Nancy Gardner is a former Newport Beach City Council member and has served as Mayor. She co-founded the Newport Beach chapter of Surfrider Foundation before becoming president of the national Board of Directors. She is currently on the board of Orange Coast River Park, Inc. and Natural Communities Coalition and is a former board member of the Newport Bay Conservancy.

Meet the Board  of Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter 

Jean Watt has been a permanent resident of Newport Beach since 1953.  With her husband, Dr. Jay Watt, she raised 3 daughters and a son who attended Corona del Mar Elementary, Lincoln Intermediate, and Corona del Mar High Schools.  She became involved in the community while serving as a Girl Scout leader taking her senior Girl Scout troop to a variety of animal shelters in Orange County while working on a badge and  was particularly impressed with the National Cat Protection Society which eventually opened a shelter in Newport – but could only serve a small percentage of the population of unfortunate animals.  From that time forward, Jean has believed we should have a state-of-the art shelter for Newport Beach and the opportunity arose when the city leased a shelter which the Newport Beach Animal Control folks could run.  When seeing this facility and the tender loving care they receive from the City’s Animal Control staff, the opportunity to start one more “friends” group for Newport Beach became a mandate.  . 

Jonathan Langford is a lifelong Newport Beach resident, graduating from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business and Real Estate. He is a real estate professional in Orange County and formerly served as advisor to a U.S. Congressman from California in Washington, D.C. He also serves as Chapter Advisor and Chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board to the non-profit social service fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha at USC.

Jonathan Langford

Tim Stoaks

Tim Stoaks - owner of Teller the horse- was instrumental in securing the kennel zoning for West Santa Ana Hts, and the equestrian zoning for East Santa Ana Hts. as a member of the Santa Ana Hts Redevelopment Project Advisory Committee during the annexation process with Newport Beach. A long time animal lover Tim says, it's important for a community like Newport to have it's own shelter to insure each animal has every advantage to be adopted and find a forever home.

Evelyn Hart served 16 years as a Newport Beach City Council member with 2 years as Mayor.  In addition, she has served on many local civic association boards including  Friends of Oasis, Youth Employment Service, Soup Kitchen, and the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees.


Walter G. Howald


Walter G. Howald is a graduate of UCLA with a B.S. in Economics and English, and a UCLA Law JD.  He has practiced law in California and Orange County for 50 years and is a member of the California, Orange County and Federal Bar Associations.  He has served 25 years as an elected Trustee for Coast Community College District and on non-profit boards focused on education and the environment.  Currently a commissioner for the City of Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission,  he is also vice-president of Friends of Oasis as well as Treasurer for Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter.


Evelyn Hart

Nancy Gardner