Board of Directors

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Foundation is governed by a four-person volunteer board representing a diverse cross section of Santa Cruz County. Each board member is actively involved in some aspect of the Shelter’s operations, enabling them to be effective advocates for the range of work that the Shelter performs.

President: Ben Winkleblack

Since 2011 Ben Winkleblack has been the Shelter Manager at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, overseeing the staff and programs of both the Santa Cruz and Watsonville locations. From 2006 until his promotion to Shelter Manager, Ben was the veterinary technician overseeing surgery and medical care of the shelter animals. Under Ben’s leadership the shelter has launched lifesaving programs such as Planned Pethood and dog play groups. Ben also led the charge to open a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in South County in collaboration with Friends of Watsonville Animal Shelter and secured multiple grants in support of targeted spay and neuter. Ben has twice received the county’s highest award and also received special congressional recognition for his work in the community.  Ben lives in San Jose with his wife and their family of shelter alum dogs (the poodles are Ben’s favorite!) and one cat.


Secretary: Pamela Lee Lowry

Pamela Lowry has been an active supporter of local animal welfare organizations and regional conservation efforts since moving to Santa Cruz in 2008. Before retiring, Pam headed a consulting firm in Boston specializing in political campaign administration, fundraising and election law compliance. She has volunteered with the SC County Animal Shelter since 2012, and was honored by the SC Board of Supervisors as an Outstanding County Volunteer.


Treasurer: Brett Hennie

Brett Hennie has been an animal-lover for as long as he can remember. Originally from Cincinnati, he moved to Santa Cruz County in 2017 to take a position with a local company and began volunteering at the Shelter. He quickly became interested in using his combined experiences as an officer in other non-profits and 20 years as a CPA to help on the financial side. He is committed to ensuring that the Foundation operates with the highest levels of integrity and transparency while expanding the community’s base of financial support for the Shelter.


At-Large Member: Sally Wing

Sally Wing has been the co-owner of a Santa Cruz graphic design business since 1998. She previously served on the board of directors of the Friends of Santa Cruz County Animals. She is an active dog volunteer, serving as a trainer for new dog volunteers in addition to her dog walking duties. Both she and her business partner Jenny Sandrof have contributed extensive pro bono design work for the Shelter, including logo design, website design, informational materials, and promotional materials.