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2014 New England Fed. Conference, Stowe, Vermont
April 12-14th, 2014

Join us at New England's Premier Animal Welfare Training and Networking Opportunity and save the date for this year's conference April 12-14th. Be sure to check out all of our conference information on facebook. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Click here to register.

  • Sunday, April 13
  • Monday, April 14
  • Leadership Day- Saturday

Sunday, April 13
Session 1- 9:30am to 11:00am
TRACK A- Capacity to Care, Part 1
Capacity for Care (C4C) can increase adoptions by 20% or more while cutting daily care costs, reducing stress for staff, creating a more welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors, and dramatically improving the health and welfare of shelter cats. This workshop will address the elements of Capacity for Care in the context of the Five Freedoms and the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters; describe the steps for calculating required capacity for care; and provide a variety of practical strategies to make sure there is a good match between the daily population and the required Capacity for Care.

Dr. Kate Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, and in 2001 returned to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. She now directs the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Her proudest achievements include co-authoring the "Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters" and co-editing the textbook "Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters". She loves all things shelter-related, but her particular interests include welfare in confinement, humane and effective community-cat management strategies, infectious disease, and unusually short dogs.

TRACK B- Work Small, Dream Big. Key Elements of Fundraising for the Small Non-Profit
Do you manage a small non-profit with no development staff? Are you with an all-volunteer organization struggling to raise enough funds every year to meet your mission? Are you the only person charged with working on development—and a million other things—every year? Then this is the workshop for you! We'll look at the four basic elements of a successful development operation. Better yet, we'll share simple tips for success in raising annual contributions, engaging your board of directors, stewarding gifts, and even laying the groundwork for bequest income. We'll help you get off the small event treadmill and the grant-reliant programming and on to a sustainable, annual fundraising program.

Leslie Harris, CAWA, is the executive director of the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, MA. Leslie has helped to grow Dakin from an all-volunteer, foster-based organization to one with 50 employees, 2 adoption centers, a spay/neuter clinic, and a $3,000,000 budget. She is past president of NEFHS and currently serves on the NEFHS Advisory Council.

Pat Ford Yurkunas, CFRE, is the director of development and marketing at Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, MA. Formerly a fundraiser for museums and the arts, Pat found her true calling—and several extra cats—after coming to work for Dakin in 2006.

TRACK C- Animal Friendly- Customer Smart. People Skills for Animal Shelters
You are already animal-friendly. But how people-friendly are you? This workshop will strengthen your skills with people even under the most difficult circumstances. Circumstances in animal sheltering and protection are different than the business world. Customer Smart uses a set of interpersonal skills and tools to initiate or maintain positive interactions, and turn interactions into positive outcomes. We will introduce concepts such as how filters and values about animals affect interactions with others and how to meet customers' basic needs. The workshop will also introduce the concept of Verbal Aikido and is based on Jan Elster's, Animal Friendly-Customer Smart: People Skills for Animal Shelters.

Nancy McKenney is in a dream job as the Chief Executive Officer for the Marin Humane Society. Her 30-year career in animal welfare includes working for the Humane Society for Seattle/King County, the Petfinder.com Foundation, King County Animal Care and Control (WA) and consulting. She holds a Masters Degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership, is a certified animal welfare administrator (CAWA) and is very used to having pet hair on her clothes.

Keri Fennell started at the Marin Humane Society in 1998 as a volunteer Pet Pal before joining the staff in 1999. In 2005, she was promoted to Director of Customer Services. She has a M.A. in Public Administration. Keri's passion lies in customer care! Keri oversees the front office, veterinary clinic, adoptions and retail operations. She appreciates the organization's willingness to think outside the box and explore new ways to improve the lives of animals.

Session 2- 11:30am to 1:00pm
TRACK A- Capacity to Care, Part 2
Capacity for Care (C4C) can increase adoptions by 20% or more while cutting daily care costs, reducing stress for staff, creating a more welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors, and dramatically improving the health and welfare of shelter cats. This workshop will address the elements of Capacity for Care in the context of the Five Freedoms and the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters; describe the steps for calculating required capacity for care; and provide a variety of practical strategies to make sure there is a good match between the daily population and the required Capacity for Care.

Dr. Kate Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, and in 2001 returned to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. She now directs the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Her proudest achievements include co-authoring the "Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters" and co-editing the textbook "Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters". She loves all things shelter-related, but her particular interests include welfare in confinement, humane and effective community-cat management strategies, infectious disease, and unusually short dogs.

TRACK B- 21 Proven Ways to Integrate Social Media into you Fundraising Strategy
Most animal shelters have a website, an email list, and a Facebook Page. Some even use Pinterest and Twitter. But just having these things is not enough. In fact, you've probably wondered how all these tools can be used to raise money and grow your supporter base. This workshop will show you how to integrate social media into your existing fundraising strategy. You will learn how to use Facebook to create donor personas, how to use Twitter to build up your network of advocates, and how to optimize your website for Pinterest. You will learn how email marketing is more important than ever, and how to map out a flow-chart that connects social media, email, your website, and your donor database. Case studies, a workbook, and checklists will be included. Please note: this workshop assumes your organization already has a Facebook page and that you are familiar with managing it. How to set up social media accounts will not be covered.

John Haydon helps nonprofits achieve their best ever online communications results by "resuscitating missions and injecting them into the internet". John helped Epic Change launch one of the very first fundraisers on Twitter, helped the Ellie Fund win a national online fundraising contest ($53,000 in 24-hours), helped Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity raise over $215 during #GiveMN13, and even helped Rebuilding Springfield Together win a free car from Toyota. He maintains an active blog, sharing tips and techniques to help nonprofits effectively reach and engage with their audience. And, of course, he is active in social media, including Facebook and Twitter. He is the author of the book "Facebook Marketing for Dummies".

TRACK C- Clean Cats and Dirty Dogs - How Shelter Sanitation Keeps Them all Happy
This comprehensive presentation will look at sanitation in the shelter environment. Learn the difference between cleaning and disinfection and why they are both so important. Determine which products are best for use in your shelter and how to apply them appropriately. Focusing on infectious disease, we will look closely at developing sanitation protocols specific to common maladies such as Parvo, Giardia, Panluekopenia, and more. Discover cleaning techniques and find out if that foot bath is really helping or hurting your shelter. This presentation is designed for shelter workers responsible for developing sanitation protocols as well as implementation of them.

Dr. Mandie Wehr completed her DVM at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been immersed in sheltering for over 14 years as a volunteer, board member and now a Director of Shelter Operations - veterinarian. Aspiring to work in shelter medicine is what motivated her to apply to veterinary medical school. She has completed clerkships at the Michigan Humane Society, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine program. She was a 2013 UC Davis ASPCA Fellow focusing on specialized training in shelter medicine.

Session 3- 2:00pm to 3:30pm
TRACK A- Canine URI: Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention
Wherever dogs are closely housed, canine infectious respiratory disease is a constant threat. Disease results from a complex interaction of disease agents and husbandry factors. This lecture will describe emerging and established pathogens associated with the canine infectious respiratory disease complex. Additionally, the presentation will discuss strategies for disease diagnosis, prevention and control with important information on the specific roles of shelter management, vaccination, sanitation, and treatment.

Dr. Kate Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, and in 2001 returned to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. She now directs the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Her proudest achievements include co-authoring the "Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters" and co-editing the textbook "Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters". She loves all things shelter-related, but her particular interests include welfare in confinement, humane and effective community-cat management strategies, infectious disease, and unusually short dogs.

TRACK B- How To Hang On To Your Donors Without Losing Your Mind
Do you know what your retention rate is? Do you know why it's so important? In this session, you'll learn what donors really want, and expect, from your organization. You'll leave the session with easy, practical ways to keep your donors engaged so that they keep giving more year after year.

Katie Gardella is President and Founder of Prosper Fundraising Strategies, a full-service consulting firm specializing in major gifts, board and staff development, and development planning. For over 25 years, Katie has dedicated her career to helping non-profit organizations build capacity, train volunteers, and raise resources to fulfill their missions for the betterment of their communities.

TRACK C- Part I: Saving Community Cats: Model Programs, Inovative Partnerships and Grassroots Advocacy
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs are essential for reducing the number of companion animals being killed in our community's shelters. Best Friends' Community Cat Programs, now underway in several cities, are models of such programs. Part 1 of this presentation will include an overview of our Community Cat Programs, our partnership with PetSmart Charities®, and our involvement with each of the existing CCP communities. Part 2 of this presentation will address some of the key issues TNR supporters need to consider when advocating for TNR in their own communities.

Peter J. Wolf, Best Friends Animal Society's Cat Initiatives Analyst, brings a research-oriented emphasis to a range of the organization's communications- and policy-related projects. Wolf is also the founder of Vox Felina, a blog featuring in-depth analysis of science and policy issues related to the management of free-roaming cats.

Shelly Kotter, Manager of Community Cat Programs for Best Friends Animal Society, has worked at Best Friends since 1998 and has played a pivotal role in defining the organization's unique stance on "community cats." The programs Kotter oversees are lowering euthanasia and increasing the live-release rate in shelters across the country.

Session 4- 4:00pm to 5:30pm
TRACK A- Feline URI: Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention
Feline upper respiratory infection: in a pet cat, it's usually no big deal, but in shelters and foster homes, it's one of the most frustrating diseases we face. In this lecture, Dr. Hurley will review the causative agents, discuss treatment strategies that work (at least some of the time!), and, most importantly, provide strategies on how to reduce the frequency and severity of disease in feline populations.

Dr. Kate Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, and in 2001 returned to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. She now directs the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Her proudest achievements include co-authoring the "Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters" and co-editing the textbook "Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters". She loves all things shelter-related, but her particular interests include welfare in confinement, humane and effective community-cat management strategies, infectious disease, and unusually short dogs.

TRACK B- Major Gifts Fundraising in the Small Shop
Think you can't raise big gifts with a small staff? Think again! This interactive session will give you all the tools, tips, and resources you need to start (or jump start) a major giving program. You'll leave this session with realistic goals and a plan of action for your most promising prospects.

Katie Gardella is President and Founder of Prosper Fundraising Strategies, a full-service consulting firm specializing in major gifts, board and staff development, and development planning. For over 25 years, Katie has dedicated her career to helping non-profit organizations build capacity, train volunteers, and raise resources to fulfill their missions for the betterment of their communities.

TRACK C- Part II: Saving Community Cats: Model Programs, Inovative Partnerships and Grassroots Advocacy
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs are essential for reducing the number of companion animals being killed in our community's shelters. Best Friends' Community Cat Programs, now underway in several cities, are models of such programs. Part 1 of this presentation will include an overview of our Community Cat Programs, our partnership with PetSmart Charities®, and our involvement with each of the existing CCP communities. Part 2 of this presentation will address some of the key issues TNR supporters need to consider when advocating for TNR in their own communities.

Peter J. Wolf, Best Friends Animal Society's Cat Initiatives Analyst, brings a research-oriented emphasis to a range of the organization's communications- and policy-related projects. Wolf is also the founder of Vox Felina, a blog featuring in-depth analysis of science and policy issues related to the management of free-roaming cats.

Shelly Kotter, Manager of Community Cat Programs for Best Friends Animal Society, has worked at Best Friends since 1998 and has played a pivotal role in defining the organization's unique stance on "community cats." The programs Kotter oversees are lowering euthanasia and increasing the live-release rate in shelters across the country.

Monday, April 14
Session 1- 9:00am to 11:00am
TRACK A- In Care Enrichment and Behavior Modification Designed Specifically for Dogs and Cats in an Animal
Shelter
What do dogs and cats, puppies and kittens need to help them behaviorally while in the shelter environment? Learn effective protocols and assessment tools used at one shelter, and discover their results since implementation. The foundation of the program is based on common behavior challenges seen in a shelter environment: Fractious behaviors exhibited by cats upon admission; Shy / Fearful behaviors for both dogs / cats (which may or may not include poor socialization); Arousal and Impulsivity in dogs; Possessive aggression in dogs (food or non-food related items); and some aggression toward other animals.

Renee Harris recently began offering full-time consultation services to animal sheltering organizations and agencies specializing in animal behavior programs, shelter operational review, and EBI training. After nearly 12 years at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA as the Executive Vice President,  Renee is currently assisting the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA in the development, implementation, and review of behavior-related protocols and programs at their behavior center for both dogs and cats.  In addition, she is working with the RSPCA in Queensland Australia, training staff on animal behavior and assessment, behavior intervention protocols, as well as assisting with a national behavior assessment pilot study. 

TRACK B- Lean Sheltering: Streamlining and Standardizing Your Organization
This presentation is designed for Team Leaders and Managers interested in a cleaner and more efficient shelter. Participants will learn about the principles of Lean Sheltering and how they can be applied to daily operations to help you and your team be more organized and standardized. Along with long-term solutions, some simple and easy-to-implement tools will be discussed so you can start making changes right away!

Amy Duskiewicz has been working in animal welfare for over a decade. During that time, she has worked in various organizations across New England as well as Louisiana. Within these organizations, Amy has held most every position, from kennel worker to veterinary technician, to volunteer coordinator and manager. She is currently the Shelter Manager with the Providence Animal Rescue League in Rhode Island. She enjoys working with her staff to come up with creative solutions to the unique challenges that arise every day.

TRACK C-Cultivating a Culture of Continuing Education
Have you ever wondered how to increase employee growth and satisfaction? In this workshop, learn to:
• Motivate your staff to incorporate best practices by appealing to their individual strengths and learning styles
• Create effective change in a way your staff will welcome
• Assess professional development opportunities and help your staff to choose what is most appropriate
Often daily care makes it difficult to take advantage of opportunities that will make jobs more rewarding. Workshop participants will leave with an understanding of the importance of cultivating a culture of continuing education and adopting best practices while empowering their employees.

Dr. Stephanie Itle-Clark is the Director of Learning for Humane Society Academy at The Humane Society of the United States. She has a background in education and curriculum development and has worked in both higher education and in the K-12 sector. She is also a Certified Humane Education Specialist and Compassion Fatigue Educator and was recently elected to serve as the Board President for the Association of Professional Humane Educators.

Session 2- 11:30am to 1:00pm
TRACK A- Safe and Low Stress Handling
Solidify your foundation of cat and dog body language while learning some of the more subtle cues they give us. Participants will also learn some tricks of the trade to make working with our resident animals safe and low stress for all. If you're new to the field, or looking to delve deeper in to animal behavior, this workshop is for you.

Amy Duskiewicz has been working in animal welfare for over a decade. During that time, she has worked in various organizations across New England as well as Louisiana. Within these organizations, Amy has held most every position, from kennel worker to veterinary technician, to volunteer coordinator and manager. She is currently the Shelter Manager with the Providence Animal Rescue League in Rhode Island. She enjoys working with her staff to come up with creative solutions to the unique challenges that arise every day.

Bethany Nasef currently works as the Dog Program Coordinator for the Providence Animal Rescue League in Rhode Island. Before that, she spent years volunteering and interning with various animal welfare organizations and city shelters. She also gained valuable handling skills and cat knowledge as a Veterinary Technician at a feline only practice. Bethany loves working with dogs and cats, and enjoys finding new ways to provide enrichment and decrease stress during their stay at the shelter.

TRACK B- One Time or Single Day Volunteers - How to Best Use Their Service
Are you often approached by individuals who need to volunteer to meet school, court, civic, or business requirements? Volunteers who may come once or twice, but are not able to commit to the training requirements of your program? Is it even worth the bother? This presentation will focus on the different types of single day volunteers, and how best to use their services for the good of your program. Initial contact, risk assessment, supervision, recruitment, relevant tasks, and communication for these short term volunteers will be explored. There will also be time to discuss what is or is not working with your organization. Appropriate for any organization that utilizes volunteers in any capacity. Click here for handouts.

Laurie Galletta has worked at the Animal Rescue League of NH for 5 years. She is the current President of the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator.

TRACK C-Customer Service for Social Change
To create social change in animal welfare – whether transforming someone from a pet store buyer into a shelter adopter, or a pesky "Never Neuter" into a lifelong advocate of spay/neuter – is not easy. But social change is possible and within our grasp, if we have the right approach to working with people. This workshop is about going beyond "customer service" and the old clichés like "the customer is always right." We'll look at specific tools and resources that you can put into place in your organization today to have a more client-centered, compassionate organization, and start moving towards real social change.

Amy Mills has led Emancipet since 2006, when it was a spay/neuter clinic serving about 12,000 pets a year in Austin, Texas. Today, Emancipet serves almost 60,000 pets a year through four Spay/Neuter and Healthy Pet Clinics, opens one new clinic a year in underserved communities, and runs a training program to help other clinics grow their capacity, sustainability, and impact. Amy is passionate about helping animal welfare leaders build internal systems that will create external social change for animals. She is a SAWA member and a frequent speaker at national conferences and on webinars for ASPCA Pro.

Session 3- 2:00pm to 3:30pm
TRACK A- Common Behavior Problems in Cats
Behavior problems are the most common reason for owner relinquishment of cats to a shelter. Issues such as inappropriate elimination, spraying, aggression and destructive behavior often frustrate cat owners enough to seek advice or consider surrendering their cat. The information in this workshop will help shelter personnel learn helpful suggestions to provide cat owners to prevent surrenders and improve adoption success.

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with a Master's degree in Animal Behavior who has specialized in shelter behavioral care for the past fourteen years. Kelley is the owner of Animal Alliances, LLC an animal behavior consulting business that helps private pet owners with problem behaviors, conducts educational seminars and consults with animal shelters across the country. Kelley is the former Director of Behavior Programs for the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. In her previous position with the Massachusetts SPCA, Kelley conducted published research on shelter dog behavior evaluations.

TRACK B- Linking Shelter Resources to Save Local Animals: Creating an In-State Adoption Network for Overlooked Animals
AniMatch, a MAC task force, moves dogs (and cats, too)! Acting as a liaison between a targeted network of animal welfare organizations in Massachusetts, AniMatch facilitates behavior evaluations and the intrastate transfer of pets in need throughout this network – from organizations with limited resources to those more fortunate. Participating organizations are trained in dog behavior, evaluation, transport and safe handling, and more. AniMatch is a collaborative model for how groups with different perspectives, methods and missions can work together for the benefit of animals. Learn the nuts and bolts of the program and how your region's animals could benefit from AniMatch!

Anne Lindsay has worked for and with shelters and rescues since 1988. She is the founder and a current board member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC), on the board of the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART), and is a past board member and President of the New England Federation of Humane Societies. Anne received the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association's 2004 Merit Award and the 2011 Humane Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and provides team building, coalition building, coaching and compassion fatigue consulting for "animal people" and organizations.

TRACK C- Business of Humane Education
Humane education programs not only teach the hearts and minds of youth about issues relating to homeless pets—they have the potential of generating significant funds. In this workshop, be inspired by business-savvy programs and review ways to optimize your effectiveness through marketing, partnerships, evaluation, and budget-enhancing activities such as summer camps. Get ready to position humane education as a mission-critical initiative that supports itself financially!

Heidi Colonna has worked to uncover best practices in humane education for over a decade with The Humane Society of the United States, where she served as student outreach director from 2006 - 2011. She got her start as a Massachusetts SPCA shelter volunteer and has worked as a veterinary technician, research assistant at the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy, and MSPCA project coordinator. Heidi earned an M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Certified Humane Education Specialist credentials.

Session 4- 3:45pm to 5:15pm
TRACK A- Common Behavior Problems in Dogs
Behavior problems are the most common reason for owner relinquishment of dogs to a shelter. Issues such as barking, digging, pulling, jumping, and destructive behavior often frustrate dog owners enough to seek advice or consider surrendering their dog. The information in this workshop will help shelter personnel learn helpful suggestions to provide dog owners to prevent surrenders and improve adoption success.

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with a Master's degree in Animal Behavior who has specialized in shelter behavioral care for the past fourteen years. Kelley is the owner of Animal Alliances, LLC an animal behavior consulting business that helps private pet owners with problem behaviors, conducts educational seminars and consults with animal shelters across the country. Kelley is the former Director of Behavior Programs for the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. In her previous position with the Massachusetts SPCA, Kelley conducted published research on shelter dog behavior evaluations.

TRACK C- From Shelterers to Rehomers
Is our primary goal to provide the best possible care and find perfect homes for shelter animals, or to empower community members to provide the care that animals need? What are the ramifications of landing on one end of this spectrum or the other? We'll discuss a shift in focus to getting more animals adopted, changing the dynamic with the people who use our services, and curbing intake.  We'll look at recent research and examine both policy shifts and innovative data-driven programs at the cutting edge of this rehoming paradigm, giving you tools to become 'rehomers' and save even more lives.

B.J. Rogers serves as second-in-command of the ASPCA's ProLearning department, overseeing national initiatives such as the $100k Challenge and helping to shape training and professional development offerings for animal welfare professionals. Previously, he served as Community Initiatives Director, providing consulting to shelters around the country and managing partnerships in Alabama and Florida. Before joining the ASPCA, B.J. served as the chief executive of Vermont's oldest and largest animal welfare organization. Prior to animal welfare, B.J. worked in human services, higher education, and politics. He's a longtime member of the Vermont Humane Federation board and the New England Federation of Humane Societies' Advisory Council.

Leadership Day
Saturday, April 12th
Session 1- 9:30am-11:00am
TRACK A- Part 1 -Sharpening Your Supervisory Skills: Asking Good Questions
Wouldn't it be great if every one of your supervisees took responsibility for ensuring the organization is the best it can be…every day?  They can, with your supervision.

Part I: Good question(s)! By asking good questions, you can teach your staff critical thinking skills and improve their ability to make plans and problem solve. Asking good questions will also make for more energized supervisory meetings and, more importantly, improved employee performance. We'll look at what to ask and how to ask it, and then work together to help you develop the right questions for your challenging supervisory situations.

B.J. Rogers serves as second-in-command of the ASPCA's ProLearning department, overseeing national initiatives such as the $100k Challenge and helping to shape training and professional development offerings for animal welfare professionals. Previously, he served as Community Initiatives Director, providing consulting to shelters around the country and managing partnerships in Alabama and Florida. Before joining the ASPCA, B.J. served as the chief executive of Vermont's oldest and largest animal welfare organization. Prior to animal welfare, B.J. worked in human services, higher education, and politics. He's a longtime member of the Vermont Humane Federation board and the New England Federation of Humane Societies' Advisory Council.

TRACK B- The Handshake: Board Member Recruitment and On-Boarding
Getting the right people "on Board" is the first step to strengthening your non-profit. Board members hold some of the most powerful and impactful positions in a non-profit, and filling those positions must be approached as a crucial hiring decision. In this workshop, we'll explore a variety of tools that support recruitment and orientation as you begin to identify the types of skills and experiences for which you are recruiting, where you can find potential board members with those skills, and how you are going to get them excited, engaged and ultimately on board, contributing to the success of your organization.

Jodi Lytle Buckman is a Senior Director of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. She is the grants officer and ASPCA Community Initiatives representative for Arizona, Nevada and Utah, the liaison for the ASPCA partner community of Sacramento, and works in partnership with other national organizations on behalf of the ASPCA. With 25 years of experience working in animal welfare, she's worked for local and national organizations across the country and achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator designation in 2006. With her husband, David Lytle, children, Sam and Zoë, and canine companions Skye and Sophie, Jodi lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Session 2- 11:30am-1:00pm
TRACK A- Part II -Sharpening Your Supervisory Skills: The Feedback Loop
Wouldn't it be great if every one of your supervisees took responsibility for ensuring the organization is the best it can be…every day?  They can, with your supervision.

Part II: When employees learn to give and receive feedback they perform better individually and as a team. Let's take a look at the benefits of feedback in a healthy workplace, practice drafting and giving both positive and constructive feedback, and establish a plan for using feedback to strengthen your work environment.

B.J. Rogers serves as second-in-command of the ASPCA's ProLearning department, overseeing national initiatives such as the $100k Challenge and helping to shape training and professional development offerings for animal welfare professionals. Previously, he served as Community Initiatives Director, providing consulting to shelters around the country and managing partnerships in Alabama and Florida. Before joining the ASPCA, B.J. served as the chief executive of Vermont's oldest and largest animal welfare organization. Prior to animal welfare, B.J. worked in human services, higher education, and politics. He's a longtime member of the Vermont Humane Federation board and the New England Federation of Humane Societies' Advisory Council.

TRACK B- Board Committees That Work
If board committee work equates to busy work for you or members of your board of directors, it's time for a change! Board committees can be powerful instruments for getting things done if their purpose, structure, and focus are clear. In this workshop, we'll define what we think "working well" means for committees, learn about tools that can help committees succeed in their work, and explore a variety of committee structures working well for other animal welfare organizations across the country.

Jodi Lytle Buckman is a Senior Director of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. She is the grants officer and ASPCA Community Initiatives representative for Arizona, Nevada and Utah, the liaison for the ASPCA partner community of Sacramento, and works in partnership with other national organizations on behalf of the ASPCA. With 25 years of experience working in animal welfare, she's worked for local and national organizations across the country and achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator designation in 2006. With her husband, David Lytle, children, Sam and Zoë, and canine companions Skye and Sophie, Jodi lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Session 3- 2:00pm-3:30pm
TRACK A- Part I -Good Cultures: What Is It, Why You Need It, and How You Get It!
In these two interactive workshops, we'll focus on the animal who gets the least attention in animal welfare – the human being! It's people who create culture and as organizational leaders, we need to understand how powerful organizational culture is, and how we can influence it. Most of our time in these workshops will be spent going through new, step-by-step processes for hiring, training, and evaluating employees for cultural fit and values alignment as strategies for improving and maintaining culture. Participants will walk away with the materials and tools they need to start implementing new systems right away.

Amy Mills has led Emancipet since 2006, when it was a spay/neuter clinic serving about 12,000 pets a year in Austin, Texas. Today, Emancipet serves almost 60,000 pets a year through four Spay/Neuter and Healthy Pet Clinics, opens one new clinic a year in underserved communities, and runs a training program to help other clinics grow their capacity, sustainability, and impact. Amy is passionate about helping animal welfare leaders build internal systems that will create external social change for animals. She is a SAWA member and a frequent speaker at national conferences and on webinars for ASPCA Pro.

TRACK B- Daily Care, Behavior Modification and Disease Control for Your Board
A nonprofit board of directors has the capacity to be great when carefully crafted, nurtured and fostered over a period of time by leaders focused on contributing to the success of the organization and its mission. When not properly tended, nearly every board has the capacity to go bad. In this workshop, we'll review a variety of board management strategies and tools, talk about the relationships between boards, CEOs and other staff, focus in on managing disagreement at the board level, and discuss when & how to say good bye to board members and/or CEOs.

Jodi Lytle Buckman is a Senior Director of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. She is the grants officer and ASPCA Community Initiatives representative for Arizona, Nevada and Utah, the liaison for the ASPCA partner community of Sacramento, and works in partnership with other national organizations on behalf of the ASPCA. With 25 years of experience working in animal welfare, she's worked for local and national organizations across the country and achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator designation in 2006. With her husband, David Lytle, children, Sam and Zoë, and canine companions Skye and Sophie, Jodi lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Session 4- 4:00pm-5:30pm
TRACK A- Part II -Good Cultures: What Is It, Why You Need It, and How You Get It!
In these two interactive workshops, we'll focus on the animal who gets the least attention in animal welfare – the human being! It's people who create culture and as organizational leaders, we need to understand how powerful organizational culture is, and how we can influence it. Most of our time in these workshops will be spent going through new, step-by-step processes for hiring, training, and evaluating employees for cultural fit and values alignment as strategies for improving and maintaining culture. Participants will walk away with the materials and tools they need to start implementing new systems right away.

Amy Mills has led Emancipet since 2006, when it was a spay/neuter clinic serving about 12,000 pets a year in Austin, Texas. Today, Emancipet serves almost 60,000 pets a year through four Spay/Neuter and Healthy Pet Clinics, opens one new clinic a year in underserved communities, and runs a training program to help other clinics grow their capacity, sustainability, and impact. Amy is passionate about helping animal welfare leaders build internal systems that will create external social change for animals. She is a SAWA member and a frequent speaker at national conferences and on webinars for ASPCA Pro.

TRACK B- Executive Director Roundtable duscussing board development and engagement.

Jodi Lytle Buckman is a Senior Director of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. She is the grants officer and ASPCA Community Initiatives representative for Arizona, Nevada and Utah, the liaison for the ASPCA partner community of Sacramento, and works in partnership with other national organizations on behalf of the ASPCA. With 25 years of experience working in animal welfare, she's worked for local and national organizations across the country and achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator designation in 2006. With her husband, David Lytle, children, Sam and Zoë, and canine companions Skye and Sophie, Jodi lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.


Conference Sponsor and Vendor Opportunities

Experience the valuable opportunity of showcasing your company and products at the 69th Annual NEFHS Conference!

  • Company exposure to a wide variety of New England animal welfare professionals, including behavior professionals, shelter executives, and Board Members
  • Exceptional exhibit hall space and a history of high traffic
  • Noteworthy speakers draw all levels of personnel
  • Over 200 attendees in 2013

 

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Scholarships Available

Ernie Cutter Scholarships Available for NEFHS Training Conference—Applications available now!
The New England Federation of Humane Societies (NEFHS) is proud to offer scholarship funding for the 2014 Annual Trainging Conference in Stowe, VT.

We are committed to offering scholarship funding to applicants who are eager to learn. The NEFHS Ernie Cutter Scholarship funds are in high demand and each year we receive more applications than we are able to fund. In order to ensure your application is considered, please read the information attacheded and abide by the necessary requirements.

All scholarship recipients are required to assist the NEFHS Board before and/or during the conference with logistical activities such as assembling conference packets and goodie bags, selling T-shirts, distributing/collecting workshop evaluation forms, etc. 

Note:  Applicants should wait to register for the conference until after being notified about scholarship awards.  Notifications will be made by early March so that you will have time to register for the early bird discount.
For more information about NEFHS conference scholarships, contact Maryann Regan at 617-226-5694.  Don’t forget, the deadline for receipt of scholarship applications is February 28, 2014.

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