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2015 New England Fed. Conference, Nashua, New Hampshire
April 11th-13th, 2015

Join us at New England's Premier Animal Welfare Training and Networking Opportunity and save the date for this year's conference April 11th - 13th. Registration and Conference Information is Coming Soon.

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

Sunday, April 13
Session 1- 9:30am to 11:00am
TRACK A- Plenty of Time, Plenty of Space: How to address the Changing needs of our Communities
The trends in sheltering point to a present and future in which the majority of animals requiring our services are “hard to place”.  Attendees will dig into these shifts and with them, the challenges and opportunities they present to staff, volunteers, donors, adopters, pet guardians and the public.  The need is critical for an open and respectful dialogue within the industry and our communities.  This two-part presentation will dissect the changes in New England shelters and rescues as well as provide tools to attendees in navigating the trends, maintaining a positive work environment and engaging the community.

Lindsay Hamrick is the NH State Director for The Humane Society of the United States.  She holds a master’s degree in Animals & Public Policy from Tufts Veterinary School and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer for the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire and has held leadership positions in numerous humane societies. She is a current board member of the NH Disaster Animal Response Team, serves on the Governor’s Commission for the Humane Treatment of Animals and the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition and serves as legislative liaison to the NH Federation of Humane Organizations. 

TRACK B- Proactive Community Animal Control
Animal care and control agencies often spend the majority of their resources responding to complaints after incidents have occurred.  What would happen if our agencies became more proactive? This workshop will highlight a
community-focused non-law enforcement program conducted by plain clothes animal control officers.  This "boots on the ground" program addresses the issues of animal overpopulation, animal abuse/neglect, and nuisance complaints with positive results. We will also discuss an innovative spay/neuter program that can make your agency money while saving lives, as well as multiple ways your agency can do successful community outreach.

Officer Todd Stosuy is the Field Serivces Manager for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Todd has two Bachelors degrees from the Rutgers University, one in Criminal Justice and the second in Sociology. During and after college Todd worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for an urban Rescue Squad in New Jersey for 4 years before switching careers and becoming a first grade teacher in urban Philadelphia. After working one heartbreaking year in this capacity, he switched modes and spent time volunteering with rescued farmed animals at the Farm Sancturary in update New York. Afterwards, he became a Cruelty Caseworker for People fo rthe Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and eventually moved to California and became an Animal Control Officer with the Santa Cruz County. Todd has been with the Agency since 2003 and had been the President of the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) since 2010.

TRACK C- Exotic Bird 101: It has feathers, bites and screams. Oh my!
This Exotic Bird Course will be broken down into the ABC: Awareness, Behaviors, and Creativity.During this course, there will be demos, videos and interaction to help demonstrate the ABC modules. By the end of the presentation, you should have the basic knowledge to help educate, care and promote exotic birds of any size at your facility.

Sheila Blanchette is a Senior Exotic Bird Advocate for the MSPCA-Nevins Farm. Currently she has 4 birds, a foster bird and a pug in her family. She has been a pet bird owner for more than 15 years. Sheila has been activily promoting responsible bird ownership (enrichment, foraging, bonding, etc.) at the MSPCA-Nevins. Also, she created programs: Adoption Bird Support, Foster Care for Birds, Bird Awareness Month, Festival of Flight Workshops, and Creating Bird Toys Class. She has appeared in articles and TV: VetStreet and American Lory Society Publications, TV Pet Parade (WBZ) and Tom Christiano - Animal Companion Shoe (local-TV).

Session 2- 11:30am to 1:00pm
TRACK A- Plenty of Time, Plenty of Space: How to address the Changing needs of our Communities: Part 2
The trends in sheltering point to a present and future in which the majority of animals requiring our services are “hard to place”.  Attendees will dig into these shifts and with them, the challenges and opportunities they present to staff, volunteers, donors, adopters, pet guardians and the public.  The need is critical for an open and respectful dialogue within the industry and our communities.  This two-part presentation will dissect the changes in New England shelters and rescues as well as provide tools to attendees in navigating the trends, maintaining a positive work environment and engaging the community.

Lindsay Hamrick is the NH State Director for The Humane Society of the United States.  She holds a master’s degree in Animals & Public Policy from Tufts Veterinary School and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer for the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire and has held leadership positions in numerous humane societies. She is a current board member of the NH Disaster Animal Response Team, serves on the Governor’s Commission for the Humane Treatment of Animals and the Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition and serves as legislative liaison to the NH Federation of Humane Organizations. 

TRACK B- Keys for Successful Intake Reduction: Support and Target
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TRACK C-Reinventing the Hamster Wheel: A fresh Look at Small Animals in Sheltering
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Session 3- 2:00pm to 3:30pm
TRACK A- Adoption Ambassadors: They're Like Us...Only Better
What if everyone who had the inclination, and a little bit of time, took on just one animal, fostered that pet, and found it a new home? Think of the impact. Think of the lives saved. Think of the matches made and the people and pets brought together. Think of the increased number of animals your organization could help. That’s the thinking behind Adoption Ambassadors – a concept that takes foster care to the next level and directly engages our communities in saving more lives. The beauty? It’s easy and inexpensive to implement, the research shows it reaches whole new audiences, and – hope you’re sitting down – it turns out that these volunteers seem to make even better matches than we do! In this session we’ll explore the research, address your doubts and concerns, and help make plans for your organization to give it a whirl.

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-Cruelty Intervention Advocacy: Stopping Cruelty Before it Starts
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TRACK C- Large/Farm Animals
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Session 4- 3:45pm to 5:15pm
Food for Thought
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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.


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  • Noteworthy speakers draw all levels of personnel
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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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