HAL Board of Directors

Home At Last is guided by a Board of Directors comprised of individuals who give very generously of their time, energy and resources.  Without these very caring individuals Home At Last would not be here helping the animals we are able to help everyday.

Our organization is always looking for individuals to join our Board who care about the homeless animals in our community, and want to lend their help in this very important and rewarding endeavor.  Contact any current board member or the Executive Director for more information or to request an application.  We welcome new faces around our table.

2017/2018 Board

President – Mary Martin

Vice President – Seth Bradley

Secretary – vacant

Treasurer – vacant

Board Member – Suny Simon

Board Member – Ruth Nye

Board Member – Debbie Hanson

Board Positions Available

Home At Last Humane Society
Member of the Board of Directors

The mission of Home At Last (HAL) is to end the pet overpopulation in the Mid-Columbia region through spay/neuter, providing healthy, safe and loving homes for adoptable dogs and cats, and promoting positive relationships between people and their pets through outreach and education. To that end, no companion animal will be killed simply because it is homeless.
HAL’s website: www.homeatlasths.org.
The Board will support the work of HAL and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by HAL’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-Executive Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.
Specific Board Member responsibilities include:
Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements HAL’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by HAL Board for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics.
  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving HAL’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
    Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
    Representing HAL to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring HAL’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities HAL serves


HAL Board Members will consider HAL a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that HAL can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, HAL expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. HAL also expects that Board Members will actively solicit contributions from the community and individuals.
Board terms/participation
HAL’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held in at least quarterly, but depending on the actions to complete, may meet more regularly.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about HAL’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • A willingness to do fundraising
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving HAL


Service on HAL’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.


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