Our Board of Directors
Julie Hamilton, President, Brattleboro
Brattleboro Savings and Loan
Susan Kelly, DVM, Vice President, W. Halifax
Spruce Mountain Veterinary Acupuncture
Kelly Carlin, Treasurer, Dummerston
Greg Lesch, Secretary, Brattleboro
Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Valerie Barry, Bellows Falls
Ross Kinney, Dummerston
Stewart McDermet, Dummerston
Tami Purcell, Marlboro
Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors
Maggie Smith, Putney
Joan Starkman, Wilmington
John Wilcox, Dummerston
Annie Guion, Executive Director
Annie came to WCHS in April of 2008, new to animal welfare, but with 15 years of non-profit management experience in the field of environmental education. Annie has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Education from Antioch/New England. Working at WCHS is Annie’s favorite job to date, thanks to a great staff, supportive community and work that makes a difference in the lives of animals and people. Her favorite part of the job is the daily challenges that arise and coming up with the creative solutions they require. Outside of work, Annie enjoys spending time with her family, singing, dancing and being active outdoors. She lives in Newfane with her partner, Chuck, their two WCHS alums, Jasmine and Kody and her rescue horse, Hannah.
Keri Roberts, Director of Operations
Keri started working at WCHS in 2002, so she holds the record for longevity. A natural at working with people, Keri easily moved into the role of Director of Operations. Somehow, she still finds time to cuddle the kittens. Keri lives in Westminster and enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and their son Devin. Their twin daughters Kayleigh and Brooke are now enjoying their adulthood. Keri enjoys hiking with her dogs Kody and Delilah and cuddling with her cat Neko.
John O’Farrell, Development Director
John recently joined the WCHS team in December of 2018. He has over 23 years of experience working in the non-profit sector for a variety of organizations throughout New England. With a strong background in special events, annual campaign management, volunteer recruitment and community partnership building, John looks forward to working with donors, volunteers, community partners & Staff in support of the valuable programs and services that the Humane Society provides helping to benefit the residents of the greater Windham County region. John is a graduate of Springfield College and has previously lived in Vermont & New Hampshire before returning back to Western Massachusetts. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with family and enjoys being in the outdoors, pursuing his interests in hiking, photography and woodworking.
Jessalyn Pennington, Feline Specialist
Jessalyn Pennington began her career at WCHS as a volunteer in 2015. She then took on the position of Animal Tech & Feline Specialist in February of 2016 after working as a registered nurse. She is also currently enrolled in Veterinary Technician School. She loves everything to do with cats (she secretly loves all the dogs too!). Jess lives locally with her partner Nick and their rescue cat, Mia, who came from Windham County Humane Society!
Eric Brow, Canine Specialist
Eric started as a volunteer and was hired as our Kennel Tech in 2012. He has been such an asset to the team that he was promoted to Canine Specialist in the fall of 2017. Eric grew up and lives in Brattleboro.
Mary Jane Rickards, Vet Tech
Mary Jane began volunteering at WCHS in 2014 after moving to VT from Long Island where she worked as a Veterinary Technician. She joined our staff in August of 2016. Her favorite part of the job is helping animals find their forever homes. When not working, she can usually be found at one of the nearby skating rinks. Mary Jane lives in Newfane with her husband, Rick, their Labrador, Magnum, 2 cats and 2 ferrets.
Peggy Tiffany, Staff Development and Training
Peggy started as a volunteer in 2014 walking dogs. Her background is in education and training, thus she was a great fit helping us with our own staff needs and training for volunteers. She loves working with animals and helping people find their perfect pet. At home, Peggy has two dogs and two cats. When not working she is busy hiking the hills of Vermont.
Ron Francis, Canine Tech
Cooper Turner-Renaud, Canine Tech
Arianna Parris, Feline Tech
Taylor Chamberlin, Feline Tech
Thank you for your interest in joining the Windham County Humane Society. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals who enjoy working with animals in a busy, friendly team environment.
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