Central Oregon Animal Friends Board of Directors
Paul Viemeister – Board President
Paul has been an educator for 38 years and counting. He has a passion for community service through giving back to the community he serves, both human and animal. As a Kiss no an and Key Club adviser, his club was awarded the Compassionate Community Service Award for the 2013. As President of Central Oregon Animal Friends, Paul understands the needs of Central Oregon Animal Friends in caring for the countless homeless pets in Jefferson and Wasco Counties. Having rescue dogs and cats of his own gives him the drive and perspective to support what the current director’s vision is for the health and welfare of homeless and future adopted dogs.
Ray Swift – Board Vice President
Simply put, I have been an animal lover since birth. Growing up, much to my parents objection, I would bring home hurt or stray reptiles, birds, cats and dogs. Finally I got a cat and soon after, my first dog. Haven’t let up yet, and most likely never will. I Found the few years volunteering at a shelter to be one of most rewarding and emotional experiences of my life. I hope to continue to be a member or employee of an organization that promotes responsible animal care for a long time to come.
Sheila Dooley – Secretary/Treasurer
Sheila recently retired as Library Director after 40 years at The Dalles-Wasco County Library. She volunteered for two other animal shelters previously fostering 87 dogs over a 12 year period, serving as a board member, and fundraising. She plans to help Three Rivers Humane Society and Home At Last Humane Society through grant writing, fundraising, and volunteering.
Shannon Morgan – Director
I have been an R.N. for more than thirty years in a variety of settings. My earliest memories are of family animals and my love and friendships with dogs, especially, have been a central part of my life. (I always say that I like dogs more than I like people, but, since dogs don’t read, maybe I shouldn’t put this on paper. . .) Anyway, I grew up rescuing cats and dogs and have been a foster person, both formally and informally, for dogs for many years. There is little in this life that is more satisfying to me than finding a great home for a dog who doesn’t have one! I am pleased to be on the board of Central Oregon Animal Friends and to help in any way that I can.