168 Leighton Road, 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 10 years now and continues to follow the mission to rescue animals. 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 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 a dog, all rescued from shelters in the state. She enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors during the warmer weather – with a recent new love of backpacking. She resides in Leeds with her husband.

Melanie Randall
Director of Development

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 was the Event & Banquet Manager at the Augusta Country Club in 2019 prior to her arrival at KVHS. 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 Director of Development 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 KVHS alumni rescues, Hank (dog) and Merle (cat).

Allie McCarthy
Volunteer Manager & Social Media Coordinator

Allie grew up in Saco, Maine. She attended Thomas College, where she received a BA in General Studies. Later receiving a MS in Marketing at SNHU. Allie started her journey at KVHS in 2016, joining the team as an Animal Care Technician. Throughout her time at KVHS, Allie has shown true love for all animals, especially canines. Currently, Allie manages KVHS’s volunteer program and social media presence. Each day you can find her onboarding new volunteers, providing shelter tours, organizing and attending outreach events, capturing photos and creating content. In her free time, Allie enjoys spending quality time with her dog, Carmen.

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 son as well as a daughter and grandson, and multiple four-legged children.

Sabrina Beggs
Foster Care Coordinator

Sabrina started as a volunteer of KVHS before becoming an employee in 2014. Starting as an animal care technician, she quickly grew in her role and is now a supervisor as well as the Foster Care Coordinator. Sabrina has a passion for helping the young animal population and spends many sleepless nights bottle-feeding anything that needs a mom. Sabrina has 2 dogs – Damon and Damsel – and 3 cats – Stella, Chevy, and Lycan. Sabrina loves to spend her free time with her beloved animals and enjoys using her crafty side.

Tesse Rau
Visitor Services Manager

Tesse Rau started volunteering during the summers off she had from teaching in 2019 after her first KVHS dog Inga passed away. The pandemic made her start thinking about different careers and in 2021 she was asked to apply to the Visitor Services Manager position. The rest is history, as they say. When Tesse isn’t assisting visitors to the shelter and members of the community, you can find her socializing and providing enrichment to the canine population in the form of extra walks, training, and field trips. She is also known to purrito a feral kitten or two. During her free time, Tesse enjoys spending time with her human partner Mason, her two dogs Ivan and Sylvia and foster dog Ty, her three cats Sir Isaac Newton, Purrcolator, and Glimpse, her cranky pony Tilly and her foster horse, Chase. With any leftover time, Tesse enjoys gardening, fiber crafts, and teaching herself new skills.