Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe is made up of business professionals who work tirelessly to make our organization as strong and effective as it possibly can be. Each member brings a unique and important set of skills and professionalism to the team. Of course, all board members are animal lovers and abide by the HSTT philosophies of rescuing and spaying/neutering their own pets. 

Board terms are 2 years, with no limit on number of terms served. If you believe you have what it takes to be a board member for HSTT and you're interested in learning more about how to join, please contact Stephanie Nistler at 530-582-2462. 

2016 Board of Directors:

Dr. Mike Ryan, President, DVM

Recently retired, Michael Ryan, has practiced veterinary medicine in Truckee for the last 25 years. Michael and his wife Laura raised their son and daughter in Truckee and are now experiencing the role of grandparents with 3 of their 5 grandchildren still living in Truckee. Dr. Ryan has worked closely with the Truckee-Tahoe Humane Society since its inception, primarily by providing medical services and participating in the spay and neuter program. He is strongly committed to the success of the society. Retirement has given Michael the time needed to devote more attention to the operation of the Humane Society and he eagerly joined the board of directors in January of 2012. He is contributing his expertise in helping refine some of the shelter design and will participate more closely with the spay and neuter programs and consultations with medical issues associated with shelter medicine. He is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.  


Andrea Bollakis, Vice President

Andrea Bollakis grew up on a farm in the central part of California where her father passed on his love for animals to her. On the ranch, they adopted every stray dog, cat or goat that might come along. Andrea has a business background with an MBA and has done everything from sales to project management jobs, mostly in the Bay Area, for companies such as Apple. She is currently working as a property manager for a nationwide commercial real estate company. Since the moment she arrived in Truckee in 2009 with her rescue cats Figaro and Toby, she has been volunteering her time at HSTT in several different ways. Andrea is excited to be a part of such an incredible organization with so many wonderful volunteers and staff members.


Andrew Cross, Treasurer

Andrew Cross, President & CEO of Truckee-Tahoe Lumber

Andrew was born and raised in Truckee. He joined the HSTT Board because he has seen how animals can change people’s lives by enriching them tremendously. Andrew enjoys skiing, fishing and hiking, but has found less time for those activities since purchasing his family’s business, Truckee-Tahoe Lumber, in December of 2013. The company has its very own living mascot, Lucy, an amazing Golden Retriever who is your typical lumberyard dog -- loved by everyone and loving everyone.


Pete Kristian, Secretary

Pete moved to Truckee in the winter of 1999. He adopted his dog Flip, with the help of past board president Georgia Smith, from HSTT the following year. Pete lives in Truckee with his wife Kacey, daughter Maeve and his dogs Flip and Olive. He enjoys spending time with all the animals at HSTT and is excited about working towards a new shelter. Pete has worked for the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District since 2004.


Matt Girvan

Matt Girvan moved to Truckee in April 2014 with his family to focus on a better balance of priorities: Family, relationships, health and helping others.  He and his wife started their own tech business here and also Matt runs a consulting business.  He spent many years learning the Toyota Production System in Japan which he now teaches to Bay Area companies. Its these world class business techniques he hopes that will allow HSTT to take their donation dollars further and in turn help more animals in need.


Laura Hoke

Laura grew-up in the Napa Valley and enjoyed many winters skiing in Truckee & North Lake Tahoe. She is passionate about improving the lives of animals, she has adopted many dogs over the years and has been involved in different ways with animal welfare organizations throughout her adult life. She spent the first 17 years of her career in the corporate world and then moved into more entrepreneurial ventures. She spent twelve years living and working in Asia and Europe. For the past seven years, Laura has focused on applying her business experience in the non-profit sector and worked with a variety of organizations during her time in London and Chicago. She, her husband Graeme and their adopted Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix Zeus relocated from Chicago to live full-time in Truckee in mid-2016.  Shortly after relocating Laura joined as a volunteer for the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe and is thrilled to be able to contribute to such an outstanding organization.   


Nancy Holliday

Nancy Holliday, passionate about animals, has never been without at least one pet, even taking her dog to class in college. She is a bay area native but splits her time and work between Berkeley/Oakland and Truckee.

It has been a joy getting to know the Truckee community and she can't think of a better way to give back than by getting involved in animal welfare with HSTT. A love of cycling, swimming, yoga and just being out doors compete with her work, first as an exercise physiologist and now as the creative director at Holliday Development. She is also a fine art photographer.


M. Hannah Sullivan

Co-Founder Emerald Bay Wealth Management LLC

Hannah was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where, much to the dismay of their neighbors, her family always had a selection of dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs and horses running around their suburban property. Hannah has a BA in Spanish Literature from Cornell University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. She lived in the Bay Area and worked in the investment business for many years after graduate school and relocated to paradise in Tahoe City in 2001. Hannah and a partner founded Emerald Bay Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory business based in Tahoe City, in 2010 complete with dog-friendly offices. Hannah’s two dogs, Wallace and Gromit, take their jobs very seriously – while Hannah works away, they try to keep the snoring down to a dull roar.


Dana MacDonald Walikis

After years of being "part-timers", Dana, her husband and their two rescue cats, Midnight & Shadow, moved to the North Lake Tahoe area full time in order to more fully enjoy the outdoor activities and adventures they both enjoy so much. After volunteering and fostering for the HSTT, the Walikis family happily adopted Sochi to add to the pack! Dana has a life long passion for animal welfare and hopes that one day all animals will have a loving family and a place to call home. As an attorney licensed to practice in California and Illinois, Dana specializes in technology transactions. She is thrilled to join the board and continue to grow her contributions to this wonderful organization.