Meet Our Team

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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

Leadership

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

Our Team

Administration

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

Marketing & Development

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

Community Programs

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

Adoption Center

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

CANINE Training

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

Veterinary Services

  • Jordan Martin, Clinic Manager
  • Kate Gollon, DVM, Lead Staff Veterinarian
  • Staff Veterinarians: Chelsea Holman, DVM, Andy Scasserra, DVM, Alexandra Settele, DVM
  • Licensed Veterinary Technicians: Amanda Hausman, LVT, Carolyn Martin, LVT, Amber Wyman, LVT
  • Veterinary Assistants: Peyton Foley, Lydia Gilbert, Vanessa Williamson
  • Client Services Reps: Casey Bernhardt, Sam Cressey, Sarah Cole

Our Veterinarians & Licensed Veterinary Technicians

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๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’š ๐‘ต๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’€๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐‘ท๐’†๐’• ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’š!
We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by sharing a Happy Homes story for you! We feel honored to play a part in matching pets to their perfect people. 

"I just wanted to reach out with an update on Fitz! He has had an AMAZING two weeks in his new home meeting his new family and (after a very long and slow introduction process) playing with his brother!

Fitz is an amazing kitten! He is super sweet, playful, cuddly, and vocal! We knew the second he came home and started excitedly exploring his space that he was the right fit for our family! He and his brother Poe are now inseparable. He is growing so fast, playing so much, and we now know heโ€™s very healthy!

Thank you SO very much for matching me with this perfect boy! I came in to adopt him a couple months after the loss of my former kitty that was also given to me from your shelter 16 years ago. I truly believe he sent Fitz my way!"

Continue the love by sharing your own Happy Homes story so we can see how much you love your pet!
๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐ญ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก!
Help your pet stay happy and healthy by ensuring their mouth stays clean! Know the early signs and symptoms of dental disease and how you can help prevent it in your pet. The more you know, the more proactive you can be! 

๐ƒ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ.
You may notice signs of dental disease as physical changes in your pet: yellow teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, or problems chewing. But did you know that dental discomfort can also manifest as behavioral as well? Look for changes in your pet's behavior such as hiding, not wanting to be touched by the mouth, growling, hissing, or even nipping. These could be signs that your pet is in pain and needs a dental checkup! 

Our Community Clinic is offering a special dental care package to all families who have or call to set up dental appointments for their pet in the month of February (while supplies last.) ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฎ๐˜ (๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ) ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฎ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.
๐”ป๐•€๐”ป ๐•๐•†๐•Œ ๐•‚โ„•๐•†๐•Ž?

๐‘๐š๐›๐›๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ!
Just like dogs or cats, rabbits play by tossing or pushing objects around with their mouths and chasing after them. When they're really playful, rabbits like to skip and race around their house or playpen like a kid who's had too much sugar. They jump on and off of things and like to run through tunnels or burrow through blankets. If you're lucky, your rabbit might even do a 'binky!' This is when they run and jump and kick out their back legs in excitement. Rabbits really are a joy to watch and play with when they're happy! 

Adorable sisters Daisy and Rose really are a prime example of happy bunnies! They love to play with each other and throw their toys around. They also are very curious and are always racing around when someone comes to visit. They will make wonderful companions to their new people! 
๐‚๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐š๐›๐›๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ โžก  https://animalwelfaresociety.org/adoption/rabbits/