Circle of Friends

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What Is Circle of Friends?

In 2007, Arizona Humane Society supporters Heather Greenbaum and Julie Belgrad organized a dedicated group of donors to raise funds specifically for spay and neuter initiatives.

Coined “The Nifty Fifty” in 2007, and later the “Circle of Friends,” these passionate donors have made possible the spay and neuter surgeries of tens of thousands of animals, drastically reducing pet overpopulation in our community.

The Circle of Friends is celebrated each year at our Compassion with Fashion event, and we’re so honored to recognize this special group.

If you have questions about the Circle of Friends or supporting the Arizona Humane Society’s spay and neuter initiatives, please contact Kristin Hower, our Philanthropy Officer, at 602.872.7385 or email her at

2021 Circle of Friends Committee

Dyan Getz*, Co-chair
Julie Pierce, Co-chair
Heather Greenbaum, Co-founder
Julie Belgrad, Co-founder
Margaret Clark
Ann Damiano*
Joni Davis
Shelly Forstrom
Melinda Gulick
Nadine Hart
Laurie Jackson
Lynn Jeffries
Sophia Little
Tracey Lyons*
Jamie Middleton
Kerry Milligan*
Jodi Noble
Suzanne Pearl*
Brooke Porter
Kimberlee Reimann Padilla*
Ann Siner*
Sue Singer
Lauren Smith
Dr. Craig Thatcher*
Cindy Treacy
Cindy Watts
Daryl Weil
Patty Withycombe
Susan Yannitelli

*Arizona Humane Society Board of Directors

2020 Circle of Friends Donors

Names in bold indicate our very best friends who made gifts ranging from $1,500–$25,000. Italicized names represent those who have passed away.

Anonymous (2)
Martha & Bryan Albue
Leah & Shane Alexander
Tony & Cindi Alfonso
Donna & A.G. Atwater, Jr.
Jon James & Laura Bailey
Dick Barnhart
Courtney & Michael Beller
Melany Berger
Lisa & Richard Berry
Allison & Bob Bertrand
Polly & Michael Best
Yvonne & Steve Betts
Susie & Neil Biskind
Lila Blandford
Julie Bowe
Lee Bowman
Ray Brandenburg
Cheryl & Richard Brock
Carrie Bruce –
Bruce Foundation

Bob & Bobbie Burns
Suzanne Butler
Cheryl Carr
Katherine & Rick Cecala
Lisa & Nick Chapman
John & Beth Chappel
Margaret & William Clark
Jan & Tom Crews
Laura & Scott Currier
Terry & Hale Curtis
Victoria Curtis
Clive & Janet Cussler
Ann Damiano
Rudolf Dankwort
Mr. & Mrs. Eric A. Danziger
Kathy Davis
Scott & Joni Davis
Deborah J. DePaoli
Colleen Edwards
Craig & Pam Eisenberg
Ellman Foundation
Cynthia Emmons
Ardie & Steve Evans
Dr. Karla Fisher &
Mr. Frederick Webster
Shelly & Hannah Forstrom
Shelley & Paxton Gagnet
Ira Gaines &
Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines

David Gass & Donald Karl
Ed & Natalie Gaylord
Dyan & George Getz
Kit Getz
Sandy & Bert Getz
Dr. David & Joan Goldfarb
Noel & Dan Gosnell
Lisa & Mark Grayson
Heather Greenbaum
Dan & Kathy Grubb
Melinda Gulick
LuAnn & Dr. Steven Hansen

June Hanson
Jim & Alicia Harrison
Jane & Craig Hart
Nadine & Bruce Hart
Jay & Rojon Hasker
Jan & Howard Hendler
Jeanne & Frank Hertz
David Hildebrandt
The Hobbs Family
Chad & Liz Hossack
Kathy & Greg Hunt
Susie Ingold
Carolyn Jackson
Laurie Jackson
Dr. David Jacofsky
Bryan & Lynn Jeffries
Michael & Barbie John
Teresa & Erick Johnson
Gary & Christine Jones
Jerry & Lisa Shover Kackley
Pamela Kalish –
The Priscilla Fund

Melissa Rupoli-Katz &
Peter Katz
Margot & Dennis Knight
Rob & Myndi Kort
Leesa & David Lane
Sophia & Chad Little
Dale & Karen Litton
Tracey Lyons
Ina & Murray Manaster
Reed & Liz Manville
Sherry & Steve Martori
Drs. Greg and Anita Mayer
Diana McSweeney
Jamie Middleton
Kerry & Bob Milligan
Nancy Mitchell
Debbie Moak
Keely E. Moran
David & Jeannette Morrocco
Susan & Mark Mulzet
Sally Odegard
Michael Olson
Penny & Steve Papadopoulos
Harry & Rose Papp
Andrea & John Pappas
Suzanne Pearl
Craig O. Pearson
Roberta & Jim Pederson
Nancy Pendleton &
Robert Smith
“Mac” & Russ Perlich
Diane & Lowell Peterson
Julie & Mitch Pierce
Randall & Brooke Porter
Annie & Doug Pruessing
Kimberlee & Amador Padilla
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Roberts
Bill & Gloria Robinson
John & Linda Roman
Diane Tubbs Rousseau

Roger & Denice Rummel
Rob Rupprath
Lois & Steve Savage –
The Synchronicity Fund
Carol Schilling
Amanda F. Shaw
Dr. Caren Siehl
Bob & Susan Silvy
Ann Siner –
My Sister’s Closet

Suzanne Singer
Andy Smith
Debbie & Eddie Smith –
The Plant Stand of Arizona
Janiece St. Cyr
William & Catherine Stewart
Jonathan Dee &
Margaret Stone

Scott & Debra Stroinski
Robynn & Robert Sussman
Heidi Teets
Nancy Teets
Craig Thatcher & Ken Schutz
Amy Thurston
Patricia & Phillip Turberg
Dr. Joy C. Bunt &
Dr. Linda B. Turley

B. Van Denburgh
Gabrielle & Edward Voss
Rob &
Melani Walton

Sonja & John Wanebo
Bruce Ward
The Ann Warren
Charitable Fund of
The Philadelphia
Chris Watts & Lauren Smith
Cindy & Mike Watts
Daryl & Chip Weil
Amy Flood & Larry West
The Carroll &
Margquerite Wheeler

Chuck & Stephanie Whetstine
Willard E. White
Jana Sample Wilcke
Bob & Sandi Williams
Jerry Williams
Linda & Greg Williams
The Gibney Williams Family
Amy Wimer
Patty & Keith Withycombe
Pam Wugalter
Cheryl Wyatt &
John Wenderski

Drusilla D. Wylie
Susan & Peter Yannitelli
Barbara & Charlie Young
Dr. Ron & Kelly Yunis
Laura Ziff