Deanna has a lifelong compassion for animals on land and in the sea. A Pacific Northwest native, she enjoys all the outdoor beauty of our region. She’s also an avid diver who has explored many areas of the world underwater.  A friend introduced her to SAFE, and though she’s never owned a horse–and even admits to some fear of them–she was immediately drawn to the mission and values, including the integrity, transparency and accountability of SAFE’s operations.

Deanna joined the Board of Directors in 2017, bringing a deep knowledge of strategy, organizational design, and HR leadership capabilities for both global businesses and nonprofits. She’s committed to ensuring SAFE is a positive environment for our people as well as our horses. After Board meetings, you see her walking the SAFE property, admiring the horses from a careful distance, and experiencing the transformation of these amazing animals in SAFE’s care.

Deanna has spent 20 years in HR leadership roles at Intel Corporation. Her family, based in Portland, includes a teenage boy, a rescued greyhound, and skittish cat. Deanna earned her BA from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and her JD from Seattle University School of Law.