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Board Profiles

Anne Baden – Recording Secretary

Anne brings her experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and design to the CVC board of directors. A graduate of the University of Oregon, majoring in English and Russian Literature, Anne & her husband Ed incorporated their business, a full-service advertising agency, Baden & Company, in 1979. With Baden & Co., Anne is involved in developing marketing plans, doing market research and implementing plans into name recognition, company branding, market positioning, logo and tag-line development, media placement and full media campaigns. Anne has served on the boards of the YMCA, the South Twin Lake Conservation Society and Pro-Bone-O. She lives in the country with many animals and is grateful for all the happiness, sorrows, and lessons they have given her.

Charlotte Behm – President

Charlotte returned to the CVC Board after taking a break to help cats in Springfield where she lives. Charlotte was CVC Board Chair for two years when we raised the majority of the money for the building and opened the clinic. She also coordinated our building construction. Between times on the CVC Board, Charlotte worked on the Springfield Trap-Neuter-Return project with the Willamette Animal Guild (WAG). The project treated 1,800 cats, and she ended up with 4 of them, so now she lives with 5 wonderful cats. Charlotte was the Community Representative to the ODOT I-5 Willamette Bridge Project Design Team and was instrumental in the successful efforts to name the bridge and install art to honor the Kalapuya. Charlotte teaches math and engineering at LCC.

Annie Bridge, CVT

Annie has 25 years experience working as a vet tech. She helped set up the Willamette Animal Guild (WAG) spay/neuter clinic when it opened and is still very interested in spay/neuter issues. Anne has also volunteered for Pro-Bone-O and the Feral Cat Coalition. Annie works at the Egan Warming Centers and does the Point-to-Point Homeless Census.  Annie lives in the country near Springfield and has 9 cats, 1 giant lab named Bob, 2 birds that she says talk too much.

Patsy Hand – Vice-President

Patsy brings to CVC her ability to organize and brainstorm ideas and to get them implemented in the community, She additionally has experience as a public speaker and working with the media, including television and radio. Patsy has worked with the local police and city council on many issues, as well as chairing several community boards and groups. Patsy has had a varied career in politics and public efforts, including that of a director of a national organization and teaching at the college level. She was raised on a ranch where she developed, from the beginning, a great respect and love for animals. She has three university degrees, including a master’s degree in Health and Science, and she is a professional artist and a writer of fiction. Along with two other women, Patsy recently opened a print studio and gallery, Tres Amiche. She lives in south Eugene along with three Golden Retrievers and a Persian cat.

Deanna Larson 

Deanna has long advocated for animals both privately and through organizations including Feral Cat Coalition, West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue, Stray Cat Alliance and Pro-Bone-O. While she no longer serves on the board of Pro-Bone-O she still recruits dog and cat food donations from major retailers and volunteers at clinics that serve the pets of people who are homeless. Deanna has taught oil painting and drawing at Lane Community College while also promoting her own work as an artist, as well as spending several years in the business sector before retiring to pursue her third vocation—writing. Her writing has been published in dozens of magazines including The Chronicle of the Horse, Dog & Kennel, Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, Cat & Kittens and many more. At the present time she is focused on a book: Menagerie Ranch: the Miracles and Mishaps of Animal Rescue. Deanna lives on a ranch with her husband and seven horses, four dogs, two cats, two pigs, one goat, two llamas, and two miniature donkeys—all rescues.

Kim Long

Kim was born and raised in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School.  She is married and has two daughters and is down to only one pet, a kitty named Wendy. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends and doing what she enjoys, which is camping, fishing and hunting.  She’s always has a passion for helping people and their animals and chose to be on the board of the Community Veterinary Center because they are doing just that!  She is on the Fund Raising Committee and is helping write and apply for grants and designing local fundraising activities.


Janetta Overholser – Communications Secretary

Janetta brings to the CVC her amazing ability to organize and work throughout the community to advocate for animals and to promote the need for spay /neuter programs. Janetta regularly attends the Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo and is constantly seeking information about programs for animals that can be used as models for Lane County. Janetta is an original founder and currently serves as President of the Human Society of Cottage Grove, which raises funds to provide financial assistance to low income families for spay/neuter procedures. She transports homeless animals to other shelters for adoption. She participates in the Overpopulation Crisis Coalition, serves on the Lane County Animal Regulation Authority Task Force, and gives public comment at city and county government meetings. She also contributes editorials and radio interviews relating to animal issues and codes. Janetta resides in Cottage Grove where, over the years, her home has been a respite for hundreds of cats and kittens while waiting for room at Greenhill Humane Society where they will find their “forever” home.


Valerie Warner – Treasurer

Originally from New York, Valerie moved to Eugene in 1989. She has a BS in accounting from City University of New York, and a Masters in Public Administration from the UO. She serves as Deputy Director of the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County. The Housing Authority serves over 3,000 families in Lane County, many of whom live with service animals, companion animals and other pets. The Warners are committed to the support of animal service organizations in Lane County, both as donors, and volunteers with CVC, and catch and release spay/neuters programs.

Adjunct Board Members

Jackie Rice

Jackie brings to CVC her life-long passion for animals and belief in the incredible power of the human and animal spirits. Her background is in healthcare and business, including data analysis, data base management, marketing research and business planning. Currently, she is managing the CVC mailing list which is used for the HOWL mailings and the year-end “ask” campaign. In addition, she assists with some of CVC’s fundraisers and events. Jackie grew up locally and graduated from Oregon State and the University of Oregon. She has two horses and a dog on a few acres outside of Eugene. When she’s not mucking out stalls, she enjoys riding her horses, traveling and connecting with family and friends.

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