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.

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 since 2012. 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 home visitor volunteer, completing home visits for adoptions for big dogs, small breed dogs and cats.
Saskia has been on the board of directors since July 2015.
Some of her other roles are fundraising, as the shelter is always in need of additional funds, and volunteer coordinator.
 
Saskia is a huge animal lover, she fosters dogs, many (many!) cats and as well as unwanted bunnies. She adopted dog Payton who sadly passed away in January 2021.
 
Saskia works as a Senior Corporate Administrators at one of the financial service providers in the Cayman Islands.

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 on 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 on September 2018 and has been responsible for the foster care program for dogs since July 2018.

Kylie Deegenaars

Kylie Deegenaars

Kylie Deegenaars

Kylie is a specialist teacher and educator. With a key focus on inclusive education, Kylie’s daily work supports and advocates for many students across Grand Cayman.

Kylie moved to the Cayman Islands in 2017 and began volunteering for the Shelter offering her time to the cats and visitors in the Cat Room every weekend, socializing and caring for the feline residents, promoting adoptions, and helping with fundraising initiatives. She is also a regular foster of our dogs and cats, with a special focus on rehabilitating cats with medical and socialization needs.

Kylie’s passion for animals and animal welfare originated from a young age, as she grew up surrounded by and caring for many animals, including dogs, cats, horses, and livestock. She believes in the transformative power that time, love, care, and dedication have on the lives of homeless animals.

Kylie joined the board of directors in 2021, her main responsibilities include coordinating cat volunteers, cat adoptions and foster programs, and cat transfers to overseas rescue partners, managing social media platforms, and supporting fundraising initiatives.

Lisa Volekaert CPA, CA, CFA

Lisa Volekaert
Lisa Volekaert

Lisa has always had a great love and respect for animals. Growing up in Canada, she always had faithful
companion dogs and cats at home, as well as the occasional horse, guinea pig, turtle or rabbit. The petting areas of tourist attractions were always her favourite during a holiday, and even now Lisa can be found “cat whispering” feral cats wherever she goes.

Lisa has been involved with the Humane Society for a number of years as a volunteer helping with various fundraisers and fostering abandoned kittens and other young cats in need of socialization. She has also been active in initiating spay and neuter for the colony of cats at her condo complex, which she tends to on a daily basis.

Lisa currently serves as a professional independent director, and has a background in audit, accounting, taxation, corporate governance and fiduciary and financial services. Lisa brings a wealth of experience in
these areas to apply to her role on our board of directors.