Board of Directors

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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 is also the author of “Once Upon a Shelter”, a book chronicling her work with abandoned animals. 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.


 

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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.


 

Steffanie Audel

Board Member

Steffanie Audel has a love of books and animals. She is a school librarian and handles the Great Lakes Humane Society Facebook page. Steffanie also facilitates transfers to our shelter from across country and even around the world!