Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is a volunteer oversight body for the organization. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Mike Inkrott

Mike Inkrott has lived here on the Central Coast since 1995, having moved northward from Southern California.  With a professional career in technology and IT management, Mike has been responsible for affecting change in some more>>

Frances Romero
Vice President

Frances was born & raised in Barstow & has lived on the Central Coast since 1995.  She has been married for 25 years to Tim “Dean” Romero & has a 10-year-old sable German Shepherd named Toffee, they live in Guadalupe. more >>

Nancy Doherty

Nancy grew up in Los Angeles and studied psychology at UCLA.   She worked for a global consulting firm coaching leaders on leadership and people skills and advising them on developing their organizations. more >>

Linda Costa

Linda is originally from Colorado. She has lived in many parts of the US. She moved to Santa Maria, California in January, 2015 to serve as the Chief Financial Officer for Community Health Centers of the Central Coast. more>>

Sham Duckworth
Board Member

After being perpetually teased about being a “duck” throughout his life, Sham Duckworth is actually not duck aficionado but is an avid dog owner. Sham,(4TH generation) native of Santa Maria, is married with one daughter, and a two-year old more>>

Claire Sheehy
Board Member

Claire was born and raised in Santa Maria into the Sheehy family, the original strawberry farmers. The tradition of growing strawberries continues while there remains one other signature within the clan, the love for animals. more>>

Vonnie Stewart
Board Member

Vonnie has been married to Richard Stewart for 27 years. She was born in the Panama Canal Zone and has spent most of her life in Santa Maria, California. Vonnie and Richard own A to Z Pet and Home Tending while raising their more>>

2018 Council of Advisors

Pam Goble
Founding Board Member

Doug Rich
Emeritus Board Member

Richard Carmody
Emeritus Board Member

Tami McKnight
Emeritus Board Member

Brenda Forsythe, DVM
Orcutt Veterinary Hospital

Joyce Dudley, JD
Santa Barbara County District Attorney

Cynthia Schur
Publisher, Santa Maria Times

Steve Dale, CABC
Certified Animal Behavior Consultant

Glenn Olah, PhD, DABVP (Feline)
Albuquerque Cat Clinic

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society is continually aligning the organization’s needs with the capacities of individual members on its Board of Directors. Therefore, we are welcoming new applicants for consideration to be elected.  If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, download the application here and submit it to our Executive Director at  We strive to meet with each individual applicant. If there is a fit with current needs and volunteer time and talent, an interview with the Nominating Committee will be scheduled.  Applicants reviewed by the Nominating Committee are presented to the full Board of Directors for consideration.