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.  

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.

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.

Sandra Ann DeLeon

Sandra DeLeon has resided in the area for the last 7 years. She is a transplant from Texas who moved to the area to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Sandra is a devout animal lover dedicated to animal rescue and improving the lives of all animals. She has been rescued by two beautiful pups, The Dude and DeLishUs. In the winter she spends time snowshoeing with her pups and mountain biking or hiking with them in the summer. Sandra is a board certified healthcare administrator with a Master's in Healthcare Administration and a Master's in Social Work. She has a strong background in organizational development and corporate compliance and was instrumental in initiating the discussions for the HSTT to expand services to the South Lake Tahoe Area.

Chantale Hansen

A native Californian, Chantale moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2016 with her three rescue cats and precious dog Maggie. She loves to get outdoors and is enamored with the magnificence of nature and everything connected to it. One of her operating principles is to always leave a place better than she found it and invests her time and resources into activities that have significant impact into making the world a better place. Chantale is a connector and passionate about getting people together and doing activities for the greater good. She is thrilled to join the HSTT board and has vision for incredible animal welfare outcomes for around the Tahoe basin and beyond. With over thirty years of  marketing and business operations experience in the high technology sector, Chantale likes to apply those skillsets to make significant contributions to organizations like HSTT. Her favorite quote:  "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."  Mahatma Ghandi speaks to her perspective on how important empathic programs can help people learn how to treat all animals with kindness, gentleness, and dignity.

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.

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.