Marilyn was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and moved to Loomis (Placer County) in 1970. I graduated from Sacramento State (CSUS) with a B.A. in Business Education/Accounting) and later from San Francisco State with an M.A in Education. I established a bookkeeping business and was a licensed tax preparer for many years. Now retired after a 35-year stint as a high school teacher in the San Juan USD, I work as a volunteer for a number of nonprofits—serving in Board positions and advocating for animals and environmental protection issues. My primary commitment is to animal welfare (stopping cruelty, abuse, and neglect) and wildlife conservation. For over a decade, I have fostered rescued puppies and work with them (house training, obedience, etc.) for adoption to permanent homes. I live with a rescued/adopted very sweet Great Dane, a 19 lb Whippet/Chi/who-knows-what “character,” and two rescued battery hens.
Patricia Campi grew up in Placer County riding horses with friends at Folsom Lake. She graduated from Oakmont High School and went on to Sierra Jr. College and California State University, Sacramento, obtaining a B.A. in Corrections through the School of Social Work. She then moved to Southern California to go to Law School in Ventura while living in Malibu. After graduating with her J.D. degree, she passed the California State Bar and has been practicing Law for the past 27 years. She has two grown children. Her son lives in Santa Cruz and works for the Fire Marshall at UC Santa Cruz. Her daughter lives in Chicago and is working toward her Nursing degree.
In 2007, Patricia moved back to Northern California to re-establish her roots in Placer County. She now lives in Colfax with her beloved animals, a German Shepherd, a cat and two Nigerian Dwarf goats. Animals have always been her passion and she is an avid supporter of humane causes for all creatures, domestic and wild.
I am a longtime Loomis resident & animal advocate, originally settling here to have room for my horses. And while the travel demands of my medical sales career make responsible horse ownership difficult, I manage to get my horse fix volunteering at a 5000 acre wild horse sanctuary.
I’ve had the pleasure of fostering, adopting and caring for many dogs & cats over the years. We currently share our home with the “Lady of the House”, aka, a 10 year old rescued golden retriever named Buffy. I am honored to join the BoD for the HSSF and to contribute any way I can to the furtherance of their mission and to the vital & invaluable work they do.
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being”. — Abraham Lincoln
Dr. Sara Neilson is a graduate of the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Immediately following veterinary school, Dr. Neilson completed a one-year small animal ER/general practice internship at Loomis Basin Veterinary Hospital (now VCA Loomis Basin). She remained as a full time associate there for five years after her internship. In 2015, Dr. Neilson began serving many different hospitals, shelters and rescues as a relief veterinarian, which she continues to do presently. Her pets include one rescued stray goldendoodle and one nine-year old cat rescued as a kitten. She has lived in Auburn, CA since 2011 and greatly enjoys all the trail and outdoor activities Auburn and Northern California have to offer.
Although I love all animals, my extensive knowledge of equines plays an important role on the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills Board. I worked for the Placer Union High School District for over 20 years in a variety of teaching assignments. During that time I began the Inmate Education Program and served as its lead teacher. In addition to my contributions on this Board, I also serve on the board of the Friends of the Auburn Library and teach cooking classes at Placer Adult school. I’m married 48 years to Judge J. Richard Couzens, and I have four grown children.
Kari Freidig has lived in the Auburn area for more than 50 years. Her home town is Meadow Vista where she grew up riding horses, participating in 4H and competing in local horse shows. She is the former Chairwoman of the Placer County Fish & Game Commission and served on the Commission for 12 years. She has been a wildlife rehabilitator for 18 years, specializing in avian and raptor rehabilitation. Kari is a licensed Master Falconer, working with young, injured and recovering raptors, releasing them back into the wild. She is a wildlife educator, raptor consultant, and past board member of the California Foundation for Birds of Prey, Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, and Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release. Kari holds a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education, she worked for 20 years as a math & science educator, and administrator for Gifted and Talented Education Programs in Placer and Nevada County.