Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Julie Hotchkiss – Board Chair

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 – 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 holds 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.

Marie Melsheimer – Secretary

With two decades in the public relations field, Marie currently serves as vice president of strategic communications for Campbell Consulting, a boutique, speciality PR firm in Oregon. She has worked on both internal and agency-side teams during the course of her career, with experience spanning industries from performing arts and consumer packaged goods all the way to B2B technology solutions and consumer electronics. An expert in both traditional and new media outreach, Marie specializes in developing impactful strategies for developing and distributing client messages, content generation and building relationships. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and Public Relations from University of Oregon and a master of arts in English from Portland State University. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son and a global pack of rescued dogs: an American pit bull terrier; a French bulldog; and an English bull terrier.

Lori Drew – Board Director

Lori is currently the Community Liaison Officer for the Bend Police Department. She is a retired Portland Police Detective and a former Oregon Department of Justice Special Agent. Lori has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She moved to Bend from Sandy, Oregon three years ago. Animals have always been an important part of her life. She currently has two beautiful kittens, Kato and Ruby Rue. Lori loves to travel, hike, bike, and ride her motorcycle in her free time!

Jessi Princiotto – Vice Chair

Jessi started her career in advertising at Madison Avenue ad agencies in New York City and now is the owner/Creative Director of Trixie Agency. She has helped guide nonprofits in health care, education, and animal welfare to achieve bigger, better results. She is the author of Mall Dogs: Love and Adoption at a Retail Animal Shelter, and has more than 25 years experience advocating for animals, from hands-on rescue to legislative advocacy in New York, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Jessi is most passionate about working for animals due to the knowledge that animal welfare is connected to all things, and a compassionate society is a healthier, safer, and happier one for everyone. Along with her husband, she shares her home with three beautiful, adopted dogs: one small, one medium, and one large tripod.

Jade Mayer – Board Director

With over 25 years of experience in business with a focus in accounting, Jade Mayer started his career in public accounting with KPMG in Portland, OR.  Mr. Mayer moved to Bend, OR in 1997 and has been with Brooks Resources since 1999, currently serving as Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Mayer has a long history of public service; currently, he is a board member and treasurer for the Deschutes River Conservancy and is a board member of Economic Development of Central Oregon. 

Mr. Mayer has also served in the past as the Chair of Central Oregon Trail Alliance, a member of the Deschutes County Audit Committee, a member of the City of Bend’s Budget Committee, a board member of Visit Bend, a board member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of J Bar J Youth Services.  Mr. Mayer enjoys the outdoors and spends as much time as allows on whitewater and mountain biking adventures.


Advisory Board

Dr. Byron Maas, DVM