Board of Directors
Bob Sallinger is the conservation director for Portland Audubon, where his current responsibilities include directing local, regional, and nation conservation policy initiatives, wildlife research initiatives, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, and Wildlife Care Center. Bob’s passion for conservation was developed early exploring the woods of Massachusetts and later on solo hikes from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail and from Canada to Southern Colorado on the Continental Divide. Bob has a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School. He lives in Northeast Portland with his wife Elisabeth Neely, three children and an assortment of critters including dogs, cat, goats, pigeons, chickens and a hedgehog.
Brian Posewitz is an attorney by trade who now works as a staff attorney for a river conservation organization. In addition to serving on the board, Brian manages the day-to-day administration of Humane Voters Oregon. He has also volunteered with other organizations over the years to help advocate for animal welfare. In his spare time, Brian plays tennis and golf and enjoys the great outdoors. He lives in Portland and has a dog named Kaya.
Michael Greenblatt is a life-long animal advocate, and he works in local and state politics in Oregon. Specifically, he’s managed a City Council campaign in Portland, worked on the Governor’s re-election campaign, and was a Policy Advisor to a State Representative. During the 2019 legislative session, he played a role in the passage of the cage-free egg-laying hen bill. He was raised with lots of companion animals, and he’s also volunteered at several animal shelters and interned in the Federal Affairs department of the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C. He’s originally from LA, but he went to college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.
Michelle Blake is Policy Director of Phoenix Zones Initiative, a nonprofit that advocates for the rights, health, and wellbeing of humans, animals, and the planet. In her volunteer hours, she's VP of Wildwood Farm Sanctuary in Newberg and has held leadership roles with Fences For Fido, Willamette Humane Society, and the HSUS Oregon State Council. She lives in Salem with her husband and a happy, busy family of rescued dogs and cats.
Jim Jensvold is the Assistant Director of Paw Project, a nonprofit animal protection organization, which works to protect wild and domestic cats and which provides medical care for them. He is a former Board member of the Los Angeles Animal Services Department. Jim has served on boards of directors of several nonprofit animal protection organization in Southern California during the past twenty-five years. Jim has helped craft and lobby for animal protection legislation over the past twenty years. A native of Oregon, Jim grew up in Linn County and later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He trained to be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and practices part-time. He has an academic appointment in the UCLA Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is married to Dr. Jennifer Conrad, a veterinarian, and has a home in Northwest Portland. Jim and Jenny have five lovely cats.
Courtney Dillard is currently the Social Change Researcher at Mercy For Animals (MFA) where she explores how best to make effective and efficient progress in the interest of farmed animals. Having lived in Oregon over 20 years, Courtney has been involved in a wide variety of animal advocacy efforts including helping to pass several ballot initiatives, lobbying for a host of animal friendly bills, testifying at ODF&W hearings and the co-founding of Fences for Fido. Prior to working at MFA, Courtney taught for over 15 years at Willamette University in Salem where she encouraged students to find their voice for justice. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys running the Perros Project which supports the work of local groups in Huanchaco, Peru to care for community street dogs, as well as serving on the advisory board of Wildwood Sanctuary.