Oregon Friends of
Shelter Animals (OFOSA) formed in 2002 after shelter volunteers had to
euthanize an adoptable animal for untreated medical conditions. Beauty
was a quiet black cocker spaniel that after five days in the
shelter, was found dirty and matted in “his” kennel. Out of unselfish
love, it was clear that something needed to be done. Upon grooming and
further inspection, sores and tumors were found encompassing “his”
body. In addition, the cocker was not male as initially informed. After determining the serious condition that this pup was in, she was
rushed to the veterinarian. Unfortunately, it was too late. It was
decided right then and there more had to be done to care for and help
these misplaced and often neglected animals.
Board of Directors
In 2002, Oregon Friends
of Shelter Animals was founded by Bill Nechak, Cathy Nechak, Sue Woodson, and Loretta Flemming. Collectively, our board has over 50 years of rescue and community service experience.
Jeff Jull: President
Jeff and his wife Becky have four children and have been dog and cat fosters for four years. Jeff is a veteran of the US Navy, and is now employed by Intel where he enables computer designers around the world. Jeff’s process improvement and communications skills will increase the positive impact OFOSA has in the community.
Cindy Crimmel: Secretary
Cindy joins the board of OFOSA after over a year as a foster and professional partner within the animal community. Cindy has an MBA from Penn. State and over 20 years of management experience in the transportation field. As the owner and operator of Inbark Dog Park, Cindy has provided a safe and engaging foster home for over 50 foster dogs. She and her team have also supported OFOSA with fundraising events and donations.
Carol Foster: Treasurer
Carol began volunteering with OFOSA in 2006 after retiring from a 35-year career as a legal secretary, giving her time to benefit the animals she loves. Her natural progression into the roles of Secretary and then Treasurer has added professionalism to OFOSA. Carol’s determination and loyalty to OFOSA is evident in her reliability and commitment to our day to day operation.
Keith Gordon: Board Member & DVM Medical Director
Keith is a Veterinarian at Cornell Road Veterinary Clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon since 1994, and medical advisor of OFOSA since 2004. Keith has worked with Cathy to develop the medical standards and protocols for OFOSA. Most notably, their hard work and efforts have generated greater success rate with Feline Leukemia and Parvo treatment.
Allen Chan: Board Member
Allen Chan, an attorney here in the Portland area, has been an OFOSA foster and volunteer for five years. This year he has decided to expand his role and join our Board of Directors. We welcome both his professional experience and passion for the animals we serve.
Brian Andrews: Board Member
Brian Andrews balances a busy family life with a demanding portfolio career as Board Chairman at Freedom to Move Medical Missions, Executive Coach, Leadership Development at Advantage Executive Coaching, and Commander, Alpha Company, 1st 413th Logistics Support BN at US Army Reserves and now Director at OFOSA. Brian has volunteered with OFOSA for three years as a foster and as a professional resource and we welcome him to the 2012 Board of Directors.
Linda Liebenstein: Executive Director
Linda joined OFOSA in 2010 after over 30 years in the business world. Over the course of her professional career she
has worked as a buyer in Tempe AZ, a consultant for a store planning firm in Columbus, OH, and held a variety of Leadership positions during her 22 year tenure with Target Corporation. Linda is focused on developing the structure and routine processes OFOSA needs to continue their current growth trend.
Cathy Nechak: Board Member, Founder & Clinic Director
Cathy is one of OFOSA’s founding members and has been involved with animal rescue for over 15 years. Her interest in rescue initially started by helping cocker spaniels but soon progressed to all breeds. Cathy is well versed in animal behavior and training and has volunteered with animal agencies for the last 10 years. She has worked as a registered nurse for approximately 20 years and she is the Clinic Manager for OFOSA and also active with fundraising and marketing.