Board of Directors
Gail Jett, WHCNP, LMT – Board President
Gail has lived in Bend for 15 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of San Diego, and is a Nurse Practitioner, both in Family Practice and Women’s Health. She is also an Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Certified Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner. Animals have always played an important role in Gail’s life, and when she was given an opportunity to join the Board of the Bend Spay and Neuter Project, she recognized this as an important avenue to help improve the lives of our community’s dogs and cats. She is a strong believer in education and prevention, both of which have been shown to empower communities in coming together to manage problems proactively. Animals, and pets especially add so much value and meaning to our lives, and have been shown to be good for our health!
Gail and her husband Tracy are the parents of two dogs, three cats, and three chickens. She looks forward to continuing to work together with the boards, staff, and volunteers of BSNP to continue to make Central Oregon a leader for a humane animal community.
Dorinda Pulliam – Board Treasurer
Ms. Pulliam is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University where she received both a BBA and an MBA. She has more than 19 years of public service experience and an additional 15 years of management consulting/auditing experience in the non-profit sector. Ms. Pulliam was the shelter director for the City of Austin municipal animal shelter for 10 years where she provided community leadership in the City’s efforts to reduce animal euthanasia, end animal homelessness, and improve animal living conditions. Ms. Pulliam focused city and community resources on prevention programs in the areas of animal sterilization, cruelty prevention, community outreach, and education. Additionally, Ms. Pulliam implemented programs including transfers to rescue groups, foster programs, open adoption concepts, microchip programs, etc. to increase the live outcomes for animals in the shelter. Other accomplishments include an ordinance that mandates sterilization for any dog or cat impounded more than once, an ordinance that mandates microchip insertion for all dogs and cats leaving the shelter, funding for free microchips for high intake neighborhood dogs and cats, implementation of reclaim and/or field citation waivers in return for sterilization of the pet, and new ordinances that promote animal welfare by mandating appropriate animal care and prohibiting unsafe transport in unenclosed vehicles, and the opening of the new state-of-the-art animal center in late 2012.
Jeff Hinman – Board Secretary
Jeff is an attorney at Karnopp Petersen, LLP where his practice includes civil litigation and intellectual property. He is a recent transplant to Central Oregon from “the Valley” and has embraced everything wonderful that the high desert has to offer: hiking, skiing, fishing, canoeing, camping, and of course the Bend Spay and Neuter Project. Jeff joined the BSNP board in 2012 and has been an important addition to the team, providing legal and business expertise as well as connections to the business community. He is an animal lover and dedicated to helping BSNP improve and expand its good work to help make Central Oregon a more humane community for its dogs, cats, and people. Jeff and his wife, Kathleen, are proud owners of two pugs, Rocco and Toula.
Julie Hotchkiss – Board Director
Julie Hotchkiss serves as director of development for Oregon State University – Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Julie has enjoyed a long career supporting non-profit organizations. Since moving to Central Oregon in the mid-90’s, Julie spent three years as director of development for the Deschutes River Conservancy and a decade with the High Desert Museum. She previously served as director of planned giving for Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she also practiced law.
Julie holds an undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., and a law degree from Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Va.
Bonnie Wilson – Board Director
Bonnie is a Senior Vice President of Sales/Marketing/Brand Development and has worked in both the Fortune 500 corporate environment and the private sector. She hold a masters degree in International Marketing and Organizational Effectiveness. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Central Oregon 11 years ago from the Portland area. They love the PNW and they love animals! Animals have always been important in their lives, and they are currently mom and dad to 2 precocious cats, Ellie and Lazlo. Bonnie is excited to make a difference in helping to end the euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs by providing resources and education to those most at risk. The end goal is to make Central Oregon a more humane community for us all.
Roy began his career in 1949, when he quit high school at 16 years old to enlist in the United States Air Force. While in the military, Roy earned his GED and, after four years of service, found himself stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. Eager to further his education, he enrolled at the University of Alaska and later transferred to the University of Oregon, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. This ambitious young man went to law school immediately, finished in 1962 and promptly opened his own law firm in Eugene. Since then, Roy has grown his practice to six offices across the state of Oregon and taken hundreds of cases to verdict. In 1982, Roy decided to practice exclusively in the area of personal injury law.
In his distinguished career, Roy has earned a slate of awards including the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Outstanding Member award. He’s also served in leadership roles for legal professional organizations at the state and national level. When he’s not putting his bright mind and wealth of knowledge to work for his clients, Roy still seeks adventure. He regularly hikes the Cascades and counts among his more memorable treks The Grand Canyon, the High Sierras, Nepal and the Great Wall of China. Traveling the world is one of his great joys, but his passion for globe-trekking is trumped by his love for his wife, four children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Byron Maas, DVM
Dr. Byron Maas has been practicing for over 20 years in companion animal medicine and surgery and is the owner of Bend Veterinary Clinic. He co-founded the Bend Spay and Neuter Project and has spent time serving on both the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Central Oregon and Bend Spay and Neuter Project as Board President. He initiated the in house shelter medicine program at the shelter and was instrumental in establishing the mobile SNIP clinic serving the greater Central Oregon region. Byron is passionate about population control in companion animals worldwide. Dr. Maas was the first veterinarian to volunteer and establish the Esther Honey Foundation’s clinic in Rarotonga. Dr. Maas collaborates regularly in developing nations with Animal Balance, an international provider of High Volume, High Quality Spay and Neuter, to provide veterinary care especially in sensitive island communities such as the Galapagos Islands, Samoan Islands and others. He is a certified master trainer for ARK sciences and provides education to veterinarians and students in the proper techniques of chemical sterilization using Zeuterin, a non-surgical sterilization method, domestically and abroad thus bringing the newest and efficient sterilization practices to many organizations.
Jim Kone, C3 Events, Elevation Tents
Jim Kone has been a Bend Resident since 2005. After selling his Steel Construction business in Denver Colorado in 2004, he moved to Bend Oregon to be closer to his 4 grandchildren. He has been a Small business consultant for Storage Solutions, Atlas Security, ACC Spray Foam and Coatings, Cascade Town Cars, and presently, Elevation Tents.
Jim is also an independent contractor for C-3 Events as a special event director. In 2011 Jim developed the Conscious Living Showcase at the Bend Street Festivals spring, summer and fall. He is presently developing a sports and recreation show for the summer festival 2013. Jim is a past board member of the Central Oregon Builders Association and the Pregnancy Resource Center. Presently serves on the High Desert Cascadia green Building Council in addition to Bend Spay and Neuter Project.