About Us

The New England Federation of Humane Societies (NEFHS) is a dynamic and active organization that provides information and education to animal welfare workers in our region and beyond.  Our Board of Directors and Advisory Council members represent a wide variety of animal welfare organizations across New England, from large shelters to small rescues, and everything in between.

Each year in April, the NEFHS holds the largest animal welfare conference in New England.  This event regularly attracts attendees from within and outside of the region, as well as nationally known speakers.  Throughout the year, we also host outreach events on a variety of topics across New England. With simple respect for our animal friends and the field of animal welfare, only vegetarian and vegan food are provided at all NEFHS events.

The NEFHS is an all-volunteer organization.  Board and Advisory members perform all of the duties necessary to promote and maintain the organization, as well as to plan and run events and trainings.

Board members commit to four-year terms and have the dedication and passion to help the organization continue to grow and improve.  Advisory Council members provide special expertise, experience, or perspectives. They offer advice and counsel, but hold no voting privileges on the Board.  They are appointed for a one-year term by the Board of Directors.

Click here if you are interested in learning more about becoming a Board Director or an Advisory Council member or you can complete and submit our online form.  Or, if you would like more information, please contact us.


President: Liam Hughes: Animal Welfare Program, Department of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry, State of Maine
1st Vice President: Caitlin Tomlinson: Animal Rescue League of Boston, MA
2nd Vice President: Amy Duskiewicz: Animal Protective Foundation, Scotia, NY
Treasurer: Katie Hansberry: Humane Society of the U.S., Portland, ME
Secretary: Megan Arsenault: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook, ME

Crystal Arnott: Lowell Humane Society, Lowell, MA
Gilberto Gandra: Gandra & CompanyMike Keiley: MSPCA, Methuen, MA
Karina King: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Springfield, MA
Katie Kozikowski: North Andover Animal Control, MA
Kara Montalbano: Potter League for Animals, RI
Kiersten Scarpati: VONT Digital Design & Marketing and Almost Home Rescue, ME

Advisory Council 2019-2020
Jenna Abreu
Kerry Dobson: ROAR – Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue, CT
Kerry Garofano: Connecticut Humane Society, CT
Jessecah Gower: Animal Control Officer & Animal Health Inspector, Town of West Springfield, MA
Catherine Knapp: Trip Advisor, MA
Stephanie Magnarelli: Animal Rescue League of NH
Kristin Mullins: Animal Rescue League, Worcester, MA
Cary Payton: MSPCA, MA
Abigail Smith: Animal Welfare Society, ME

Mariah Torpey: Three Rings Inc., MA



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