PAWS Board Members
Susan Braun, President
Prior to her retirement Susan Braun held positions as Manager of Research Services and Electronic Resources Manager for the Information Resources Directorate of The Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research and development corporation supporting national security space programs (NSS) for the U.S. Government. Her areas of expertise included program planning, website management, research support in the areas of engineering and aerospace sciences, research instructional media, instruction in methods of online research, and collection development of print and electronic information resources. Prior to joining The Aerospace Corporation, Susan was manager of libraries for Hughes Aircraft Company. She has served in leadership positions for Special Libraries Association. Her board expertise focuses on program planning, fund raising, and communications.
In addition to serving PAWS, Susan is a volunteer for Helpline House and the Bainbridge Public Library. She works part time at Eagle Harbor Books where she facilitates two monthly book groups. She is also a regular contributor of book reviews for Library Journal.
Susan lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband John Murray and three rescue cats, two of which are PAWS adoptees.
Becca Hanson, Vice President
Becca Hanson is a Landscape Architect with an international practice, Studio Hanson|Roberts, that assists zoos, wildlife reserves and conservation groups to create the best homes and habitats for the domesticated and wild animals in their care. When considering welfare outcomes, her focus encompasses not only the physical setting for the animals, but the learning environment for the children, adults and communities around them, recognizing that one of humanity’s greatest attributes is their ability to continue to learn and change their behaviors for the better over their entire lifetime.
She is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and has a background in plant community ecology. In addition to her work as a member of the PAWS Board, she is a past member of the BILT Projects Committee and a current Board member of Bainbridge Island Friends of the Farms where she satisfies her urge to dig in the dirt and harvest things with protecting farmland and open spaces for future generations.
Becca and her husband and partner, David, have lived on the Island since 1983 where they have raised their two sons and now welcome back their Burien-based Grandsons. They share their home and office with Freckles, their 11-year old English Springer Spaniel who is still learning to lie down and wait, but does a great job of off-lead walking.
Carol Taylor, Secretary
Carol Taylor worked for over 20 years at Bloodworks Northwest (formerly known as Puget Sound Blood Center), prior to her retirement in 2015. Carol originally worked in the Donor Testing Laboratory, leading the Special Studies department and then establishing the Nucleic Acid Testing laboratory. Carol then moved on to serve as Director of the Cord Blood Department. She led the department during its successful bid for FDA licensure (becoming one of only six such facilities in the country at that time). Carol holds a doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan and has extensive experience in laboratory medicine and sterile procedure. Her leadership expertise focuses on operations management, compliance, budget development, and process improvement.
In addition to her board duties, Carol enjoys volunteering at PAWS as an adoption counselor and at the Kitsap Humane Society as a cat socializer. She also sings in her church’s choir.
Carol lives in Poulsbo with her husband, Jeff Hora, and their five exceptional cats (Mac, Herbert, Oliver, Ralph, and Randi Taylor-Hora).
Suvarna Anderson, Treasurer
Suvarna is the COO/CFO of 3rdThird Marketing, LLC and Tonic, LLC – two specialized marketing firms based in Seattle and Philadelphia. There she utilizes her creative skills in drawing and design, as well as her financial background. Tonic is the owner-operator of three additional sub-businesses, and Suvarna manages them all. Additionally, she is the owner of Anderson Accounting Group, LLC in Poulsbo. She has owned and operated the business since 2005, having purchased it from her father-in-law, and services individuals, businesses and non-profits in bookkeeping, employment contracts, entity selection and taxation, business and contract consulting, estate and trust planning, and tax preparation.
Prior to establishing her accounting practice, Suvarna worked in the Seattle legal field for seven years, specializing in the contract, insurance and entity fields.
Preceding her service on the board of PAWS, Suvarna was an active member of Rotary and Rotary International, as well as volunteer work at PAWS of Lynnwood in Seattle. She has also served on the board of The Trillium School in Indianola and was a founding member of the Poulsbo Farmer’s Market.
Suvarna lives on Bainbridge Island with her husband, Justin Anderson, their three boys (two of them identical twins!), and two rescue dogs.
Suzanne Keel-Eckmann, Past President
Suzanne Keel-Eckmann is an executive coach who works primarily with women leaders in financial and professional services firms. She is dedicated to helping accomplished women achieve professional as well as personal goals and navigate career transitions such as promotions, organizational realignments, industry changes and retirement. Prior to her move to private practice, she spent 16 years at Deloitte where, as a firm director, she led the national women’s initiative and served as U.S. director of corporate responsibility. Before joining Deloitte, she held positions as a non-profit executive, law firm administrator at several multi-location law firms, and owner / founder of two businesses.
Suzanne also serves her community. She is currently on the Ethics Board for the City of Bainbridge Island, actively volunteers for North Kitsap Fishline, has served on the boards of UW’s Women’s Center as well as the Center for Women & Democracy, and mentors second year MBA students through UW’s Foster School of Business.
Kent Bridwell, Director
Kent Bridwell joined the PAWS Board in June, 2014. He also volunteers as an Adoption Counselor at the Pleasant Beach Adoption Center. A refugee from California, Kent practiced law for over 40 years. During those years he also served as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Superior Court, hearing family law and civil cases. He now claims to be “95% retired” from active legal work and is looking for a new and different career.
Kent has devoted a lot of time to volunteer activities. As a private pilot, he spent several years on the Board of the Santa Monica Airport Association. Locally he served as a Board member and President of Islanders For Collaborative Policing, a group that sought to (and did) help restore public confidence in the Bainbridge Island Police Department. He also has participated as Moderator/Administrator for several Facebook groups of local interest and focus. However, Kent’s major passion is devoted to critters. Before joining the PAWS Board, he logged four years as an Animal Care Steward for the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, and he remains somewhat involved in the organization. He is a self-professed advocate for animal rights and welfare.
Not surprisingly, Kent shares his home with a diverse menagerie of pets, most of which are “rescues.” These include three Cats (two adopted from PAWS), one Dog (adopted through PAWS), two Ferrets, three Snakes, two Bearded Dragons (Lizards), two Tortoises, one Turtle and a White Mouse named “Casper.”