The H.A.L.O. Board of Directors voted out Tamera Reed as its president earlier this week with little details being given as to why the removal was made. The move has upset some Oakley residents who have adopted pets form the organization calling the move “a terrible decision”.
I caught up with Tamera Reed early Sunday afternoon and received some additional details on what had occurred.
According to Ms. Reed, the reason the board gave her for letting her go was they had “lost confidence in her as President.” However, two weeks earlier they had told her she was doing a good job.
“Two weeks prior to that we had a meeting in which we reviewed the finance of HALO and I was applauded,” explained Reed. “Since the opening of HALO house we had brought in $40,000 more in a 6 month period then ever before in the life of HALO. They said the credit was owed to me for running HALO house and doing such a great job with the community and volunteers and rescuing of the animals.”
According to Ms. Reed, Wayne Sanderson is the new President of HALO. Oddly enough, he is also HALO’s Treasure and CPA while his wife Joyce Sanderson is also one of the Board members. It appears they now have a majority stake in the organization and control of the finances.
Ms. Reed also explained that of the board members left, just two of them helped get HALO House up and running, but stopped coming to meetings in January. One board member who was against voting her out had helped work for the organization in picking up shifts. Another board member who voted against voting her off resigned the moment the vote took place.
According to Reed, none of the remaining other board members were ever involved in the day to day operations of HALO house.
I sent an email to the Vice President of H.A.L.O. and it’s Board of Directors on July 20 and have not received a response.
If you recall, H.A.L.O. made an agreement last year to take over the old Station 93 in Oakley off Second Street and it was a year ago come August where they moved into their new building with essentially a no-rent agreement as it’s just $100 per month for 18 months.
Last year, HALO adopted out 449 dogs and 237 cats. Dogs and cats in the care of volunteers are groomed, receive medical treatment and are taught to socialize with other animals.
As of this morning, Ms. Reed is still listed as President of the organization on it’s website. Here is a list of their Board of Directors as shown on their website:
- Gigi Boss – Vice President
- Andrea Stuart – Public Relations / Board of Directors
- Joyce Sanderson – Adoption Manager/Board of Directors
- Normajean Cohn – Board of Directors
- Ken Gove – Board of Directors
- BJ Lauver – Board of Directors
- Treasure Carlson – Board of Directors
“My heart has always been with the animals not with any status,” said Reed. “I went back on Friday after being voted off and adopted thee dogs. Then Saturday adopted two more. Now all I can say is Saturday after I left they took all the dogs from HALO house and they have them all on Joyce’s (Sanderson) property.”