Animal Services Director
Staycee has been a public servant in several private and municipal shelters over the last two decades, specializing in reducing euthanasia rates and improving shelter operations to better serve animals, improve staff working conditions and meet the needs of a diverse communities. She was one of the first leaders in the nation to implement a comprehensive community cat program in a municipal shelter in 2010, resulting in significantly reduced intake, as well as extraordinarily high live release rates for cats and kittens. Staycee went to Long Beach Animal Care Services as its managing director in February of 2019, where she helped lead her community to increase the lifesaving rate from 79% to 97% in two short years. She is a graduate of Best Friends Animal Society’s Executive Leadership Certification program. Prior to joining the City of Long Beach team, Staycee served as the animal shelter operations manager for the City of San Jose, overseeing an expansive operation that served more than a million citizens and nearly 20,000 animals each year. Her service in San Jose resulted in a lifesaving rate of 93% in 2018, up from 48% in 2008. Staycee enjoys spending time with her husband of 19 years and their two children, ages 14 and 9. She comes from a family of public servants and is the proud mother of two grown sons, both in public service including the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Department of Forestry. She currently has four cats; Madeline, Prrrl, Punkin and Stevie. Staycee is an avid foster for dogs, cats and kittens.