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 nearly 10 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 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 two dogs (Gavin pictured above), 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 fiance.
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 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 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 step-son and step-daughter, and multiple four-legged children.
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.
Anna is a Maine native and a graduate from the University of Maine in Orono where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal and Veterinary Science. During her college years she began her journey into the pet industry through a local, organic dog shampoo company. Determined to dedicate her life to her then beloved Golden Retriever, Gaby, she moved to Texas to pursue her passion from training. She holds three certifications in dog training and behavior modification from Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers in Hutto, Texas.
She spent the next two years training dogs and managing a doggie daycare in Massachusetts and Arkansas until she found her way back home to Maine. Anna joined the Kennebec Valley Humane Society in the spring of 2016 as kennel master and dog behavior specialist. Over the years, Anna has spent countless hours helping shelter dogs find and stay in their forever homes.
In the fall of 2018 she moved to North Carolina to serve as the Director of Canine Education at Highland Canine School for Dog Trainers teaching the new generation of dog trainers in all canine fields. Anna returned to KVHS as the Canine Education and Behavior Manager. She manages all canine activities and oversees all training and adoptions. She has a rat terrier mix named Taco whom she adopted from a shelter while living in Texas and a cat, Phoenix, who she adopted from KVHS.
Ashleigh attended Capital Area Technical Center’s Medical/Veterinarian terminology course in 2019/2020, doing clinicals at KVHS, and quickly knew she wanted to work in animal welfare. She has been with KVHS since April 2021 and couldn’t be happier to call this place her job! Watching animals find their forever families and watching sick/injured animals end up rehabilitated with the love the staff provides is extraordinary. When not working she likes to spend time spoiling her dog, Georgia, a KVHS alum, and her 4 cats. She and her family enjoy time boating and spending time on Moosehead. She especially likes time spent fishing with her Dad.
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.
Kallie Thomas started as an intern at KVHS back in August 2019. She was later hired on as an Animal Care Technician a few short months later. As a child she watched her great grandfather train bird dogs and that’s when her interest in animals began. Kallie, who has 2 cats and a dog of her own loves giving stray and abandoned animals a second chance into a loving home. Kallie likes to spend her time outside of KVHS outdoors enjoying all of Maine.