Board of Directors

About The Great Lakes Bay Animal Society

GLBAS Board of Directors

The Great Lakes Bay Animal Society is governed by a board of individuals representing local businesses and organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region in Michigan. Every board member is a volunteer who dedicates many hours to our mission.

Our current board members include:


Lainee Hilts-Forcade
School Based Therapist
Saginaw County Community Mental Health

Lainee has been in the Community Mental Health field for 18 years, much of that time spent working with children and their caregivers. Currently she works as a therapist in one of the Saginaw Public Schools. Lainee has volunteered with several rescue groups over the years and loves animals (especially the furry ones). She and her husband Jeff currently are the proud “parents” of 4 cats–Mew, Sweet Bea, Cooper, and Mae-C. They eventually plan to add a dog to their family. In addition to volunteering, Lainee also likes to read, shop, dine out, travel, make cards, and paint pottery in her free time.

Marcy Carlson Kirksey, DirectorMarcy Carlson Kirksey

Northern Animal Clinic

Marcy Carlson-Kirksey is a veterinarian and has been an associate at Northern Animal Clinic for 18 years. She loves animals and finds improving their lives makes a difference in hers.

She has rescued all her animals: Jacque, the 12-year-old cat; Jake, the 6-year-old yellow lab; and her most recent adoption, Squeak the cat.

Marcy is on the ski patrol at Snow Snake and is a driver for Senior Services, making her interests quite varied. She is looking forward to working on the board of directors for Great Lakes Bay Animal Society and seeing more rescues and wonderful placements.

Jane LacherJane Lacher
Clinical Veterinarian

The Dow Chemical Company

Jane Lacher has been the clinical veterinarian at The Dow Chemical Company for 33 years and currently provides medical expertise and inoculations to the foster animals for the Great Lakes Bay Animal Society. Jane has previous experience in rabies vaccinations and other veterinary related activities for the Humane Society of Midland County and previously Midland Animal Control.

She has a total of five rescue dogs: Chonda and Janie (two ex-racing greyhounds), a senior Brittany Spaniel named Zoey, a white terrier mix named Belle Starr, and a shepherd/hound mix named Lynnie. She has also fostered several dogs and is dedicated to the welfare of all animals.

Kendra Marshall
Store Manager

Bay City Younkers

Kendra Marshall is the manager of Younkers in Bay City and has been with the company for eight years. In addition to being the president of Great Lakes Bay Animal Society, she is also one of our Foster Coordinators.

Kendra has a rescue dog, Emmett, a shepherd/husky mix that was pulled from Midland Animal Control; and Annie, a 13-year-old tabby cat that was a stray. She has her second foster dog since the creation of the GLBAS organization. Her first foster dog was spoken for within seven days and was delivered to his forever home after quarantine time was up.

She was the vice president of the Humane Society of Midland County for two and a half years, was the rescue coordinator, and assisted in its fostering program. She was also a foster home to four cats who all found great permanent homes.

Kelly Nelson

Kelly Nelson
Graphic Designer
ClearRiver Advertising & Marketing

Kelly Nelson is a graphic designer at ClearRiver Advertising & Marketing. She works with a diverse range of clients to produce promotional materials from ads and brochures to logos and websites. Over her career, Kelly has become involved in various organizations throughout the community donating not only her time, but also her artistic talents. Organizations include; Habitat for Humanity, Cancer Services, Sherlterhouse and the Great Lakes Bay Animal Society.

Kelly has always had a passion for animals and is excited to help GLBAS find homes for displaced animals.

Kelly and her husband, Allen, reside in Freeland with their dog Zeke. Their first pet together, Zeke, a corgi-lab mix, was rescued from a small organization in Michigan. 


Roy Vanderlinden
Process Automation Manager
The Dow Chemical Company

Roy is a Process Automation Manager at Dow Chemical in Midland and has been with the company for 36 years, fifteen of which were in Sarnia, Ontario.

Initially a dog person, Roy converted to cats when he married his wife Katheryn. He and Katheryn foster cats for Great Lakes Bay Animal Society. Along with his daughter Emma, their home includes two cats they adopted through GLBAS and an aquarium of fish.

Roy’s interests include motorcycle touring. He has been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach since 2006. Roy has been a Boy Scout and later Boy Scout Leader in Sarnia. Other hobbies include computers, looking for the end of the internet, and cheering for the Detroit Tigers.

Lori Zimmerman
CMU Facilities Management Department

Lori is a life time rescuer but became involved with an animal rescue group in 2007. She volunteered in many areas of animal rescue volunteering with a shelter, walking dogs and cleaning cages, to assisting with writing adoption applications and agreements and organization bylaws. Lori is proud to be a founding member of Great Lakes Bay Animal Society. She and her husband, Mike, have fostered over 80 pets. They have two dogs and two rescued cats.

Lori enjoys traveling, reading, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.