Carol Vencill, President

Carol has been serving as WCHS President since February 2010, has been on the board of directors since 2007, and became a volunteer with WCHS over twenty years ago.  She lives on a small farm outside Joseph with her husband, Stuart,  and a wide variety of farm animals and pets.

Her interest in, and dedication to animals, has been ongoing since childhood.  Carol has  been a dog training instructor for over forty years , has thirty years pet sitting/care experience, and worked six years as a veterinary care technician .  She served on the board of directors for the Kitsap Humane Society in Washington State for three years and was a volunteer with them for ten years.  Carol has served in various officer positions, including president, for several dog clubs and organizations.

In addition to her tireless work on behalf of the Humane Society, Carol has also been active with the MidValley Theater Company, both on and off stage, and as a board member for many years.

Julia Petersen, Vice President

Julia has 19 years of leadership experience in the corporate world. Going from manufacturing supervision, to project management and engineering management, and finally moving in to Chief of Staff of a 600 person organization where she managed a $125 million budget and the internal deliverables of the organization, along with day to day interactions with corporate VP’s and government leaders in an effort to run the business successfully.
Julia retired in 2019, and is now in the process of building her own home, as well as volunteering with the Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race where she is an advisor to the board, coordinates all sponsorships and merchandising, manages the silent and live auctions, and performs duties as trail crew during the race. Additionally, Julia has been volunteering with the WCHS as a kitten foster mom, and construction worker. In these roles she’s fostered and adopted out 13 kittens in 3 months, as well as constructing the WCHS cat room. Julia has had animals her entire life, from cats and dogs, to horses. She spent 30 years competing in equestrian sports and has an extensive knowledge and deep love of horses. And she is looking forward to the day I can add pigs to her menagerie of pets.

Susan Gilstrap, Treasurer

Susan is the WCHS Treasurer, since 2013 and keeps the finances running smoothly.  She has been a CPA since 2007.  At her business office, in Enterprise, her constant companion, Duke, her little dog, is the official greeter.  His Graduation Certificate, from obedience school, is proudly displayed on the wall.  Susan gives so much of her time, to benefit the animals, as well as donating her efforts with other non-profits in Wallowa County.  Susan and her husband Ron share their country home with 1 horse, 3 cats and of course Duke. 

Mary Perreault Gassett, Cat Foster Coordinator

Mary Perreault Gassett, Cat Foster Coordinator

Mary began volunteering for Wallowa County Humane Society in 2016 when she unknowingly called President Carol Vencill's home number in the middle of the night asking for help with a stray kitten she found in Athena. She assumed she'd leave a message on the WCHS voice mail and someone would get back to her regarding the stray kitten. Mary was so shocked Carol answered and helped! So moved by the generosity of WCHS, Mary immediately signed up to volunteer bringing along her very first rescue kitty - Angel from Athena. Mary became Coordinator of the Cat Foster and Adoption Program January 2020.

Mary started working at the young age of six answering phones at her Dad's insurance agency, eventually following in her sisters footsteps to join the family business. She graduated from the Oregon School of Insurance and became an insurance agent for Perreault & Daughters, Inc. Health worsened, working became difficult so Mary left the family business in 2001 to become a full time Mom to her step son Angus. She volunteered at Angus's schools as "Room Mom" throughout his school years. The Gassett's moved to Enterprise in 2012 with their cat Fella and have since added a foster fail named Outlaw and a chihuahua named Friday Harbor to their family. 

Sherry Murphy

Sherry moved to Wallowa County in 2017 to be close to family following retirement. Her working years in the Willamette Valley involved more than 50 years in the travel industry with most of those in a management/training position. She has travelled the world in all directions but is ecstatically happy to be in Joseph at the picturesque foot of the Wallowa Mountains.

“I love how the residents of the County turn out to support volunteer projects of all kinds. It’s the people that make this County run. That’s the rural attitude for you – It’s important to them.”

Sherry has two cats and is waiting for the right dog to choose her. She’s hoping the timing is close with her new home and a fenced yard. The Eagle Cap Extreme Dog Sled Race (each January) prompted Sherry to gather Humane Society volunteers to assist with the four day event. She also accepted the responsibility of monthly Educational Program Chairperson.

Folks with loving pets live longer, happier lives! We rescue them but often times it’s them rescuing us......

Amy Wolf, Secretary

Amy and husband Arion fell in love with Wallowa County years ago as they visited family and relaxed in the peaceful setting. Vacationing frequently with their various dogs, they discovered a place enjoyed by pets and their people and figured retirement would bring them here permanently. However, in 2017 Amy decided to leave her corporate job and make the move to Joseph. Amy and Arion opened a small unique business in Joseph catering to pets and their people and utilizing their years of experience in retail and restaurants.

With a degree in Communications and a career in Retail/Corporate Operations, Amy has spent the last 2 years in Medford OR. There she volunteered at the Jackson County animal shelter. Best days ever!! Prior to that, the Ponderay Animal Shelter in the Sandpoint, ID area was the go-to shelter. Now in Wallowa County, the opportunity to join the WCHS board is a great honor.