Board Of Directors

The board of directors is a group of volunteer members who are committed to the aims of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. They are responsible in providing leadership and support to the work of the shelter including fundraising, awareness raising and humane education, promoting the work of the CIHS, providing financial guidance and managing our membership.

Lesley Walker, MA ACIS

Lesley Walker

Lesley Walker

Lesley has walked the dogs every Sunday at the Shelter since 2002 shortly after she adopted her first two dogs, Tiger and Lily. She has been on the Board since 2011 and takes responsibility mainly for shelter operations and fundraising.

Away from the Shelter she is a trust manager and has lived and worked on the island for the last 27 years. She believes that a combination of approaches are key to animal rescue including: finding good homes with caring families, promoting (and providing at a reasonable cost) spay/ neuter for all pets, changing public perceptions of shelter animals and finding other rescue options including overseas adoptions and transfers. She is strongly opposed to simply euthanizing unwanted and excess animals.

Claire Leadbeater, MSc SLT, PG Dip Autism, CertMRCSLT

Claire Leadbeater

Claire Leadbeater

Claire began volunteering with CIHS in September 2012 when she arrived on island. She started off with helping to train shelter dogs at beach training and fostering Kiki who she later adopted. Claire always has a foster dog as she believes that the foster care programme is vital to the successful adoptions of many rescued animals.

Claire joined the board of directors in July 2015. From July 2015 to July 2018 she has been responsible for the foster care programme for dogs. Claire is now responsible for organizing the transfer of animals overseas to the US and Canada. She is also responsible for promoting and sharing our work through Facebook and the website.

Saskia Salden

Saskia Salden

Saskia Salden

I love being involved with CIHS and even though there are sometimes sad cases, it never ceases to amaze me how forgiving animals are and how quickly they bounce back. I believe that they definitely enrich our lives and never fail to make me smile!

Saskia has been involved with the Humane Society for about 2 years. She started out walking a few dogs and it didn’t take long before she became more and more involved as she felt she had found her calling. Saskia is also one of our volunteers completing home visits for adoptions and sleep overs, for both cats and dogs. Saskia has been on the board of directors since July 2015 and her specific role on the board is fundraising, as the shelter is always in need of additional funds.

Saskia is a huge animal lover. She recently acquired 2 foster bunnies that were dropped off at the shelter. She has been feeding and taking care of 8 stray cats, who, needless to say, are no longer strays, and adopted a dog named Payton from the shelter in October 2015 after fostering her for a few months.

Laura Medley BSc ACA

Laura Medley

Laura Medley

Laura started volunteering for CIHS in 2014 by walking dogs on a Sunday. The volunteering grew from there and she soon found herself involved in other aspects of the shelter including cat welfare, homechecks, membership and fundraising.

Laura’s main role on the board is fundraising and she helps and organises the main fundraiser the “Furball” plus smaller events throughout the year. During the day she works as an Independent Director for Summit Management Limited.

Laura has adopted multiple cats from CIHS and has successfully persuaded her friends to also adopt! When she is not volunteering for CIHS she enjoys travelling, spinning and  and yoga.

Cassandra McAfee

Cassandra McAfee

Cassandra McAfee

Cassandra started volunteering in August 2016, by helping out at an Adopt a Pet Roadshow at Camana Bay. The dog that she was given to take to this event was General who was an older boy but with such a great personality, kept bringing her back to the shelter every Saturday and Sunday to walk him and walk the other dogs. He made her feel too guilty if she missed a day and now is permanently living with her.

Since childhood, Cassandra grew up with dogs, cats and a couple of love birds. There were also chickens, geese and a couple of goats added to the mix over the years as well as rescuing the local fauna with her mother in Australia from being roadkill.

Cassandra has also been involved in the fund raising events on behalf of the shelter by helping out with the Walk and Wags, attending corporate events, trivia nights, the Fur Ball and the roadshows with the shelter dogs. Since March 2018, she is one of the volunteers who complete the home visits for fostering, sleep overs and adoptions and also setup the computer programme for the shelter by entering dogs into the system with all their medical records so that the shelter can eventually go paperless. Cassandra joined the board of directors in September 2018.

Debbie Mitchell

Debbie Mitchell

Debbie Mitchell

Debbie has been involved with the Humane Society as a volunteer since July 2016, and has been walking dogs every Sunday since.

She has always been an animal lover and her first job was working at an animal sanctuary. On the first day of dog walking she met Marley, who became a firm favourite and within 2 months she had adopted him.

She became more involved by assisting in fund raising, attending corporate events and roadshows with shelter dogs and organizing merchandising. She also is one of our volunteers completing home visits for fostering, sleep overs and adoptions.

Debbie joined the board of directors in September 2018 and has been responsible for the foster care program for dogs since July 2018.