The staff and volunteers at KHS are dedicated to the well-being of all animals.  Our No-Kill philosophy has created a safe haven for all the homeless animals in our area. Come share our passion and adopt, volunteer, or give financially to help care for each animal who come through our doors.

KHS Staff

Executive Director

Debbie Jeffrey


Director of Development

Vicky Nelson



Operations Manager

Chris McDowell


Operations/Development Specialist

Juanita Trapp


Volunteer Coordinator

Kelly Gill




Dr. Nicole Leonard


Veterinarian Technicians

Jessica Griffin

Jennifer Hall

Jenell Taylor

Dog Technicians

Michelle Gilbertson

Mary Powell

Lori Snider



Cat Technicians

Craig Aurora

David Espen

Cynthia McNeil

Kehani Simbre-Chee


Front Desk

Cassie Doll

Gloria Neuharth


KHS Thrift Store


Dagmar Flaherty


Thrift Store Staff

Mary Clarke

Allen Klinkifus

Laura Terry

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 Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  

Location: Kootenai Humane Society Thrift Store

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

2017 Officers

Cindy Edington - KHS Board President

Vice President/Commercial Lender - Mountain West Bank


Angie Hanson - KHS Board Vice President

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.

2017 Board Members

Jadyn Loedding - KHS Board Member

Financial Advisor - JCL Capital Management


Andy Smith - KHS Board Member

Principal - Edwards Smith Construction


Shaun Whitney - KHS Board Member

Lake City Dental Specialties

2017 Honorary Board Member

Dr. Marty Becker - KHS Honorary Board Member

"America's Veterinarian"

Dr. Becker has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them.  He is the founder of Fear Free, an initiative to "take the 'pet' out of 'petrified'" and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.  He practices at North Idaho Animal Hospital because he loves veterinary medicine, pets and the people who care for them.



Hours of Operation

12 - 6 pm Mon - Sat

12 - 4 pm Sun


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


Mr. Pete, 12-yr-old, male, DSH
Rick - 2-yr-old, male, Walker Coonhound

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