Muttville is fortunate to have an active, all-volunteer board of directors whose members devote much time and expertise to the organization.
Steve Batchelor, President
Steve Batchelor moved to San Francisco from London, England in 2011 and quickly found Muttvillle as a Volunteer. Pretty soon it felt like his second home and he’s been involved in many different facets of the organization and joined the Board as Vice President in 2014.
Originally an Engineer, Steve’s main career changed to Human Resources and Coaching pretty early on and that’s where he’s spent the majority of his working life. From Media, Entertainment, Sports News, Global Engineering, Online Betting; he’s seen a few different kinds of workspaces but he says none has brought him so much pleasure as saving deserving dogs at Muttville. In 2013, Steve adopted Basil, a Muttville dog who now shares the home with a number of other furry companions!
Rhonda Vitanye, Vice President
Rhonda Vitanye joined the Muttville board of directors in January 2016. She adopted her first senior dog Roxie in 2008 and now shares her home with Abby, a lab mix rescue.
She is a former Managing Director of Barclays Global Investors (BGI), where she held senior roles in portfolio management and investment strategy within the firm's quantitative active management business. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School and a BA with high honors from Tufts University, where she majored in economics.
Kevin Nishioka, Treasurer
Kevin Nishioka has served on the Muttville board since the Fall of 2012 and serves as treasurer.
In 2010, he and his husband Ben adopted Henry, a lovable miniature Schnauzer mix.
He is a tax partner in the San Francisco office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in the asset management practice. Prior to PwC, Kevin was at another Big 4 firm. Kevin is a graduate of CSU, Sacramento and is a CPA.
Kate Wheble, Secretary
Kate Wheble has been a Muttville volunteer since 2012 and joined the board in 2016. In 2013, she and her partner Mauri adopted Bob, a Muttville pup.
When she's not busy at Muttville, or making sure that Bob has enough treats and love, Kate practices law. She has been an attorney in the trademark and copyright fields with firms in New York and California. She is currently counsel at Cooper, White & Cooper LLP. Kate is responsible for registration of the Muttville trademarks MUTTVILLE, IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR A NEW BEGINNING, and the Muttville logo. Kate graduated from Tufts University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Jane Goldman has been on the Muttville board since its inception and served as board president for four years.
She loves hanging out with her Muttville and SFSPCA dogs Migsy and Georgia.
Jane is the founder of TheObvious.co, a creator of video, photographs and other digital media. Previously, she worked for the Industry Standard, New York, Wired, Rolling Stone, and is the author of various screenplays. Before starting The Obvious, she founded the James Beard- and Webby-award-winning CHOW (now part of CBS Interactive). She's a graduate of NYU film school and Stanford law school.
Shawn Kelley joined the board in March of 2016 and has been a volunteer with Muttville since 2011.
Shawn grew up in Buffalo, NY and joined the US Army directly out of high school. He was honorably discharged after 7 years of service and moved to south Florida where he completed an MBA in both Finance and Management at the University of Miami.
Shawn moved to San Francisco in 2008 when he was offered a position at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. as a Vice President – Branch Manager. Prior to his current role at Charles Schwab, Shawn had more than 15 years of related work in the Financial Services Industry.
Helene Kocher is one of the original founding members of the Muttville board.
While not currently guardians of a dog, Helene and her husband Paul are the care givers to three rascally chinchillas named KitKat (aka the mama), Skuddles and Cuddles and two smallish children, Eric (age 8) and Sophie (age 6).
In her past life (before children) Helene was a network administrator in the banking industry and a BlackBerry administrator for the Federal Reserve Bank. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a BA in English Literature and a passion for travel. She also serves on the boards of the Bay Area Discovery Museum and Friends of Duboce Park, as well as being the Co-Chair for the annual fund and Room Parent coordinator for her children's school Chinese American International School (CAIS).
John Lake joined the Muttville board in Spring 2016. He and his husband, Chris, have supported the work of Muttville for many years and adopted their beautiful boy, Rocky, from Muttville in 2010.
He is a Vice President with Wells Fargo Enterprise Marketing, where he develops and drives the bank's national LGBT marketing strategy. Prior to Wells Fargo, he served for eight years as Corporate Development Director for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest LGBT advocacy organization.
Mark Menne joined the Muttville board of directors in March 2016.
Mark and his girlfriend Betsy are the proud parents of Churchill and Louis, two adorable basset hounds. They split their time between homes in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco and Healdsburg in Sonoma County.
Mark has worked for the past 30 years in the market research industry, most recently as a Senior Vice President at Radius Global Market Research in San Francisco. Mark has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a MA in Economics from Boston College.
Erin Rothfuss was one of the original founding members of the Muttville board, and she happily returned to the board in early 2012 after living in Singapore and Hong Kong for a few years.
She and her husband Brian are the proud parents of a Muttville dog (Chika), as well as two cats (Emma and Frankie).
Erin is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco, specializing in transactional real estate law, and is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School.
Patty Stanton adopted the perfect Muttville dog in 2008. Frankie was her inspiration for volunteering for Muttville soon after.
With a career in radio that included stints as a producer and account executive for stations including KGO, KOIT and KFOG, Patty stepped in to help Muttville with public relations and development, and she joined the board in 2011.
She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. Patty fosters Muttville seniors and now enjoys her third Muttville adopted sweetheart, Molly, a black 14-year-old cockapoo.
Doug Vetter joined the Board in April of 2015, about 18 months after meeting and adopting Pappy – a lovable, one-eyed Chihuahua – from Muttville.
Doug is a transplant from the East Coast, coming to California in 2007 for a job in the Apple Legal Department. He is currently Vice President & Assistant Secretary, managing the groups that provide legal support for all of Apple’s products and offerings, as well as Apple’s HR Law function.
Doug graduated from St. John’s University in New York in 1988, and from the St. John’s University School of Law in 1991.
Blake Wallace joined the board in 2016 after falling in love with the cause and dogs at a number of prior Moolah for Mutts! Last year Blake's parents adopted Max, a wonderful Schnauzer, and he saw the tremendous impact that a senior dog can have on senior humans!
Blake was born in St. Louis, and has lived many places consulting or working for Technology and Retail companies. In 2011 he moved to San Francisco from LA and joined Apple, where he leads Real Estate, Design and Construction Finance for the Retail stores.
Blake graduated from Marquette University with degrees in Economics and Finance.
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