Our Mission

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need.

Our Vision

Leading the Way Because Every Life Counts.™

Our Core Values


Compassion and respect for all, each other and animals.


Commitment to lead the way in animal welfare.


Serving the community with optimism and integrity.

About HSTB

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides shelter for homeless & at risk animals, adoptions, hospital and TNVR services for the general public; operates independently from the Humane Society of the United States. And we, along with our animals, would love to have you as a partner on this journey.

Stand with us and other like-minded individuals, animal welfare organizations, foundations and companies as we work to end animal homelessness in Tampa Bay. By lending your voice, mobilizing supporters and customers, and helping to raise critical funds, you can change the lives of pets and people.

Our Leadership

Sherry Silk
Sherry Silk
Chief Executive Officer
Ornella Varchi
Ornella Varchi
Chief Development Officer
Pam Duval
Pam Duval
Chief Financial Officer
Danyelle Ho
Danyelle Ho
Director of Shelter Operations
Gretel Harvey
Gretel Harvey
Director of Hospital Operations
Karla Bard
Karla Bard
Director of Medical Operations
Maria Matlack
Maria Matlack
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Carie Peterson
Carie Peterson
Adoption Manager
Lon Savini
Lon Savini
Shelter Operations Manager
Liz McCoy
Liz McCoy
Volunteer Manager
Darlene Esposito
Darlene Esposito
TNVR Manager
Glen Hatchell
Glen Hatchell
Behavior and Enrichment Manager
(813) 291-7140

Our Board of Directors

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is governed by our Board of Directors who are elected in January and serve on the board for a three year term.

Morris C. Massey, President
Deputy City Attorney

Suzie Archibald, Vice President

Laura L. Tatem, Treasurer
Director of Internal Audit – Tampa International Airport

Mary Kate Harrison, PhD, Secretary
General Manager, Hillsborough Co. School Board

Mary Scott, Member at Large
Retired – General Manager, Marriott

Meredith Balasco

Ryan Cook
Director of Corporate Sales, Tampa Bay Lightning

Mike Gratz
CFO – HG Management

Diane Homa
President – Fountainhead Funding

Michael Neff, CFP®
VP & Investment Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors

Nancy Newman
Retired – Director of Patient Support and Advocacy, Moffitt Cancer Center

Rachel Ridley
Managing Director, Avesta Communities

L.M. Satcher
Owner – Town & Country Automotive

Elise Zahn, DO, MBA, FACEOP-D
Emergency Medicine Physician – Tampa General Hospital

Linda Reitz, Emeritus Board
Financial Consultant

Our Advisory Council

Pat Antinori

Greg Balasco

Katie Busciglio

Mayor Jane Castor

Nikki DeBartolo

Lisa DeBartolo

Lindsay Deignan

Danita Dickman

Carol Funk

Thomas Gonzalez

Commissioner Ken Hagan

Bobby Harris

Parker Homans

Commissioner Sandy Murman

Kim Rogers

Jacalin Russo

Cathy Smith

Andrea Gonzmart Williams

Our Partners


Collaboration and partnership are important to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We understand that needs-driven, community-based work is the key to ending animal homelessness. Help end animal homelessness by partnering with a leading animal welfare nonprofit.

If you would like to become a member of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Network, please contact Danyelle Ho at DanyelleH@HumaneSocietyTampa.org.