Marianne has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 22 years. She has extensive fundraising and marketing experience, specializing in events management, corporate sponsorship acquisition, social media marketing, annual fund development, and grant research and writing. In the past, Marianne has worked with the Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Massachusetts, as well as the Humane Society of South Platte Valley, Freedom Service Dogs, and Divine Feline, all located in Colorado. She and her husband and three rescue dogs (MoeMoe, Daphne, and Scrappy) moved back to New England to be closer to family.
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.
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 has recently stepped up as our interim Canine Specialist. Eric grew up right here in Brattleboro.
Mary Jane Rickards, Asst. Vet Tech & Weekend Receptionist
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 on the ice, at one of the nearby skating rinks. Mary Jane lives in Newfane with her husband, Rick, their Labrador, Magnum, 2 cats and 2 ferrets.