Board of Directors


Ann Graves, Board President, Retired Director, Seattle Animal Shelter

Board of Directors 18Ann brings more than 30 years of experience in animal welfare to our team. After volunteering with Seattle Humane through the 1990’s and obtaining a BS in Zoology from the University of Washington, Ann was hired as an officer with the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) in 2000. Over the years, she held several management positions and retired from her position as Executive Director in 2021. During her tenure, Ann transformed the way animal cruelty cases were handled and spearheaded enhancements to local laws and regulations. Ann also prioritized relationship-building with other jurisdictions and agencies which led to a more robust response to investigations. Ann is currently an instructor with the HSUS Law Enforcement Training Center. Ann and her wife Donna continue to foster homeless animals in need and have four rescued companions of their own.

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

Board of Directors 6Gail launched her 38-year career in the industry as an engineer. After working with Deere, NASA, and PACCAR, she retired from John Deere as Vice President, Worldwide Parts Services. Gail and her husband, Tom, have provided a home to rescued dogs for over 30 years. Lila, a Westie with an odd habit of chasing eagles flying above, is her current best friend.

Gemma Zanowski, Board Secretary, Attorney, Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel

Board of Directors 7At 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.


Amanda Loewen, Operational Readiness & Airport Transition Specialist at the Port of Seattle

Board of Directors 5Amanda’s diverse and rewarding career has included time in the hospitality industry with distinguished brands Hilton and Four Seasons as well as time in the truck manufacturing industry with Kenworth/PACCAR. 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.

Don Swanson, Retired Senior Manager, Keysight Technologies

Board of Directors 14Don 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!

Jim Taylor, Retired Facilities and Construction, Washington State College System

Board of Directors 15A 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, Retired Senior Consultant, Merrill Lynch

Board of Directors 16Bob was with Merrill Lynch since 1988 as 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.

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