KHS Staff

Executive Director

Debbie Jeffrey


Director of Development

Vicky Nelson



Administrative Manager

Chris McDowell


Operations/Development Specialist

Juanita Trapp


Volunteer Coordinator

Kelly Gill




Dr. Nichole Leonard


Veterinarian Technicians

Jessica Reineccius

Jennifer Abraham

Dog Technicians

Michelle Gilbertson

Mary Powell

Pearl Warner


Cat Technicians

Craig Aurora

Chelsea Cosgrove

David Espen

Cynthia McNeil

Tessa Moreno


Front Desk

Cassie Doll

Tessa Moreno

Gloria Neuharth


KHS Thrift Store


Dagmar Flaherty



Karen Jensen

Whitney Lambert

KHS Board of Directors

Kootenai Humane Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. These individuals donate their time, passion, and professional expertise to steer the vision and future of our mission.


Board of Director meetings are typically held the third Tuesday of every month. Locations vary. Please check here for further information.


The next board meeting is TO BE DETERMINED

Location: Kootenai Humane Society Thrift Store

Date, time, and location subject to change.  Please check here for updates.

Cindy Edington - KHS Board President

Vice President/Commercial Lender - Mountain West Bank

“We adopted our first dog from KHS in 1980, not too long after the shelter had opened.  Duncan is the last dog we adopted from KHS just two years ago.  He had a rough start to life but stole our hearts the moment we met.  We could not imagine our home without him.  Won't you join us and be a part of the KHS capital campaign so that more animals can find forever homes?” 

Angie Hanson - KHS Board Vice President

Veterinary Assistant - Lakewood Animal Hospital

Angie found Paris being cared for at KHS almost eight years ago. Paris had severe mange and was covered in scabs, but she still stole Angie’s heart. After two years of daily bathing, dressing her in pajamas to protect her skin, keeping her out of the sun, and furnishing medication, Paris is a happy girl taking daily walks on Tubbs Hill and playing frisbee. All it took was someone to love her.

Sally Ellingsen - KHS Board Treasurer

Vice President - Umpqua Bank

Sally has long been advocating for animals and has served on the Kootenai Humane Society board for over 5 years. She also fosters kittens for the shelter and volunteers at various outreach events throughout the year.  Sally is driven by the belief that we can save the lives of more animals in our community through education, advocacy, and comprehensive spay/neuter initiatives.

Jadyn Loedding - KHS Board Secretary

Financial Advisor - JCL Capital Management

Jadyn has always loved animals.  She feels they give us our humanity.  "People who love animals are nice people," she says.  "The animals cannot speak for themselves.  We must do it for them, care for them, and give them a loving home."

Denise Morris - KHS Board Member

- First Interstate Bank

Animal lover?  You bet!  Being a long time supporter of Kootenai Humane Society, I am thrilled to be a part of this great nonprofit.  I believe all animals deserve to have a good life filled with love and happiness.  Each encounter we make in our community to provide humane care, rehabilitation, adoption, and education will change the animal's world.  Together, I know we can make a difference.

Andy Smith - KHS Board Member

Principal - Edwards Smith Construction

As a long-time board members, Andy has supported KHS in numerous ways.  Helping to create a shelter that reflects the values of animal lovers opened the door for education and greater adoption, including pets with disabilities and those in need of a loving hospice home.  Andy is proud to be part of the many dedicated individuals that have been a driving force to make KHS one of the safest places for our community's homeless animals.

Shaun Whitney - KHS Board Member

Owner of Lake City Dental Specialties

Shaun has served on the KHS board since 2016 and has a passion for being a voice for the dogs, cats, and other rescue animals that need to be heard the most here in North Idaho.  He has made a house a home with his lovely wife Siobhan and their favorite fur babies Brinkley, a black lab and Deaglan, a yellow lab.

Visting the Shelter


Shelter Hours



Physical Address

11650 N. Ramsey Road

Hayden, ID 83835


Mailing Address

PO Box 1005

Hayden, ID 83835


208.772.4019 - Phone

208.762.8645 - Fax

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