Paul Viemeister – Board President
Paul has been an educator for 38 years and counting. He has a passion for community service through giving back to the community he serves, both human and animal. As a Kiss no an and Key Club advisor, his club was awarded the Compassionate Community Service Award for the 2013. As President of Central Oregon Animal Friends, Paul understands the needs of Three Rivers Humane Society’s in caring for the countless homeless pets in Jefferson County. Having rescue dogs and cats of his own gives him the drive and perspective to support what the current director’s vision is for the health and welfare of homeless and future adopted dogs.
Ray Swift – Board Vice President
Simply put, I have been an animal lover since birth. Growing up, much to my parents objection, I would bring home hurt or stray reptiles, birds, cats and dogs. Finally I got a cat and soon after, my first dog. Haven’t let up yet, and most likely never will. I Found the few years volunteering at a shelter to be one of most rewarding and emotional experiences of my life. I hope to continue to be a member or employee of an organization that promotes responsible animal care for a long time to come.
Sheila Dooley – Secretary/Treasurer
Sheila recently retired as Library Director after 40 years at The Dalles-Wasco County Library. She volunteered for two other animal shelters previously fostering 87 dogs over a 12 year period, serving as a board member, and fundraising. She plans to help Three Rivers Humane Society and the new building project through grant writing, fundraising, and volunteering.
Mary Martin – Director
I am the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of instructional Services at Columbia Gorge Community College, where I’ve worked for 25 years.
I first joined the board of Home at Last Animal Shelter because I wanted to help animals in need and be their voice in the community.
I am very happy to return to that work with the board of Central Oregon Animal Friends.
Stephen Drynan, Chief Executive Officer and Jerilee Drynan, Executive Director bring a combined 26 years’ experience in animal care management. Their Accomplishments have included the successful restructure of Humane Society of the Ochocos in Prineville, Oregon and Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, Oregon. In 2012 they moved to Madras, Oregon and Co-founded their current nonprofit, Central Oregon Animal Friends. Working with the current shelter and Jefferson County administrators, they were awarded the contract to operate the Jefferson County Animal Shelter thus becoming Three Rivers Humane Society. In 2018 they completed a successful merger with an in trouble Home at Last Humane Society. Included in their prior nonprofit experience, Stephen and Jerilee co-founded The Early Learning Center, a Salem nonprofit child care center and model classroom for the North Salem High school Humane Development class. Jerilee is also the co-founder of the Alaska Humane Society in 1978 where she started the areas first spay/neuter certificate program and was instrumental in having the decompression chambers outlawed for use in euthanasia as it was inhumane.
Stephen brings over 30 years of retail, operational, and financial experience where his management background includes the retail, wholesale, and transportation industries. Coming to the nonprofit sector from the position of Terminal/Division manager for one of the largest food grade transport companies, his diverse management experience has served him well. Jerilee worked for 30 years of early childhood education experience which included the Head Start program as a teacher and Site Director and management of two other child care centers. Jerilee was a longtime volunteer for Salem Friends of Felines and over the years Stephen and Jerilee have also fostered over 500 kittens and cats. Stephen and Jerilee have always cultivated a broad open door policy where community members and law enforcement officials find them to be approachable and responsive.