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Board of Directors

The High Sierra Animal Rescue (HSAR) Board of Directors is a group of skilled business and professional people who volunteer to provide strategy for the organization. Each member brings many years of experience in their field.

Current members include:

Jeri Nelson


Jeri joined the board in 2020 to help with the preparation of financial reports, budgets, and annual filings.  She is retired from Eastern Plumas Health Care after 23 years as their Chief Financial Officer, and has worked with many nonprofit organizations. 

Jeri has several pet companions that help her enjoy life in the mountains.

Claudia Rueckert

Volunteer Coordinator

Claudia joined the board in September 2022 after adopting two dogs from HSAR and volunteering here since May 2021. She is passionate about enrichment and training for our rescue dogs. Claudia lives in Reno, runs a research lab, and teaches molecular biology at UNR. However, she spends all of her free time with her dogs or volunteering at the local dog club and HSAR. Her HSAR dog Storm performs in dog sports such as Scent Work, Agility, and Rally Obedience and she is constantly trying to educate herself in effective and humane dog training methods.

Carole Scott


Carole joined the board in 2013 and became President in September of 2020. Carole has managed a small San Francisco law firm for the past 16 years. Currently, she manages it remotely as she now lives in Portola. She and her husband have two rescue cats, two rescue dogs, and three rescue horses. Carole also fostered kittens for another rescue foundation while living in the Bay Area.

Chuck Franck

Vice President

Charles “Chuck” Franck has volunteered at HSAR since 2004, later becoming a board member in 2007, and currently serving as vice
president. Prior work experience included 32 years with Hormel Foods where he held various management positions in sales, marketing,
production, and distribution. Chuck’s love for animals centers on pet spay & neuter for the otherwise unaffordable community with a focus
on responsible pet ownership. Chuck and his wife Cathe previously had two cats adopted from HSAR.

Doug Hart

Public Relations

Doug retired in 2006 after serving thirty-seven years in the military. He is passionate about giving back to the community and making a difference. His love of animals connected him to the High Sierra Rescue team where he has been there as a board member since 2008. Both Doug and his wife Debbie feel that an organization can provide more services than any one individual can do on his/her own. Doug and Debbie will continue to be volunteers at HSAR as long as there are animals that need help.

Doug Rodrigues


Doug and his wife, Betty, were Co-Founders of HSAR in May of 1999. They saw a need in the community where 500+ adoptable cats and dogs needed their help. Doug holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the University of Southern California. HSAR was a perfect opportunity to apply Doug’s education and 18 years of experience at Intel Corporation to a worthwhile cause.

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