Board of Directors

Hilary Fox, Board Chair
Sales and Marketing Representative

Independent member since 2013

Hilary Fox grew up in southeast Idaho and relocated to the valley to attend Arizona State University. After graduating with a BA in Communication, she spent 6 years the east coast living in D.C. where she was active with the Washington DC Humane Society and then in Philadelphia where she worked with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society to develop its volunteer program.

Hilary returned to Arizona in 1996. She has spent 20+ years as a sales professional in the educational publishing industry.  Her job involves travel throughout North America working with schools and libraries. In addition to being a library advocate, Hilary is a pet enthusiast and has been a volunteer with HALO since 1999. Hilary and her husband Chuck have opened their hearts and home to many homeless pets throughout the years.

Dr. Pasquale Campanile, Director
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Independent member since 2013


Dr. Campanile is a native New Yorker who graduated from the City College of New York in 1969 and attended veterinary school at the University of Bologna, Italy. After finishing veterinary school, he returned home to New York City where he spent an additional 3 years training at a premier hospital in small animal internal medicine and surgery, reptile, avian, equine and primate medicine.

In 1977, Dr. Campanile went into private practice for himself. That practice grew to encompass two locations and employed 7 veterinarians. In 1990, he relocated to Arizona.

Dr. Campanile has been the owner and director of Companion Pet Clinic since October of 2000. He has been on the board of HALO Animal Rescue since 2013. Companion Pet Clinic provides veterinary care to many of HALO's rescue pets each year.

Michel Herstam, Secretary
Retired Corporate Executive

Member since 2014


Michel Herstam is the co-founder of HALO Animal Rescue. Michel graduated from Arizona State University with an English degree. She worked for 35 years as a customer service manager for Salt River Project. This job fed her family of three girls, but not her soul.

Michel began her rescue work while volunteering with Kitty Love, a local cat group, in 1992. Kitty Love dissolved, but not before Michel had begun to realize the extent of the pet homelessness problem in Maricopa County and began fostering animals in her home.

In 1994, HALO earned its 501c3 status and Michel's house became the HALO Animal Rescue headquarters. In 2006, Michel opened up the HALO Thrift Boutique, where she volunteers to this day as the Thrift Manager. In 2008, Michel finally got her home back as HALO moved into its first shelter facility on 35th Avenue. Michel has served on HALO's board since 2013.

Michel has several cats and dogs of her own. She says, "Most are somewhat unadoptable but I love them and their varied stories. They are happy and complete my life."

Carrie Schwab, Treasurer
Finance Manager

Independent member since 2013


Carrie has been a member of HALO's board since 2013 in various roles. She assists with HALO's books and helps ensure HALO has a healthy financial future. She has a business degree from ASU and has owned her own business services consulting firm since 2003.

Carrie was introduced to HALO and Heather Allen in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the organization, the mission and of course, the animals.

Carrie adopted a polydactyl kitty from HALO named Cleo (short for Cleocatra). Cleo has a favorite toy she drags around the house "stick-ribbon" and a love/hate relationship with the hummingbirds who feed outside the patio door where she watches from her kitty condo.

Carrie's vision for the future is that animal shelters will exist only to re-home animals as all pet parents will be responsible and spay and neuter their animals.

Rich Thomas, Director
National Sales Manager, ChaosRXOptics

Independent member since 2019


Rich is an entrepreneur who specializes in developing and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to corporate customers. After many years of growing and expanding his own successful business, Rich wanted to use his skills for the greater good. Rich has served on several local nonprofit boards, and he came to HALO in search of a place where he could continue to give back. He loved HALO's welcoming, grassroots feel and decided to join the board.

Rich's family includes a small dog and he is enthusiastic about helping HALO build corporate partnerships.

Fae Rubenfeld, Director

Independent member since 2019

Fae Rubenfeld brings nearly 20 years of non-profit financial experience to HALO, most recently spending the past 7 years as the Controller for the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation (Phoenix Zoo).  She has also worked for the Herberger Theater Center and Arizona Opera.  Prior to her non-profit experience, Fae worked as an auditor and then Controller for a multi-billion holding company in Pennsylvania.  A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Fae received her Certification by the Pennsylvania Board of Accountancy (CPA) in 1988.


Fae is an avid animal lover and has spent the last 13 years fostering cats for HALO.  She currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with her own cats, including HALO foster-failures, Snickers and Bentley.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching football and making jewelry.


CEO Compensation Determination Process

HALO's board of directors uses the IRS's recommended three-step process to determine our CEO's compensation is reasonable and not excessive.  

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