Staff & Board of Directors
The BAM Board of Directors is entirely unpaid and made up of four Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and three Directors (one 1-year seat, one 2-year seat, one 5-year seat). Addition Directors’ positions may be added, up to 5 total, as written in BAM’s bylaws. The Officers are up for reelection every year, with the BAM calendar year commencing at the April meeting.
September Smith — President
September is thrilled to be involved with BAM as she has always had a passion for animals. Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, then later in Hurricane, Utah, she always had at least one animal companion — be it a bunny, turtle, miniature horse, pot-bellied pig, cat, or dog — and there were many others.
She decided on a change in scenery after graduating locally and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. Even during a study-abroad stint in Belgium, animals were able to make her feel at home when she treated horses to sugar cubes and cuddled with local dogs.
After achieving a BA in Anthropology, she worked at the University's business school until her parents asked her to return to run the family business. Now back home in Hurricane, she lives with her three dogs and is more dedicated to animals than ever. September also fosters BAM dogs whenever possible. September joined BAM as a Director in April 2009 and was inducted as BAM's president in April 2012.
Email September: sepsmith@BAMutah.com
J Schilling — Vice President and Founder
As mentioned on our About Us page, J founded BAM in 2006. Prior to that she had worked for over 25 years in child welfare in Oregon. J bought her first dog for a penny when she was 6 years old.
She owned a dog training business known as Pawsative Pet Training in Oregon for 5 years, and was an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. J began the first 4-H dog obedience club in Marion County, Oregon, in 1964.
Her own dogs have been shown in AKC, UKC, and Mixed Breed Obedience. She was also active in the Mutty Paws Dog Training Club, and was a member of the Willamette Agility Group.
J became Vice President in April 2012 after having been President since BAM's founding and is the organization's Foster Care Coordinator.
Email J: J@BAMutah.com
Julie Simiskey — Secretary and That BAM Place Manager
Julie lives in LaVerkin with her three dogs. She has one son and four beloved grandchildren. Julie’s family usually had dogs when she was growing up along with a number of other farm creatures, depending on where they were living. She has always had a special love for dogs. Julie has been involved with BAM for several years, primarily as a foster. She was unable to foster for a couple of years due to a change in jobs, but is now working from home and has been able to do her favorite thing, transport, along with fostering again. She loves living in red rock desert country and helping to save lives of our four-legged (and sometimes three-legged) friends!
Email Julie: Julie@BecauseAnimalsMatter.com
Jeff Hunt — Treasurer
Jeff is a local CPA and the branch manager of Hinton Burdick CPAs and Advisors in Hurricane. He was introduced to BAM through the local Chamber of Commerce and, with a history of not-for-profit specialty, offered his expertise to BAM. Jeff is also a Board Member of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Hurricane Valley Rotary Club.
Jeff joined BAM as Treasurer in February 2011.
Beth Lock — Director, five-year seat
Beth is a co-founder of Special FX Lighting, Inc., and has worked with the company for the past 25 years. Currently Beth holds the title of President and manages the day to day activities of Special FX, which includes project management and quotations. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for her company since 1998.
Beth volunteers with BAM because she likes animals in general, and dogs in particular.
Beth has been a BAM Director since the organization's inception in 2006.
Email Beth: Beth@BAMutah.com
Terran Tull — Director, two-year seat
Terran has a surprisingly long resume of experience for her age — as a shelter volunteer, shelter worker, even a dog behavior consultant. A certified force-free trainer, Terran is dedicated to positive reinforcement when working with and training dogs.
She worked as a Dogtown Behavior Consultant at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary before her work in an outreach position in Texas showed off her value in modifying adoptable pet programs, training and save rates in the remote community of Harlingen, Texas and she was transferred to support their progress.
Terran became our first remote board member in 2019 but remains readily available to encourage and support our adoption center team with training and socialization.