrals when needed and helps intake animals that can no longer be kept by their owners. She has worn many “hats” while at the Humane Society. She has been a kennel attendant, the office manager and the volunteer coordinator.
When you get ready to adopt your next forever friend be sure to say hello to Linda. You can’t miss her! She is the red head with the big smile and lots of helpful hints. She will be happy to help you!
Adoption Counselor: Willow Malone
Willow Malone came to the Humane Society of Ventura County in 2011 with a passion for helping animals. She has always found herself upset at the thought of animals being abused or neglected and wanted to be the voice for those that can’t speak for themselves.
Willow is a Nordhoff High School graduate who is furthering her studies at Ventura College while serving as an adoption counselor at the HSVC.
Here Willow assists customers with finding the right animals for their families, answering questions, making spay and neuter appointments and helping match owners up to their missing pets. In addition to this Willow from time to time serves as a Kennel Attendant and assists with a wide variety of office duties.
Outside of work Willow enjoys spending time with her friends, attending concerts and finding all the best places to grab a cup of coffee.
Willow loves the HSVC because of the family like atmostphere and we love her because of all that she does for the animals of Ventura County and the people that care for them. So, when you come in to find your newest Forever Friend, Willow will be the smiling face right behind the coffee cup and the friendly hello.
Adoption Counselor: Betty Jo MacCaughtry
After a 25 year career in health care and human resources, Betty Jo thought it was the right time to start volunteering with the Humane Society. In January of 2012 she started as a volunteer. She then completed the Animal Ambassador program, hoping to fulfill her lifelong dream of helping animals.
When the opportunity arose to become an employee, that goal was achieved. As an adoption counselor she can now help find homes for those lost, abandoned and abused animals and hopefully connect them with their “forever homes.”
Here at the Humane Society, Betty Jo charges herself to the care of all of the animals of Ventura County and the people that care for them. She helps match people with the right animal and makes sure that all animals at the shelter are accounted for. She provides rescue numbers and referrals when needed and helps intake animals that can no longer be kept by their owners. In addition to all of this she also manages the HSVC Gift Shop.
Here at the HSVC we are lucky to have such a dedicated voice for the animals of Ventura County and such a wonderful individual to work with.
Kennel Manager: Rebecca Holder
Rebecca Holder joined the team at the Humane Society in 2004 as the Kennel Manager after 15 years as a professional dog groomer.
As the Kennel Manager, Rebecca is charged with overseeing the care of all animals at the shelter. She is responsible for making sure that all animals receive proper nutrition, medications, vaccinations, are spayed and neutered and well groomed. She is also a Euthanasia Technician who performs owner requested euthanasia when individuals in the community bring their sick or elderly animals in to humanely end their suffering. She is also responsible for evaluating all incoming animals, introducing them to prospective owners and educating adopters about proper animal care.
Next time you come in to look to adopt a new family member be sure to say hello to Rebecca. She will be happy to help answer any of your adoption or animal care questions!
Assistant Kennel Manager: Angela Hanline
Angela Hanline came to the Humane Society to use her skills and training to help the animals of Ventura County. She is a lifelong animal lover who from a young age was charged with helping sick animals. She was, and occasionally still is, called Ellie May. Here, she makes sure that all animals receive proper nutrition, have clean bedding, fresh water, and are bathed. She also assists in making sure that all animals receive proper veterinary care and medication.
Next time you come in to look to adopt a new family member be sure to say hello to Angela. She will be either upstairs or downstairs making sure that all of the animals are cared for.
Kennel Attendant: Jennifer Davidson
Jennifer Davidson joined the team at the Humane Society in 1990 as a Kennel Attendant because of her sincere love of animals. You can hear Jennifer down the halls lavishing the animals housed at the shelter with hugs, kisses and lots of love. She assures that the animals have clean housing, makes sure that animals have proper nutrition and are kept clean, groomed and healthy. She also assists with administration of medications and and vaccinations as needed. She also helps partner prospective adopters with the right animals and assists in safely introducing the animals here at the shelter to the prospective adopter’s pets and family.
Next time you get ready to adopt a new family member, Jennifer will be happy to help you pick out the right pet! We here at the Humane Society are fortunate to have such a caring, loving and dedicated kennel attendant.
Kennel Attendant: Fabi Cruz