Jerilee Drynan – Executive Director
Jerilee Drynan, Executive Director and Stephen Drynan, Chief Executive Officer, bring a combined 26 years’ experience in animal care management. Their Accomplishments have included the successful restructure of Humane Society of the Ochocos in Prineville, Oregon and Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, Oregon. In 2012 they moved to Madras, Oregon and Co-founded their current nonprofit, Central Oregon Animal Friends. Working with the current shelter and Jefferson County administrators, they were awarded the contract to operate the Jefferson County Animal Shelter thus becoming Three Rivers Humane Society. In 2018 they completed a successful merger with an in trouble Home at Last Humane Society. Included in their prior nonprofit experience, Stephen and Jerilee co-founded The Early Learning Center, a Salem nonprofit child care center and model classroom for the North Salem High school Humane Development class. Jerilee is also the co-founder of the Alaska Humane Society in 1978 where she started the areas first spay/neuter certificate program and was instrumental in having the decompression chambers outlawed for use in euthanasia as it was inhumane.
Stephen brings over 30 years of retail, operational, and financial experience where his management background includes the retail, wholesale, and transportation industries. Coming to the nonprofit sector from the position of Terminal/Division manager for one of the largest food grade transport companies, his diverse management experience has served him well. Jerilee worked for 30 years of early childhood education experience which included the Head Start program as a teacher and Site Director and management of two other child care centers. Jerilee was a longtime volunteer for Salem Friends of Felines and over the years Stephen and Jerilee have also fostered over 500 kittens and cats. Stephen and Jerilee have always cultivated a broad open door policy where community members and law enforcement officials find them to be approachable and responsive.