CalAnimals Emerging Leaders Program

Leadership Presentation Symposium - Monday, July 26th from 1pm - 5pm PT.

Join nearly 30 emerging leaders as they share professional development tips and tricks. The agenda will be broken into short presentations featuring the following topics:

  - Lessons from a Leader
  - Collaborative Connections and Financial Management, 
  - Emerging Leaders: Developing Others and Professional Development
  - Navigating Challenges
  - Exceptional Executives and Cultural Humility
  - Vision for the Future

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We invite you to join us on this one day symposium via Zoom. There is no cost to you to attend and all sessions will be recorded and shared here on the forum. 

Ask questions, get answers and achieve results!

Join the conversation right here on Maddie's Pet Forum using the discussion thread below! Presenters will be updating this discussion with their presentations and will be monitoring replies to ensure your questions get answered and we continue to guide you through the implementation process for topics discussed long after the symposium ends.

Schedule of Events

1:00 to 1:10pm - Introductions and Welcome
1:10 to 1:40pm - “Lessons from a Leader”
1:40 to 2:20pm - “Collaborative Connections and Financial Management”
2:20 to 2:50pm - “Emerging Leaders: Developing Others and Professional Development”
15 minute break
3:05 to 3:35pm - “Navigating Challenges”
3:35 to 4:05pm - “Exceptional Executives and Cultural Humility”
4:05 to 4:35pm - “Vision for the Future”
4:35 to 4:45pm - Final Comments and Wrap Up


Lessons from a Leader

Sheila McLalin, Best Friends Animal Society
Erika Anderson, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Christina Avila, City of Perris
Ariana Luchsinger,San Francisco Animal Care & Control

Collaborative Connections and Financial Management

Laura Mullen, CAWA, San Francisco SPCA
Erin Ellis, Humane Society of Truckee
Lisa Hammock, East Bay SPCA
Jessica Wiebe, Santa Barbara Animal Control Services
Julianna Tetlow, San Diego Humane Society
Emma Perez –Singh, Riverside County Animal Services

Emerging Leaders: Developing Others and Professional Development

Micheal Hildebrandt - Elk Grove Animal Services
Jessica Helgesen- Rancho Cucamonga Animal Services
Stephanie Amato, Yolo County Animal Services
Camrin Christensen, Stray Cat Alliance
Shannon Quinn- Front Street Animal Shelter, Sacramento,
Dr. Rachelle Saelor - LA County Department of Animal Care & Control

Navigating Challenges

Donell Randolph (Oakland Animal Services)
Erika Gamez, Napa County Animal Shelter
Katie Christie, Humane Society of Silicon Valley
Connie Hooker, Stanislaus Animal Services Agency

Exceptional Executives and Cultural Humility

Jennifer Smith, Stanislaus Animal Services
Sam Blankenship, Santa Barbara Humane Society
Dr. Shari O’Neill, San Francisco Animal Care & Control
Brittany Pasquale, Tracy Animal Services

Vision for the future

Raul Rodriguez, Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control
Lauren Hamlett, Pasadena Humane
Courtney Stone, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
Tanessa Higgs, San Diego Humane Society

About CalAnimals

The California Animal Welfare Association ("CalAnimals") formed in 2018 through a merger between California's two statewide animal-welfare associations:  California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) and State Humane Association of California (SHAC). CalAnimals is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

SHAC was founded in 1909 to represent local humane organizations with matters of concern to all but beyond the resources of any one organization or agency.  CACDA was founded in 1976 to represent California's animal care and control professionals.  Together, as one organization, we unite California's animal welfare community and provide even greater support and advocacy to our member organization.

CalAnimal's Mission


CalAnimal's mission is to support the success of animal welfare and sheltering organizations in meeting the needs of animals and people in their communities.


What CalAnimals Does

    • Statewide advocate for animal welfare professionals in California.

    • Leader in state and regional legislative initiatives to protect animals and advance animal welfare.

    • Provide expert guidance to more than 500 incorporated cities and 58 counties in California on public safety and humane animal care in their communities.

    • Publish the California Animal Laws Handbook, a compilation of key California codes and regulations pertaining to animals.

    • Sponsor the Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy for humane and animal control officers throughout the state.  

    • Organize year-round training opportunities for animal welfare and veterinary professionals from throughout the state to advance knowledge and offer continuing education opportunities.

    • Administer California’s Certified Animal Control Officer program, recognizing their training, professionalism, and commitment to pursuing continuing education.

    • Sponsor an Emerging Leaders Program to mentor the next generation of animal welfare leaders.

    • Support Disaster Response efforts through improved collaboration and implementation of best practices.

    • Provide support and information to members and the general public.

    • Facilitate collaboration to address challenges and improve our collective ability to save lives.