Board of Directors

Linda Gottwald

Executive Director

Linda Gottwald is the founder of Great Lakes Humane Society and has had a passion for animals ever since she read “Beautiful Joe” as a little girl. She has been awarded the Albert Schweitzer Community Service Award for her volunteer work with the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society. Linda writes “Once Upon a Shelter”, a column for the Grand Traverse Insider newspaper. Linda has a doctorate degree in family medicine from Rush University and works as a nurse practitioner at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. A strong animal advocate, Linda is a member of PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Linda lives on a 10 acre farm outside of Traverse City with her dog, Tootie, her cats, Rose Marie and Chumley, and the various residents of Great Lakes Humane Society.

Jan Pezzi

Board Member

Jan Pezzi is a retired teacher living in Suttons Bay with her 3 dogs and husband, Ray. A committed animal advocate for several years, Jan is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and an international traveler as well as an accomplished artist and gourmet chef.

Ray w Ernie and Zack

Ray Pezzi

Board Member

Ray Pezzi is a retired corporate drone living in Suttons Bay with his wife Jan and their 3 beloved dogs, Ernie, Cocoa and Doonie. Ray is an accomplished photographer and dog walker par excellence!

Ray w Ernie and Zack

Sandy Taylor

Board Member

Sandy Taylor is a gal who is not afraid of a challenge! When she first started volunteering at Pine Cone Farm, our shelter headquarters, she befriended Dusky, a formidable and frightened shepherd who promptly took a chomp at her boot. Sandy went on to become Dusky’s best friend until he passed away. Born and raised in northern Michigan, Sandy has worked at Hagerty Insurance as an executive assistant for 17 years. Visitors to her downtown Traverse City home are greeted by her mini-menagerie of five dogs! When not volunteering, walking dogs or working, Sandy enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Veronica Jordan

Board Member

Veronica Jordan is a graduate of the University of California School of Law at Davis. She holds a B.A. and Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. A native of San Jose, CA, Veronica volunteers with a TNR group transporting feral cats and pets of low-income people to local shelters for spay/neutering. She has served on the board since its inception.

Patty Bouck

Board Member

Married forty years to her high-school sweetheart, Patty Bouck is a philanthropist and an accomplished equestrienne. She devotes much of each day to caring for her family of rescued animals that includes horses, a donkey, dogs, and indoor cats, as well as a colony of feral cats and their opossum pal. She also helps to support a barnyard refuge for rescued Horses, llamas, goats. pigs, sheep, dogs, chickens, turkeys, and geese. In short she is a Doolittle who does A LOT!