The primary purposes of the board of directors is to ensure Pets Return Home is on track to meeting our goals and craft policies in support of our goals. We have two distinct operating teams at Pets Return Home: the board of directors, which determines our policies and plans, and our leaders. staff and volunteers, which carry out the plans and implements policies.

Michael Danese

Served the semiconductor equipment industry for over 30 years in engineering and management. For 19 years he was a partner of a successful manufacturers’ representative organization importing technology from Asia. Using an engineering driven sales model, Michael brought products from market introduction to market leader.

Mark Happe

Mark Happe has 30+ years’ experience solving business problems in the telecommunications, information technology, real estate, finance, and adventure tourism industries. His past roles include general manager, international business development manager, product manager and sales engineer. In these positions, he has shown an exceptional aptitude to rapidly grasp complex subjects and identify, translate and deliver the critical concepts to diverse audiences. By implementing instructional design methods, Mark creates learning programs that improve group performance and operational efficiency. Mark is known for building consensus, promoting positive change and implementing best practices to reach optimal and sustainable solutions. Mark is co-founder of Pets Return Home, and along with co-founder Kelly Hughes is currently responsible for its operations. He has been a human & pet search and rescue (SAR) expert since 1986 and a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) since 1982.

Mark holds advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics and Business Development.

Kelly Hughes

Kelly has an undergraduate degree in business and a Doctorate in physical therapy. She has worked in non-profit management, event planning, and currently works as a physical therapist (for humans) at a local hospital.