Board of Directors

Susan Hamil
Susan Hamil, Chairwoman
Acting Executive Director
  • Founding Blue Bell Director
  • BS Education, LSU
  • MA Library Science, Cal State Fullerton
  • Licensed Veterinary Technician
  • Board Member Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
  • Vice Chair American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation
  • Past Chair Orange County Animal Shelter Advisory Board
  • Meritorious Service Award American Bloodhound Club
  • Former President, American Bloodhound Club
  • Founding Member Bloodhounds West Rescue
  • Former General Manager, Canyon Animal Hospital, Laguna Beach
  • Owner Holiday Pet Hotel, Encinitas

Blue Bell Focus Areas: Operations, Governance, Fund Raising

John Hamil
Dr. John Hamil, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Founding Blue Bell Director
  • BS Zoology, North Carolina State
  • DVM, Oklahoma State
  • Former Owner Canyon Animal Hospital
  • Past President California Veterinary Medical Association
  • Past Member AVMA Animal Welfare Committee
  • Past Member AVMA Human Animal Bond Committee
  • Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
  • Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award
  • American Animal Hospital Association
  • Western Region Practitioner of the Year
  • Southern California Veterinary Medical Association Don H. Mahan Memorial Award 
  • Co-Author “Your Aging Cat"

Blue Bell Focus Areas: Cat Care, Lifetime Care Program, Veterinary Medicine

Bonnie Lutz
Bonnie Lutz, Director
  • Attorney, Klinedinst PC
  • BS University of Massachusetts 
  • JD California Western School of Law
  • Advisor State Humane Association of California
  • Chair Animal Law Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Section of the American Bar Association
  • Advisor National Canine Research Council
  • Former President American Veterinary Medical Law Association
  • Law Practice Focus on Representation of Veterinarians before the California Veterinary Medical Board and Performance of General Legal Services for Private Humane Societies and SPCA's
  • Publisher of Numerous Articles in The Pulse, California Veterinarian and Veterinary Economics
  • Orange County Bar Association

Blue Bell Focus Areas: Veterinary, Animal and Humane Society Law

Advisory Board

David Spivak
David Spivack
  • Finance and Management Advisor
  • BA, History, Cornell University 
  • MRP, Planning, Policy & Economics, Cornell University
  • Founder of “Fur Friends in Need” a non-profit dedicated to the Rescue and Care of Shelter Animals

Blue Bell Focus Areas:  Financial Planning & Analysis and Management

Bimali Walgampaya
Bimali Walgampaya
  • Attorney at Law
  • Graduate, UC Santa Barbara 
  • Graduate, Western State College of Law
  • Founder of “Fur Friends in Need” a non-profit dedicated to the Rescue and Care of Shelter Animals

Blue Bell Focus Areas:  Cat Care and Welfare,  Facilities
Organization and Maintenance

Pamela K. Knudsen
Pamela K. Knudsen
  • Business and Promotional Copywriter
  • Author, catladyinthecanyon.com
  • Subdivision Regulatory Compliance Specialist
  • Sr. Transactional Paralegal, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
Blue Bell Focus Areas: Community Outreach, Public Relations, Event Planning
Jeff Zakaryan
Jeff Zakaryan, Chairman Emeritus
  • Strategic Planning Advisor
  • Founder, Global Strategies Management Consulting and CEO Coaching Practice
  • Graduate, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • Founder, Leadership Mentoring Program
  • Project Manager, Purr-fect Shelter Project, San Clemente

Blue Bell Focus Areas: Strategic Planning, Planned Giving and Marketing