The caring and professional staff at the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society sets us apart from other organizations in the field.  Between the members of the leadership team, there is more than 150 years of experience in animal welfare guiding and strengthening this vibrant non-profit organization.  Consider stopping by the shelter to meet us and tour soon!

Humane Society Leadership 768x768 Sean HawkinsSean Hawkins, CAWA
Executive Director

Hired by Cleveland Amory to establish dog and cat sterilization clinics for the Fund for Animals in 1989, Sean pioneered the concept of mobile spay and neuter clinics, opened the “largest spay & neuter clinic in the world” in Manhattan, more >>

Matt ChanMatt Chan, CAWA
Director of Community Engagement

Building champions for animals is Matt’s passion. Through inspiring a culture of respect and compassion for all living beings, Matt has helped lead organizations in Virginia, including The Augusta Regional SPCA and Cat’s Cradle, and more >>

Jan Minard
Financial Controller

Jan Minard is the Financial Controller for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society and has worked for the organization about two years.  With over 35 years of accounting experience, Jan has had a diverse career in both non-profit organizations more >>

Denise Clift
Manager of Cat Programs & Transfers

Denise Clift was born and raised in Santa Maria, California  and has called the Central Coast her home for all but a few years of her life.  As the longest-tenured employee at Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, Denise joined the staff in 2001 more >>

Stephanie Scott
Adoptions Manager

Stephanie is the Adoption Manager for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society. She volunteered at shelters and rescues throughout her life, and recently decided to turn her passion for animals into a career. more >>