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 17, 2017.

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: Seana Dowling-Guyer: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine At Tufts University
1st Vice President: Danielle Snyder: Russell Animal Hospital, Concord NH
2nd Vice President: Maryann Regan: Animal Rescue League, Boston, MA
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
Stephanie Frommer: Director of Operations, Upper Valley Humane Society, Enfield, NH
Gilberto Gandra: Pethealth Inc.
Thomas Gulluscio: Ocean State Animal Coalition

Liam Hughes: Animal Welfare Program, Department of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry, State of Maine
Karina King: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Springfield, MA
Bonnie Martinolich: Almost Home Rescue, ME

Advisory Council 2016-2017
Amy Duskiewicz: Providence Animal Rescue League, Providence, RI

Kate Hansberry: Humane Society of the U.S., Portland, ME
Mike Keiley: MSPCA, Methuen, MA
Sarah McLain: New England Society for Abandoned Animals, Centerville, MA

Bethany Nassef: Providence Animal Rescue League, Providence, RI
Ashley Okola: Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey, NH
Arielle Robson: Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts, Brockton, MA
Christine Schlupf: Humane Society for Greater Nashua, Nashua, NH
Allie Tellier: Worcester Animal Rescue League, Worcester, MA
Jess Townsend: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Portland, ME



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