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.
Lauren Belanger: Animal & Customer Care
Lauren is the proud mom of one cat named Cammy as well as one HSCC alum named Smalls the Chinchilla! She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Growing up, she frequently brought in strays and was always on the look out for animals in need. Later on, she graduated school in Florida before living in Quebec, Canada.
Lauren and her husband Eric eventually moved here to Burlington Vermont and after years of working for a locally owned family business on Church Street she finally came to be with us here at HSCC. She couldn’t be more grateful being able to reach out and help our amazing community along with the loving animals we care for.
Amanda Bottiggi: Communications & Development Coordinator
A native Vermonter and lifelong animal lover, Amanda comes to HSCC after several years working in the health & wellness field. After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a degree in Nutrition & Food Science, she pursued certifications in personal training, group fitness instruction, and health coaching. Along the way, Amanda began to dabble in blogging, web design, and social media management. While she has spent most of her professional life focusing on people, animals are really who are closest to her heart. Amanda grew up with several pets and also enjoys pet sitting for others. In 2016, she adopted her own furry best friend, a Corgi-Beagle mix named Rocky (although you can also call him by his Instagram name, @grumpsnstumps).
In her free time, Amanda loves to read, garden, cook, and spend time with Rocky, her husband Brian, and their cat Cleo (an HSCC alum!). She is thrilled to be a part of HSCC!
Joyce Cameron: President & CEO
A New York City native, Joyce came to Vermont to attend college and stayed. With a degree in business administration, she has over 20 years of experience working in private, public and non-profit sectors and has an affinity for mission driven organizations. Joyce is a graduate of the Snelling Center for Government’s Leadership Institute, a court appointed guardian ad litem, and a member of both a state commission and board. Growing up in a household with four dogs, Joyce developed a love for animals at any early age and looks forward to helping further the mission of this wonderful organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals and humans alike. In her (not much) spare time she hikes, cycles, skis, paints, gardens and enjoys cooking for friends. She lives in Charlotte with her dog Amos and cat Percy (an HSCC alum).
Cynthia Harris Cole: Animal Care Manager
Cynthia is thrilled to be a member of the HSCC team! Having grown up in upstate New York surrounded by animals, she feels right at home with all of the shelter’s residents. She loves animals of all shapes and sizes, and advocated for their humane and compassionate treatment from an early age. Out of all the joys that come from working with animals, her favorite is spending time with the underdogs (of all species) and seeing their resilience in overcoming whatever challenges they face.
In her free time, Cynthia enjoys reading, baking goodies, and of course spending time with her husband and rescue dogs enjoying all that Vermont has to offer. Her pups Angie and Mia inspired her to pick up books, watch videos, and attend classes on dog behavior and training. While none of them claim to have perfected their training, the experience gave Cynthia a greater appreciation for the relationships between people and the animals around them.
Prior to working at HSCC, Cynthia studied history and worked in the publishing and legal fields while volunteering with animal welfare organizations, something she always found exciting and rewarding. Now she is grateful for the opportunity to follow her passion in helping people and animals!
Heather Covillon: Humane Education Program Coordinator
Heather joined HSCC as a Camp Counselor at Camp Paw Paw in 2017. She has been teaching French in Vermont schools since 2012 after graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Secondary Education. She continues to work with Camp Paw Paw, Animal Welfare Warriors, & Humane Heroes Workshop developing humane education programming for youth ages 5-15.
She has 2 animals at home, both adopted from HSCC: Ziggy the lionhead rabbit in 2017 & Benny the hedgehog in 2020. Heather has always had animals in her life while growing up in Vermont & she loves sharing her passion for animals with others!
Whitney Doremus: Dog Trainer
Whitney began her dog training career in 1997 when she took a position as the Dog Trainer at Petsmart in Gainesville, FL. Very quickly she learned how much more she needed to learn and ended up with an apprenticeship with Dee ZurBurg of Class Act For Dogs. After a year of intense human training, Whitney moved to Wilmington, NC where she took a position at Dogtrain. In 2001, she opened the first doggy daycare in North Carolina, Dogs At Play, and still owns it today. In 2010 she moved back to Vermont, where she was born, and has been teaching humans how to train dogs in our area ever since. You may have worked with her before at HSCC under her private training business, Super Dogs, or through Vermont Dog Club in Essex Junction. Whitney shares her life with her amazing partner, Shannon, and their three dogs.
Carmen Garofalo: Animal & Customer Care
Carmen's affinity for animals sprung at an early age when she and her brother discovered two very tiny, abandoned kittens. With the help of her family, Carmen got to bottle feed and raise these kittens, witnessing firsthand the joy of rescue. From there, Carmen spent her adolescence volunteering at the local animal shelter in her hometown in Connecticut. This passion for animals brought Carmen to Burlington, where she pursued a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont. The courses in this program that intrigued Carmen the most were those that studied dog behavior- there she discovered that she had a true desire to work with dogs. Throughout college and post graduation, Carmen worked at various dog rescue organizations and daycares, where she had the opporunity to further her knowledge in dog behavior and body language. Additionally, Carmen has also spent some time being involved in various animal rights groups, such as the Green Mountain Animal Defenders and Vermont Vegans.
Currently, Carmen resides in Burlington with her partner Zac and their three dogs, Drago, Fletcher, and Gino. In her free time, Carmen enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with her dogs of course. Carmen is thrilled to be a part of the HSCC team and hopes to pursue an online master's degree in Animal Science and Behavior in the very near future.
Jocelyn Girton: Animal & Customer Care
Jocelyn is a born and raised Vermonter who adopted her first two cats twenty years ago from HSCC. Since she can remember she has always had a deep compassion and respect for all creatures great and small. She began volunteering at various shelters at a young age and has always found animal energy to be incredibly rejuvenating and healing.
Jocelyn studied film at Burlington College before pursuing a massage therapy certification and working as massage therapist at Jivana for the past few years. She hopes to bring her positive healing energy and dedication to animal welfare to HSCC while being able to develop skills to help local and global animal communities.
When not catering to her cat Atticus (an HSCC alum), she can be found outside soaking up summer sun, dog spotting, reading, painting, and hitting as many dance floors as possible.
Kristen Guldbech: Spay/Neuter Veterinarian
Kristen grew up in New Jersey. Before attending veterinary school, she got her masters in Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia. She then attended St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. During her time in Grenada she was part of a program that would travel around the island and help provide spaying, neutering, and veterinary care to the local pets most in need. This is where her love for shelter medicine began. She was a part of the shelter medicine student association and advocated for shelters on the island.
After Grenada, she did her clinical year at Iowa State University. After a year in the Midwest she missed the trees and mountains and decided to move back to the East Coast. Since beginning in private practice, she has made several trips with volunteer organizations dedicated to providing population control and rabies vaccinations to endemic countries to help try reduce rabies cases worldwide. In her spare time she likes traveling, hiking, camping, making pottery, and cooking. Her special veterinary interests include shelter medicine, oncology, theriogenology, and worldwide rabies prevention. Kristen lives in Burlington with her dog Skillet and her cat Miss Grits.
Diana Hill: Director of Development
Diana is over the moon to be working for HSCC. Raised in Vermont, she attended college in Washington, D.C. and spent several years on the West Coast working for non-profits and animal welfare organizations. A dedicated advocate for all animals, Diana also has years of fundraising experience under her belt. She is thrilled to further the mission of HSCC.
In her free time you may find her scuba diving, sailing, cooking veggies from her garden, or hitting the slopes. She lives in Monkton with her husband Andrew, their dog Roger, and new additions Oscar and Ginger (HSCC cat alums!).
Brent Householder: Director of Finance & Administration
Brent loves animals! He also believes in working to make the world a better place. These qualities make his work with the Humane Society of Chittenden County a meaningful and valuable experience. Originally from Ohio, Brent moved to Vermont in 2018 to take a job with the Vermont State Auditor's Office, only to realize that he wanted to return to the non-profit sector. Prior to moving to Vermont, he was the Finance Director for Wabash Valley Habitat for Humanity in Terre Haute, Indiana. Brent has also held the positions of Senior Performance Analyst with the Ohio Auditor of State's Office, Budget and Performance Coordinator with the City of Gahanna (OH), as well as Outreach Coordinator with the Southeastern Colorado BOCES in Pueblo, Colorado. Brent obtained his BA from Bluffton University (OH), his MPA from Ohio University, and MBA from the University of Findlay (OH). Brent lives in Montpelier with his wife Christy, two adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Darwin and Winston), and tuxedo cat (Simon). In his free time Brent likes to play tennis, bowl, and also take walks with his wife and dogs. He also serves as Treasurer for the Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Montpelier.
David Hurne: Animal & Customer Care
David first connected with HSCC back in 2019 when he started bringing some local veterans to volunteer at the facility on a weekly basis with the goal of engaging them with their community, connecting them with each other, and experiencing the healing benefits of regular canine interaction. A year and a half later, this activity has paid many dividends for all involved, and it fueled David's passion for the mission of HSCC to the point that he decided to join the animal care team full time in 2021.
David is a Marine Corps veteran of Desert Storm, graduated from the University of CA, San Diego with a degree in Biological Anthropology in 2003, and spent 15 years as a local Vermont bartender, observing "primates" in their natural habitat on a nightly basis. While studying in San Diego. David was afforded the opportunity to embrace two unique and rewarding animal care positions. He volunteered as an animal caretaker and public educator at the California Wolf Center in Julian, CA, and he worked with primate keepers at the San Diego Zoo to establish, conduct, and study behavioral enrichment programs for several resident primate populations. David now regularly volunteers his time supporting local veterans through involvement with multiple veteran outreach organizations like Vermont Paws & Boots that provides free Service Dogs to Vermont veterans in need. David received his own service dog Gemma through this program and now happily serves on the Board of Directors as it combines two of his greatest passions, veteran outreach and animal care and training.
David is excited and proud to be a member of the HSCC team, helping to further their mission of compassionate animal care while facilitating and strengthening the human-animal bond that can be life-changing for both.
Chelsea Beauregard Kiessling: shelter director
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. During her six years as the Director of an emergency outreach center in Burlington, she fostered numerous dogs through a local rescue. It was during that time that she knew 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.
Chelsea lives in Essex Junction with her husband, Mike, son Camden, two rescue cats (Elvis and Cali), and dog Milo (an HSCC alumni!).
Heather Klaff: Medical Clinic director
Heather grew up in Connecticut and began working in the veterinary & 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 private practices in the area, she joined the HSCC team in 2014 to manage the medical program. Heather conducts exams, vaccines & testing for all of the animals coming into the shelter, works with local vets to schedule needed surgeries, keeps up on the overall health of the HSCC animal population, and works closely with HSCC's veterinarian of record to manage & adopt out the many tough medical cases HSCC receives. She loves coming to HSCC every day to work with a fantastic team and do her dream work in animal welfare! Heather currently lives in South Burlington with her boyfriend and when not working loves ballroom dancing, painting & sketching, cooking delicious food, and spending time with their very cute cats & equally cute crested gecko.
triana Kozak: medical care assistant
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 husband Ben, their dog Gus and their two rescued cats, Morty and Macho. 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.
Isabel Lardner: Animal Care Assistant
Isabel’s love for animals began young: growing up, her family had a variety of pets, from chickens and ducks to your more standard (though no less loved!) dog and cat. When she was five, her parents gave into her incessant begging and she started riding lessons, sparking a lifelong passion for horses. She moved from Ohio to Vermont for college, attending the University of Vermont and receiving her bachelor’s in 2020. Immediately afterwards, she moved from Burlington to Middlebury for an extraordinary year working as an apprentice on the Morgan Horse Farm, where she got to experience all the ins and outs of working on a historical breeding and training facility. It also confirmed what she already knew: that working with animals offers a fulfillment like no other. She is absolutely thrilled to be working at HSCC and at having the opportunity to extend her animal care experience into the world of domestic animals. Isabel lives in Burlington, and in what spare time she can find enjoys hiking, hanging out in coffee shops, and visiting local farmer’s markets.
Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP: Vet of Record
Dr. Pam Levin is originally from New Hampshire and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1992. She graduated from Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 after completing her senior clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Levin has practiced as a small animal general practitioner and emergency and critical care veterinarian in New York, New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts. Dr. Levin received her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2009 through The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and her Certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy in 2011 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to joining BEVS in 2016, Dr. Levin served as staff acupuncturist and rehabilitation therapist at a large emergency and referral hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Levin’s areas of interest include improving patient’s quality of life though pain management, therapeutic exercise, and noninvasive adjunctive therapies.
Dr. Pamela Levin is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners are veterinary professionals that the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) has recognized as having the training and skills necessary to practice animal pain management effectively and ethically. IVAPM’s certification program is rigorous and comprehensive, covering pain medications, physical rehabilitation, therapeutic laser and acupuncture. Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioners are committed to recognizing and treating pain in all their patients in the safest and most effective manner possible. Dr. Pamela Levin is the only CVPP in the State of Vermont.
Erin Mackey: Customer Care Assistant
Erin is thrilled to be a part of the HSCC team and is grateful to be working in a field where she’s able to combine her passion for community outreach and animal rescue!
Erin is a born and raised southerner who grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. As a teen Erin felt compelled to give back to her community and often spent her free time volunteering at non-profit organizations. As a lifelong animal lover, it seemed natural that her favorite organization to volunteer with was her local humane society! Erin went on to obtain her BFA in Theatre Arts Management with minors in History & Leadership Studies at East Carolina University. While in school she maintained her involvement in volunteering and worked in the community outreach department of her University for four years. Shortly after graduation, she came to Vermont to begin her next chapter.
As an avid art and animal lover, Erin immediately fell in love with Burlington after moving here with her partner and two cats, Bear and Merlin! She feels right at home in Vermont and enjoys spending her free time cooking, taking walks, watching Star Trek, and napping with her cats.
Ingrid Mangold: Veterinary Technician
Ingrid grew up in Virginia and fostered a love for animals from a young age. She came to Vermont in 2008 to attend the University of Vermont, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. Following graduation, she spent the following two winters working at wildlife sanctuaries in South Africa before coming back to Vermont. After trying a handful of other jobs such as farming and carpentry, Ingrid realized she needed to work with animals once again and pursued a career as a veterinary technician. After working in private practice for five years, Ingrid jumped at the opportunity to work at HSCC where she is able to help shelter animals and the community get the medical care they need.
When not at work, Ingrid enjoys rock climbing, reading, painting, and spending time outside in the sun. Ingrid lives with her husband Jay and their adorable rescues Asha and Gimli.
Robyn Martin: Accounting Assistant
A native Vermonter, Robyn’s love of animals began at a young age. Her family truly valued animals and they always had at least one pet. Robyn attended Champlain College and received a degree in education in 2006. Upon receiving her degree, she worked primarily in the early childhood field as a classroom teacher and later as an education specialist. Robyn devoted her skills to working with non-profit organizations such as the YMCA and Head Start. Robyn and her husband Colby welcomed their first son in 2016 and a second son in 2019. While staying home full-time with her children, Robyn made the decision to go back to school to study accounting. She was overjoyed when offered this position at HSCC and loves being part of such a wonderful team. Robyn spends most of her free time with her family, which includes their two beloved dogs, Jig and Ivy. Robyn and her family love to get outside and go on hikes, bike rides, and explorations of this beautiful state we call home.
Jenna McMaster: Customer Care Manager
A lifelong animal lover, Jenna McMaster has been a part of the northeastern animal welfare community for over 5 years. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Washington, where she focused on philosophy of science and ethics, Jenna moved to New York City and started volunteering for local cat rescue groups. In 2016 she became the Vice President of Whiskers-A-GoGo Inc, a Brooklyn-based 501(c)(3) non-profit. There, she rescued and rehabilitated hundreds of cats and kittens and assisted in local TNR efforts. In 2019, Jenna joined the Animal Care Centers of NYC as the Adoptions Supervisor, working towards ending animal homelessness through open adoptions. After moving to Burlington with her husband and floofy cat sons Jack and Georgie, Jenna joined HSCC, where she continues to pursue her passion of helping animals and the people who love them. In her free time, Jenna enjoys baking and reading a healthy balance of fiction and non-fiction.
Mike Miceli: Building Maintenance & 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 & 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.
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.
Lynne Steinhoff: Development Assistant
Lynne has a lifetime affinity for all creatures great and small!
Working at HSCC is a perfect outlet for her passion. Lynne’s love for both people and animals makes her excited and proud to work with this hardworking, dedicated team. Her past jobs as a dog trainer, office manager and in hospitality give her a deep well of experiences to inform her work. Her love of dogs makes showing up for work not feel like a job at all. Lynne lives in Williston with her husband, Mark, three dogs (Kaiya, Roxy and Bella) and Snowball the cat.
Mary Tracy: Dog Trainer
Mary knew from a very young age that pets, especially dogs, would be her passion in life. Mary has a vet tech background and started her own dog camp business called Unleashed K9 Adventures in 2017 while working part time at a local daycare where she eventually started teaching group training classes. Since then, she has taken multiple online courses and has passed the CPDT-KA dog training certification program. She is thrilled to be a part of the HSCC team and to have the opportunity to work with some amazing humans and dogs! In her free time, Mary likes to mountain bike, hike, and cross country ski with her husband and three dogs.
Grace Underhill: Animal & Customer Care
Grace is a New England native, lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful mountains of midcoast Maine. Throughout her childhood Grace lived on a small piece of farmland with chickens, pigs, cows, goats, dogs, cats, and many other amazing animals. Pairing that with an interest in hunting and fishing, Grace grew to have an appreciation for all creatures - wild and domestic.
In 2017, Grace migrated to Vermont for college. She graduated from The University of Vermont with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology in the spring of 2021. Shortly after graduation, she found her way to HSCC and has been loving it ever since. In her time outside of work, she enjoys getting outside with her dog Luna (a recent HSCC alum!), lifting weights, and curling up with a good tv show on the couch.