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 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, 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.
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.