2016 Annual Membership Meeting
September 14, 2016


I.        Board of Directors Election


Anna Benjamin  (2nd term)

Thank you for considering me for a second term on the Champaign County Humane Society Board of Directors. I have served on the Board since 2013, and it would be my pleasure to continue for another three year term. I sincerely appreciate being a part of this wonderful organization and I am glad to provide all the assistance I can to support its mission.

I am a partner at Meyer Capel law firm, where I have been practicing law since 2008. I graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2008 and received my undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2004. My practice is centered on family law, and in addition to representing individual clients I am also regularly appointed by the court as a trained mediator and as a guardian ad litem for children and disabled adults. I am an active member of the Champaign County Bar and Illinois State Bar Associations.

During my time on the Board of CCHS, I have been continually inspired by the level of excellence that each staff member and volunteer contributes to the organization. I am grateful for the work done by the shelter to find loving homes for animals, to educate the community about animal care and welfare, and to take the best care possible of animals that have nowhere else to go. I grateful to be a part of this organization and I look forward to continued involvement with CCHS’ many great activities over the next three years.

Michael Biehl, DVM, PhD, MBA

I would like to formally express my interest in joining the Champaign County Human society (CCHS) Board of Directors.  When Tief first approached me about this opportunity I was immediately interested due to my love of animals, interest, knowledge and experiences with the CCHS, and my professional background and experiences.  After meeting with her and Anna Benjamin, touring the CCHS, and speaking with Dr. Janice Bahr, longtime personal colleague, friend and current CCHS Board member, my interest in participating only increased.  In my professional career I have strived to positively impact the health status of animals whether in active veterinary practice, the discovery and development of new veterinary medicines, or currently the instruction of future veterinarians.  I grew up with pets always in the household and learned at a young age to appreciate the unconditional love and companionship they provide us as family members.  Unfortunately, at present life’s professional and personal demands do not allow me to provide the level of attention a valued pet deserves, so I have made what I believe is a responsible pet owner’s decision to delay that “life’s pleasure” until a less demanding period of time when I can give my “forever friend” a good home and needed attention.


I strongly applaud and support the CCHS mission and how effectively the organization’s leadership and staff exercise those responsibilities.  I would be honored to contribute my skills, knowledge, experience and insights to those efforts as a member of its Board of Directors.  Some of my qualifications and experiences to consider include:

·        I received my veterinary degree from the University of Illinois  in 1983 followed by service as an associate veterinarian in a mixed animal veterinary practice in Carthage, IL

·        I returned to the University of Illinois to obtain my PhD in Clinical Veterinary Toxicology, which included a clinical residency and clinical consulting service on the National Animal Poison Control Center (now ASPCA owned) during its early mid-80’s years.

·        I then spent 17 years with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in our global R&D headquarters in Groton, CT contributing to the development of both human and veterinary new medical therapeutics.  During that period, I spent 3 years in charge of the safety assessment of all global veterinary pharmaceutical candidates.   During most of that time, I also was a member of Pfizer’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) which was responsible for reviewing all Pfizer proposed research protocols for appropriate inclusion, use and care of any involved research animals.

·        I moved into a Corporate Global Research Strategies role in 2001, and in 2004 received my MBA to facilitate those professional responsibilities.

·        In 2006, I was asked to return to the University to be Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  There I had administrative and operational oversight of a multi-million dollar budget and >250 staff including 80+ veterinarians.

·        Currently I serve as a Clinical Professor of Toxicology, coordinate and/or teach in 8 different courses at the professional and graduate student level and have primary responsibility for corporate relations, involving the development of educational and research corporate collaborations for the college.

·        Locally I am involved in a number of community activities, including Champaign West Rotary (CWR) where I initiated and for the last 4 years coordinate a CWR Service Project involving our members assisting with the post Giant Garage Sale Sunday “clean-up” and transport of supplies back to the CCHS garage.

In summary, I believe very strongly in the Champaign County Humane Society and its current leadership.  I offer my extensive veterinary, administrative and strategic operational background as an opportunity to provide insights that might positively impact the CCHS future mission and service to Champaign County and its residents, both furred and otherwise.


Jane Fox, DVM  (2nd Term)

My name is Jane M. Fox and I have had the pleasure of serving on the board of the Champaign County Humane Society for three years.  I feel honored to be invited to stay on for an additional three year term.

I am a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (May 1993).   Immediately after graduation I worked at a two doctor practice in Danville. In 1996 and 1997, I was asked to help out at CCHS.  My work involved, performing elective surgeries, examining animals, and treating patients for various medical problems.  In 1999 I purchased a veterinary hospital in Mahomet, Hill Animal Care, which I currently still own and operate.

I feel that the humane society offers a wealth of knowledge and enrichment to the community. They provide excellent attention and care to all the animals they take in. They educate the community as well as provide exposure of adoptees through advertising and marketing, dog training classes are offered to adopted as well as owned animals, lastly, a shelter rotation offered to vet students provides students with valuable insight to the day to day shelter activities as well hands-on clinical experience.

My interest in the shelter goes back to the short time I worked there as a volunteer vet.  Since then I have established my own veterinary hospital and have been rewarded with the many benefits of owning a practice.  It is at this time that I want to give back to my community.  Being on the CCHS board is so rewarding.  I enjoy being affiliated and personally contributing to such an amazing organization.  I would like to continue offering my services and input wherever it is needed.  My reward is knowing that I have had a small part in helping CCHS continue to thrive and evolve so it can best serve the community and animals in its care.

Kristen Sackley
My name is Kristen Sackley and as a member of the of the Champaign County community for the past 12 years, I am honored to be asked to serve on the Champaign County Humane Society Board. A passionate pug lover, and all-around animal lover, a place on the CCHS board will give me an opportunity to share my insight and support an extremely important organization within the Champaign area community. I have served on the Fur Ball committee for the past two years, and hope to continue my efforts on that committee and as a member of the board. I hold several leadership positions throughout other non-profits and organizations in Champaign County and hope that I can continue to network with potential and current donors and bring more dollars towards helping these animals.

Additionally, I hope that serving on the board helps invite more donors for the future, as at 30 years old, it will be my generation that is asked to support these endeavors in the future and to maintain CCHS’ existence for years to come. I hold a B.S. in Advertising and M.B.A. both from the University of Illinois and plan to bring any skills or expertise I can to continue the successful efforts of CCHS. 

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