The Humane Society of Pinellas employs experienced, professional and compassionate staff.
humane society directors
stacey efaw, mba, executive director
Growing up in a military family, Stacey’s childhood was spent living in various countries and states before settling in the Tampa Bay area. Stacey attended the University of South Florida, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, followed by her MBA. One of Stacey’s greatest joys in life is utilizing her over 20 years’ business and management experience to improve and grow non-profit organizations, and she is excited to begin using those talents at HSP. For 13 years, Stacey served as CEO of the Emergency Care Help Organization, a social service agency in Hillsborough County. During her tenure, Stacey successfully transformed this struggling charity into a thriving and growing pillar in the community. Stacey has two wonderful daughters, Hannah and Emma, as well as Stamkos, a lab mix, whom they rescued three years ago. In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and traveling. Read Stacey's welcome letter here!
AMANDA AUDIA, MS, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Originally from West Hartford, CT, Amanda moved to Florida in October of 2014 to begin working for the Humane Society of Pinellas. Amanda received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience, with a focus in Animal Behavior, from the University of Connecticut. After working as an independent behavior consultant and managing a doggie-day-care, Amanda began working as the Behavior Department Manager for the Connecticut Humane Society. While working at CHS, she continued her graduate education with the American College of Applied Science in Companion Animal Behavior and Counseling. Amanda is happy to lead a team of excellent staff and volunteers that are dedicated to improving the lives of shelter animals and that tolerate her enthusiasm for NFL football.
sharon boyes, director of development
Sharon relocated to Florida in 2015 from the shores of Lake Erie in her native hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Graduating from John Carroll University with a degree in English, Sharon brings more than 15 years of non-profit management, fundraising and marketing experience to HSP. In addition to being a lifelong dog owner, the love of animals is a family affair. Sharon’s daughter is a Certified Veterinary Technician with an Animal Sciences degree from Ohio State University. Her stepson, Alex, holds a Zoology degree and works at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Sharon and her husband Marc have two dogs, a Black Lab named Marley and a Golden Retriever named Butters (after her favorite South Park character). In her spare time, Sharon enjoys listening to Pearl Jam, rooting on her hometown Cleveland Browns, Indians, and CAVS, watching Ohio State football and exploring the many beaches of Florida.
brenton gallas, DVM, SHELTER VETERINARIAN
Brenton was born in Youngstown, Ohio into a family that supported his love and curiosity of animals. Two of his favorite childhood pets include Fred and Ethel, a fun loving pair of Pekin ducks. He graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida after earning a degree in business from Fordham University, as well as a degree in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida. Brenton has worked with animals for over 16 years, starting as a veterinary assistant during high school in northeast Ohio. Since then he has worked in several animal care settings and with many different animals, including manatees! His interests include surgery, preventative veterinary care, and healthy behavior.
Brenton most enjoys partnering with pet owners and community members towards improving the overall wellness of pets in our neighborhood and working to end pet homelessness. In his free time, Brenton likes to go on outdoor adventures with his partner Sarah Grace, as well as relax at home with their pets: Comrade the snuggly dog, Albie (“Pudd”) the mischievous cat, and two sun-loving turtles. Most recently Brenton and Sarah Grace have ventured into the world of backyard chicken raising with their very own flock of very beautiful and rambunctious hens: Lulabelle, Darcy, Samara, and Lena (who should be laying their very first eggs any day now!).
SUSIE HARRIS, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES
One of the Humane Society of Pinellas's most senior employees, Susie has been an asset to HSP since 2006. Earning her Bachelor's in Accounting from the University of Florida, Susie held a variety of accounting positions before taking time off to raise her three children. Upon her return to the workforce, Susie decided to use her aptitude for numbers to help homeless pets. Susie currently has two cats that are HSP alumni.
TWILA COLE, DIRECTOR OF community relations
Originally from Southern California, Twila arrived in Florida in 1994 after spending most of her childhood in Michigan. She started working in the veterinary industry in 1996, providing care to boarding and hospitalized pets. She quickly realized this was the industry she was meant to be a part of. After 13 years in animal hospitals, she followed a new found passion for fundraising and joined the HSP team in 2007 as the Special Events Coordinator. Twila is proud and honored to represent, be an advocate for, and raise money for the largest no-kill shelter in Pinellas.
humane society management
vanessa ply, volunteer coordinator
Vanessa recently joined the HSP management team after almost a year with the organization as an Animal Caretaker. Vanessa has extensive experience volunteering with other organizations, including Big Cat Rescue, and is excited to bring her volunteer experience into her new role as Volunteer Coordinator. While the cats here are of the smaller variety, Vanessa believes that all animals deserve an enriched life while at the shelter and it's truly our volunteers that help HSP go above and beyond! Along with her love of cats, Vanessa has a soft spot for pocket pets and exotics, especially reptiles.
lucy monette, humane education and outreach coordinator
Lucy moved from Burlington, VT to Florida in 2007 to attend the University of Tampa where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at the University of Tampa, Lucy worked in the Peace Volunteer Center where she planned volunteer opportunities for students along with co-founding Relay for Life on campus. Lucy has always had a passion for children and animals and had a wide variety of experiences working with both including an internship at a wolf sanctuary in New Mexico and teaching experience at a local art school. Lucy began working at the Humane Society of Pinellas in May of 2012 and continues to enjoy building the outreach programs. She is also currently getting her certification in Humane Education through the Humane Society of the United States.
CHRISTINA GREENE, CLINIC MANAGER
Born and raised in Clearwater, FL, this Clearwater High alumni went on to get her Bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Southern Florida in Tampa. Christina has always had a passion for the veterinary field and has worked in both private practice and shelters for 23 years. Her experience and dedication to animal health comes through in her work and Christina was recently promoted from the Admissions Department Manager to Clinic Manager. While not working, Christina spends her time in her Clearwater home chatting with her Green Cheek Conure, Nix, and her Cockatiel, Sunshine (pictured) - the birds do most of the talking!
AMANDA WITT, CVT, LEAD VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Originally from Wisconsin, Amanda completed her first Veterinary Assistant program while living in Oviedo. Realizing her passion for both animals and the sunshine, she moved to Largo to attend SPC's Veterinary Technician Program and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. After dabbling in both private practice and sheltering, she always knew she belonged in shelter medicine to help her little area of this big planet we live on. Amanda currently resides in Largo, FL with her fur children: Ollie (Pointer mix), Mogwai, (a one eyed kitten), Mowgli (a two eyed kitten) and Bob (pictured). Aside from her love of animals, Amanda also loves dinosaurs, the color purple, and purple-colored dinosaurs.
giselle ford, LEAD ADMISSIONS SPECIALIST
Giselle began her career in animal welfare in Maryland as an intern working on the Animal Cruelty Rescue and Response Team for the Humane Society of the United States. Bitten by the rescue bug, she continued her passion at the Washington Humane Society in customer service. Her strength in client care was apparent as she moved through the ranks to Adoptions Supervisor. After moving to sunny Florida, Giselle worked at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando before settling in the Tampa Bay area and working at the Lead Admissions Specialist at HSP. Giselle brings compassion and laughter to her job every day!
jennifer burdick, lead animal caretaker
Born and raised on the east coast of Florida, Jen joined The Humane Society of Pinellas team in early 2015. Her hard work, team-oriented nature and passion for the "fur kids" became quickly apparent and she was promoted from Animal Caretaker to Lead of her department. Jen is typically found hustling around the shelter, assisting in every department. She is happy to lead a team of amazing and dedicated animal caretakers that truly care more about the animals than anything else.
heather gibbs, CPDT-KA, lead behavior technician
Heather Gibbs initially received her training certification through the Animal Behavior College. She worked in behavior modification and animal care for several organizations including Southeastern Guide Dogs and the Animal Rescue Foundation of Texas before joining the Humane Society of Pinellas team.
Heather practices positive reinforcement training through bonding exercises, enrichment, and reward-based behavior modification. She currently owns four rescue animals; three dogs and her horse, Mike. One of her dogs has achieved service dog status through Southeastern Guide Dogs and has earned his Canine Good Citizen certification. Heather is a certified CGC Assessor, as well as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) from the esteemed Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).
Board of Directors
The Humane Society of Pinellas is governed by a Board of Directors that volunteer their time to support HSP's mission and improve the lives of animals in the Tampa Bay Area.
Kim Mahoney, President
Susan Olds, Treasurer and Secretary
Thomas Carlisle, DVM, Director
Helen Henwood, Director
Mark Sage, Director
Steve Sika, Director
Brent Gordon, Past President
Amy Lovett, Past President
Stephen Bunch, CPA, Chairman Emeritus
Jack Geller, Chairman Emeritus
Please note the HSP Board of Directors do not have direct emails or phone numbers through HSP. Communication with the Board can be provided through the Executive Director or communications can be submitted care of the shelter and all staff guarantee confidential transmission to the appropriate board member.