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.

All applications for new advisors must be submitted by April 16, 2018.

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: Danielle Snyder: Russell Animal Hospital, Concord NH
1st Vice President: Karina King: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Springfield, MA
2nd Vice President: Liam Hughes: Animal Welfare Program, Department of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry, State of Maine
Treasurer: Jill O’Connell: Lowell Humane Society, Lowell, MA
Secretary: Bryn Rogers: Boston MSPCA, Boston, MA

Megan Arsenault: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook, ME
Amy Duskiewicz: Animal Protective Foundation, Scotia, NY
Stephanie Frommer: Director of Operations, Upper Valley Humane Society, Enfield, NH
Gilberto Gandra: Pethealth Inc.
Bonnie Martinolich: Almost Home Rescue, ME
Christine Schlupf: Montachusett Vocational Technical High School, Fitchburg, MA

Advisory Council 2017-2018
Crystal Arnott: 
Lowell Humane Society, Lowell, MA
Seana Dowling-Guyer: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine At Tufts University
Kerry Garofano: Connecticut Humane Society
Kate Hansberry: Humane Society of the U.S., Portland, ME
Mike Keiley: MSPCA, Methuen, MA
Katie Kozikowski: Arlington Animal Control, MA
Elizabeth Merow: Connecticut Humane Society
Ashley Okola: Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey, NH
Marc Peralta: Best Friends, RI
Kiersten Scarpati: VONT Digital Design & Marketing, Almost Home Rescue, ME
Caitlin Tomlinson: Animal Rescue League of Boston, MA
Jess Townsend: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Portland, ME



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The 2017-2018 NEFHS Board and Advisors