2018 Annual Membership Meeting

September 12, 2018  •  6:00 pm  •  Hawthorn Suites, Champaign


I.        Board of Directors Election


George Amaya (Champaign, 2nd term)

I respectfully submit this Statement of Interest in consideration for a second term on the Board of Directors of the Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS). I am currently concluding my third year of my first term on the board as Board President, having previously held the post of Vice President.

It has been an honor to serve on this board along side so many capable and caring members of our community who are all enthusiastic supporters of CCHS. The hard work and dedication that my fellow board members, the CCHS leadership and staff, and the impressive number of CCHS volunteers continually devote to the good cause that is animal welfare is truly humbling. I can only hope that my modest contributions have been useful.

During my tenure the Board has helped guide the CCHS leadership through several developments. There have been some required staff changes and a new position created, and the CCHS Garage Sale was successfully transitioned to a new, more visible location after 30+ years.  

Throughout my tenure, I believe my most meaningful contributions have been in the service as counsel, both to the Board and to the Executive Director. My background in marketing and communications, my extensive community connections and my experience working with a broad range of industries affords me a unique perspective and a facility for leveraging networking opportunities. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to be of service.


Janice Bahr (Champaign, 2nd term)

I am eager to serve on the CCHS Board because I believe in the mission of the CCHS.  I am very concerned about the welfare of animals and am eager to do what I can do to help all these animals find a home.  I am a long time pet owner, have a Ph.D. in physiology and have been a professor of physiology in the Departments of Animal Sciences and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the U of IL.  I understand the needs of animals and also am interested to support the research interests of scientists who need to use animals at CCHS for research.  I am willing to do whatever I can to advance the mission of CCHS.


Danielle Bender (Champaign, 1st term)

I am writing to state my interest in joining the Board of Directors at the Champaign County Humane Society.  I have a special connection with CCHS, as a previous employee from 2010-2014 (Animal Care and Adoption staff; as well as the Animal Behavior Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator) and currently serve on the Fur Ball committee, with my third year as Chairperson. This unique and special relationship will allow me to help and assist with the overall operation, development and animal welfare responsibilities that come along with serving on this Board.

My animal experience has dated back to my high school days where I first worked as a kennel technician for a local boarding and grooming facility.  This expanded into pursuing and graduating with a Zoology degree with a concentration in Zoo & Aquarium Science from Michigan State University in 2008.  Shortly after graduation, I continued my career experience working as a marine mammal trainer at the Miami Seaquarium until late 2010.  As a born and raised Champaign “townie”, the cornfields were calling me back and I received a job at the Champaign County Humane Society and since then, it’s as if I have never left! 

I am so incredibly passionate about the mission of CCHS and to the people and animals of whom they serve.  I am proud to be a continued volunteer and supporter and joining the Board will only increase my commitment and dedication to such a wonderful organization.

Thank you for your consideration! 


Michael Palazzolo (Mahomet, 2nd Term)

I am currently a practicing pediatrician at Christie Clinic in Mahoment. I have lived in the community for over 20 year. I am married and have three children ages 28, 27, and 24.

We are animal people.  We have 2 dogs and 3 rescued cats. We also have several reptiles.  I am committed to finding a home for all the unwanted and rescued animals in our community.


Anthony Pendleton (Tolono, 1st term)

Please consider my interest in becoming a member of the Champaign County Humane Society Board of Directors. I developed a lifelong commitment to the welfare of animals from an early age and hope to continue to demonstrate this commitment via the CCHS Board.  I currently have a dog, a cat, and multiple fish, and have had in the past horses, turtles, lizards, and a variety of other animals. 

I am currently employed at Martin Hood, LLC as a senior manager in the Business Advisory Services department.  I assist multiple clients, both profit and nonprofit, with various aspects of their organization including grant reporting, bookkeeping, financial information systems and controls, tax planning, and many other areas.  I also performed audits for nonprofit organizations for a number of years until moving to my current position.  I hold the designation of a Licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

I have held various volunteer positions with numerous local not-for-profit entities concerned with my two passions, children and animals, including serving a full 3-year term as a board member for the Reading Group, and volunteering for CCHS as a dog walker and small animal care taker.  I am currently actively volunteering as a coach for the Tom Jones Challenger League and volunteer consultant for CU Able.

I am very excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board of the Champaign County Humane Society.  I believe my experience with not-for-profit organizations both externally as an auditor and internally as a volunteer provides me with a unique perspective.  I appreciate your consideration.


Shelby Stifle (Urbana, 2nd Term)

At the end of this year, I will have served another 3 year term as a Board Member of CCHS.  I find it hard to explain how pleased and excited I am about how far CCHS has come and where it is going.

The advancements that have taken place within the shelter during my many years of volunteering and serving on the Board have been most rewarding.  The current staff, headed by Mary “Tief” Tiefenbrunn, has taken the shelter to new heights with the passing of every year.  The hard work to provide a temporary safe home for pets needing a second chance has been extraordinary.  However, only so much can be done with limited space, aging HVAC and outdated laundry facilities to name just a few things that need help!  These are all a part of the reason I wish to continue for another three years to help solve those problems.

Working with the members of the present Board has been a most gratifying and educating experience.  I will always have a driving desire to assist the homeless pets of Champaign County to find their second home.  With those thoughts in mind, I submit this state of interest to serve another three year term.


Darren Taylor
(Champaign, 1st Term)   

This letter is to confirm my interest in serving on the Board of Directors for the Champaign County Humane Society.  I currently own two rescue animals and through that experience alone I have developed a deeper passion for CCHS’ mission for my community.   I have become much more aware of CCHS role locally and I am humbled by the opportunity to contribute personally.

I currently work at Harrington & Tock, LLC, where I am an attorney.  My areas of strength are litigation, transactions and real estate.  I work closely with clients in the local area to achieve a proper remedy or resolution for them.  A large part of my day-to-day is problem solving.  In order to be an efficient problem solver, you have to be able to pay attention, listen, comprehend and be objective when required.  Further, a large part in my profession is developing relationships, communication and having the ability to work as team.  I believe these skills, which are worked on every single day, transfer appropriately to the tasks of a director on CCHS’ board.  Further, I believe it would be helpful if CCHS’ board included a member of our local legal industry.

Currently, I am also a member of the Champaign West Rotary club, which has helped me develop local relationships and an appreciation for those who do what they do not have to do.

After witnessing the charitable spirit of my fellow Rotarians and the people who make up CCHS, I know that I become a better person just being hanging around those people.   Therefore, I know that I get back just as much or more than what I put in when it comes to these wonderful opportunities. 

I am very excited about the opportunity to continue my personal growth by serving on the Board for the Champaign County Humane Society.

Thank you for your consideration.

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