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: Office Manager & Bookkeeper
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 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. 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 Manager. Cindy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of HSCC’s animal care, customer care, and services.
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.
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: Animal & customer Care
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.
Samuel Mathewes Clark: Customer Care Manager
Sam comes to HSCC with a diverse background in guest service and animal care. After attending Louisiana Tech University, Sam began his guest service career as an Entertainment Manager at Walt Disney World. After a stint in Los Angeles working on various film and TV productions, he decided to go back to school to become a certified Veterinary Assistant and Animal Care Attendant. He and his husband moved to Vermont where Sam worked for 5 years at the second largest humane society in New Hampshire - the Monadnock Humane Society. They missed city living and finally decided to move to Burlington. Sam missed the rewards of shelter life and found his way to HSCC where he is excited to join the team and advocate for the homeless animals of our area. Sam enjoys spending time with friends, family, his husband and newly adopted cat from HSCC, Cooper.
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.
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.