Our Board Members
Claire Eckard, President
After moving to Yuma in 2007 I quickly became interested in volunteering at the Humane Society. I began walking dogs on Sunday mornings and attending and supporting the fundraising events and getting to know the amazing staff and volunteers who are so committed to this organization. In 2011 I took over as co-chair for the Critter Country Annual Fundraiser and had a total blast running and hosting that event in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013 I joined the Board and have really enjoyed working the other board members and with the Humane Society staff towards our mutual goals. There is never enough hours in the day, but with the support of my wonderful husband( who lets me out of the office as often as necessary) I am committed to carving out the time to be a productive and effective Board Member! I am the proud mother of a U.S Army soldier stationed in South Korea, a 15 year old high school student, and owner of 8 horses, a mini mule, 4 dogs, 2 cats and 2 tortoises. In my spare time I compete in 50 mile horseback endurance races!
David McHone, Vice President
David is happily married to his wife, Lisa of 28 years. Together they have two kids, Josh and Sierra, five dogs, two cats (Roscoe, Diesel, Auto, Blue, Pom Pom, Mittens and Callie) and two grandchildren. He is also a proud US Army Veteran, serving in Operation Desert Storm.
Now David and his family own 3:10 Fleet Service and manage 14 employees. Him and his family love the Humane Society of Yuma and saw the need in the community and are always willing to help in any way possible.
Audra was born in Blythe and raised in Yuma, married to Les Evans and their family owns Evans Custom Concrete. A proud mother to her daughter Madyson, 6 dogs and 3 cats. Her daughter's passion for dance matches Audra's passion for animals. She has been deeply involved in the organization since 2010 and continues to fight for the homeless pets of Yuma everyday.
Terry relocated to Yuma in 2007 from Michigan where he was born and raised. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in agricultural economics, then went on to obtain his Masters degree at Ohio State University. He has been married to his wife Lorri for 28 years and has two fur-children, Pumpkin and Squeak (2 Rescue Cats). Here in Yuma, he is currently the Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer at 1st bank Yuma and has nearly 30 years in the banking industry. In his free time he enjoys biking, hiking, classic cars and working in his yard.
Quincy Smith is a Realtor at ERA Yuma. He has been involved with the Humane Society of Yuma as a member and a volunteer since 2006, including walking shelter dogs every Sunday. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014 to further support the organization. He is committed to helping the organization grow, protecting the quality of life of the shelter animals and reducing the number and unwanted pets in the community. Quincy resides in Yuma with his wife Kyla, 2 daughters and 4 female rescue dogs.
Wendy is a Yuma native. When she's not working to save animals or supporting other local charities, she oversees the administrative operations for SMT Farms. She has worked in the local farming industry for over 25 years. In her "spare time" Wendy enjoys singing with a local band and collaborating with local musicians throughout the community. Wendy and her husband Denney have been members of HSOY for 6 years. They have one daughter, Kindra. And have 4 Chihuahua furkids at home.
Bernadette has been a longtime Yuma educator since relocating from Pennsylvania in 1976. She is currently working as a Reading teacher at Immaculate Conception School. Serving as a board of trustee on the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center, she is committed to the foundation’s mission “to support a healthy community through philanthropy.” Her support extends to the health and welfare of Yuma’s animal community through her time, donations, and service as a board member. Having cared for several cats and dogs have over the years, she is currently a mother to 2 rescue cats Pebbles and Tiger.
Debbie has been happily married to her husband, Terry, for over 40 years and together have two successful children and five beautiful grandchildren. Her daughter married and is a high school teacher and coach. Her son is also married and opened a family business in Alaska. Her and her husband are natural adventurers. You can find them riding their motorcycles, traveling across the globe, fishing, skiing, scuba diving and visiting their grandchildren.
Debbie has been a Yuma Resident for almost 20 years and retired as a paralegal for Wayne Byrne in 2017. Debbie has brought her career experience as a bookkeeper and legal secretary to the Humane Society of Yuma's board in addition to her passion for animals. She is a loyal volunteer of the organization. You will see her smiling and hear her laughter in the shelter and at the Thrift Store.
Board Meetings are open to the public, and are held the third Thursday of every month at 5:45pm at our shelter.