Board of Directors


Amanda Loewen, Board President
Sales Coordinator, Kenworth/PACCAR

Amanda’s diverse and rewarding career has included time in the hospitality industry with distinguished brands Hilton and Four Seasons. While Amanda thinks of herself as a dog person, the tiny kittens she is saving as a Feline Foster volunteer are working hard to change that.

Gail Leese, Vice President
Retired, Vice President WW Parts Deere & Co.

During her 38 years in industry, Gail launched as an engineer, worked with Deere, NASA and PACCAR, and retired from John Deere as Vice President, Worldwide Parts Services. She experienced the northwest in her mid-career and returned upon retirement. Gail and her husband, Tom, have rescued 10 dogs over the last 25 years.  Dakota (a Westie) is her current "little buddy".

Julie Curtis CPA,  Treasurer 
Ryan Jorgenson & Limoli, P.S.

Julie is a proud mom, business owner and animal lover. Since 1997, she has been with the accounting firm Ryan, Jorgenson & Limoli, P.S. Her animal household consists of three dogs and two goats, and she has been on the Board of Directors since 2013.

Gemma Zanowski, Board Secretary
Attorney, Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel

At Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel, Gemma focuses on litigating complex cases involving injuries to or death of humans and animals. Gemma spends her free time volunteering for Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue’s Doberman division and has fostered dogs for rescue organizations for 15 years with a focus on working breeds. She enjoys running, hiking, and skijoring with her best friend Ruger, a Doberman pinscher.


Tim Boyle
Commercial Loan Officer, Commencement Bank

Born and raised in Pierce County, with 25 years in commercial lending, Tim is Vice President of Commercial Lending at Commencement Bank in Tacoma.  While growing up, Tim raised cows, sheep, and pigs and had at least 6 dogs at all times while growing up, so animals have always been a big part of his life.

Jessica Sire
Community Program Manager, Columbia Bank

Jessica enjoys supporting the community through her work as the Community Program Manager for Columbia Bank and serving as a member for the Humane Society Board and several other community boards. Jessica is a proud parent to two dogs (Sam & Murphy) and two cats (Meez and BooBoo).

Walt Sommers, Ph.D.
Retired College Administrator, Pierce College

After 40 years in higher education, most recently with Pierce College, Walt is now an active volunteer in the community.  In addition to the Humane Society Board, he serves the Living Access Support Alliance (LASA) Board, Clover Park Kiwanis of Lakewood Board, and Christ Lutheran Church. He is married to Grace whose love of animals has infused the culture of his marriage and the human father to Silvie, the cat, and Jasmine and Barbie, her canine sisters.

Jim Taylor
Retired Facilities and Construction, Washington State College System

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Jim also served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army.  His career has been focused on Facilities and Construction management in the Washington State Community and Technical College system.  Jim and his wife, Nancy, are very dog friendly and have shared their home with their canine companions for many years.  You can see their Shelties participating regularly in agility competitions.

Bob Zawilski
Senior Consultant, Merrill Lynch

Bob has been with Merrill Lynch since 1988 and currently is a Senior Consultant on a Wealth Management Advisory team.  Prior to that, he served 23 years in the US Army as a Field Artillery officer and Aviator.  He is active in Rotary and focused on local and international service projects.   He and his wife Marilyn recently lost Roxy, their cherished German Shepherd.

Don Swanson
Retired Senior Manager, Keysight Technologies

Don had a 43-year high-tech sector career in the “original” business of Hewlett Packard Company and has extensive experience in facilitation and construction of business strategies. Don has been a dog lover his whole life and acquired his first “very own” dog in 1970 from the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County. Rescue dogs are one of his family’s main passions!

Heather Fancher
Weichert Realtors, Premier Properties

A Realtor with Weichert, Realtors and President/CEO of Purrfectly Pink Real Estate, Heather’s professional experience includes a decade in banking and four years in real estate.  Heather grew up in a military family with cat Marshmallow and Sheltie, Sir Koko Spot of Trenton Court (“Spotty”), and she currently shares her home with two super sassy felines, Lilly and Buttons, who rescued her a decade ago in Boston. Heather also actively volunteers with USO Northwest and Dogs on Deployment.