Our Staff

Neil Trent

CEO
Neil's passion for animal welfare began over 30 years ago as an animal control inspector the the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in the United Kingdom. Since then, he has worked on behalf of animals in countries around the world more »

Sue Berry, CAWA

Director of Operations
Sue moved to California to join Woods Humane Society and brought her passion, dedication and experience to the role of Director of Operations. more »

Dr. Leslie Sklena, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services
In June 2017 Dr. Leslie Sklena eagerly joined the team at Woods Humane Society as our Director of Veterinary Services. more »

Emily L'Heureux

Director of Development
As Director of Development, Emily actively connects with Woods' supporters, helping them in any way she can. With Woods being privately funded and receiving no government assistance, we rely solely on the generosity of the community and taking excellent care of these generous people is something Emily considers a privilege. more »

Braeleigh Doble

Customer Service Manager
"Every day I get to celebrate the human-animal bond and I get to see people adopt a new family member. It’s really a beautiful thing that tugs at my heart.” more »

Robin Coleman

Adoption Program Manager
Robin provides inspiration and support for our amazing animal care staff as she ensures that cats and dogs in our adoption program are lovingly nurtured as they wait to be matched with the perfect forever family more »

Rachelle Hiser

Adoption Program Manager - North County
Rachelle was the natural choice to step into the leadership role at Woods – North County. She now heads a team that provides loving, professional care to the hundreds of cats and kittens who find their way to our Atascadero shelter. more »

Michelle Rizzi, CPDT-KA, CAP-2

Behavior and Training Manager
“I get to work with dogs all day, come home to my own dogs in the evening, and I’m still eager to greet every dog I pass by on the street; I know I am in the right place!” more »

Jamie Relth

Communications Manager
Jamie is honored and grateful to help tell the inspiring, heartwarming stories made possible by Woods Humane Society and to spread the word about the importance of adoption and animal welfare to community members of all ages. more »

Chantalle Little

Rescue and Foster Coordinator
Chantalle provides a gentle touch and loving heart to the numerous dogs and cats that make their way through Woods’ adoption program and celebrates when they find a forever home. more »

Catherine Armstrong

Volunteer Coordinator
Catherine comes to work eager to lead a team of like-minded and dedicated volunteers who help ­­ make Woods’ mission a reality. more »

Dani McKinsey

Intake & Adoption Coordinator
Dani helps hundreds of people who need to surrender their pets. She knows that this isn’t an easy decision for anyone and she provides that warm and welcoming attitude that make people feel better about the difficult decision they had to make. more »

Eric Stockam, CPDT-KA

Trainer / Behavior Coordinator
Eric Stockam, CPDT - Eric has applied his interest and talents with canine behavior to working with both owned dogs and shelter dogs... more »


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in San Luis Obispo County since 1955.