SAAC Board of Directors


The Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC) is run by a volunteer board of directors who are passionate about helping animals. SAAC has no paid staff.

 

 

Jillian Hacker

President

Joined SAAC board: 2016

Jillian has been an animal advocate her entire life - a vegetarian since birth, vegan since 2007 and an integral part of several animal welfare organizations, including In Defense of Animals, Born Free USA, PETA, and Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Jillian has expertise in non-profit management, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, public affairs and media relations. She holds a master's degree in Public Administration and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She and her pup Monster reside in West Sacramento and enjoy exploring nature together. 

Kristin Ensign

Vice President

Joined SAAC Board: 2017

Kristin has been in love with animals ever since she had her first cat at age 4. She has been smitten with kittens ever since. Kristin reinforced her love for animals in 2010 when she became vegan. Now as a SAAC board member she hopes to extend her compassion and love for these little nuggets by saving even more lives!

Jennifer Doll

Treasurer

Joined SAAC board: 2013

A Sacramento native, Jenn has a true passion for the Sacramento animal welfare community and has been an active volunteer since 2006. Before joining the SAAC board she volunteered for our annual Spay Day event. She has a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Sacramento State University and more than 12 years of professional office management and customer relations experience. Jenn’s home is always full of furry friends! She has a rescued chocolate lab, tuxedo cat, long-term hospice care Chihuahua and usually one or two more foster dogs. Jenn loves the outdoors, especially the north coast, and is always planning dog-friendly day trips for the pack (minus the cat, who is not much of a traveler).

Alexis Raymond

Secretary

Joined SAAC board: 2006

Alexis has been volunteering for animal welfare organizations in the Sacramento area since relocating here from the East Coast in 2002. She brings more than two decades of expertise in public relations, marketing communications, writing and editing to SAAC’s efforts to reduce animal overpopulation. She is currently a content strategist for a high tech company, and previously spent seven years as the communications director for RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization.

Amber Davidson

Joined SAAC board: 2016

Amber has been an animal lover all her life. When not working as a state employee, she likes to volunteer in a variety of animal agencies and nonprofits and help to promote spaying and neutering animals. She previously ran the City of Sacramento Return to Field (RTF) Program and volunteered with Sacramento Feral Resources for over 3 years. She has also been an active Spay Day volunteer with SAAC since 2010.  In addition to being on the SAAC Board, she is also the volunteer coordinator for 4R Friends.  She also has a deep affection for orange tabby cats and even adopted 2 orange kittens!   

Carrie Holler

Joined SAAC board: 2013

Even though Carrie has a full-time career dedicated to the conservation of California’s resources, she is also very active in the Sacramento animal welfare community.  A longtime feral cat trapper and colony manager, her dedication allows her to keep her colonies fed, watered, neutered and healthy.  Carrie also makes time to volunteer for the city of Sacramento Animal Care Services’ low-income spay/neuter program, 4R Friends, and helps manage SAAC’s Voucher Program.  Her commitment to animal welfare and second chances is fully appreciated when you meet her two rescue pit-bulls who allow her to share a home with them, and occasionally a few foster kittens.

Kim Kinnee

Joined SAAC board: 2008

Kim is the executive director of the Yolo County SPCA and an outspoken advocate for bringing more low-cost spay/neuter opportunities to Yolo County. She began fostering dogs for the Yolo County SPCA in 1998, joined its board of directors in 2000, and became executive director in 2004. Kim and her husband have fostered many dogs over the years, welcoming them into their home, socializing and caring for then, and finding them great forever homes. They have several pets of their own, including a large feral cat, appropriately named Chubbers.

Josie Moody

Joined SAAC board: 2016

An animal lover all of her life, Josie became vegan in 2011 after becoming aware of the abuse and exploitation of farmed animals for food. By early 2014 she was able to combine her passion for animal rights with her professional life when she became the Office Manager for the non-profit Vegan Outreach. As a member of the SAAC board, Josie is excited to help prevent companion animal suffering in her own community by participating in Spay Day and being of service wherever she is needed most.

Katie Shippen

Joined SAAC board: 2016

Katie is a Veterinary Nurse whose passion for animal welfare has been a guiding light throughout her life. She works full time at a local veterinary hospital and is busy pursuing her specialty certification in feline medicine. Katie is passionate about all things involving animals, but has a special place in her heart for feral cats, advocating for feline friendly and Fear Free veterinary practices, and animal behavior. In her down time Katie can be found exploring the Sacramento area with her beloved dog Kiedis, reading, learning how to cook, gardening, or creating stained glass art.

Adrienne Starkey

Joined SAAC board: 2016

Adrienne, to use the vernacular of her youth, hella likes animals. She rescued her first cat at the age of 9 with the help of her dad, who should have known better. (It was after Christmas pageant practice. It was raining. Mom was so mad.) A civil servant by day and sketch comedian by night, Adrienne makes promotional fliers and helps maintain the website for SAAC, including the News page--if you have a story or story idea, let her know! She worked at an animal shelter for only two months and wound up with three cats: Charles (sharing the bio photo), Vella and Morty.

We are recruiting new board members.