About the Board
Judy Davey PresidentCrediting her mother for passing on the "love of animals" gene, Judy Davey, new president of the Humane Society of Mason County (HSMC), moved to Washington State in 1992. Her concern for animal welfare has been a consistent theme in her life. Unable to volunteer in animal humane functions while managing a Sav-On Drugstore in California, Judy's current career in real estate at ReMax in Port Orchard allows her the flexibility to immerse herself in volunteering (and to bring her dog to work). She began her activity first at Kitsap Humane Society, with major attention to fund-raising. Later, Judy served on the KHS Board for ten years, including two terms as president of that body. Her activities included scheduled meetings with the KHS director, focusing attention to board policy, chairing the annual "Animal Krackers" dinner/auction fundraiser, assisting with the rummage sale, and serving as a community contact for citizens.
In Mason County, Judy's main goal is to acquire land for an established animal shelter. She also will encourage an increase in board members, as well as in the number of active volunteers and members in the HSMC itself.
To volunteer, voice support or express concerns, call Judy at 360-710-8537 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda Gardner Vice PresidentBrenda comes to the Humane Society of Mason County from the Board of Kitsap Humane Society . She immediately saw the need to help Mason County with raising funds to build a much needed shelter. Brenda lives on the outskirts of Belfair on her farm with way too many horses, dogs, and cats. She works for the Navy as an accountant and enjoys all outdoor sports. She is proud to be associated with such a fine group of members all striving towards the goal of raising a shelter and assisting Mason County residents with animal care and education.
Dawn Shaw SecretaryDawn's dedication to the humane treatment and well-being of animals as well as her recognition of the need for improved management of animal welfare in Mason County lead to her involvement with the Humane Society. She has a degree in Visual Communications and worked for a number of years in video production, first for the Navy and than as a contractor for the State of Washington. Now, she primarily breeds, trains and sells Icelandic horses on her small farm in Grapeview. She is also an author and is currently in the process of publishing her first book, which is a memoir. She lives with her husband, several dogs and cats, most of which are rescues and all of which are spayed or neutered, and an ever-changing number of Icelandic horses.
Barbara McDowell TreasurerBarbara McDowell and her husband, Mac, moved to Washington in October 1999, and have resided in Belfair since that time. Barbara's work experience was in the San Diego area of California where she worked in the clerical field in the aircraft and missile industries; and real estate and book publishing businesses. She joined the Naval Reserve in November 1984 and worked in the supply field for 12 years. Barbara then joined a squadron at North Island Naval Air Station and enjoyed flying as a flight attendant for 3 years. Upon her husband's retirement in 1999 and moving to Washington, Barbara completed her 20 year career in the supply field at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and retired in November 2004, attaining the rate of Chief Petty Officer. Barbara and her husband joined the Humane Society of Mason County in August 2006. They are avid animal lovers, and over the years have owned countless dogs and cats, as well as farm animals. Barbara was elected as Secretary in February 2007, President in October 2008; and Treasurer in June 2012. She hopes the dreams of attaining a humane society shelter and related services in Mason County will be realized as soon as possible.
Blanche Valverde Director of Spay & NeuterAfter retiring as an Operations Supervisor for The Social Security Administration in 1999, Blanche and her husband Rene moved from California to Washington in 2006. Their two adult sons still live in California. The entire family has always been animal lovers, so needless to say their home was never without a variety of animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, hampsters, mice, chickens, snakes and an occasional wounded bird.
After moving to the Belfair area, Blanche became aware of the lack of a shelter in Mason County but discovered the group of people who were working to get one built. She joined the Humane Society of Mason County in 2008 serving as Vice President until June 2012, and is currently the Director of Spay and Neuter.