Our Awesome Staff!

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, and their two WCHS alums, Jasmine and Kody.

Keri Roberts, Operations Director


Keri has worked at WCHS since 2002 and gets the award for longevity! Keri’s favorite part of her job is socializing feral kittens and helping sick and injured animals and finding new, loving homes for them. Keri lives in Brattleboro and enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, their twin daughters Kayleigh & Brooke, their son, Devin, and stepson, Christopher. Keri enjoys hiking with her dog Remy and cuddling with her cat Neko.

Marianne Monoc, Development Director


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 four rescue dogs (Jack, MoeMoe, Daphne, and Scrappy) have just moved back to New England to be closer to family.

Jessalyn Pennington, Animal Technician & 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.

Shawn Morton, Canine Specialist



Shawn, a former WCHS employee, re-joined the team in the fall of 2015. He is the staff person you will hear singing in the hall, coming up with the best nicknames for the dogs, and working on fun and positive training to  make WCHS dogs happy and social.

Vacant: Volunteer Coordinator & Office Manager

We are looking for a new member to join our awesome team. Click here for the job description. TO APPLY: Submit resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references. We encourage interested parties to attend an informational session on either March 23rd from 5:30 to 7 pm or March 25th from 10 to 11:30 am. If attending either session, we invite you to bring your resume and cover letter with you on that day. Please, no phone calls.

Eric Brow, Canine Tech

Eric came to WCHS in 2012. He keeps the kennel clean and the dogs happy five days a week.

Sam Beasley, Feline Tech

Sam & Pepper

Sam came to WCHS in August of 2015. He works with cats Monday to Friday. He is pictured here with his cat Pepper, who came to the WCHS as a refuge from New Jersey when Hurricane Sandy hit.

Mary Jane Rickards, Asst. Vet Tech & Weekend Receptionist


In 2014, after moving to VT from Long Island where she worked as a veterinary technician, MJ began volunteering at WCHS.  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. MJ lives in Newfane with her husband, Rick, their Labrador, Magnum, 2 cats and 2 ferrets.

Kayleigh Roberts, Feline Tech, weekends

Kayleigh joined the team in 2014. A high school student, Kayleigh got her love of animals from her mom, Keri, who is the Animal Care Director.