10 Pethaven Lane, Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 626-3491

Our Team

Hillary Roberts
Executive Director

Hillary Roberts has had the wonderful opportunity to work as the KVHS Executive Director since June of 2009. Hillary grew up in a small town with a population of about 300 people and loves small town charm. Later, she attended the University of Maine in Orono and has quite a bit of Black Bear Pride. Hillary is passionate about second chances and believes that everyone can make a difference for shelter and rescue animals. When she’s not at KVHS Hillary enjoys art, theatre, and spending time with her family. She lives in Farmingdale with 2 rescue cats, one wild and crazy rescue dog, a husband and the sweetest daughter and most rambunctious son.

 

Stevanie Roy
Director of Operations

KVHS Director of Operations, Stevanie Roy has been with KVHS since June 2017. She has been involved in animal welfare for over 5 years now, coming from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Stevanie attended college at Saint Joseph’s College and has a degree in Biology with a focus in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Her favorite part of working in the animal care is watching the success stories unfold and getting the most of every rewarding experience. When not working, Stevanie loves to spend time with her army of animals including four cats and three dogs (Gavin pictured above), all rescued from shelters in the state. She enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors during the warmer weather. She resides in Leeds with her boyfriend.

Melanie Randall
Community Engagement Coordinator

Melanie grew up in Winthrop, Maine and attended University of Maine at Augusta where she earned her BA in English. She spent the majority of her career in the food and beverage industry and most recently was the Event & Banquet Manager at the Augusta Country Club. Melanie has been involved in community engagement for many years, running fundraisers, serving on boards for local groups and supporting her community. Her position as Community Engagement Coordinator blends all of the loves she has for event planning, fundraising and the mission of KVHS is one she is passionate about. Melanie loves all animals but has a soft spot for her black lab, Lexi (pictured).

Amanda Thompson
Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach Manager

Amanda is a 2007 graduate of Thomas College. She holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in English. She started at KVHS almost 8 years ago as a Customer Service Rep., and was later promoted to Volunteer Coordinator just three months later.  She now holds the title of Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach Manager. She loves all animals so you can imagine her enthusiasm to be part of the KVHS team. Another passion of hers is writing. She has written for several area publications, including The Kennebec Journal, formerly The Capitol Weekly, Downeast Dog News and the Kennebec Valley Humane Society Quarterly Newsletter. Amanda has two cats, Oreo and Ebony and three hamsters, Scofield (Scofi), Gizmo and Tiramisu (Tara).

Heather Jones
Animal Care Technician & Social Media Coordinator

Heather has always wanted to work with animals ever since she can remember. When she was just 15 years old she volunteered for KVHS. Later, in 2012, with her love for animals still as strong as ever, she found, what she calls her “dream job” after she was hired at KVHS as the Visitor Services and Front Desk Manager. Her hard work and strong work ethic paid off resulting in her promotion as Animal Care Technician & Social Media Coordinator earlier this year. When Heather is not helping animals at KVHS she is working to help people at a crisis stabilization unit, another area non-profit. In addition to the animals she helps to care for on a daily basis, she also has two animals of her own. Six years ago she adopted Coco, a 7-year old Shepherd/Husky mix from Coastal Humane Society. She completed her family when she adopted Buddy, a 5-year old Chow/Lab mix from KVHS in Jan. 2013. Buddy was her second adoption from KVHS. She adopted her family dog, Reno, as puppy from over 16 years ago.

Robin Coston
Senior Animal Care Technician

Robin started at KVHS as a volunteer in 2012 before becoming a part of the team just three months later. Robins vast experience has helped to facilitate hundreds of adoptions and she’s still going strong! Her favorite part about working with animals is gaining the trust of scared animals who are alone and fearful. As a result, her hard work ethic and willingness to do whatever comes her way helped save the lives of hundreds of animals over the years. Prior to her involvement at KVHS she spent over 8 years working for the Coastal Humane Society. Robin has a wonderful, young son as well as a step-son and step-daughter who keep her busy when she is not taking care of animals. Robin and her significant other like to bike ride, walk and spend time outside. Her family also includes many some fur-babies (two cats and two dogs), including Ryeley, pictured here!

Sabrina Beggs
Foster Care Coordinator

Sabrina started at KVHS as a volunteer before being hired in 2014 as an Animal Care Technician. Since then Sabrina was  promoted to run the foster care program here at KVHS. In addition, she is certified in OSHA and animal CPR. She has four animals; an Australia Cattle Dog/Basenji named Damsel, a husky named Damon, and two Snowshoe Siamese cats named Stella and Chevy.

Rita Dennison
Animal Care Technician

Shortly after her move to Maine a year and a half ago, Rita was hired as an Animal Care Technician at KVHS. She later adopted two cats and a bunny completing her four legged pet family. In addition to working for KVHS she also fosters kittens.

Stacey Foshay
Animal Care Technician

Stacey moved to Maine from Connecticut fall of 2013 and later graduated from Unity College in the winter of 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Captive Wildlife Care & Education, which involved many animal training courses. She has completed three internships: two at the Center for Wildlife as a wildlife care intern, and the other at the Maine Wildlife Park as a wildlife enrichment intern. Stacey also previously worked at a dog boarding kennel as a pet care technician. Stacey joined our team in February of 2016 as a part-time animal care technician and has since become a full-time animal care technician as well as our satellite location coordinator here at the shelter. She enjoys making videos for our shelter to help spread the word about the great work that we do. Stacey cares for many animals each day but loves going home to her two cats, Bellatrix and Baby Gray, the most.

Sarah Ryan
Animal Care Technician

Sarah has been with the Kennebec Valley Humane Society for 2 years as an Animal Care Technician. Growing up and graduating from Monmouth Academy, she has had a great deal of animal experience volunteering for DEW Haven for the past 7 years, and with Mr. Drew (and his animals too) for the past 2 years. Sarah is a pocket pet expert and has a large volume of knowledge that she loves to share with owners and adopters. Sarah resides in Monmouth with her son, her boyfriend, and 19 pets. She has 3 dogs, 3 ferrets, 5 cats, 1 guinea pig, 1 tegu, 1 bearded dragon, 1 crested gecko, and 4 cockatiels.

Pat Finale
Support Staff

Born and raised in California, Pat and husband, Andy, moved to Maine in 2002. Their young Siamese cat, Joey, made the move with them and is now living a comfortable senior life in the Maine countryside. Retired, Pat started volunteering at KVHS in 2015. Finding the need great and having an odd sense of pleasure in the constant chores, Pat found her niche washing dishes, hidey boxes, litter pans and loads of laundry. Pat now works part time as support staff (yep, laundry and dishes) for animals and workers to have what they need when they need it. With their 3 grown children and 3 grandsons all living on the east coast, Pat and Andy enjoy time with them as often as possible.