Erin Alamed: Director of Volunteer & Community Outreach
Erin has always had a special place in her heart for animals. Giving them a voice, supporting and loving them is a mission she could not refuse. Originally from Maryland, she came to Vermont for school in 2000. Her journey with HSCC began in 2013 when she started volunteering. Erin did everything from cleaning to event help and loved every minute. Over time she's adopted a cat, Emma and two dogs, Siena and Shelby from HSCC.
When Erin was offered a position at HSCC at the beginning of 2015 she was ecstatic! She is so proud to be working with such an amazing staff and so many awesome volunteers who do so much to help the animals in our comminuty. To call herself lucky would be an understatement.
Chelsea Beauregard Kiessling: Animal & Customer Care, Small Animal program coordinator
Having grown up with all sorts of animals, from cats and dogs to birds and reptiles, Chelsea developed a love and respect for them all. While in the social work field she fostered numerous dogs through a local rescue and knew that she wanted a job that combined both of her passions: helping people and helping animals. HSCC has been a chance to do just that. Chelsea enjoys working with people who share those same passions and for an organization that is always striving to improve the lives of animals, both in and out of the shelter.
Ashley Benard: Animal & Customer Care
Born and raised in Vermont, Ashley has been working in the customer service industry since she has graduated from Bellows Free Academy Fairfax in 2012. She lived with animals her whole life and always showed a passion for their care. She decided to combine her customer service skills and her unconditional life-long love for animals to join the HSCC team in October of 2017 after having been a volunteer for months before. Ashley is overwhelmed with excitement to be a part of the team and to be achieving a dream of hers!
In her free time, Ashley loves to hike, snowboard, nerd out to her favorite video games, work on cars with her boyfriend, and cuddle with their beloved cats Mocha- a long haired calico, Alice- a short haired tortoise shell, and their adopted black cat Sirius.
Renee Bornstein: Finance and administration manager
A native of Portland, Oregon, Renee has more than 15 years of administrative and financial experience and is thrilled to support the mission and good work of the Humane Society of Chittenden County. In her free time, you’ll find her exploring all that Vermont has to offer, drinking a lot of coffee and enjoying time with her husband Alex, daughter Sophia and their tuxedo cat Penelope Pussycat.
Marion Bourgault-Ramsay: Customer Care
Originally born in Montreal, Marion found herself in the United States at a young age and moved all over the country. She has always been surrounded by animals and spent much of her childhood riding horses, caring for a multitude of different animals, and training her family’s numerous Giant Schnauzers and German Shepherds. Marion found herself in Vermont after graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2012. She then began interning at several veterinary hospitals and running a small company. Marion currently lives and works with her boyfriend Mike on their farm in Charlotte raising eggs, lamb and pork in a sustainable manner. They share their lives with four dogs (Dexter, Finn, Rylee and Ida), two horses and three barn cats (all HSCC alum!) Marion is thrilled to be working in such a lively and welcoming environment with such a fantastic team.
Jen Cypress: Interim President & CEO
After relocating from Brooklyn to Burlington, Jen’s journey with HSCC began in 2005 when she accepted a job as an Animal Care Technician. This new role sparked an interest in her which later evolved into a full on career shift from Photographer to Veterinary Technician. After leaving HSCC to further her vet tech education, she realized that she was missing the passion found in the world of animal welfare. It was then, that Jen returned to HSCC as the Feline Supervisor and later the Medical Supervisor which she continued for several years. Jen is now supporting the shelter as Interim President & CEO. In addition to her continued desire and commitment to the animal welfare field, and the occasional day or two working as a vet tech, she also owns and operates her own photography business.
Cindy Davis: shelter Director
Cindy’s journey with HSCC began back in 1998 when she adopted her first cat, McDuff. Shortly thereafter, Cindy moved to Brooklyn, NY where they became inseparable comrades for 15 years. During that time Cindy worked in Admissions at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and spent her free time volunteering at local animal shelters. Her growing dedication to helping homeless animals prompted a career change, and in the fall of 2013 Cindy packed up and moved back to VT. Cindy was ecstatic to be offered the job as Customer Care Manager in January 2014 and after several years managing the Adoption Center and ensuring an exceptional customer experience for all visitors, Cindy was promoted to Shelter Director. Cindy is responsible for overseeing HSCC's shelter operations which includes animal and medical care, customer services and community programs.
McKenna Devoid: Customer Care Assistant
McKenna is a native Vermonter. She grew up surrounded by a variety of animals including dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, a chinchilla, and a lop eared bunny. McKenna currently has a five-year-old Schnoodle named Storm. She enjoys cuddling Storm as often as possible!
McKenna is very passionate about the ethical treatment of animals. From a young age she recognized that animals are as deserving as any living being of compassion and respect. McKenna envisions a world without strays, and her hope is to play a role in caring for stray animals both locally and, perhaps someday, combining her love of travel, globally. In her spare time, McKenna enjoys singing, playing music and being with family.
Christina Fukuda: Animal & customer Care
Christina's animal-adoption journey began as a child when she and her family moved from Seattle, WA to Vermont and adopted their first dog, an amazing girl named Nickita. As a life-long animal lover, animal welfare and adoptions have been a major life passion ever since! Christina graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, and is thrilled and honored to be a member of the awesome team at HSCC, serving the animals and people in our community and beyond. When not at work, Christina enjoys hiking, skiing, yoga, hockey and spending time with her two Tennessean rescue pups, Nellie and Daisy, and her adopted cat, Louie.
Allise Hewes: Animal & Customer Care
Raised in the heart of NYC, Allise moved to Vermont 5 years ago to pursue an art degree. While in college, she volunteered for local grassroots organizations where she learned about community organizing and working within the non-profit system. She graduated from Goddard College in 2017 and was overjoyed to join the HSCC team in 2018. Despite growing up in a city, Allise was surrounded by animals her whole life. Her family had a dog, horse and numerous cats (all rescues!). Her passion for animal welfare stemmed from her mother who takes care of a feral cat community in NYC. Allise lives in Burlington with her boyfriend and pet plants. She can’t wait to own a house with a big yard and rescue lots and lots of cats and dogs!
Heather Klaff: Medical Care Manager
Heather grew up in Connecticut and began working in the veterinary and zoo fields in high school. Once started, she could never imagine doing anything else. Upon graduation from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a degree in Animal Science, she decides to stay in Burlington and pursue a career as a veterinary technician. After spending multiple years in two different private practices in the area (most recently River Cove Animal Hospital), she decided in 2014 to challenge herself even more and accept a position managing the medical program here at HSCC. She conducts exams and vaccines for all of the animals coming into the shelter, works with local vets to schedule needed surgeries, and keeps up on the overall health of the HSCC population. She works closely with Dr. Debolt to manage the many tough medical cases we receive here, and to get them ready to be adopted out. She is thrilled to be working at HSCC with a fantastic team, while getting to realize her dream of working in animal welfare. Currently living in South Burlington with her boyfriend, she loves ballroom dancing, painting and sketching, cooking delicious food, and spending time with their (now three!) very cute cats and one equally cute crested gecko.
Devon Krusko: Animal Care manager
An avid animal lover, Devon began working in veterinary hospitals while in college. Once graduated, she began a teaching career, but often found herself working back in the veterinary field. After volunteering with different rescue organizations as a foster mom, event and transport coordinator, and adoption counselor, she realized her true passion was working in animal welfare. She left teaching to pursue her dreams, and most recently worked at Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Wyoming. At the ranch Devon worked to rehabilitate and adopt out dogs and cats previously used in laboratory research. This included round-the-clock care in a home like environment, socialization, and training. At the shelter Devon is responsible for managing the flow of animals and ensuring their shelter experience is as enjoyable as possible until they find a forever home.
Erin Laub: customer Care Manager
Originally from shoreline Connecticut, Erin came to Vermont in 2004 and worked for over a decade in the hospitality and live music industry in Burlington. Although music remains a passion of hers, the opportunity to combine her customer service experience with her deep-seated love for animals was a welcomed, fulfilling career change. Erin lives on a horse farm in Hinesburg with her boyfriend Bryan, their adopted English mastiff Blanche and Maine Coon cat, Detective Munch (aka Munch Man). She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, finding new swimming holes and taking photos of her beautiful VT surroundings. When not out and about, Erin spends the majority of her time at home reading, rooting for the Packers, Yankees and Rangers, attempting to garden and trying to keep Det. Munch from knocking over her things.
Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP: Vet of Record
Dr. Pam Levin is originally from New Hampshire and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. She graduated from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 after completing her senior clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Levin has practiced as a small animal general practitioner and emergency and critical care veterinarian in New York, New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts. Dr. Levin received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2009 through The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and her Certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy in 2011 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to joining BEVS in 2016, Dr. Levin served as staff acupuncturist and rehabilitation therapist at a large emergency and referral hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Levin’s areas of interest include improving patient’s quality of life though pain management, therapeutic exercise, and noninvasive adjunctive therapies.
Dr. Pamela Levin is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners are veterinary professionals that the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) has recognized as having the training and skills necessary to practice animal pain management effectively and ethically. IVAPM’s certification program is rigorous and comprehensive, covering pain medications, physical rehabilitation, therapeutic laser and acupuncture. Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners are committed to recognizing and treating pain in all their patients in the safest and most effective manner possible. Dr. Pamela Levin is the only CVPP in the State of Vermont.
Mike Miceli: Building Maintenance and Repairman
After retiring from a long career as general manager of Windshield World, Mike was looking to volunteer some time to a local organization.
Without a dog for the first time in many years, and unable to make a year-round commitment to a new pooch, HSCC was his number one choice. After a few months of shelter help and dog walking, a part-time position for Building Maintenance and Repair became available. Having observed an incredibly competent, dedicated and hard-working staff in action, Mike was thrilled when asked to be more integral to the betterment of the animals in our care.
Mike lives in Williston with his wife Kate and cat Libby.
JoAnn Nichols: Humane Investigator and educator, TNR specialist
JoAnn Nichols started in the animal welfare and animal rights movement in the late 1970s. Over the decades she has worked undercover for an animal rights organization photographing cruelty in the factory farm systems, to cleaning oiled wildlife from oil spills. Working in Animal Sheltering for over twenty years, currently she is the Humane Investigator and TNR Specialist at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, she enjoys the challenges the work brings and partaking in making a difference for just one animal in need. Along with her employment at HSCC, she also works at BEVS (Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists), is the part-time Animal Control Officer for South Burlington and operates her own wildlife business providing humane solutions for homeowners when wildlife moves into their home. Shown with JoAnn is her side-kick, Lucinda. Lucinda was relinquished as part of a cruelty investigation and was nursed back to life by JoAnn. They are now a forever family.
Terry Pomerleau: Development Manager
A Burlington native, Terry’s first interaction with HSCC was at 5 years old adopting his childhood cat. HSCC has continued to be part of his life, most recently serving as vice chair of the Board of Directors as well as chair of the Development Committee. Being raised in a home with multiple rescue animals, Terry learned at young age the importance of assisting animals in need. Terry has a long history of volunteering for non-profits and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the YMCA. Terry resides in South Burlington with his fiancé, Natalie. They share their home with their Terrier mix, Rodney and tabby cat, Cheddar.
ROBYN SANTOR: DOG TRAINER, SPIRIT DOG TRAINING AND OBEDIENCE
A lifelong animal lover, Robyn began her career working with animals in 2007 as a farmyard educator at Shelburne Farms. After discovering a love for teaching and a fascination with the connection between humans and their animal companions, she found an opportunity to continue to explore and promote these interests in working for the Humane Society of Chittenden County. In 2012, Robyn launched Spirit Dog Training and Obedience and loves being able to continue her work supporting strong, understanding and effective relationships between dogs and their owners.
KELLY SCHULZE: MOUNTAIN DOG PHOTOGRAPHY
Kelly Schulze is an award-winning Master Photographer and Certified Professional Photographer who specializes in studio and environmental animal portraiture. With her love and understanding of animal behavior, years of technical training, and a fast shutter finger she is able to consistently wow her clients with stunning, heartwarming portraits and an unforgettable experience.
Kelly is based out of Monkton, Vermont and travels throughout the northeast for on-location portrait sessions. She is also available for animal-related product photography and commercial licensing.
Kelly and her husband, Ian, are allowed to graciously share their home with five dogs (Logan, Jackson, Molly, JB, and Baloo), five cats (Luci, Bink, Dorie, Judy, and Masson), Scarlett the horse, and a flock of laying hens.
triana verDeRy: Animal & customer care
Triana graduated from The University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Triana has been an animal lover her entire life, growing up with a number of different pets including guinea pigs, snapping turtles, dogs, a tortoise, and two cats who survived from a stray's litter in her garage. Triana lives with her boyfriend Ben, their dog Gus and their rescued cat Tila. She enjoys taking Gus on adventures and long hikes, and Ben and Triana love their home in Vermont where they camp, kayak, snowboard and explore the north country. Triana is excited to be working for HSCC, continuing her lifelong mission to help animals and people alike.
Lucy Weaver, MA, CPDT-KA, Dog Behaviorist Consultant
Lucy's passion is improving both the quality of life for animals in human care and the relationship between humans and their animals. She has worked at animal rehab centers, shelters, farms, and zoos, and has experience with a variety of animals including seals, goats, owls, parrots, cats, and dogs. Her connection to creatures great and small led her to earn a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College in 2015 and to a dog training apprenticeship with Andrea Arden Dog Training in NYC. While in the city, Lucy taught dog owners in private lessons and group classes and worked in the behavior department at the ASPCA. Lucy and her husband Evan (both Chittenden County natives) lived in NYC for five years before returning at last to the Green Mountains where they belong. Now Lucy has her own dog training business, Dogspeak, and is thrilled to be working with the HSCC staff to solve dog behavior challenges. She and Evan share their home and their hearts with a rescue pup named Willow.