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.
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.
Jamie grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Maine in 2001. He has a BA in Psychology from the University Of Southern Maine. His passion for animals led him to KVHS and he knew right away that saving animals is his mission. Jamie started as an Animal Care Technician in December 2015, and was promoted to Development Director in September 2016. Jamie loves his work and enjoys planning our major events. He lives in Gardiner with his partner and their 4 Dachshunds, Pomeranian and super senior cat. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys going walking with his dogs, going to concerts and enjoying time with family and friends.
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 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 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 over 250 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 5-year 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!
Anna graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal and Veterinary Science. In the fall of 2014 she moved to Texas to pursue her love for dogs. She holds three certifications in dog training and behavior modification from Starmark Academy for Dog Trainers in Hutto, Texas. She then spent the next two years training dogs in Massachusetts and Arkansas until she found her way back home to Maine. Anna joined us in the spring of 2016 as a dog behavior specialist. She organizes the dog program, conducts temperament tests which evaluate dog personalities, determines the best home environment for each individual dog, trains staff and volunteers in dog handling, and assists with meet and greets and adoptions. Anna has a rat terrier mix named Taco whom she adopted from a shelter while living in Texas.
Hannah graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI in 2011 with Bachelors’ Degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She also has minors in Anthropology and Sociology. After graduation she started full time as an Adoption Counselor with the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, CT. Her main focus was to place companion animals into loving forever homes. After just 6 months she was promoted as an Animal Behavior Technician where she was in charge of keeping in house animals’ minds and bodies happy and healthy. In July 2013, after moving back to Maine, she became our Senior Animal Care Technician at KVHS. In addition to owning 3 chickens, Hannah has a menagerie of dogs. Her eldest, Snoopy, is an 8 year old American Bulldog and Pitbull mix that she adopted from the Providence Animal Rescue League. She has Robi, a 3 year old Vizsla that she got as a college graduation present from her parents. She also has Stanley a 3 year old Great Dane and Pitbull mix that she rescued as a puppy from a drug trafficking ring in Atlanta, GA. Lastly is little Blue, who is a 1 year old Chihuahua and Dachshund mix that was adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society.
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.
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 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.
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.