Board of Directors and Volunteer Staff

The Pongo Fund is an award winning, volunteer driven non-profit public charity fueled by a passionate group of volunteers that have together donated more than 20,000 hours of dedicated service since November, 2009.

 

Board of Directors

A. Stan Bland
Animal advocate, Conservationist, Entrepreneur and Community Activist. Board Member, The Oregon Zoo; Board Member, Project Pooch; Board Member, the Bland Family Foundation; past Board Member, Camp Ukandu. Stan is the guardian of two canine friends, Molly the Mutt and Hank the Bulldog.

Emilio DeBess, D.V.M., M.P.H.
State of Oregon Public Health Veterinarian at Oregon Department of Health.

Howard Hedinger
Industrialist and Philanthropist. Honorable defender of those less fortunate, both two legged and four. His best friend is Hero, a career change dog adopted from Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Laurie Gruenberg
Psychiatric nurse and licensed clinical social worker with expertise in critical care areas including cancer rehabilitation, case management, and mental health. Deeply committed to feeding both people and their pets. Her pack includes felines, Andre and Kali, and canines, Duke, a rescue Ridgeback mix, Stella, an impish Golden Retriever, and husband Dan.

Lesley Dodson
Technology strategist with a long career in international retail and technology operations for companies including Nike, L’Oreal, FatEarth and M Financial Group. Currently serving as Director of Technology Operations, M Financial Group and Vice-President, M Advisory Services. Lesley is committed to animal welfare and participates in the efforts of local, national and international groups working on behalf of animals everywhere. She was befriended by Pickle the Chihuahua in 2007 and is honored to be his chef, chauffer and best friend.

Sarah Laughlin
Longtime Senior Human Resources Executive with Norm Thompson Outfitters and The Audigy Group. Currently serves as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Larry Chusid
Founder & Executive Director, The Pongo Fund. Advocate, Preservationist and Entrepreneur. Defender and champion of animals everywhere; Lifelong friend of Pongo. In 2011 Larry adopted Scooby, a 17 year-old Beagle/Bassett mix aka a Bagle. They are the best of friends.

Pongo Chusid
Lifetime Trustee, The Pongo Fund

 

Professional Services Team

 

  • J. Alan Jensen, Attorney; Holland & Knight
  • Gary Glisson, Attorney; Stoel Rives
  • Peter Leichtfuss, Attorney; Peter S. Leichtfuss
  • Roy Abramowitz, CPA, CFP; Perkins & Co.

 

Volunteer Staff

 

  • Michael Birrenkott: Manager, External Operations
  • Karen Clark: Manager, Reception
  • Stefan Oswald: Manager, Lobby Operations
  • Andrea Fidel: Manager, Lobby Operations
  • Holly Primiano: Manager, Client Services
  • Sarah Silvernail: Manager, Client Services
  • Sharmen Newsom: Manager, Client Services
  • Christian Kerr: Manager, Lobby Operations
  • Laurie Radmacher: Manager, Inventory Control
  • Amy Mathis: Manager, Inventory Control
  • Jim Laughlin: Manager, Inventory Fulfillment
  • Darla Murray: Manager, Inventory Distribution
  • Laurie Gruenberg: Manager, Inventory Distribution
  • Dr. Emilio DeBess: Manager, Veterinary Services

Press & Awards:

The Oregonian 11/21/2013

The Oregonian 11/21/2013

Spot Magazine

Spot Magazine

The Oregonian 11/24/2010

The Oregonian 11/24/2010

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

Oregon Veterinary Medical Association

Cesar’s Way

Cesar’s Way

The Oregonian 1/30/2013

The Oregonian 1/30/2013

Neighborhood Notes

Neighborhood Notes

The Oregonian 8/28/2012

The Oregonian 8/28/2012

The Oregonian 3/09/2011

The Oregonian 3/09/2011

Yahoo Voices

Yahoo Voices

The Oregonian 7/29/2009

The Oregonian 7/29/2009