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Board of Directors

Dr. Gerry Boss

President
Biography
Gerry Boss has a life-long love for animals, and has participated in a variety of animal rescue groups, having fostered well over 100 cats and dogs in his home.  He has been a member of the SNAP Board of Directors for over 20 years, and has served as President of the Board for the last five years. He is a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), serving as a Professor of Medicine.  He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, with his main interest being nutrient regulation of purine synthesis and cell growth.  Throughout his career, he has remained clinically active, serving as a primary care physician for adult patients. He received a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.D. degree from the University of California, Irvine, and then completed an Internal Medicine Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He subsequently did post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and UCSD. Gerry has a long history of community outreach, volunteering in free clinics in both San Diego and Mexico, and building houses in Tijuana.

Ian Thompson

Vice President
Biography
Ian Thompson has been a member of the SNAP Board of Directors since 2015. He brings 20 years of technical support, customer service and operations management experience to the organization. He was Vice President of Central Services at Mitchell International, a technology company, where he led the organization to multiple national awards for technical support and service. He also centralized customer service and order processing operations for catalog sales company Maintenance Warehouse, which was subsequently purchased by The Home Depot. He has held management positions at Continental Airlines, The Automobile Club of Southern California and the Institute for International Research, and has spoken on the topic of technical support operations at numerous industry conferences. Ian received a diploma in education from Loughborough University of Technology in England.

Sid Shapiro

Treasurer
Biography
Sid Shapiro has been involved with animal welfare issues since the early 1990s. He obtained the tax-exempt status for SNAP in 1992 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since that time, serving as Treasurer. He served as a volunteer coordinator for Feral Cat Coalition from 1993 – 2003. He started his career in the accounting field as an intern for Ernst & Ernst in their New York City office. He then moved to Deloitte in Hackensack to avoid the commute to New York. In 1984, Sid transferred to the San Diego office of Deloitte. Sid has been self-employed since 1985. He focuses his practice on providing tax preparation and tax planning for his individual and closely held businesses. Sid has been involved in the tax preparation and consulting business continuously to this day. Many of his clients are in the real estate industry – from the individual with one rental property to entities with a large commercial presence. He provides assistance with government tax filings for multiple non-profits on a pro bono basis. Sid received a B.A. degree from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, and an MBA in accounting from Rutgers University in Newark. He serves as Treasurer for the Rutgers College Class of 1971.

Lori Walton

Secretary
Biography
Lori Walton has always loved animals and after giving time and money towards animal adoptions for over 30 years, she finally realized that we cannot adopt our way out of animal overpopulation.  The only way to make a dent in the 3.7 million animals that are euthanized every year in the United States because they are homeless, is through spaying & neutering.  Lori has been a member of the SNAP Board of Directors since 2012, serving as Chief Advancement Officer. Her love and appreciation for non-profit work began in college when she became President of UCLA’s official undergraduate service organization.  Post graduation, Lori was invited to become a member of UCLA’s Foundation Governor Board & Leadership Council. Lori has served on 16 different non-profit boards and has chaired over 20 fundraisers for organizations ranging from the arts to education to youth services to animal welfare to the environment to the military. She has a blog called BdaKiNE.com where she shares the light that can be found during everyday life.
Kristina Hancock
Director
Biography
Kristina Hancock has been a member of the SNAP Board of Directors since 2004; serving as Secretary until 2017. Kristina focuses her practice on representation of tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving. She has extensive experience counseling tax-exempt organizations including trade associations, social welfare organizations, public charities, large and small family and corporate foundations and non-profit associations. For over 25 years, she has served as corporate counsel to large and small non-profits. Kristina provides tax advice to tax-exempt and non-profit organizations on a wide variety of issues, from obtaining initial tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to drafting and obtaining private letter rulings from the IRS on specific transactions and issues impacting these types of organizations. In addition, she frequently counsels clients on state and federal requirements related to non-profit governance and management, as well as formation and organization. Before entering the legal profession, Kristina practiced as a critical care nurse. Her 15-year background in medicine provides a unique complement to her tax-exempt organizations practice.
Nancy Heitel
Director
Biography
Nancy Heitel has been volunteering with animal rescue organizations for over 35 years. She has been a member of the SNAP Board of Directors since 2014; beginning her term as Secretary in 2018. By joining the SNAP Board, Nancy gets great satisfaction, working together with other board members, staff and volunteers to increase SNAP’s ability to raise funds, heighten awareness of our goal to reduce pet overpopulation, and add more clinics than the previous years. For the last 15 years, she has volunteered at two of the three San Diego County Animal Shelters. She has fostered a number of dogs from these shelters, those who needed extra time (due to medical or behavioral issues), to recover before being adopted into their new home. After witnessing first-hand, during her time at these shelters, the large number of animals who enter daily (some in terrible shape), Nancy became painfully aware of the toll that these innocent animals pay, due to over pet overpopulation. While helping with any (non-medical) tasks at weekend spay/neuter clinics in various small towns in Mexico, Nancy observed the great love most people have for their pets, even though the owners can’t possibly afford to have their animals sterilized, and eliminate these repeated, unwanted litters. Two “failed foster” dogs, Wally and Pippa, and one very senior cat, Ella (who was 8 weeks old when adopted) share Nancy’s life and home.
Jill Lozier
Director
Biography
Bio Coming Soon!
Cameron Rooke
Director
Biography
Cameron Rooke has been a member of the SNAP Board of Directors since 2010. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation and Computers 2 San Diego Kids. He is also Vice President of Trustees of La Jolla Country Day School, and a Professional Partner at Rooke Fiduciary Management, Inc. and Withington Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Dorothy York
Director
Biography
Dr. Dorothy York became a member of the SNAP Board of Directors in 2018. She brings over 30 years of veterinary expertise to the organization. Her fluency in the Spanish language will broaden outreach efforts, to connect with more Spanish-speaking clients. Dr. York has performed many roles during her long-standing career in veterinary medicine. She currently serves as the Licensing/Senior Veterinarian of the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility Spay Shuttle, which serves low-income residents of Chula Vista and the San Diego Department of Animal Services, with weekly spay/neuter surgeries. Dr. York is a founding member of Veterinarians for World Animal Health, where she provided spay/neuter training for veterinarians and coordinated high-volume spay/neuter programs in Barbados, Belize, Greece, Guam, Romania, and Turkey. Her current volunteer activities include, serving as President, H.E.A.R.T. of Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and participating surgeon at the Feral Cat Coalition. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. York received her Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, and a Masters’ Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the U.C. Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California. She holds a veterinarian license in the State of California and was a former diplomate for the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Her hobbies include doing charity veterinary work on her sailboat in Mexico and participating in triathlon competitions.

Advisory Committee

Operating independently from the full Board to provide guidance on organizational branding as well as innovative revenue building methods. This group of professionals include staff, forward thinking volunteers, and others in trades that complement the team. They meet monthly to monitor progress and plan for next steps.