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Humane Society of the White Mountains

Making a Difference in the Lives of Homeless, Abused & Abandoned Animals

Making a Difference in the Lives of Homeless, Abused & Abandoned Animals

Making a Difference in the Lives of Homeless, Abused & Abandoned AnimalsMaking a Difference in the Lives of Homeless, Abused & Abandoned AnimalsMaking a Difference in the Lives of Homeless, Abused & Abandoned Animals

Our Volunteers

Alana Tressa   

Andrea Hudson   

Ann Rowell   

Anne Greco   

Annette Fox  

 Annette Riley   

Barbara Klemstine   

Barbara Rhodes   

Cally Grimes   

Candee Azevedo    

Carol Wither   

Cathy Purvis   

Charmi Weker   

Cherie Leatherwood  

 Cheryl Ford   

Chris Kinsky  

 Cindy Abruzzese   

Cynthia Jellison   

Dan Hayashi   

Dan Thorne   

David Becker   

Davy Ashton   

Deb Bloomstrom   

Deb Monroe   

Dennis Azevedo   

Diane Blissett   

Ellen Alvord   

Ethan Harper    

Faith Warco   

Frank Simmons   

Fred Ochoa   

Gail Shell   

Gary Nelson   

Gayle Basso   

Gina Goetz   

Gina Linville   

James Flanigan   

Jamie Dye   

Jan Remmel   

Jay Park   

Joann Becker   

John Potts   

John Wetch    

Karen Stone   

Kate McCormick   

Kelly Frank   

Kris Corl   

Kristin Livingston   

Krystal Parker   

Laura Wetch   

Lee Alfreds   

 Lisa Hunter   

Lisa Warco    

Lori Block   

Lyle Oalgai  

Lynda Aschauer 

Lynn Myers 

Lynne Sotak   

Mari Lenton   

Mary Houden   

Mary Jo Shauinger   

Michael Emelo   

Morgan Muller    

Patty Harvey   

Ralph Semprevio   

Richard Emelo   

Richard Polanco   

Rina Flanigan   

Robyn Rubin   

Russ Evans    

Sara Jellison   

Sara Middleton   

Sarah Fox   

Shirley Ashcroft    

Shirley Parks     

Steve Manlois   

Sue Elliot  

 Susan Eisele   

Susan Manlois   

Taylor Hopkins   

Traci Asbury   

Twana Alexander   

Valerie Lezac    

Venessa Fox    

Board of Directors

Laurie Palazzolo- President


 Hello, I’m Laurie Palazzolo. I have been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 1993. If I’m not out in the great outdoors, or with animals, I’m not truly happy! I have been a Surgical Technician in the P.A.W.S. Clinic since 2010. When I’m not working, I volunteer my time to HSWM as a Board Member, Medical Foster and “Spot” the Parade Dog. If I’m not helping rescue animals, I am out rescuing people on the Navajo County Search and Rescue, Inc. Team.

Thank goodness I have a great family that understands my crazy life and supports me! I think if I were a dog, I would be a Border Collie; high spirited, high energy, and always needing something to do. 

Sarah Fox-Secretary


 I live in Lakeside with my partner Traci. I’ve had two full-time careers in my life – I am a retired Sgt. from Tempe Police Dept. After, Traci and I started up a landscape construction business in the Valley. We ran that business for several years and retired to the White Mountains in 2011.

 I got involved shortly after we moved here. I started as a volunteer and have done many “jobs” while at HSWM, to include, the Volunteer Coordinator; Critter Camp Director; Newsletter Editor; Board of Directors Secretary; and now I love working in the PAWS Clinic!

I used to tell new volunteers that HSWM gets into your soul and it sure does! I love HSWM and the people associated with it! I proudly proclaim to be a failed foster a few times over and now I live with 3 rescue dogs…2 came from HSWM. I hope to remain involved with HSWM for several years to come!

Jason Carter-Treasurer

Notwithstanding his extraordinarily busy work schedule, Mr. Carter finds time to serve as Treasurer

        Notwithstanding his extraordinarily busy work schedule, Mr. Carter finds time to serve as Treasurer and former Vice President of the Governing Board of Directors for the Humane Society of the White Mountains where he has also served on their Finance, Budget, and Building Committees. Being a private pilot, Mr. Carter has also volunteered his time and airplane to fly animals to rescues for the Humane Society to find their forever homes. Mr. Carter also served on the Advisory Council for Northland Pioneer College's Construction Technology Program. Lastly for recreation, Mr. Carter and Whiteriver Construction sponsor (and Jason has played on) Volleyball, Softball and Bowling Leagues and Teams for the City of Show Low and Town of Pinetop-Lakeside.

Mike Bosley- Vice President


 Mike Bosley moved to the White Mountains along with his other half, Adria Acosta, from Kodiak Alaska, after many years as a commercial fisherman. Mike and Adria managed White Mountain Purified Water and Ice and grew it into The Pour Station, a coffee shop in Show Low. Mike and Adria have 3 fur babies, Saltery, Zacher, and Kiliuda (all named after locations on Kodiak Island). Mike and Adria recently welcomed a baby boy, Talon Antonio, to make their family complete. Mike has served on various Board of Directors around town and currently is the chairperson for Derby Down the Deuce. Mike can be seen helping out in the community doing various services such as a DJ, emcee, auctioneering, or hosting a show on the local TV station. Mike Bosley joined the Board of Directors in 2018. 

David Becker-Board Member

John Wetch-Board Member

Malaina Spillman- Board Member


  Malaina (Crozier) Spillman grew up in Pinetop-Lakeside and has a long family history in Pinetop-Lakeside.  After graduating from Blue Ridge High School, Malaina attend Northern Arizona University and received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Health & Gerontology.  After graduation Malaina returned to Pinetop-Lakeside, she and her husband have a son and daughter.  Malaina works for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside as the Recreation Coordinator.  She has a tremendous love for all animals, especially Golden Retrievers.  Malaina’s first dog as an adult was a Golden Retriever named Duke that she rescued from the Humane Society. Malaina and her family currently have 2 rescue dogs, German Short-hair named Ozzie, Terrier/Dachshund Mix named Beebe, a golden retriever named Daisy, 2 rescue miniature horses, Bella and Bolt, another horse Sissy, 2 Araucana chickens named Funky Chick and Hay-Hay and a fish named Delta.   

Shelter Staff

Cassie Peterson- Receptionist/Alternative Placement


 Hi there! I'm Cassie. I have worked here at the Humane Society for about a year and a half now and I absolutely love it. I work up front in the office doing many different tasks, and I also help clean in the back. My husband and I moved here from Las Vegas in April of 2018. In my spare time I love being with family and I also foster animals that come into the shelter. We currently have two foster fails at home. Paco is my love bug chihuahua and Ninja is our crazy cat. We also have 3 wonderful daughters that live in Oregon. We absolutely love it here in the White Mountains and are so happy to call this our new home.  

Taylor Von Den Stemmen- Receptionist


 Hi! Im Taylor. I have worked at the humane society for a couple months now, And it is by far my favorite job I have ever had the opportunity to have! When im not here in the front office, you can catch me being a crazy helicopter mom to a busy Bee toddler! And on my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors and riding horses.  

Cally Grimes- Lead Kennel Tech


Hi I'm Cally, I'm currently Lead Kennel Tech at the Humane Society of the White Mountains. I've been with the Humane Society just over 2 years now and was fortunate to be hired on shortly after I moved from Texas to Arizona. I love the work we do here so much! I am a mama to 3 boys...Two children, Isaiah and Archaos and two dogs, Bronson and Leo. I love to cook and go exploring the beautiful White Mountains with my family. 

Deborah Thompson CVT- Outreach Coordinator


 As a Veterinary Technician of 25 years, I’m always trying to help the animals in any way I can. We moved here from Wyoming in 2017. My husband Les of 40 years and grandson Riley, 3 Horses, 4 cats, and 2 dogs. My favorite thing’s to do is riding my horses, hiking, rock hunting and just being with my family. I have worked at the HSWM for 1 ½ years. I started on the medical staff which included working in the P.A.W.S Clinic where we do spay and neuter’s. In January 2019 I took on a new position for HSWM. So I am now the Outreach Coordinator and still help with the animals every day. I now have a great new family at Humane Society of the White Mountains 

Taylor Falling-Kennel Tech

Aziah Munsee-Kennel Tech


My name is Aziah I am 22 years old. My favorite thing to do is play video games; on pretty much any console I happen to come  across. I personally, have one dog named Willow and one cat named Maya. Maya and Willow were raised side by side. They totally adore each other. 

Amber Stuart-Kennel Tech


 My name is Amber Santillan and I have been working at the humane society for a little more than a year now. I absolutley love my job because it makes me feel important. When I'm not at the shelter caring for the dogs and cats I am volunteering my time doing TNR (trap neuter return), fostering cats, and having adventures with my two kids (6yr old son and 4yr old daughter) and my husband. I have 2 dogs, 1 cat (plus my foster kitten at the moment), and 1 Guinea pig. I love my family and I love the people I work with at the humane society to save lives and make a difference in this world.  

Andrew Bell-Kennel Tech

John Wetch-Kennel Tech

Laura Wetch- Bookkeeper


John and I moved to Lakeside in April 2018. Before we were even done unpacking, I was solicited to help with Happy Tails. I volunteered John to help as well, starting with the July 4th parade and then Happy Tails. We both fell in love with the HSWM family and everything they work hard to accomplish. I was hired as the part-time bookkeeper in January 2019 and it didn’t take long for me to realize this was THE – BEST – JOB – EVER! I love the people, the animals, the volunteers and everybody locally and around the state working for the same common goal – to help animals in need. One of the volunteers I worked with at a recent PACC911 adoption event in Phoenix said it best, “I’m surrounded by people who feel the same way about animals as I do. I feel like I’m home with these people”.

John and I have four dogs. At our peak a few years ago we had 5 dogs, 4 cats and a Beta fish. Talk about crazy!! As time has passed we have realized we simply can’t have as many animals as our hearts have love for - another reason HSWM is so perfect for us!

In my free time I love to ATV, camp, kayak, travel and work in my flower garden – anything outdoors and even better if we are doing it with some of the wonderful friends we have made here! We bought our first tiny toy hauler this year about a month before camping season ended so we look forward to doing a lot more camping in the beautiful White Mountains in the summers to come.

Debbie Torbet-Shelter Manager


I have worked at HSWM for 12 years and I have loved every minute of it. It can be very bittersweet at times but it is all worth it. In my free time I love spending time with my family, (I have a rambunctious 2 1/2 year old that keeps me on my toes) I love being outdoors and  the beautiful White Mountains we live in. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat, 2 of which came from HSWM as Foster Failures, who also keep me on my toes. 

DogHouse Staff

Jeremy Munsee- Warehouse Supervisor


My name is Jeremy Munsee. I am currently the Warehouse Supervisor at the Doghouse. I hope to help make  all the doggies, and kitties, all the funds they need until they find their forever homes. I suppose my biggest achievement would be slowly but steadily keeping up through all the changes the Doghouse must go through to efficiently do its job and keep the customers coming.


Lynn Myers- Processor/Stocker

Dustin Couture- Clerk/Warehouse


I am a native of the White Mountains being born in Snowflake and lived in the area on and off most of my life. I am a veteran of the Air Force where I was stationed at Holloman AFB in New Mexico and trained to be an electrician. I worked as a traveling electrician after the service and had a successful career but I am much happier these days offering my time and services to the HSWM. It's truly a blessing having the opportunity to help both the people and the animals around me. When not at work with the HSWM I spend my free time helping care for my family's property, tending a bird garden and 6 cats, and raising my daughter. I can also frequently b e found on the golf course, which is my weekly meditation. Though I'm a fairly new face around the Doghouse I find the work very fulfilling and hope to be keeping smiling faces around me for a long time to come. 

Les Thompson-Doghouse Manager


I started at the Dog House Thrift Shop the end of May 2019 and it has been an wild ride with lots more to come, the place looks amazing.                                                     My wife, grandson and I  moved to the White Mountains in late summer 2017 after 38 years in the oil business looking for a slower pace. We have 3 horses, 2 dogs, 5 cats (2 are self adopted yard cats, 1 is a foster failure, 1 is a rescue and the last cat just came)WE ARE HAPPY TO SUPPORT THE HSWM. My greatest accomplishment was surviving Iraq.In my future I see working, retiring and working some more     

P.A.W.S. Clinic Staff

Dr. Tammy Helzer-DVM

Laurie Palazzolo-CVT

Deborah Thompson- CVT

Sarah Fox- Coordinator

HSWM Director

Deena Pace