2021 Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 

6:00 - Refreshments 

6:30 pm - Annual Meeting and Year-in-Review Presentation Begins

Holiday Inn

101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

RSVP encouraged: Terri@cuhumane.org  


I.        Board of Directors Election


Gloria Arizaga (Champaign, 1st term)

I write to let you know of my interest in serving on the Board of Directors for the Champaign County Humane Society.  My hope is to be able to help the CCHS further their goals of educating the community regarding responsible pet ownership, raise awareness of the benefits of adoption, and make a positive impact for pets in need.

I am a mother of two young humans, Nico and Isa, and of a little Shih tzu-Poodle mix, Lola.  I am originally from México, where I got my bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the School of Journalism Carlos Septién García and Associates Degree in Public Policies from the National Institute of Public Administration. I have the certification for Teaching Spanish as a Second Language to Children from the Rey Juan Carlos University. 

In Mexico I worked as a journalist and editor in several newspapers and magazines for thirteen years. When I moved to the United States, I volunteered at Urbana Adult Education and Parkland in their program for English as a Second Language as well as literacy. I participated in the organization of Read Across America from 2004-2007 and 2010-2012. I was a cofounder of the Spanish Newspaper El Informador, which intended to help the Spanish speaking population in Champaign-Urbana to navigate and integrate proactively in the community.  I worked nine years at the University of Illinois Extension as a coordinator of the Spanish Radio program “Nuevos Horizontes”.   

Currently I am a half time K-8 Spanish Teacher at Countryside School, where I have been teaching since 2015. Prior to that, I taught 1-8 Spanish at St. John Lutheran School for two years.  I am the treasurer of the Booster Club at University High School Lab, Adult reserve in the scout troop 2119, and a volunteer at the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.

Pets have always been present in my life, I came from a family of nine siblings and growing up we all have at least one pet each. I know how much emotional support a pet can provide to a child or adult. I also understand the hard decision that many must make when they cannot afford that companion.

As a teacher and mother, I know that children have an innate affinity for animals that transcends language and economic status. They care, they get involved, they try to find solutions. Our challenge as a society is to keep this interest alive in the long run.

What I can bring to the board is my skills as a communicator and educator as well as my cultural background to outreach the work that the CCHS does and help to address animal issues and foster empathy. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to put my skills and energy to work for the CCHS. 

Mark Ballard (Urbana, 1st term following 8-month appointment)

Thank you for putting me on the ballot for another term with the CCHS Board of Directors. 

I am a dog person, having grown up with them all my life.  These days, I adopt rescue dogs, particularly old pointers.  I adopted Benny from the CCHS a few years ago when he was nearing the end of his life and we had a great year together. 

I have a lot of experience with non-profit boards in our community, having served on several including positions as board chair of many of them.  Additionally, I co-chaired the recent CCHS capital campaign and learned a great deal about the organization.  These experiences have prepared me to assist the CCHS board and leadership as we transition to a new location.

I appreciate this opportunity to serve the community and its adoptable pets for another board term.

Danielle Bender (Champaign, 2nd term)

I am looking to serving a second term on the Champaign County Humane Society Board of Directors. 

Over the past 10 years, I have been involved with CCHS in several different capacities: an employee, volunteer, supporter, fundraiser, adopter, foster parent & board member.  As an avid animal lover & devotee to animal welfare, my continued dedication to CCHS is driven by its’ very own mission & purpose. 

It has been a wonderful experience to serve on a board with members who share the same passion for the organization as I do.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Champaign County Humane Society.  

Heather Miller (Champaign, 1st term)  

I am very excited to be considered for a position on the Board of Directors for the Champaign County Humane Society.

I have spent the last two years volunteering on the Fur Ball Committee and the last four years volunteering and fundraising for Junior League Champaign-Urbana. I have worked in Human Resources and recently decided to go back to school for my Masters. I graduated in December of 2020 from the University of Illinois with a Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. I am currently the HR Manager for the Champaign Park District. 

I adopted my first pet almost twelve years ago. She is a cat named Grimace and she's about to turn 14! I adopted her from a shelter where I lived at the time and as an adult this was my first experience dealing with a shelter of any kind. I had a great experience but it really brought to my attention how much work and was involved with even just one cute little kitty. She was almost two when I adopted her and understanding the pressures involved keeping an animal for that long, treating her, taking care of her, fostering her, learning about her and then eventually basically giving her away and not recouping the cost seemed like a tremendous undertaking.  Since then I have adopted another fur baby, this time a dog named Pinkie. I was as grateful to that shelter as I was to the first for all the time, care and attention they put into just one animal. Being able to give back, first by attending functions like Fur Ball and then being on the committee to help raise money was great! I like event planning and I’m not a terrible fundraiser so when I was asked to join the committee I was excited!

Now having the opportunity to be involved in my own community's humane society and support, not just in fundraising, the lives of animals and the people that take care of them is a real honor. This is an important organization with a great mission that I would be proud to be a part of. I hope that my experience as a pet owner and lover and my professional experience is something this board can value. I truly appreciate the consideration.

Anthony Pendleton (Champaign, 2nd term)

I am excited to be considered for a second term to serve on the Champaign County Humane Society’s (CCHS) Board of Directors.

Growing up in a small rural area, animals have always been a part of my life.  From household pet dogs, working barn cats, raising rabbits for 4-H, or my family’s horses, I learned early on the bond humans can form with animals.  It can be so strong and animals really do become part of your family.  I currently have two dogs and a cat, all rescues.

I believe a bring strong non-profit and financial experience to the board.  I have lived in the Champaign-Urbana area for the majority of my life.  The past 12 years have been spent at a public accounting firm, during which time I audited or offered financial accounting assistance to many local non-profits.  I believe I have a good understanding of the wants and needs of various parties including the board, staff, and donors.  I have also served and volunteered for many local charitable organizations including the Reading Group, C-U Able, Tom Jones Challenger League, and my first term for CCHS.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve the CCHS.


Gloria Sax, (Mahomet, Returning)

After moving to the Champaign-Urbana area from Chicago in 1994, I began volunteering with CCHS in 1995 performing various duties over the years. I initially fostered kittens in my home and also cared for those at the shelter housed in the kitten nursery. I provided support at various fund raising events, including acting as “czarina” of the Holiday section at the annual garage sale for about 10 years. I have also volunteered extensively in the medical lab dispensing
medications, giving vaccinations, and performing exams.

I served on the CCHS Board of Directors 2003-2011 and was president 2005-2008, very tumultuous years for the organization as we struggled to improve our reputation in the community and care of the animals after turnover in the Executive Director position. After my second term ended in 2011, I was again elected to the board 2015-2018. Though I elected not to run for a second term in 2018, I continue to serve on the Animal Welfare Committee and the Facilities Committee, the latter of which has been very actively involved in first, the proposed remodel of our existing facility, and subsequently the purchase of property for our future facility.

My interests lie in the area of animal welfare; specifically providing a stress-free enriched environment for the animals in our care. I try to stay current on standards of care and housing as well as current trends in the industry. My interests in service on the board are threefold: 1) to continue in a more front-line way with the development of and move to the new facility; 2) to help develop future initiatives that enable CCHS to provide additional services to the community
(i.e. low-cost veterinary clinic, enhanced educational and training programs, greater partnerships with other community rescue groups); and 3) to help ensure CCHS continues to provide excellent care of the animals by continuing my service on the Animal Welfare Committee. I am also interested in acting as an ambassador for CCHS at events, with fundraising efforts, and generally furthering the organization’s status in the community.

I am retired from the University of Illinois where for 20 years I provided administrative support to the head of the Department of Animal Sciences. Prior to that I worked for 20 years in the surety bond industry in Chicago as a surety bond underwriter and field representative, and in the latter part of those years was a Vice President and Bond Manager for an international insurance brokerage firm.


Darren Taylor (Mahomet, 2nd term)

would like to be considered for a second term to serve the Champaign County Humane Society’s Board of Directors.

I currently have two rescue dogs that have become family members to me and I have always had an affection for animals.  I enjoy donating time and effort to local causes that benefit our community.  I have a legal background and would like to continue providing my perspective, thoughts and service to the Board.

Thank you for the continued opportunity to serve the Champaign County Humane Society.


II. Amendments to the By-Laws

The Board of Directors submits the attached proposed amendments to the Bylaws for vote of the Membership.

CCHS Bylaws-Proposed Changes_21.08.15.pdf

III.        2020-21 Year in Review Presentation

Presentation by CCHS Executive Director, Mary "Tief" Tiefenbrunn and staff.