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Experience & Compassion

With many years of animal welfare experience, coupled with the unique backgrounds and perspectives, our team provides an exceptional knowledge base to support our mission. Together, we provide high quality care to the thousands of animals we see each year. Our team is a dedicated, compassionate group of professionals supporting not only the pets in our care, but the people who love them through our community programs and services. Together, AWS staff helps pets and people thrive together.

Board of Directors

  • President: Ron Schneider
  • Vice President: Kathy Hughes
  • Treasurer: Katie Graczyk
  • Secretary: Cindy Talbot
  • Members at Large: Stan Barwise, Sam Bishop, Jennifer Breton, Robin Cyr, Sean Miller, Mike Ouellet, Dan Viehmann


With decades of animal welfare experience and a passion for animals, meet our Leadership Team.

Our Team


  • Abigail Smith, Executive Director
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  • Terry Olsen, Director of Finance & Administration
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  • Phil Carey, Facilities Manager
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  • Dianna Zandri, Executive Assistant

Marketing & Development

  • Stephanie Kelley, Marketing Communications Manager
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  • Sarah Robblee, Development Coordinator
  • Chelsea Dahn, Digital Marketing Assistant

Community Programs

  • Jenn Danks, Community Services Manager
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  • Amanda Zimmerman, Youth Programs Coordinator

Adoption Center

  • Dana Falsetta, CBCC-KA, Animal Services Manager
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  • Larissa Day, Asst. Animal Services Manager
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  • Libby Hotra, Adoption Center Coordinator
  • Rachel Levasseur, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Meredith Nickerson, Foster & Transport Coordinator
  • Karen Robinson, Animal Care Coordinator
  • Caroline Werkheiser, Guest Services Coordinator
  • Adoption Center Staff: Samantha Farwell, Sierra Howe, Tiana Lauziere, Matt Macdonald, Cheyenne Roy, Jesse Verge, Megan Walsh, Lily White, Jennifer Whitten

CANINE Training

  • Roberta Guertin, CPDT-KA, Behavior & Training Manager
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  • Trainers: Karen Casey, CPDT-KA, Laura DesMarais, CPDT-KA, Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA, Melissa McCue-McGrath, Kim VanSickle, CPDT-KA

Veterinary Services

  • Jordan Martin, Clinic Manager
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  • Kate Gollon, DVM, Lead Staff Veterinarian
  • Alexandra Settele, DVM, Lead Staff Veterinarian
  • Staff Veterinarians: Jamie George, DVM, Chelsea Holman, DVM, Jesse Therrien, DVM, Nick Urbanek, BVMS
  • Amanda Hausman, Staff Lead LVT
  • Amber Wyman, Staff Lead LVT
  • Licensed Veterinary Technicians: Carolyn Martin, LVT, Dorothy Smith, LVT
  • Veterinary Assistants: Alanah Davis, Peyton Foley, Lydia Gilbert, Vanessa Williamson
  • Casey Bernhardt, Client Services Lead
  • Client Services Reps: Ashley Burrell, Sam Cressey

Our Veterinarians & Licensed Veterinary Technicians

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We're in a heat wave! ☀ With temperatures reaching the mid 90s with high humidity and haze, it's important to know how to keep pets safe and cool in extreme weather. Learn the signs and symptoms and heatstroke in your pet! 

❃ Heavy Panting
❃ Rapid Breathing
❃ Excessive Drooling
❃ Excessive Thirst
❃ Incoordination
❃ Glassy Eyes
❃ Bright Red Gums & Tongue
❃ Vomiting
❃ Seizures or Fainting

If you suspect heatstroke in your pet, immediately get them out of the sun and heat and into a cooler area. You can splash them with cool water or apply cold compresses to their face, belly, armpits, and feet. Then, call your veterinarian or local emergency veterinary hospital immediately.

Learn more safety tips on our newest blog post online. We hope you have a safe, fun, and cool summer!
We have the most heartwarming Happy Homes story to share! Lana, who was adopted back in January of 2023, has been living with her perfect family and truly being a loyal and loving companion. It just goes to show you that you never know how an animal may change your life. Here's what her mom has to say about her now! 

"Lana is an amazing dog and has been the light of me and my daughter’s life. She helped us through some tough times. She has a natural gift as she could always sense when my daughter was about to have her Vertigo moments. And she also was a protective girl around her after my daughter and I were in a car accident when we got hit by a drunk driver. This dog was a true friend and hero and I couldn’t imagine life without her!"
Yesterday was the last day of school for 7th graders at the Middle School of the Kennebunks, and per their annual tradition they visited AWS! Art students at the school make dog and cat toys for us every year and then celebrate by hand delivering the donations right to our door. They then take a tour of our facility and visit with the pets they helped. We love community traditions like this! Happy summer!