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.”
Barbara Daniel-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!
Susan Bury-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.
Larry 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.
Cara 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. Without 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.
My great-grandparents came to Red Lodge around 1900. My parents were both born and raised in Red Lodge, my siblings, as well as myself, and now my daughter, so I guess you can say I am a local! I grew up on the family farm near Fox where I still live today. Growing up, we always had animals: cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, and turkeys.
Continuing with family tradition, my husband, daughter and I have had all of the aforementioned animals and we currently have a variety of furry family members. My family was involved in 4-H before I was born and I was a member for 10 years. I have been a leader for 10 years, restarting my old club and serving as an organization leader, as well as serving on the county horse committee.
We were never without dogs and cats growing up. We always had a couple of dogs, rarely without at least one German Shepherd, and our farm was always home to a few barn cats. In typical farm fashion, more cats always showed up. When BHA started having Operation Nip and Tuck, my father and I trapped and had about 22 cats fixed within a few years.
I am now happy to help other folks in Stillwater and Carbon County get a handle on their barn cat populations. BHA also helped bring another German Shepherd into my life, first as a foster home, and then as a foster failure. My daughter loves to foster animals for BHA adding two more cats to our home when they were left without a home of their own. I wear numerous “hats” for BHA and am now looking forward to my new “hat” as Humane Education Director and helping spread my love of everything animal with the children of our area.