Meet the BHA Crew

Diane Zook
President
By profession, Diane is a former banker and small business owner over a 25 year span. By passion, she was intimately involved with the operational and board management of a Midwest animal shelter for nine years serving as its Executive Director, Board Member and President. Currently, Diane has served BHA since its inception in 2006 as President and Executive Director.In talking about her animals and her work, Diane says, “My animals reveal something new to me each day…sometimes silly, sometimes mischievous, sometimes insightful but always trusting…my life has been filled with the special love, loyalty, companionship, and life lessons that only animals can give. I count my blessings each day to be able to do the work of my heart and help animals in need.”
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Vice President
It is such an honor and pleasure to serve on the board of BHA where everyone is committed to using their passion, skills, and professional and life experiences to work for the benefit of companion animals in need. My furry love of my life, Sugar (pictured), was rescued as a stray near San Angelo, Texas where I was in the US Air Force. She traveled across the ocean with me to my next assignment at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, as well as 5 subsequent moves, and her final resting place is here in Red Lodge, MT. During my 10 years in Red Lodge, I’ve worked almost exclusively for non-profit organizations, including BHA, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, and the Beartooth Nature Center. It’s so rewarding to engage in work which improves the lives of others–for 4-leggeds and 2-leggeds alike!
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Recording Secretary
“I’m sometimes asked, why help animals when so many human beings are in need? The people I’ve met in this work have families they love, and they’re active in schools, churches, kids’ clubs, helping other people. They have enough room in their hearts for the animals, too. I think the world could use more of these big-hearted people.”
Susan Bury and A.K (age 18). Susan was employed at the Humane Society of the U.S. in the late 1970s, where she launched a newsletter for animal shelters that since evolved into the HSUS magazine Animal Sheltering. While living in Washington DC, she was on the board of the Washington Humane Society and served as WHS board president from 1995 to 1998, when she moved to Red Lodge.
Ed Engler
Board Member
I was born in Red Lodge and am retired from the electrical trade. I have always had a love for animals. I am forever amazed at how eager they are to accept and befriend those of us which are of the human character. I guess that is one of the reasons my ears perk up when I hear of an animal in a suffering situation. While fostering several dogs through the BHA, I have come to sincerely appreciate this Organization for their compassion and enthusiasm to take effective action on behalf of companion animals in need. I am proud to be a member of this much needed organization as well as grateful to be part of the BHA’s ongoing success towards changing sad and tragic endings for suffering animals into warm and happy ones.
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AndersonJudge Carol Anderson
Board Member
The ‘little girls’ in my life today are Daisy and Punkin. They are Bichon Frise, Glenn and I had many animals during the 52 years of our marriage, but always at least one dog. Most of our pets have been mixed breeds from shelters or found abandoned, these girls are exceptions. Daisy came from a puppy mill, at three months old her feet had never touched the ground! Punkin came from a breeder in the eastern part of our state. One of our favorite dogs, Tuffy, was shot and thrown on the old Red Lodge dump, our daughter Jean brought him home and with Dr. Beug’s help we nursed him back to health.

I personally support causes dealing with any type of animal abuse or neglect. Since being appointed a City Judge in Carbon County I have seen firsthand the need for strong animal ordinances, an animal control officer and a shelter. When I was asked to be a member of the Beartooth Humane Alliance Board of Directors I was so honored to be able to help this worthy cause.
larry-smithLarry Smith
Board Member
Retired from the toy business, I built a house on a farm in Belfry, Montana. I’ve always had pets, horses, dogs, and cats and have provided homes to many strays. I adopted many from the Humane Society, and rescued others from puppy mills
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Laura Bailey
Marketing Director
I’ve been an animal lover my since I was a young girl, and I have had the joy of sharing my life with many remarkable dogs, cats and horses. Through firsthand experience I’ve known the powerful love an adopted animal can give. I have long admired the work of the Beartooth Humane Alliance, and the opportunity to work for this organization, promoting the outstanding work they do, is an honor. As a writer, my favorite thing to do is tell an animal’s story for their adoption page. Each one I write tugs at my heartstrings, but I’ve already got a houseful. I share my home in Red Lodge with my husband, Ben, daughter, Maya, our dog, Finley, and kitty, Boots, who was adopted through BHA in 2015.

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joni-bellJoni Bell
Humane Education Director
I am a retired music teacher of 28 years. I taught elementary music grades K-6 instrumental and vocal grades 5-12. I received my masters in education at Montana State University. Born and raised in Joliet Montana, I have always had a dog at my side. I had the honor of rescuing a golden retriever, Ryley Satchmo, who was my hiking buddy and companion for fourteen years. Now, I am in the process of experiencing the antics and whims of a golden doodle puppy named Pyper. Woofta!!! She is a busy one!

I appreciate BHA giving me the opportunity to teach students the proper care and respect for pets and animals. Most children have a natural love for animals, and children are the key to the future care and nurturing of our fellow creatures.
cara-kisthardCara Kisthard
Animal Care Director
I have loved animals ever since I can remember. I attended college in the Midwest for Veterinary Technology and have worked in this field for many years.  First in Chicago, Illinois, then at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and now I have worked with Grizzly Peak Animal Hospital since they opened in 2001. Over the years, I have been touched by the kindness and generosity of many people who have opened their hearts and homes to many homeless and abused animals.  Fortunately, my husband and children share my love of animals and provide foster care for this valuable organization.  We have 11 pets, all but two were rescued and have provided us with incredible companionship and are considered family.  So when a position to join the dedicated staff at BHA became available I applied and was fortunate enough to be hired thus going from a board member to a part time employee. Beartooth Humane Alliance has been a huge asset to this county starting with the annual spay and neuter clinic, education programs that teach our youth to be respectful and responsible towards all animals, and placing unwanted animals into a foster care program until they can find a forever home.  With out the tireless efforts of the staff and many volunteers at the Beartooth Humane Alliance, many homeless animals would still remain without care, love, shelter, and nutrition. I applaud the organization’s efforts and am honored to be a part of it.
jenny sill grayscaleJenny Still
Bookkeeper