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. 

2019 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.  


M. Hannah Sullivan, Treasurer

Co-Founder Emerald Bay Wealth Management LLC

Hannah was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where, much to the dismay of the 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 and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation. 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 is co-founder and partner of Emerald Bay Wealth Management LLC, a registered investment advisory firm based in Tahoe City, 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.


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.


Andrew Bolam

Andrew was born in Northern England in 1971. He moved to California in 1991, working for a brief time as an illustrator and graphic designer before moving the North Lake Tahoe to become a full-time artist.

Andrew opened The Bolam Gallery the spring of 2000 in Tahoe City. After a few moves,  looking for the right spot, he settled on the perfect place - a historic buidling on the edge of Brickeltown. Each location has been filled with laughter and love for his three recently departed rescued dogs, Rugby, Cowboy and Carmen Electra.

Andrew's artwork is represented in galleries across the west and is featured in the permanent collection of the Scottsdale Museum of the West.


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.


Meg Urie Rab

A Truckee native, Meg Urie Rab is the owner and creative director at POND Collective (formerly SmallPond Studio), a graphic design agency. Prior to starting SmallPond in 2005, she served as the brand development manager for a San Francisco-based bath and body company and as a co-founder/director of marketing for a casino software start-up. Meg earned her BA at Stanford University and has served on the board of directors for the Truckee River Watershed Council, the Rotary Club of Truckee, and the Stanford Alumni Club of Northern Nevada & the Sierra. "Mom" to HSTT rescue Lio (dog) and Mike D (cat), Meg has been an active HSTT supporter and volunteer for over 15 years. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys trail running, skate skiing, hiking, and traveling with her son Ethan and husband Nick.