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 that time she adopted a cat, Emma, and a puppy, Siena from HSCC. Together with her other cat, Endo, husband, Jesse and now their other dog Shelby they are a very happy family.
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 know 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 Care & Adoptions
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.
Hannah blankenbeckler: ANIMAL CARE & ADOPTIONS, SMALL ANIMAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Hannah became a volunteer at HSCC shortly after moving to Vermont, and loved it so much she accepted a position here! She spent her childhood dreaming about becoming a dog trainer or vet, and feels like working at HSCC makes childhood-Hannah proud. She recently graduated from Frostburg State University in Maryland, and looks forward to using the skills she learned to help people find their new best friends!
Renee Bornstein: Office 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.
Nancy Cathcart: President and CEO
Nancy was appointed President and CEO of the Humane Society of Chittenden County in July, 2013. She came to HSCC after four years as the Director of Development & Communications at the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington and eight years as the founder and Director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement at Champlain College. Since receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and her Master’s degree from Western Oregon University, Nancy’s career has included public school educator, day care center director, and fundraiser for Vermont Public Television, Trinity College, and Fletcher Allen Healthcare. In addition she was proprietor of Cathcart/Special Projects working with non-profits, government and individuals to build capacities for social good. As a seasoned fundraiser and community organizer, Cathcart brings her passion and leadership skills to the valued mission of the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
Nancy has worked with dozens of regional non-profit organizations and has served as a volunteer for many community initiatives. Her two grown sons and one grandson! - live in Vermont and she has been an adopter of rescued cats and dogs her entire adult life. To email Nancy, click here.
Chelsea Davidson: Animal Care
Chelsea began working at HSCC in August of 2015 after a doggie daycare and boarding internship. She grew up in central Vermont next door to The Mountain School of Milton Academy, where she would eventually become a student and join the summer farm crew during her senior year of high school and freshman year at UVM. Her undergraduate education focused on dairying, forage and soil fertility. However, her dancing career pulled her out of the fields and towards companion animal care, as anything with whiskers is fine with her. She is an open amateur ballroom dancer who competes nationally and also ballroom dancing teaches at UVM and in the community.
Cindy Davis: Customer Care Manager
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 (Ollie’s Place in Manhattan, and BARC in Brooklyn). Her dedication to helping homeless animals prompted a career change and in the fall of 2013, Cindy packed up and moved back to her home state of VT. Cindy set the goal of working for HSCC, where her journey first began, and was ecstatic to be offered the job as Customer Care Manager in January 2014. Cindy manages the Adoption Center and is responsible for the overall customer experience, ensuring that all who walk through the doors of HSCC (2-legged and 4-legged alike!) are treated with kindness, compassion and are given the help they need.
BECKY DEBOLT, DVM
Dr. Becky has been a veterinarian for 11 yrs. She went to North Carolina State University for vet school, worked in private practice in Knoxville, TN for 5 years, and then discovered shelter medicine. She spent the last 5 years in Knoxville as a veterinarian at a busy shelter. She absolutely loves working with shelter animals and is thrilled to be part of the HSCC team. At home, she and her boyfriend keep busy with 3 dogs, a cat and many reptiles. They are all thoroughly enjoying Vermont!
Kylie deGroot: Director of Development & Communications
Kylie grew up just down the road in Charlotte, Vermont. She has loved animals since day 1; Saving baby mice she found in her backyard, playing outside with her family dogs by her side, and pet sitting for neighbors at every open opportunity. Caring for and about animals is a value set deep within. Kylie graduated from UVM in the Spring of 2015 with a degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. Having interned and worked with nonprofits in the past, Kylie knew that this enriching path of work would be in her future. Kylie is thrilled to be working with such a hardworking and compassionate group of staff at HSCC. When she’s not at work you can find her playing outdoors in any fashion imaginable with her dog Kona (an HSCC alumnus), alongside her. To email Kylie, click here.
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.
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.
Elisabeth Manwiller: Shelter Director
Elisabeth has been passionate about animals from a very young age, visiting all of her doggie friends on her way to and from school every day where she grew up in Eastern PA. She moved to NYC to pursue a career in the performing arts and made the switch to animal welfare 9 years ago after getting her beloved pup Oscar. Elisabeth started her animal career in doggie daycare and boarding as the General Manager for Camp Bow Wow in NYC. Next she became the Volunteer Manager for Animal Care Center of NYC working with hundreds of dedicated volunteers to make a difference in the lives of the city’s homeless animals. Most recently she was the Care Center Manager for ACC’s Brooklyn facility which is one of the largest animal welfare agencies in the northeast. She is thrilled to start her next chapter in Chittenden County and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of Vermont pets and their people.
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.
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.
SAMMIE SWAN: ANIMAL CARE & ADOPTIONS
Sammie grew up in Illinois and her house was known as the "neighborhood zoo" with 6 snakes, dogs, and many small animals. When she moved to Chicago for college, she missed the animal bond she always knew and started an independent dog walking business. Upon graduation, she began a Yoga career and moved to the East Coast. On free days, she would volunteer at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, NY. It was this experience that sparked her passion for a career in animal care and welfare. She spent months looking for "the right" animal care position within animal sheltering, and was ecstatic when she came across the Animal Care and Adoptions position at HSCC! Sammie is stoked to be living in Vermont with her boyfriend, 2 (maybe 3 soon!) rescue dogs, and her rescued mouse!
triana verDeRy: customer care assistant
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.