Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Board of Directors

Sandy Bennett, President 

Sandy has lived in Janesville since 2000 and is an IT Director at Data Dimensions in Janesville.  Sandy and her husband have two teenage daughters, McKenna and Maddy, and four furry children: 13yo lab mix Bella (rescue), 3yo chihuahua Lola (HSSW), 2yo chihuahua/pug mix Oliver (rescue) and 5yo Orange Tabby Romeo (HSSW).  Sandy has been involved at HSSW in various capacities for 20+ years and also fosters/transports dogs for an area rescue. 

Her hobbies include volunteering for multiple nonprofit agencies/charities within Rock County and being a softball/volleyball “supermom” to two very busy, energetic teen girls.  

Sandy’s love for animals started at a young age watching her father feed the birds and squirrels and taking injured wildlife to a local wildlife refuge.  She is a lifelong animal lover and is committed to educating others about rescuing versus buying companion animals.  She’s a strong believer in “being the voice for those without” and has adopted out many of her fosters to family and friends who previously would have purchased their next dog.  Sandy hopes her love of animals and volunteering gets instilled in her daughters so they then teach their own children someday how to give back and help the lives of others.

Sandy’s goal in joining the HSSW board is to bring fresh ideas to the table on how to make HSSW the best it can be.

Steven Servantez, DVM, Vice President

Born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. Graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Steve began his career in Geneva, IL for 3 years before moving to Janesville, WI. in 1992. He is currently a Senior Partner at Badger Veterinary Hospital in Janesville; other locations include Cambridge and Beloit. Steve's passions are community service for animals and humans. He loves to stay connected to my community and help others.

Steve currently serves on many boards including: Janesville Noon Rotary: Past President and on Board of Directors, Kids Against Hunger: Board Secretary, Belize Zoo Neotropical Conservancy: Board member and Veterinary Committee, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin: Board Member, G.I.F.T.S.: Board Member, The Hive: Board Vice President, United Way: Community Grant Review Committee. In his spare time, Steve enjoys photography, outdoors and spending time with friends, family and pets - Wife Julie, 4 kids, 3 cats and 1 dog.

Angie Baskin, Secretary

Angie is the AVP, Customer Support Manager and Officer with First National Bank and Trust in Beloit, WI. Originally from Minnesota, she grew up on a hobby farm, where her love of animals began.

One important goal that Angie has as a Board Member is to continue educating pet owners on the importance of pet spaying/neutering along with securing proper vaccinations. She highlights and promotes the low-cost spay and neuter options available in the area, along with the low-cost vaccine clinics facilitated through HSSW.

A Janesville resident since 2005, she and her husband, Brent, share their home with 2 cats and 2 dogs. Angie enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets, boating, and baking sweet treats.

Jillian Davenport, Treasurer

Jillian is a tax accountant with Baker Tilly. Her and her husband now call Beloit home and are excited to be part of the community. Jillian grew up surrounded by the love of her four-legged friends. That experience drives her desire to help animals find their forever homes so others can experience the love that only comes from man’s best friend!



MaryAnn Burkheimer, Board Member

MaryAnn is a Victim-Witness Specialist in the Rock County District Attorney's Office. She sites her life-long passion for animals of all kinds as the reason she is a part of a group of dedicated individuals at HSSW who provides education on the importance of pet spaying/neutering to our communities.  “I strive to support responsible pet ownership which leads to safe and healthy animal-human relationships,” says MaryAnn.  Her pets include three Chihuahua girls all rescued -- one from a puppy mill and the other two as strays who were brought to HSSW.  “There is nothing better than coming home to my four-legged welcoming committee: Lily, Emma Jane, and Ruby.

Jim Thorpe, Board Member

Jim Thorpe is a partner in the Carney Thorpe Law Firm, and although he is a new addition to our current board, he’s certainly no stranger to us having served on our board several years ago, too. Jim is happy to return because, he says, he strongly believes in the mission of the Society.

He and his wife have had Collies for more than 50 years, and a few cats along the way. Presently they have three grand puppies, a Collie, a Golden, and Labradoodle.

Erik Rozolis, Board Member

Erik is a Solutions Architect with ABC Supply, working with many different technologies and teams. He lives in Janesville with his girlfriend Taylore, and his two dogs Tiny and Tim. Tiny and Tim were recently published in the 2018 Lake Dogs edition of Lake Geneva’s At The Lake magazine.




Kelly Gilbertson, Board Member

Kelly is the AVP of Client Services at Blackhawk Bank in Janesville WI and Richmond IL. Born in West Germany but grew up in Beloit WI Kelly’s grandparents had a small farm where she would spend time with horses and other animals that came their way. She believes that every animal is a gift from God and deserves a second chance for a forever home. Education and training is the ticket to success and having the means to educate for proper pet ownership is key. 

Right now Kelly’s family includes husband Dwayne and a fur baby named Obi. Obi is a Bernese Mountain dog and Standard Poodle mix. Everyone go camping, swimming and hiking together. Her human family has 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren that keeps her and Dwayne very busy. 

Jack Hall, Board Member

Jack Hall moved to Janesville in 1976 from Poynette Wisconsin. He has worked at Tri-Cor Mechanical since 2001 and currently serves as the Vice President and General Manager at Tri-Cor Mechanical. He and his wife Lisa have four children, one grandchild, and two dogs - a Yellow Lab and Staffordshire Terrier. He is a member of Janesville Morning Rotary and enjoys spending time with Lisa and their dogs, camping and hiking all over Wisconsin. With his experience at Tri-Cor he feels like he has much to offer outside of the building trades. Jack always looks for the good in people and continues to move them in a direction that they can excel in. He reminds us all to remember you are dealing with creatures of emotion when dealing with people.

Maribeth Lindstrand, Board Member

Maribeth has volunteered walking and training dogs with the Humane Society for 20 years. She loves every second she spends with the pets at the Humane Society and enjoys the process of matching people with those lost and homeless pets. Maribeth is motivated by a desire to give every pet a chance to find their best friend and their forever home.

She lists her most importantgoal as a Board Member as finding positive solutions for community cats and hopefully developing a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program in Rock County. Maribeth recently retired from City of Beloit Police Records department which will give her time to work on a long time goal of building a new HSSW home to better fulfill our mission.  Maribeth shares her home with her dog, Maggie, a low key border collie, one chubby orange cat named Leo and Lily, a torti formerly mama cat who was a foster cat Maribeth adopted. It’s a peaceful kingdom, albeit a hairy one.

Maribeth jokes that she is the "numbers" person; not meaning $$ but animal numbers and is extremely proud HSSW has achieved a No Kill status. 

Leanne Gonzalez, Board Member

Leanne moved to Janesville from the Chicago area in 2015.  She is the Vice President of Human Resources at Data Dimensions, headquartered in Janesville WI.  Leanne has a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and loves that she gets to work with people as her career.

Leanne and her husband Michael have a sweet, extremely busy one-year-old, Adrian, and an adorable shih tzu mix, Jules.  Leanne adopted Jules from a rescue in Chicago and it didn’t take Jules long to fit right now.  Leanne, Mike, Adrian and Jules enjoy taking long walks and getting to know all the other kids and dogs in the neighborhood.  Leanne also enjoys volunteering in the community and has headed up multiple nonprofit fundraising projects throughout the years.

Leanne grew up in the country in Indiana playing with several farm cats and a rescue poodle.  It was while she was growing up that she gained an appreciation and great love for all kinds of animals.  While going to college in Texas, she saw first-hand what a great need there was for fosters as the stray population in Texas is far worse than in the Midwest.  Leanne is excited to contribute to making HSSW the best it can be and finding animals a loving home.  Although Leanne has lived near and far, she knows home is wherever she is with her family and believes “no home is complete without a dog”! 

JoLynn Burden, Board Member 

JoLynn is the owner of Kip's White Dog Inn LLC in Milton.  The White Dog Inn is a kennel boarding facility that offers dog/cat boarding options, stop-in dog walking services, doggy daycare and grooming.  She purchased the facility in August of 2019 and is the 4th owner of the facility over a 40 year time period.  She previously worked for Forward Janesville and ARISE Now as the Vice President of Development and has an extensive background in community development, leadership, management and non-profit organizational work.  She has 2 teenage children, Booker & Callie, and a fur crew of golden retrievers plus a special needs dog named Rex.  

JoLynn has been a foster home volunteer for both Paddy's Paws and Alberts Dog Lounge for over 5 years and has been a volunteer for Gunnar's Wheels Foundation, an organization founded to assist with the mobility of disabled, insured or senior dogs.  Previously she was a volunteer for Therapy Dogs International. Owning a small business was not always in her dreams, but finding a pathway to working with animals has always been in her heart.  She is excited to be a part of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's leadership team!

The Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin meets the 4th Tuesday of every month. Meetings are open to members; If you wish to speak at the meeting, you must notify the President at least one week in advance, including topic, so that you can be added to the agenda. Speaking time is limited to 5 minutes or at the discretion of the President or acting Chair in case of the absence of the President.

Upcoming Events

Kauffman’s Country Store Adoption Event

May 28, 2022 (9 AM-1 PM) -

Stop by Kauffman's Country Store on May 28th and say hello to our volunteers! They are ready and willing to answer any questions you may...

Petco Adoption Event

June 4, 2022 (11:00am - 1:00pm) -

Please stop by and meet some of our adoptable pets who are looking for a great home! You can speak to some of our amazing volunteers to learn...

News & Announcements

Faith Stephens, Adoption Supervisor & Community Outreach Coordinator HSSW on Stan Milan Show

JANESVILLE, WI (WCLO) - Faith Stephens, adoption supervisor & community outreach coordinator joins the show to discuss funds received from the Streigel Family Christmas display, adoption and...

Milton High School Students Organize Pet Adoption Event

MILTON, WI ( - A pet adoption event Saturday, January 8th at Milton High School organized by students benefited the Humane Society of Southern...

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