Meet The Team

Current Board of Directors and Officers


Sue James - President

Mike James -  Treasurer

Brooke Bruns - Secretary


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Board of Directors

Callie Baird - Client Executive at Armanino LLP.  Former event planner with 10+ years experience.  Vice chair of Armanino's Staff Advisory Board, and committee member on the Armanino Foundation.

Brooke Bruns - Audit Partner at Armanino LLP. Board member of Armanino's Women Advancement Network.

Mike James - Ran a successful business for 45 years as CFO & CEO.  Now retired.

Sue James - Retired CPA, Partner and Executive Board member of Ernst & Young.  Retired board member of: Yahoo; Coherent; and Applied Materials.

Janine Collins Lappin - 30 year career in sales and sales operations leadership. Currently employed with AT&T

Tamara Mourton - Doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Organization Development. Over 20 years working at a not-for-profit California Regional Center. Currently is the Executive Director and Owner of an agency that provides independent living skills to people with developmental disabilities.

Chris Shackelford - Global Head of Sales Performance Management at SAP. Board member of Contra Costa Crisis Center since November 2019. Volunteer with Tri-Valley Animal Rescue teen program (family bonding!) since July 2019

Stephen Wickersham - Successful Attorney in the Tri-Valley for 39 years.  Now retired.

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Key Team Members

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Lisa Grade

TVAR Foster Dog Program
I have always had a passion for animals and joining TVAR as a volunteer in 2007 gave me the opportunity to care for homeless shelter pets and provide a foster home for those in need.

Working with the foster dog program for the last 5 years has been a very fulfilling experience as we have been able to save so many that may not have had a chance otherwise. It is amazing to see the dogs transform and flourish once they have been placed in a loving, foster home. But we don't stop there.  Finding a wonderful and caring forever home for these deserving dogs is incredibly rewarding.   And watching people experience the joy of adopting and saving a rescue/shelter dog is priceless.
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Jeff Lool

Kitten Foster Coordinator
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I was the child of two Guatemalan immigrants looking for a better future for my family. As a child I always wanted to bring a positive effect to the world around me, whether that was by being generous to those in need, or by providing care to the animals around me.This led me to my passion in animal care and animal rescue. Having worked for open admission shelters, partnered with no kill rescues, and organizations in between, I have been exposed to a variety of experiences, but the goal always stayed the same. To help the orphaned, lost, sick, or scared homeless animals in need. I am happy and proud to be with TVAR as the Kitten Foster Coordinator as we continue perusing our mission to end the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless animals and to help them find their forever homes.